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Accela Offers California Cities Aid with New Building Permit Extension

Jason Shueh
planning, building, construction
Starting Jan. 1 cities and counties will be extending the time developers have to comply with building permit regulations and Accela is ready to assist governments that may need help adjusting services. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2913 (AB 2913) on Sept. 21, easing some of the tight building permit compliance deadlines placed on developers. Prior to the law, developers who received a building permit for construction were expected to comply with all building codes currently in force, no matter when those codes were added. This meant builders that received a permit were still required to comply with a code even if it had been added or updated after construction plans were approved or construction was underway. Continue reading

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Accela Ireland Expansion Spurs Regional Smart City Growth, Taps Regional Talent

Dani Chehak
From left, IDA Head of Enterprise Technology Group Donal Travers, Ireland Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphries and Accela Chief Product Officer Troy Coggiola. By Dani Chehak, Accela Chief Human Resources OfficerLast week, we were proud to announce the opening of our Dublin, Ireland office and our plans to double our staff in the city. We had the opportunity to sit down with a technology journalist from the Irish Times before our announcement and shared the importance of the announcement with her. Accela is committed to making investments in areas that we believe can help us attract the best talent and accelerate smart government solutions worldwide…. Continue reading

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Accela Customers Shine in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey Awards

Jason Shueh
(Shutterstock / hin255) The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of its 2018 Digital Cities Survey awards this month, and with that announcement, Accela would like to honor our many customers that were acknowledged in this prestigious innovation award. The annual survey recognizes the top cities that employ technology to solve pressing challenges in their communities and improve services for citizens.In a post by the CDG, the Center’s Executive director Teri Takai praised the winners and recognized cities for their innovative thinking and determination. “This year’s Digital Cities Survey winners are leading the nation when it comes to leveraging data to improve a wide… Continue reading

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Research Shows Governments Could be Missing Out on Millions in Short-term Rental Fees

Jason Shueh
Airbnb Headquarters, third floor (Airbnb) With the rise of companies like Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and others short-term rentals now have a pervasive influence in cities; yet while this emerging market continues to grow, data shows local governments could be missing out on millions in uncollected revenue if they are unprepared to regulate the industry.Since Airbnb was founded in 2008, the short-term rental company has given birth to a market that has grown at a near exponential rate. In the space of just 10 years Airbnb alone has increased its annual revenues to more than $2.6 billion with more than five million listings in 81,000-plus cities… Continue reading

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What Really Makes Cities Smart: Understanding the Citizen Experience

Heidi Lorenzen
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Heidi Lorenzen, vice president of marketing for Accela that was originally posted in CitiesSpeak, the official blog of the National League of Cities. Cities are laboratories for democracy where residents can directly access their local elected leaders to make their concerns known. While federal regulation and legislation moves at a seemingly glacial pace, cities have to act nimbly and continuously evolve to maintain a well-functioning community. Cities all across the country are navigating emerging regulatory challenges that include ride sharing registration in New York City to e-scooters in San Francisco, to cannabis regulation in towns coast to coast. In all cases, cities… Continue reading

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What Kind of Civic Superhero are You?

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Content loading… Please enable javascript! Which Unsung Hero of Marketing Are You Most Like? Emerging regulatory challenges Community engagement Process improvement and efficiency Budget shortfall Cybersecurity Data-driven decision making / analytics Legacy systems Talent acquisition / retention Other Government publications / media Colleagues Private sector Events Other Business licensing Permit processing Service requests (311) Emerging regulation (short-term rentals, cannabis, scooters, etc.) Public safety Environmental health Other The Data-driven Detective The Frontline Phenom Maverick Mastermind Take this quiz to learn your Civic Superhero type and get resources to supercharge your community You may not swoop down to save citizens from speeding cars, leap tall buildings or… Continue reading

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National League of Cities Summit Prepares Agencies for Cannabis

Jason Shueh
As Midterm election results reveal a greater appetite for cannabis, Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix explains best tools and strategies to manage regulations Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix speaks to city officals about effective cannabis regulation at the National League of Cities City Summit. (Accela) Voters gave legalized marijuana another commanding victory in this month’s midterm elections prompting cities to take note at the 2018 National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit.The event, that ran from Nov. 7-10, offered its 3,800-plus city leaders opportunities to discuss key topic affecting their communities. The impacts of the cannabis industry and its… Continue reading

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6 Accela Customers Win Route Fifty’s 2018 Navigator Awards

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The Awards Spotlighted Individuals and Organizations that Delivered Transformative Services in 2018 The 2018 Navigator Awards were held on the first night of the National League of Cities 2018 City Summit. (Accela) Accela customers took home a sizable share of this year’s Route Fifty Navigator Awards, representing six out of the 10 winners.Coinciding with the first night of the National League of Cities City Summit, Route Fifty presented the awards at a special ceremony in the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The event honored the Accela customers of California; Tennessee; Boston; New York City; Arlington, Texas; San Jose, California; and St. Louis, Missouri for… Continue reading

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El Paso County Fights Food Poisoning with Data

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The Colorado County Uses Accela for Environmental Health to Inform Residents About High Risk Restaurants and Spot Food Inspections Issues (Alpha / Flickr) Whether it’s craft beer at Oskar Blues, rigatoni at Red Gravy or gluten-free sweets at Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery, the cooks in Colorado Springs have a dish for almost any visitor. Yet with roughly 23 million tourists visiting the mountain town each year, food inspectors have made safety a top priority by using smart city tools like data analytics and mobile technologies to monitor compliance.Sitting near famous outdoor sites like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark Park, Colorado… Continue reading

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Building Capacity Through Project Agility

Darryl Booth
The U.S. Digital Service, shown above, is one of many federal agencies applying agile development to improve IT projects at the federal and local levels of government. (Photo credit: USDS) This article was originally published by the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health in its November issue that can be found here.Editors Note:A need exists within environmental health agencies to increase their capacity to perform in an environment of diminishing resources. With limited resources and increasing demands, we need to seek new approaches to the business of environmental health. Acutely aware of these challenges, NEHA has initiated a partnership with Accela called Building Capacity. Building… Continue reading

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