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Transformation, Technology, and Trust in a Reimagined Government, Part 1

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At the recent Govern the Future Academy by Accela, we had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable panel discussion on digital transformation and innovation in government services with some of the leading voices in govtech. Our partners from Esri, KPMG and Microsoft joined Accela COO Tom Nieto and moderator Dustin Haisler for a wide-ranging discussion on transformation, technology, and trust as we work through the current pandemic and eventual reopening, and assess governments’ ability to respond and innovate. The discussion lasted 45 minutes and covered topics ranging from myths around digital transformation to the role of trust in government. For the sake of clarity and length,… Continue reading
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The Future Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule for Digital Transformation in Government

Heidi Lorenzen
Heidi Lorenzen
For many government agencies, the challenges of COVID-19 have cast a harsh spotlight on their abilities to adapt quickly and deliver digital, socially-distanced services during times of less-than-normal working conditions. The pandemic is not only driving a reimagining of government services and what it means to be a government employee, it is also providing a glimpse of the future many of us thought was much farther off. While government agencies have been adjusting to the soaring expectations of today’s always-on, connected consumers for several years, the past few months have shown how quickly citizen expectations can change for government agencies, and the impact digital technologies can have on an agency’s ability to meet increasing demands…. Continue reading
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How Manatee County Processes an Unprecedented Amount of Permits and Supports Work-From-Home Seamlessly During COVID-19

Brian Wick
Brian Wick
Manatee Florida downtown
In early 2018, officials in Manatee County, Florida transformed its property inspection processes with the help of Accela’s planning and permitting solutions to automate and streamline over 3,500 inspections a week. That investment has paid off in unexpected ways lately, as the county has ramped up to confront the current global health crisis that has now infiltrated its communities.     At 741 square miles and home to approximately 400,000 citizens, the county had been experiencing vigorous building and development activity, with the sheer volume of property inspections and citizen requests straining the capacity of its old manual processes. Local leaders adapted to the increased workload by leveraging Accela to reduce paper processes,… Continue reading
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Local Governments Embody Digital Leadership In Their COVID-19 Response

Jonathon Knight
Jonathon Knight
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The COVID-19 outbreak has dealt a shock to the local governments responsible for managing their community’s response. But if a silver lining were possible in all this, it is certainly how individuals, organizations, and companies have risen to the moment and rallied around innovative solutions, technologies, and partnerships to address some of our most pressing civic challenges. At Accela, our teams have aligned even more closely with our agency customers worldwide as we navigate this new reality. Whether it is using our tools to conduct business online, provide mobile or video inspection capabilities for field workers, or enable a remote workforce, agencies continue to impress with their ability to go the extra mile to keep their communities safe…. Continue reading

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How Governments Can Meet the Solar Permitting Challenge in the Wake of COVID-19

Jason Christensen
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This is the third article in a 3-part “Trends in Permitting” series authored by Accela’s Building and Planning solution team. The sun is shining on the U.S. solar industry. Not just in the literal sense in which photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity,  but in the sense of real economic growth, with more than 10,000 U.S. solar companies in operation. Rapidly advancing solar technologies combined with significant Investment Tax Credit (ITCs) have driven adoption to unprecedented rates, as solar power has become more affordable and accessible than ever before. As we approach Earth Day 2020, it’s worth noting the various ways in which solar adoption can contribute to fighting the acceleration of climate change…. Continue reading
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We Exist to Serve Governments, in Good Times and Crisis

Gary Kovacs
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Responding with COVID-19 SolutionsOver the last month, we heard from customers about some of the most critical challenges they need to solve –and solve fast– to keep operations running and citizens safe and healthy during the aggressively growing crisis. In response, Accela’s product experts developed a suite of Accela COVID-19 Response Solutions. The cloud-based solutions are designed to help all governments (not just our customers) navigate new modes of business operation during “shelter-in-place” and “social distancing” mandates, enable newly remote staff members to work effectively from home, and ensure that critical government services continue to run digitally.Covering the Virtual Basics FirstThrough our discussions with customers, we identified the two biggest ways Accela can help agencies right now: help enable a remote workforce to continue providing citizen services digitally,… Continue reading
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Tiny Homes and the Permitting Challenge: Are Governments Ready?

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This is the second article in a 3-part “Trends in Permitting” series authored by Accela’s Building and Planning solution team. “They’re everywhere across the nation, and a lot of municipalities are trying and wanting to do tiny houses. But cities don’t know what the heck to do with these things.” — Robin Butler, CEO of the National Organization of Alternative Housing From millennials looking to own their first home in high-priced urban centers, to empty-nesters and retirees seeking financial freedom and independence, interest in tiny homes has grown steadily in the past few years. And though it’s estimated that there are now more than 10,000 tiny homes across the U.S.,… Continue reading
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It’s Your Time to Shine: Accela Offers Nine Spots for the NEHA 2020 Annual Educational Conference

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Application opens today! On July 13, 2020, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) kicks off its annual educational conference (AEC) in New York City. For three days, environmental health professionals will attend sessions on topics such as climate change, data and technology, food safety, emergency preparedness and response, and more. NEHA is a leader in advancing the environmental health practice in the U.S. and internationally, and the AEC is a great opportunity to meet with and learn from like-minded experts in the field. As a long-time NEHA partner and sponsor, Accela Environmental Health always looks forward to attending the AEC, and every year we bring a few EH professionals with us!… Continue reading
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5G and the Small Cell Permitting Challenge: Are Governments Ready?

Jason Christensen
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This is the first article in a 3-part “Trends in Permitting” series authored by Accela’s Building and Planning solution team. America has traditionally led the way in mobility. The cell phone, smartphones, the app store, and modern 4G networks were deployed here first, and the U.S. wireless sector continues to drive our economy, power innovation across industries, and help create safer communities. Now, the race to implement 5G has gone global and countries like China, South Korea, and Japan are doing all they can to win. Considering the economic and technological advantages of 5G, the stakes for leadership are high — and local government agencies are feeling the pressure to fast-track permitting and implementations…. Continue reading
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Moving to the Cloud is a Relationship, Not a Transaction

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Ted is staring out the window of City Hall, thinking, “This is a huge commitment, it feels like it’s forever. Can I really trust this person with everything that matters the most to me? What could go wrong? How can I keep from getting hurt? There is so much at stake!” Ted is not deciding whether he’s going to propose to his girlfriend. Ted is trying to decide if he’s going to transition his agency workflows to the cloud. The idea feels like an enormous, scary undertaking. He’s seen headlines of data breaches from private companies — almost every day there seems to be another cyberattack exposing sensitive data and compromising huge numbers of people’s privacy…. Continue reading
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