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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. In all cases, cities… Continue reading

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6 Accela Customers Win Route Fifty’s 2018 Navigator Awards

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The Awards Spotlighted Individuals and Organizations that Delivered Transformative Services in 2018 The 2018 Navigator Awards were held on the first night of the National League of Cities 2018 City Summit. (Accela) Accela customers took home a sizable share of this year’s Route Fifty Navigator Awards, representing six out of the 10 winners.Coinciding with the first night of the National League of Cities City Summit, Route Fifty presented the awards at a special ceremony in the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The event honored the Accela customers of California; Tennessee; Boston; New York City; Arlington, Texas; San Jose, California; and St. Louis, Missouri for… Continue reading

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El Paso County Fights Food Poisoning with Data

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The Colorado County Uses Accela for Environmental Health to Inform Residents About High Risk Restaurants and Spot Food Inspections Issues (Alpha / Flickr) Whether it’s craft beer at Oskar Blues, rigatoni at Red Gravy or gluten-free sweets at Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery, the cooks in Colorado Springs have a dish for almost any visitor. Yet with roughly 23 million tourists visiting the mountain town each year, food inspectors have made safety a top priority by using smart city tools like data analytics and mobile technologies to monitor compliance.Sitting near famous outdoor sites like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark Park, Colorado… Continue reading

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Building Capacity Through Project Agility

Darryl Booth
The U.S. Digital Service, shown above, is one of many federal agencies applying agile development to improve IT projects at the federal and local levels of government. (Photo credit: USDS) This article was originally published by the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health in its November issue that can be found here.Editors 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… Continue reading

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada Increases Demand for Regulatory Tools, Oversight

Jason Shueh
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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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’

Jason Shueh
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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6 Ways to Prioritize Your Legacy Modernization

Jason Shueh
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Things to Consider When Weighing What Systems to Revamp or Refurbish Unreadable data, lethargic load times, unmanageable maintenance, unsupported software, high security risks and shoddy service. These are just a few symptoms that plague governments as they struggle to modernize their antiquated systems.The difficulties act as both a constraint and catalyst, fueling an industry push for contemporary technologies found in the cloud and Software-as-a-Service solutions. Evidence of this wave of IT revitalization can be found in a survey conducted by the National Association fo State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Since 2013, NASCIO has reported that state CIOs have consistently ranked cloud services, cybersecurity, and IT… Continue reading

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Accelarate Day 2: Aneesh Chopra Calls for ‘Open Innovation’ in Government

Jason Shueh
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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Working on Government as a Platform

Mark Headd
I’ve been excited by the idea of government as a platform for a long time. It’s what motivated me to join my first civic hacking contest in 2008, and it has informed every decision in my professional career since then—including my decision to accept an invitation from the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia in 2012 to help implement that city’s award winning open data program. And it’s this same belief in the transformational power of the idea of government as a platform that led me to Accela. I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Accela as a Technical Evangelist to help developers and… Continue reading

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