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Looking Ahead to Accela Engage: 2013 User Conference

Maury Blackman
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Our user conference is just over two weeks away, and the team at Accela is hard at work making final preparations. We have a lot of great sessions and networking opportunities in store, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you in San Diego. (If you would like to attend but have not yet signed up, you can register online through August 2, 2013.) So, what makes this user conference different than previous ones? First, you may have noticed that we changed the name of the event to Accela Engage. We did this to reflect the shift within many communities toward improving the delivery of government services through civic engagement…. Continue reading

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Civic Engagement: Where Does America Rank?

Allen Chen
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) just released an updated version of their Better Life Index. The annual report measures the well-being of societies on 11 different dimensions from Housing, Education, and the Environment to Life Satisfaction and Civic Engagement. Accela is interested and involved in most all areas of governing, but we’re keenly focused on civic engagement. In fact our new mission can be summed up as bettering government through civic engagement. Check out the Better Life Index here: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.orgThere’s a rather nifty interactive UI that lets you tailor your own index according to the topics you value most. So how did the United States fair in 2013?… Continue reading

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Regionalization and Open Government: Key Themes of This Week’s Civic Engagement Roadshow

Allen Chen
The Accela Crew was out in full force this week in the heart of the South, with stops in Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. Our gracious host cities invited us into their offices to talk about Accela’s new mission for #civicgood, to preview the new Civic Hero 311/service request app, to hear a brief introduction to the Accela Developer Portal (available at developer.accela.com), and to interact at the first ever Southeastern regional user group meetings. Accela Sr. Software Architect Kris Trujillo discusses App Development in Atlanta In our discussions with Accela administrators and users, government leaders, and others from the local development community, several trends emerged: Engagement Is HOT Indeed!… Continue reading

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Better Governing through Civic Engagement

Jeff Stiles
It’s already happening. You see it when citizens report potholes, broken signs, graffiti or nuisances using 311 apps. You see it with hackathons, the open data movement, and with organizations like Code for America and Tumml brokering innovation by bringing together developers and government agencies. There’s a palpable energy driven by technological innovations, heightened expectations, and the diverse needs of governments and the businesses they serve. At Accela, we’re keenly focused on improving governing and governments through civic engagement. Why Civic Engagement and why now? Agencies of all sizes can now deploy cloud, web, mobile and social technologies to more effectively engage with their constituencies, meet changing regulatory and compliance standards and manage civic functions. The Center for Digital Government recently completed a survey of 150 local government IT and business leaders to measure awareness and need for regulatory software…. Continue reading

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CityCamp Palo Alto: Thoughts on Civic Hacking from Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Erica Harvill
Accela is a proud sponsor of the upcoming CityCamp Palo Alto, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event, scheduled for June 1, 2013, will include panel discussions, technology demos, music and amazing food. Jonathan Reichental, the City of Palo Alto Chief Information Officer and the Founder and Co-creator of CityCamp Palo Alto, sent along some thoughts on civic hacking, which I’ve posted below. Read, comment, join us for a day of Civic Good and let us know if you will inspire and be inspired. Why Civic Hacking is Good News for Government and Our Communities by Dr. Jonathan ReichentalCity of Palo Alto Chief Information OfficerFounder and Co-creator of CityCamp Palo Alto Hacking 101 When US Navy warplanes returned to base after bombing missions during World War 2,… Continue reading

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What Does Civic Good Mean to You?

Jeff Stiles
Earlier this week, we announced the availability of the Civic Cloud and, in parallel with that launch, you’ll notice some changes in how we talk about what we do for government agencies, how we work with partners and developers and how we engage citizens. I want you to understand what we’re trying to accomplish, why we’re confident we can build our business and provide a lot of value to a lot of agencies, and how you can help tell the story. Today, Accela manages thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for more than 500 public agencies worldwide, connecting governments directly to people and streamlining processes such as permitting,… Continue reading

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The Accela Partner and Developer Conference: Growing Partners and Growing Scale

Maury Blackman
We’re kicking off the seventh annual Accela Partner and Developer Conference this morning and this meeting couldn’t come at a better time. We are acutely aware of increasing government scrutiny, polarized political parties, and the expectation that governments, large and small, will continue to deliver the same level of service despite staffing and budget cuts. Along with the proliferation of social networks and mobile and tablet usage, we know that governments must adapt to better connect to the citizens they serve. We spent the morning defining citizen engagement. An attendee from Kansas discussed engagement as creating easier ways for citizens to request services, making systems easier for businesses to work with government and to make turnaround time faster with less bureaucracy…. Continue reading

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