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Environmental Health: 10 Digital Tools Every Community Should Have

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See the Tools, Services and Digital Strategies That Can Benefit any Environmental Health Department in this Infographic Environmental health departments often find themselves on the frontlines of community health issues. They fight food contamination, safeguard children from lead poisoning, ensure safe drinking water conditions and regularly inspect apartment buildings, restaurants, industrial sites other locations to keep residents safe. In this infographic we point to 10 essential items every environmental health department should consider when modernizing their information management system. For more details see the infographic below or learn about our Accela Civic Solution for Environmental Health. Continue reading

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Breaking Down Short-Term Rental Challenges and Solutions

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This Infographic identifies the Key Issues and Potential Fixes Governments Can Find in Today’s Short-Term Rental Market A photo rendering of apartments in San Francisco, home to Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. (Daniel Hoherd / Flickr) The short-term rental (STR) market is shaking up the regulatory environment for cities as they try to ensure proper housing practices and collect tax revenues from this new business type. With this new breed of business owner, state and local governments are facing an array of challenges. Hosts renting out apartments or homes through apps like Airbnb often lack an understanding of proper STR standards. Some residents have… Continue reading

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada Increases Demand for Regulatory Tools, Oversight

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The News Signals Significant Industry Growth and Provides U.S. Cities and States Another Reference Point for Regulation (Vaska037 / Flickr) Policymakers and industry analysts are already speculating about demands for new licensing and enforcement measures this month after Canada legalized recreational marijuana.Canada’s Cannabis Act, that took effect on Oct. 17, set Canada apart as the second country to legalize the drug nationally since Uruguay approved recreational marijuana  sales in 2017. The decision to legalize cannabis has prompted a rush for the drug in Canada with consumers standing in long lines and flooding retail websites. The Quebec Cannabis Society (Société Québécoise Du Cannabis, SQDC), an organization tasked… Continue reading

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Accelarate Heads to Denver in 2019

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https://vimeo.com/295689839Update: Event dates have been updated to Oct. 6-9, 2019.In 2019 Accelarate, Accela’s customer conference, is moving to the Mile High City from Oct. 6-9. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has rolled out the red carpet for the government innovators, influencers and change makers that will meet in Denver for a week of talks, training, panel sessions and networking opportunities.As a pioneer in digital innovation, Denver and the state of Colorado are known for their efforts to modernize services through smart city technologies like open data, smart infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and have one of the best cybersecurity programs in the country. Denver is also a pioneer in… 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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Accelarate Day 2: Government Innovator Aneesh Chopra Calls for ‘Open Innovation’

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The Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Urges Governments to Innovate with Each Other and the Private Sector The former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and President of CareJourney Aneesh Chopra speaks at Accelarate’s morning keynote on Oct. 11 at the CNN Convention Center. (Jason Shueh) Open innovation will become the next major catalyst to modernize government. That was the message of Aneesh Chopra Thursday as he spoke at day two of Accelarate 2018, an industry conference for Accela customers and partners. The former U.S. chief technology officer, and current president of the open data medical care company CareJourney, said for governments to be effective in the… Continue reading

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Study Finds Emerging Regulations Will Redefine Permitting, Inspections and Oversight

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Leaders See Incoming Regulations to Have Sweeping Impacts Across Government Services Dustin Haisler, e.Republic’s Chief Innovation Officer, reveals key findings in emerging regulation research at Accelarate 2018. In the face of a rapidly-changing regulatory landscape, government leaders will need to team up with technology providers in order to increase communication and cooperation across a range of operational areas, new research shows. These are among the findings that were unveiled at the Accelarate 2018 conference, on Oct. 12, in Atlanta, Georgia. The findings were presented by Dustin Haisler, e.Republic’s chief innovation officer and are part of a new study conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government, and underwritten… Continue reading

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Spotlighting Smart City Advances, Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Opens Accelarate 2018

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The City’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik Highlights New Efforts to Improve Equity Through Digital Innovation Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik opens Accelarate 2018 at the CNN Center. (Jason Shueh) Opening Accelarate 2018, Accela’s customer conference, Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik met with government attendees Wednesday to underscore the city’s growing commitment to smart city innovation as it plans its future services.Through Smart Atlanta (Smart ATL), the city’s pilot program for smart city investments, and technologies like Accela’s Civic Solution for Building Naik said the city has already set a foundation for smart city growth, however more is expected. This movement he said will… Continue reading
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How SaaS Opens Doors for Innovative Staffing and Leadership

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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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Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Upgrades from Kiva to Accela Civic Platform

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County Reduces time to Certificate of Occupancy with Concurrent Electronic Plan Review Across Departments Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has a longstanding commitment to improving transparency and citizen engagement. In 1998, the County introduced Kiva to provide an enterprise computer system tool for land, permitting and request for service (RFS) information to its citizens. In 2004, KivaNet was introduced online. Rene Sedillo, Planning and Development Technology Manager with Bernalillo County, was on the team that originally selected and implemented Kiva. He and a business analyst were responsible for managing the system, including setting up all workflows, processes and record types. While the solution met Bernalillo County’s… Continue reading

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