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Customer Spotlight: Pinellas County, Florida

Jason Christensen
Pinellas County, Florida Courthouse
Like many jurisdictions, Pinellas County, Fla. struggles under a land use regimen that can sometimes seem painfully slow. It’s a source of frustration to builders, and can be an impediment to economic development. “Plan review is probably the longest portion of the approval process,” said David Howdeshell, a project sponsor in Pinellas County’s Building and Development Review Services. He’s heading up a reinvention of the process, implementing Accela land use products to make the wheels turn more smoothly. Plan review can encompass a staggering range of participants, with as many as 18 separate agencies weighing in on the process, and no automated means to streamline the system…. Continue reading

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Seizing the Shift: 3 Ways to Harness Digital Transformation in 2019

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Accela CEO Gary Kovacs spotlights three strategies for mayors and local leaders to answer resident demands and improve services at the same time.

Accela CEO Gary Kovacs Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Government Technology magazine and Route Fifty.Technology is changing government, new industries are changing government, resident expectations are changing government. These pressures are a given in 2019 as officials work tirelessly to keep residents happy and services running.Yet with these shifts, Accela CEO Gary Kovacs sees a game changing opportunity for governments to achieve what previous leaders could just dream about: a complete and lasting digital transformation. In an open letter to mayors and local leaders,… Continue reading

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Building Capacity to Leverage Reports

Darryl Booth
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An example of Microsoft Power BI, one of the industry leading analytics tools for reporting. (Microsoft) Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health in its April 2019 issue that can be found here. A sure measure of software satisfaction is getting out more than you put in. The MyFitnessPal app on my phone is great. I tap in my meals, snacks, and work-outs. It’s a small chore. Maybe I should invest those slivers of time elsewhere? But I don’t. I keep inputting those meals because I get predictions and motivation when I look at the positive trends…. Continue reading

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How Digital Transformation Can Spur Economic Growth

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Late in 2014, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the launch of Boston 2030, a 15-year strategy to create 53,000 units of housing across demographics and neighborhoods, and effectively plan for anticipated growth at a scale the city has not seen for more than 50 years. Boston isn’t alone in anticipating growth. According to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, his city permitted a record $2 billion in development in 2014. Additionally, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2015 Metro Jobs Forecast, all 363 metro areas in the U.S. will see future job growth. Meanwhile, the National Association of Counties (NACo) reports that job growth accelerated in 2014,… Continue reading

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Study Uncovers Top Strategies to Slashing Red Tape

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Bridging the gap between the public sector, citizens and partners has never been more critical. In an age where productivity, security and transparency are at odds, it’s essential for local governments to facilitate citizen participation without adding to already strained budgets. Traditional government processes are outdated, lack online capabilities and shield workflows from the public. As a result, there’s little information or proper insight into workflows, resource allocation and citizen-request management—further contributing to the divide between the public and its government. Government employees know their actions impact more than their day-to-day and resolve to better engage with their fellow citizens. They need the best tools to help them streamline processes and address the public’s key grievances…. Continue reading

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Digital Transformation’s Impact on How We Govern the Future, Today

Heidi Lorenzen
Governing the Future
Over the last decade, emerging technologies have ushered in the need for governments to approach accelerated change and challenge in new ways. The impact of increased urbanization and shifting citizen expectations, combined with the ways technology is reshaping cities, is creating a call to governments and city leaders to evolve their role and shift their mindset around how to effectively govern into the future — not a simple task. The demands of the new mindset are twofold: a curiosity to identify the opportunities and challenges that a technology-enabled future holds, and a creative approach that seeks the right mix of tools and partnerships so governments are empowered with technology to meet new demands.Whether an elected official,… Continue reading

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Accela CEO Gary Kovacs to Drive the Next Shift in Government Innovation

Jason Shueh

The former CEO of AVG and Mozilla takes the helm as Accela’s new CEO to pioneer innovative technologies and open the next stage of government innovation

Accela CEO Gary Kovacs (Flickr) Gary Kovacs is well versed in the dogmas of digital innovation. As the founder of the Zi Corporation, he led the company to develop some of the first patents for modern text messaging. As CEO at Mozilla, Kovacs launched FireFox OS, the free, open-source operating system for smartphones. And as CEO at AVG Technologies, Kovacs transformed the security company’s single consumer product into a diverse portfolio of enterprise cybersecurity services.Now Gary Kovacs has his sights set on government transformation as Accela’s new CEO. … Continue reading

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Accela Customers Shine in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey Awards

Jason Shueh
(Shutterstock / hin255) The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has announced the winners of its 2018 Digital Cities Survey awards this month, and with that announcement, Accela would like to honor our many customers that were acknowledged in this prestigious innovation award. The annual survey recognizes the top cities that employ technology to solve pressing challenges in their communities and improve services for citizens.In a post by the CDG, the Center’s Executive director Teri Takai praised the winners and recognized cities for their innovative thinking and determination. “This year’s Digital Cities Survey winners are leading the nation when it comes to leveraging data to improve a wide range of city services and initiatives,” Takai said…. Continue reading

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What Really Makes Cities Smart: Understanding the Citizen Experience

Heidi Lorenzen
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Heidi Lorenzen, vice president of marketing for Accela that was originally posted in CitiesSpeak, the official blog of the National League of Cities. Cities are laboratories for democracy where residents can directly access their local elected leaders to make their concerns known. While federal regulation and legislation moves at a seemingly glacial pace, cities have to act nimbly and continuously evolve to maintain a well-functioning community. Cities all across the country are navigating emerging regulatory challenges that include ride sharing registration in New York City to e-scooters in San Francisco, to cannabis regulation in towns coast to coast…. Continue reading

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What Kind of Civic Superhero are You?

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Content loading… Please enable javascript! Which Unsung Hero of Marketing Are You Most Like? Emerging regulatory challenges Community engagement Process improvement and efficiency Budget shortfall Cybersecurity Data-driven decision making / analytics Legacy systems Talent acquisition / retention Other Government publications / media Colleagues Private sector Events Other Business licensing Permit processing Service requests (311) Emerging regulation (short-term rentals, cannabis, scooters, etc.) Public safety Environmental health Other The Data-driven Detective The Frontline Phenom Maverick Mastermind

Take this quiz to learn your Civic Superhero type and get resources to supercharge your community

You may not swoop down to save citizens from speeding cars, leap tall buildings or fly through the air,… Continue reading

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