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We’re Taking Accelarate 2020 Virtual and Welcoming All Govtech Leaders

Heidi Lorenzen
Heidi Lorenzen
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  The year 2020 is nothing if not an opportunity for companies to think, innovate and deliver products and services differently. Accela has been reimagining how we can connect the influencers and doers in our industry with the needed technology solutions and partnerships that have the ability to buoy our communities, address citizen demands and position governments as leaders in creating the change and guidance we need. For the last several years, our annual industry-leading conference and training event, Accelarate, has served as a hub for our customers and partners to connect in meaningful ways with Accela leadership and product experts. Accelarate 2020 will be no different in that regard,… Continue reading
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Fire Prevention and Safety in 2020 and Beyond: Balancing Regulation and Rapid Response 

Jonathon Knight
Jonathon Knight
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If you were to ask fire chiefs across the country about their jobs, they might describe their responsibilities as the ultimate balancing act: Coordinating a range of public safety responsibilities including licensing and permitting, fire prevention, and fire prevention education. Managing growing regulatory burdens, while dealing with emergency response events quickly and efficiently. Working with outdated technology and systems that don’t provide them the data when and where they need it, while requiring usage of manually-intensive or paper-based processes. That’s why modern fire departments increasingly are turning to technology solutions that are easy to deploy, use and maintain to streamline their most time-consuming tasks.    … Continue reading
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How Accela Helps Drive Building Safety and Disaster Preparedness For Better Resiliency

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Each May, International Building Safety Month offers government officials and developers a chance to turn their shared attention to matters of safety. Brainchild of the International Code Council (ICC), the public-awareness campaign aims to reinforce the need for modern building codes to create safe and sustainable structures. It also highlights the need for modernized tools to help regulators prepare for and respond to a range of potential safety issues. For more than two decades, Accela’s solutions have directly spoken to these needs and continue to deliver the features and capabilities governments demand today. Building tools facilitate safe construction by helping agencies optimize their planning and permitting functions by reducing the time it takes to review and issue permits,… Continue reading
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Building Capacity for a Remote Environmental Health Workforce

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
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The below article by Accela’s Darryl Booth was first published in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health and is being re-posted here with their approval.     As of this writing (April 2020), public health is marshalling its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The sobering statistics that are available today will be outdated within hours. Suffice it to say that, upon the June 2020 publication of this column, our collective understanding of the pandemic, the response, the efficacy of the response, and the new normal will be better known. At every stage of understanding, however, our primary and enduring wish is that our families,… Continue reading
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Accela’s 2020 Spring Release: New Features for a New GovTech Landscape

Brian Wick
Brian Wick
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While we all have been trying to adjust to a new reality, we may find that certain obligations we had still remain. Across cities and counties, urgent citizen requests await responses, construction and development projects must continue, and vital paperwork needs to be completed and signed. We realize these projects simply can’t be put to a halt. That’s why Accela continues to drive technological innovation through regular product releases and upgrades to serve governments, empower them to operate remotely, and support the citizens they serve. At any given time, you can be assured Accela is listening to and analyzing our partners’ most important needs so we can offer the most useful solutions possible…. Continue reading
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Integrated Civic Partnership Builds Capacity

Judy Steele
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This is the second issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent cannabis program audits about the long-term management and scalability challenges of regulatory cannabis programs. All audits are anonymized. You can read the first post, on takeaways regarding digitalization and data security here. Getting a business license from a city, county and/or state to operate a cannabis business does not mean that doors open the next day. Like all companies, a cannabis business must meet various fire, building construction, health and other safety requirements, requiring the intervention of an intricate network of functionalities across state and local jurisdictions. This complete review process helps agencies make informed decisions and assures that only qualified applicants are operating licensed cannabis businesses…. Continue reading
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State of the Cannabis Regulatory Industry

Greg Felix
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How digitalization helps agencies respond to COVID-19, ensure security, and provide more consistent public service This is the first issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent cannabis program audits about the long-term management and scalability challenges of regulatory cannabis programs. All audits are anonymized. It’s been about seven years since Washington and Colorado first legalized recreational cannabis use, kicking off a domino effect of new regulatory policies and programs across the country. Today, 33 states have legalized and begun to regulate cannabis production for medicinal use, and 11 of those are also regulating recreational use. The unique nature of this industry has caused some bumps in the road for many programs, … Continue reading
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How Accela Customers Are Protecting Their Communities in Response to COVID-19

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Now more than ever, governments are facing enormous challenges in maintaining the health and wellbeing of communities across the globe. Here is a glimpse into some of the innovative ways Accela customers are responding to COVID-19. We have been inspired by the innovation and nimbleness of our customers nationwide as we navigate the new reality of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and want to share some of the ways they are leveraging digital tools to protect their communities during this crisis – from ensuring government services remain available online to offering work-from-home methods in an effort to mitigate interpersonal public health risks. Grass Valley, Nevada County In response to the spread of COVID-19,… Continue reading
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A Message to Our Customers: Standing Together Amid Challenging Circumstances

Gary Kovacs
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting governments in many ways around the world, and our customers and partners are being forced to implement unprecedented measures to keep their residents safe and calm. As your technology partner, we know the work you and your agency do to execute service delivery and maintain community wellbeing is more critical than ever, and I want to assure you that Accela’s teams stand ready to help. Our Customer Success, Support, Professional Services, Product, Engineering and Cloud teams are open for business and ready to help you leverage the digital tools you need to keep government services running and your communities safe. Accela is pulling our teams and staff together to rally around a new reality of how we conduct business and serve our customers…. Continue reading
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How Connected Government Can Deliver on Modern Digital Transformation

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This piece is cross-posted from the Code for America blog. A Q&A with Accela CTO Renato Mascardo and Code for America CTO Lou Moore on the importance of cultivating partnerships between government and technologists to improve citizen service delivery Every government organization knows that digital transformation is inevitable. But what does it look like, and how can it be achieved successfully and efficiently? As government digitization evolves, it is critical for agencies and technologists to work together to leverage open data as they continue to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges and enhance the modern relationship between citizens and government. Renato Mascardo is responsible for managing the Accela’s engineering,… Continue reading
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