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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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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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Fresno Launches ‘FAASTER’ Planning and Permitting System

Jason Shueh
The city hopes to speed up its permitting process with a system that gives residents instant access to its building and planning services.   Accela’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Accela’s Environmental Health Division Darryl Booth, left, and Fresno Mayor Lee Brand celebrate the launch of the city’s new permitting system. Officials in Fresno, California announced the launch of an interactive permitting and planning tool Thursday, a measure that replaces the city’s previous system while supporting Mayor Lee Brand’s effort to drive economic development through modern city services. Fresno calls the system, developed by Accela, the Fresno Accelerated Application System to Track Electronic Reviews, or… 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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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… Continue reading

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