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Prepare for Disaster: 7 Tools Your Health Department Must Have

Jason Shueh
The technologies could aid health departments as they assist first responders and manage critical city assets Whether it’s a five-alarm fire, an outbreak of disease or a bout of hurricane force winds, cities must be prepared for the unexpected. This is why many cities are investing in modern disaster resilience initiatives. Leaders are designing strategic plans that incorporate data and automated systems for disaster preparedness and recovery. Cities use these advances to single out gaps in emergency resources, spot vulnerable populations during hazardous incidents and adapt to service disruptions by building extra capacity for critical infrastructure. In the report Investing in Urban Resilience, the World Bank researchers… Continue reading

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How to Answer the Hard Questions on Cannabis Control

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 Greg Felix, Accela’s vice president of strategic solutions, talks about tips and trends for cannabis regulation at CannaWest 2018 There are a lot of unknowns in the emerging world of legalized marijuana as governments try to identify their biggest challenges, decide state and local roles, and understand how technology will support regulation. To provide insights on these pressing questions, on Thursday Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix spoke to the Stratton Report at  CannaWest, the annual conference dedicated to solutions in cannabis compliance, testing and product safety. With Accela’s pioneering efforts to enable cannabis permitting and licensing in California, Colorado and Michigan,… Continue reading

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Accela Customers Take Top Honors in the 2018 Digital Counties Survey

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The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has put a spotlight on Accela customers at its 2018 Digital Counties Survey that honors counties that have implemented innovative technology practices. The CDG identified nine Accela customers that placed in the top three of their respective categories in a press releaseWednesday. Among these waso Sonoma County, California, that won first place for counties with 500,000 to under a million residents; Arlington County, Virginia, that took first for counties with 150,000 to under 250,000 residents; and Nevada County, California, that ranked first for counties of up to 150,000 residents. CDG announced the 63 winning counties with the National Association of Counties that… Continue reading

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Two Planning and Building Applications Aim to Accelerate City Housing through Data, Mobile Apps and Analytics

Jason Shueh
Two new planning and building apps reduce overhead and maintenance costs, offering out-of-the-box tools   To accommodate the heightened demand for housing, cities have employed a number of mechanisms, from policies that promote affordable housing and rent control, to economic development programs that seed new construction and support first time home buyers. Yet no matter the city or its preferred housing strategy, a common challenge faced by all cities is having enough capacity to process the many transactions required to build or modify their residential properties. For this, and other planning and building tasks, Accela introduces two simple, yet sophisticated, solutions: the Accela Civic Application… Continue reading

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Michigan Ready to Issue First Medical Marijuana Licenses

Jason Shueh
The state’s more than 500 digitally processed applications act as a model for modernization and revenue generation With the first medical marijuana licenses expected for release on July 12 and 546 applications already processed, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced Wednesday that licenses can be distributed as soon as approval is given by the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board. LARA’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation used technology found in Accela’s Civic Application for Cannabis Regulation to process hundreds of medical marijuana license applications that were submitted since December 2017. The bureau’s Director Andrew Brisbo said the licensing system aided the state to… Continue reading

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Why GIS Mapping may be the Next Game Changer in Marijuana Regulation

Jason Shueh
Denver active cannabis license map
Denver shows how Esri GIS and Accela’s licensing tools are accelerating cannabis license processing and transparency. For government, geography has an implicit connection to decision making. Geography directs how we navigate our streets, determines food choices, influences home prices, employment options, utilities and even the access we have to quality health care. With so much riding on location, maps have become a staple of government as agencies hunt for quick insights and competent solutions. Now, the public sector’s capacity for cartography is gaining new ground through the spread of legalized cannabis. There are 30 states and Washington, D.C., that have legalized medical marijuana, eight of these… Continue reading

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A Camp Cook, a Fly Bat, and Food Safety

Darryl Booth
Accela honors Maricopa County, Arizona, for food safety innovation and similar communities invested in environmental heath The Phoenix skyline in Maricopa County, Arizona. (Jason Corneveaux / Flickr) Editor’s Note: As part of Accela’s commitment to environmental health, and the technologies that support it, Accela’s  General Manager of Environmental Health Division Darryl Booth spotlights the annual Samuel J. Crumbine Award for Excellence in Food Protection and celebrates Maricopa County, Arizona, for winning it a second time in 2018. A Camp Cook I spent the Memorial Day Weekend camping with my two sons. The Sierra Nevada Mountains near my home were perfectly appointed for awe-inspiring hikes and delicious… Continue reading

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San Bernardino County Shows How Online Permitting can Spur Economic Growth

Jason Shueh
The National Association of Counties has recognized San Bernardino with its Achievement Award after the launch of its high-speed digital permitting system  California’s San Bernardino County’s new permitting system has received top honors from the National Association of Counties (NACo) after earning the organization’s 2018 Achievement Award, an accolade granted to county programs that demonstrate “innovative” service.  NACo announced the awards in a blog post on May 11, where it commended the 615 winning programs submitted from 116 counties and state associations across the U.S. The award validates San Bernardino and Accela’s work to build a modern permitting system that can answer the county’s growing demand in permitting. In its award submission, San Bernardino reported that it designed the new system, called EZ Online Permitting (EZOP), to speed up the approval process for economic growth and… Continue reading

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Three Ways the Cloud Helps Communities Grow and Thrive

Kimberly Nelson and Troy Coggiola
This is a guest post by Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft Corporation and Troy Coggiola, Chief Product Officer, Accela. It was originally published by the National League of Cities blog, CitiesSpeak.  Government agencies strive to improve the quality of life for their citizens, ensuring equitable access to services and desired businesses, smart community development and overall public health and safety. According to a 2018 survey conducted by Bain Research, by 2022, 78 percent of government entities will be predominantly buying software-as-a-service (SaaS) to focus their resources on activities that more directly serve their citizens. Cloud hosted solutions… Continue reading

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3 Strategies for Regulating Cannabis

Jason Shueh
Denver’s former licensing expert Judy Steele highlights key ingredients in the city’s successful cannabis regulation program   (Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Flickr) With 30 states that have legalized medical marijuana, and eight of those that have legalized recreational marijuana, Denver’s former cannabis licensing expert is offering authorities guidance to regulate the advancing industry.   Judy Steele, the former deputy director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses (DEL), shared three strategies that helped Denver become the first U.S. city in 2013 to successfully regulate recreational marijuana. Steele, who is now Accela’s director of Cannabis Regulation, outlined the strategies in a webinar last September with the intent to assist localities that are launching marijuana licensing programs or improving their current cannabis licensing strategies.  When Colorado voters approved an amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Steele said it required the city to pioneer new… Continue reading

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