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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 camp-food…. 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…. 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 represent much more than offloading datacenter functions and costs — the cloud can transform how agencies are run and communities are served,… 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. … Continue reading

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Building Capacity Gadget by Gadget

Darryl Booth
This article was originally published in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health, a publication produced by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).  Editor’s 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 Capacity is a joint effort to educate, reinforce, and build upon successes within the profession, using technology to improve efficiency and extend the impact of environmental health agencies…. Continue reading

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SaaS Means Security

Srini Kakkera
SaaS Means Security Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are touted for their affordability, their propensity to modernize and their adaptability to scale services quickly throughout an enterprise. Yet a virtue that’s often overlooked is the power of SaaS to safeguard critical systems and data. In government this is especially true. City and state IT systems often fall into the crosshairs of hackers, and with tight budgets and limited staff, cybersecurity efforts can be daunting for agencies. This is one reason why many state chief information officers are migrating their services into SaaS services, like Accela’s Civic Platform. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) reported in its 2017 State CIO Survey that more than 80 percent of CIOs said they had migrated,… Continue reading

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Building Safety Month: A Cause for Celebrating Community Development

Kelly Delaney
This month, we celebrate Community Development agencies, who oversee the building and permitting codes that save lives and businesses. Accela software helps them do it.

May is Building Safety Month, a public awareness campaign driven by the International Code Council (ICC) to highlight the different elements needed to build safe and sustainable structures.  As the ICC says, building codes save lives. We spend a significant amount of our lives inside structures, so having a safe place to live, work and play is crucial. Building codes, and the local Community Development municipal agencies that oversee and implement them, protect citizens and businesses from many dangerous events like fire,… Continue reading

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Herfie is Back and Springbrook is Standing Tall

Max Schnoedl

Herfie is Back and Springbrook is Standing Tall

By: Max Schnoedl This week, we shared some exciting news with the local government financial community – we’re bringing Springbrook back, along with its beloved mascot, Herfie the cow. We believe that our 900 local government customers, together with many more of their peers across the US, should benefit from a modern, high-performance cloud offering to manage their finances, payroll and utility billing efficiently from coast to coast. We also believe in citizen-centric government, where communities are empowered by added financial transparency and can offer a seamless payment experience to their constituencies, in line with what they might expect from their everyday interactions with leading consumer brands…. Continue reading

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Expanding Cannabis Policy and Platforms to Support a Growing Industry

Zack Dye
The last several election cycles have demonstrated quite a shift in American politics, particularly when it comes to cannabis regulation. Voters in 29 states have legalized medical cannabis, and nine of those states have legalized recreational cannabis use for adults as well. There has been plenty of activity at the federal level, which sometimes conflicts with state and local actions. The most recent spending bill keeps federal protection prohibiting Congress from using federal funds to prevent states from developing their own marijuana markets.                   State and local governments considering their regulatory approach should note that—although still something of a gray area—the law may be evolving in order to support taxation and reinforce programs of public safety,… Continue reading

Tailoring Our Solutions to Address Increasingly Complex Government Challenges

Ed Daihl
Accela creates software for state, county and municipal governments to streamline interactions with citizens by meeting them where they are, which is increasingly online. When I joined the company last year, my first priority was to listen to our customers and understand their needs. In my conversations, it was clear that local and state governments are experiencing a tough time navigating new innovations and industries driven by regulatory and technological change. We’ve taken two steps to enhance the success of our customers. Simplifying deployment of our solutions Last Wednesday, Accela announced the availability of turnkey licensing and regulatory products for cannabis and short-term rentals (i.e. Airbnb,… Continue reading