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As Director of Government Relations for Accela, Tim Woodbury helps governments leverage technology to deliver better services and improve citizen engagement. A self-confessed “good government geek,” Tim works with government, associations and community leaders to translate policy priorities into real-world results. His current projects cover issues such as economic development, sustainability, resiliency, public safety and open data.

Prior to joining Accela, Tim served as an advisor to U.S. Senator Tom Udall and as a government relations professional at Accenture, a technology and consulting firm.

Tim holds a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, and received both his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire.

It’s Always Sunny in…Delaware? Solar Industry Trends That May Surprise You

It’s Always Sunny in…Delaware? Solar Industry Trends That May Surprise You
I recently spent a hot and humid few days in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County!), North Carolina, which was hosting the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual convention. Vince Nicoletti, the Building Chief from one of our great customers, San Diego County, was asked to share his department’s experience around online solar permitting at NACo’s Technology & Innovation Summit. Vince was also part of the San Diego County team that was being honored by NACo with an award for its Process Improvement Team (“The PIT crew”). San Diego County might be a leading indicator for the rapid growth that we’re expecting to see for residential solar in the coming years — the County has seen a 300 percent increase in requests for solar permits in five years and expects to issue 6,000 in 2015. Many attribute this spike to the ownership arrangements now available that clear away the hefty upfront costs of...
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