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5 Government Technology Trends to Watch in 2015

5 Government Technology Trends to Watch in 2015

There’s no denying that technology helps you deliver services faster—giving you the ability to improve your civic operations. With an ever-changing technology landscape, municipalities are pressured to transform and adapt quickly. As the evolution in technology and government grows in 2015, we not only need to evaluate trends, but also understand what makes sense for your city and your citizens.

Here are the top five local government technology trends to check out in the coming year:

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Community-Building for Better Cities

Community-Building for Better Cities

What happens when you gather local officials, city staff, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, journalists and citizens in a room for one day, and ask for their best ideas to improve their communities? You get CityCamp - a lot of excitement, a little chaos, plenty of solutions and a whole lot of action.

CityCamp is a national movement that brings people together to build stronger communities where they live. Core to the CityCamp model is the belief that local governments and community organizations have the most direct influence to make cities more open and “user friendly." CityCamp provides a space for that to happen through locally organized “unconferences.” At an unconference, the agenda is created by attendees and reflects the interests and expertise of those in the room.

The first CityCamp was held in Chicago in January 2010, inspired by other unconferences like Transparency Camp and Gov 2.0 Camp.

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Happy Holidays from Accela

Happy Holidays from Accela
It’s been a great year for Accela, and we owe it to our dedicated and loyal Accela family: our customers, partners, developers and employees. On behalf of all of Accela, we would like to wish you a Happy Holiday. We thank you for your support and hope you have a happy and safe new year. Here’s to 2015!
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Think Before You Cut: Collaboration in the Public Right of Way [Free Issue Brief]

Think Before You Cut: Collaboration in the Public Right of Way [Free Issue Brief]

 

“The most reliable way for local agencies and utilities to collaborate is to create a neutral platform where all stakeholders can share information on projects and work together.”

Road construction, street cuts and repaving cause disruptions to all of us. And when the same street gets dug up repeatedly – what we call the dreaded double street cut – people get frustrated.

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Civic Tech: What It Is and Why You Should Care [Free Report]

Civic Tech: What It Is and Why You Should Care [Free Report]
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“Civic technologies provide the platform and tools to fuel government transformation, and this journey is just beginning.” Civic tech aims to solve the problems facing citizens. With technology we can help government agencies engage their communities in new ways and modernize the way they serve citizens. This can be anything from voting automation to data access and transparency to crowdsourcing ideas for community improvement. Civic tech is a growing area for state and local governments, as well as funding agencies and start-ups. We teamed up with the International Data Corporation (IDC) to develop a free report: “Civic Tech Fuels U.S. State and Local Government Transformation.” The report estimates that U.S. civic tech market spending will reach $6.4 billion in 2015 in a space that will grow 14 times faster than traditional state and local government spending from 2013 to 2018. You can download the report here to learn more about...
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Decades of Improving Environmental Health and Safety

Decades of Improving Environmental Health and Safety

Accela acquired Decade Software today, and we’re delighted to welcome employees, partners and customers into the Accela family. We’ll rebrand the Decade EnvisionConnect product suite as Accela Environmental Health and Safety, and will continue to provide Environmental Health Departments with the tools, training and expertise to protect the public’s health. We will also continue to support agency programs such as Food Protection, Recreational Health, Onsite Wastewater Treatment/Septic, Drinking Water, Vector Control, Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials and Body Art.

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