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Making governments great again. One humble permit and license at a time.

I joined Accela this past Fall to help state and local governments work better for their citizens. I’m convinced that by improving everyday interactions between communities and their governments we can improve society as a whole. This was a natural career progression. Prior to Accela, I headed up marketing at Singularity University, a unique organization that helps executives and entrepreneurs understand and address the exponential rate of technological change to create a better future for humanity. I witnessed first-hand how hard it is for the private sector, let alone governments, to adapt. That’s why I answered the call about the opportunity at Accela, the technology leader modernizing governments so communities can thrive! Now four months into my role leading marketing here, I’m focused on raising awareness and understanding of Accela’s track record in, and solutions for, helping governments work better through technological progress. Unlike private sector companies which deliver goods...
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Reflecting Back to Push Forward Faster

As we begin 2018, there is much to learn from the past year’s developments in emerging industries. On-demand rideshare companies are expanding across the globe while grappling with how best to define the industry and the individuals working in it. Short-term rental organizations such as Airbnb, Homeaway and others are simultaneously cited as the source of rising housing costs and also the solution to squeezed family budgets, all while regulators are working to find a path forward. The cannabis industry, and related delivery services, are moving into the mainstream as governments are building the systems to manage a new segment of the economy. Behind these emerging technologies is the humble government permit and regulatory process. But, when it comes to moving local, state, and national economies and innovation forward, some governments are better positioned than others. The Role Accela Plays As the leading provider of permitting and regulatory solutions, Accela...
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Driven to Accela-rate governments at City Summit


Accela is a proud supporter of the National League of Cities and its annual conference, City Summit . At this year’s conference in Charlotte, NC, held November 15-18, Accela is excited to again connect with civic leaders from across the country. We’re sending an all-star “Pit Crew” of Accela Gov’t Tech experts and we’ve got a little “High Speed” fun planned as well! We’re looking forward to sharing the latest government technology solutions designed to drive productivity and citizen engagement. Now more than ever, the old methods of providing government services via paper-based processes and waiting in queues aren’t sustainable. Emerging regulatory issues, such as short-term rental and marijuana regulation, are top of mind for many city leaders and placing new burdens on city departments. At Accela, we take great pride in working alongside our customers to meet these new challenges, and we love coming to NLC’s City Summit to...
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How Customer Data is Secure in the Cloud


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and considering the number of data breaches that occured in 2017, this topic has never been more relevant or timely. As a solution provider to governments around the world, we see our customers’ dedication to protecting their communities and providing public services. The security of their data is critical to our mission as well, and we work everyday to ensure customer confidence around security and compliance. Accela has been in the business of providing governments with secure solutions for decades. We are a FISMA-NIST compliant solution provider, and fundamental to our solution offering in the cloud is a battle-tested, unwavering commitment to providing our customers with an enhanced security and compliance framework that meets the needs of highly-scalable, enterprise-class workloads. We cover the key areas of identity security, network security, system security, data and key security, monitoring, response, compliance and privacy. The above framework...
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What Our Acquisition by Berkshire Partners Means for Customers and Partners

On Friday, September 29, 2017, Accela, Inc. was acquired by Berkshire Partners, LLC, a Boston-based investment firm. This is exciting news for Accela, our customers and partners. The change of ownership was affected through a merger transaction, and Accela will continue to operate as “Accela, Inc.”  Berkshire Partners brings over 30 years of investment experience and expertise, and has a strong track record of partnering with companies to achieve substantial growth – they are investing in Accela’s future, our vision and our team. A copy of the Berkshire Partners press release can be found here . With this development, there are undoubtedly questions about what this acquisition means for our customers and partners. From all sides, it should be business as usual. We anticipate the investment from Berkshire will enable us to continue to grow and provide industry-leading solutions for governments of all sizes worldwide, and allow us to dedicate more resources...
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Offering Complimentary Use of Our Hurricane Damage Assessment Solution

In response to the recent hurricanes in Eastern Texas and Florida, Accela is offering every impacted jurisdiction free access to our Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) cloud solution to streamline the inspection efforts necessary to get displaced residents back into their homes quickly and safely. The RDA cloud solution includes: Mobile inspections Bulk Inspection record creation and assignments Public-facing portal for reporting of RDA results by address and area Streamlined FEMA relief reporting   Accela was proud to work with the City of New Orleans in a similar relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. The software solution played a significant role in decreasing the timeline of New Orleans’ damage assessment work . If you are a jurisdiction in need of building inspection assistance after Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will work to quickly get your community set up for inspections and help ensure a safe...
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