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How COVID-19 Will Reshape Public-Private Partnerships

Heidi Lorenzen
Heidi Lorenzen
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The following article was originally posted on the National League of Cities’ CitiesSpeak blog on April 29, 2020. As local officials across the country respond to the novel coronavirus, many are realizing there is a unique opportunity to rethink what the new normal should be. More importantly, how might it be better than where we’ve come from. I have already seen examples of great efforts emerging like the one from NLC to ensure that local governments of all sizes have the financial support they need that give me hope for a brighter future. I believe there are two positives that will come from this time we are experiencing now…. 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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Looking Beyond the Crisis: Helping Governments Safely Re-Open Businesses

Darryl Booth
Darryl Booth
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Note from the Author: As we together turn attention to safely re-opening our businesses, we are mindful of the personal suffering experienced by so many over the last several months. We laud the dedication to service demonstrated by so many leaders and workers. Thank you. As leaders and citizens call for restarting the economy, municipalities are evaluating their communities’ readiness to re-open COVID-19-impacted businesses based on two primary measures: 1) can their healthcare system manage a potential uptick in cases; and 2) can they ensure businesses re-open in a manner that will protect the safety of its workers and customers? In all considerations one thing is certain,… Continue reading

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How Governments Can Meet the Solar Permitting Challenge in the Wake of COVID-19

Jason Christensen
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This is the third article in a 3-part “Trends in Permitting” series authored by Accela’s Building and Planning solution team. The sun is shining on the U.S. solar industry. Not just in the literal sense in which photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity,  but in the sense of real economic growth, with more than 10,000 U.S. solar companies in operation. Rapidly advancing solar technologies combined with significant Investment Tax Credit (ITCs) have driven adoption to unprecedented rates, as solar power has become more affordable and accessible than ever before. As we approach Earth Day 2020, it’s worth noting the various ways in which solar adoption can contribute to fighting the acceleration of climate change…. 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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We Exist to Serve Governments, in Good Times and Crisis

Gary Kovacs
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Responding with COVID-19 SolutionsOver the last month, we heard from customers about some of the most critical challenges they need to solve –and solve fast– to keep operations running and citizens safe and healthy during the aggressively growing crisis. In response, Accela’s product experts developed a suite of Accela COVID-19 Response Solutions. The cloud-based solutions are designed to help all governments (not just our customers) navigate new modes of business operation during “shelter-in-place” and “social distancing” mandates, enable newly remote staff members to work effectively from home, and ensure that critical government services continue to run digitally.Covering the Virtual Basics FirstThrough our discussions with customers, we identified the two biggest ways Accela can help agencies right now: help enable a remote workforce to continue providing citizen services digitally,… 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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