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Federal Hemp Legislation Sets Stage for Local Regulation

Jason Shueh
The legalization of hemp at the federal level will provide new opportunities for food products and medications but also brings new regulatory challenges Just before the close of 2018 the cannabis industry locked in another major victory with the passage of the Farm Bill that will, among other policy measures, legalize hemp cultivation and compel state and local governments to regulate a market estimated to hit $20 billion by 2022. The implications of the bill for local governments are significant, as it brings opportunities for additional revenues via business licensing and sales tax revenues, but also the inherent technical and political challenges found in regulating… 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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Accela 2018 Trendsetter Awards Honor Government Innovators

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State and Local Agencies Showcase Digital Innovation Initiatives at the Accelarate Trendsetter Awards After three days of keynote talks, breakout sessions, panels, product demos and networking, officials in government technology space closed Accelarate, Accela’s customer conference, by honoring agencies and individuals that had made an impact in their communities.On Friday, Accela’s Chief Product Officer Jonathan “J.K.” Knight announced the winners of this year’s Trendsetter Awards at the Atlanta CNN Center. Awardees represented a divers mix of cities and counties from across the U.S. Each distinguishing themselves in the innovative ways they leveraged Accela’s Civic Platform to improve services and the lives of residents.Under the theme… Continue reading

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How SaaS Opens Doors for Innovative Staffing and Leadership

Jason Shueh
Learn How the Cloud and SaaS Can Enhance State and City Recruitment Efforts Hiring top IT talent has always been the bane of government and today it is even harder as technologies evolve, budgets shrink and a wave of baby boomers finish their careers. The AARP estimates there are approximately 10,000 baby boomers turning 65, retirement age, every single day — a trend projected to go past 2030. In state and local IT departments the exodus has resulted in a loss of expertise that has become difficult and costly to replicate. Technical skillsets needed to maintain older systems are vanishing, with new staff unwilling or… Continue reading

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6 Ways to Prioritize Your Legacy Modernization

Jason Shueh
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Things to Consider When Weighing What Systems to Revamp or Refurbish Unreadable data, lethargic load times, unmanageable maintenance, unsupported software, high security risks and shoddy service. These are just a few symptoms that plague governments as they struggle to modernize their antiquated systems.The difficulties act as both a constraint and catalyst, fueling an industry push for contemporary technologies found in the cloud and Software-as-a-Service solutions. Evidence of this wave of IT revitalization can be found in a survey conducted by the National Association fo State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Since 2013, NASCIO has reported that state CIOs have consistently ranked cloud services, cybersecurity, and IT… Continue reading

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San Francisco’s 7 Factors for Effective Government IT

Jason Shueh
Linda Gerull
San Francisco CIO Linda Gerull Identifies Key Elements to Deploying Lasting Technology and the Partnership Strategies that Make the Difference San Francisco CIO Linda Gerull With downtown streets bustling with software engineers, tech entrepreneurs and eager investors, San Francisco is an epicenter for digital invention. The innovative spirit is evident in the towering offices of tech companies that span its skyline, in its makeshift workspaces where startups test new ideas and products, and in City Hall, where Linda Gerull, San Francisco’s chief information officer, toils with her team at the Department of Technology to serve the city and county’s nearly 900,000 residents. The work requires… Continue reading

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Five Critical Components to Any Business and Occupational Licensing Solution

Jason Shueh
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From adaptable design to launch-readiness, learn the essential technical components you should demand in an IT business and occupational licensing solution Effective business and occupational licensing tools are an essential ingredient to any modern city. They amplify customer service, increase agency revenues, reduce costs, break down the barriers for data sharing between departments and energize economic development initiatives. Yet the complexities of government, coupled with an immense variety of licensing tools, can present difficulties. State and local CIOs can be hard pressed to decipher what is needed. Departments have to consider the level of integration between their new licensing systems and supporting systems. They must… Continue reading

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Business & Occupational Licensing: 5 Things Every Government Should Expect from their Vendor

Jason Shueh
It’s no secret that cities and states have an affinity for small businesses. They provide services in areas big box stores might dismiss for lack of size. They pay locals to deliver local goods. They add a sense of originality to localities and are often the key contributors to tax revenues. State and local governments know that enabling business growth enables communities. With this mindset, governments should always be hunting for business and occupational licensing solutions that can simplify the regulatory process so business owners can focus on services instead of paperwork. Unfortunately, finding the right IT vendor can be precarious. Some business and occupational licensing solutions radiate sheer innovation,… Continue reading

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Survey Ranks Cybersecurity Top Concern Among County CIOs

Jason Shueh
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The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties report cybersecurity is the greatest concern for county CIOs

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties report cybersecurity is the greatest concern for county CIOs (Blogtrepreneur / Flickr ) This month the Center for Digital Government (CDG) reported county CIOs top priority in 2018 is cybersecurity, a concern that reflects a growing urgency in government to safeguard systems and data. The CDG findings are part of its annual Digital Counties Survey conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). The survey evaluates counties on their use of technology and best technology practices. After cybersecurity, the top five priorities for CIOs included disaster recovery and continuity of operations, in second; citizen… Continue reading

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Governments Worldwide Working for the People: 2014 Accela Engage Customer Award Winners

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When Abraham Lincoln spoke the phrase, “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” he envisioned a government that existed to better serve its own constituents—one that was open to change and innovation, and would better the lives of every citizen. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the wave of cynicism that’s so popular these days, there are government agencies around the world that consider improving the lives of constituents a top priority, and are creating new and innovative technologies that embrace that populist ideal by making it easier for citizens to engage with their governments. The Accela Engage Customer Awards… Continue reading

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