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Engaging in Legislative Management

Engaging in Legislative Management
Accela announced today that we have acquired IQM2, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions to manage public meetings, minutes and video content, and board appointments and governance. We view this as an outstanding opportunity to help our agency customers streamline and accelerate the entire experience of preparing, deciding and sharing the results and content of public meetings online. It’s also a way to offer transparency to encourage citizens to engage and have a voice in government decisions. The IQM2 solution, which will be branded Accela Legislative Management , is purposely designed for the agency staff that manages the public sector meeting process, including pre- and post-meeting efforts to originate, approve, track, audit, search, and disseminate content and results. Additionally, the solution facilitates electronic voting for agenda resolutions and tracks board seat requirements, terms, applications and applicant interviews for board seat vacancies. Hernando County, Florida , uses it to build a...
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Open Data: From Coast to Coast

Open Data: From Coast to Coast
The last few weeks have been big for open data and civic innovation. Awareness of the power of open data, the new ideas it can help foment and the new apps and services it can support are spreading from coast to coast. On May 15, I had the pleasure to take part in the Open Data NJ Summit at Montclair State University. The event brought together experts on open data from the Sunlight Foundation, the U.S. Open Data Institute and others to present to local government officials and the journalism community on the power and promise of open data. The event featured presentations from, among others, Jersey City and the City of Newark—both of which are using CKAN as the basis for their open data releases. CKAN is also used as the foundation for CivicData.com , which is free to use for Accela customers and other governments looking to release...
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CivicData.com: Changing the Game on Open Data

CivicData.com is Accela’s open data portal. The site represents a new approach, one that emphasizes the core mission at Accela—to build bridges designed to connect citizens and government agencies—and we believe that it will change the game on how governments publish open data. A New Direction for Open Data As the open data movement matures, an increasing number of federal, state and local governments are formalizing their commitment to releasing data for external users by adopting open data policies and implementing open data portals . As open data portals become more common, and as more and more data is released through these sites, two open data portals from across the vast expanse of the U.S. stand out for their embrace of a different approach—an approach that signals a new direction that the open data movement will take in the next few years. OpenDataPhilly.org is the official open data portal for...
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Working on Government as a Platform

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 business partners build powerful new solutions for Accela’s customers on the Accela Civic Platform . By leveraging the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of our partners and of civic technologists everywhere, Accela has developed a framework that can generate tremendous value for governments tasked to do...
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Partners in Civic Good

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The 2014 Accela Partner and Developer Conference was a great success. Our partners arrived expecting to learn how to increase their revenues building, selling and delivering Civic Platform solutions while providing civic good, and we did not let them down. As our company has grown, so has our channel. What started a decade ago as a small group of companies implementing our software has grown into a vibrant ecosystem across segments of sales, delivery, alliance and development, all actively enjoying success as Accela partners. With a focus on business, the Accela Partner and Developer Conference agenda was packed, including sessions on the details of our partner program, growing your business with Accela, uncovering new opportunities for revenue, understanding the competitive landscape, seeing the new best practice templates, many roundtables and breakouts, and two very well received sessions where our partners shared their stories and Accela introduced an industry game changer....
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Open Data Delivering on Its Promise to Bring Governments and Citizens Together

The open government movement is gaining critical momentum, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. Making the data the government collects publicly available has the power to transform everyday life by better informing our decisions, from what restaurant to eat at , to where to start your business, to what apartment to rent . Just last week we had great presence at events from Sacramento to Berkeley. There was an exciting group of experts lined up to speak at California FWD’s open data event—including Kris Trujillo , the lead architect of Accela’s free open data portal, CivicData.com . Kris talked about open data as the key to bridging the divide between government and citizens and the opportunity for developers and civic entrepreneurs to build businesses by creating useful apps for government. Earlier in the day, Kris was a panelist on an open data webinar organized by the Center for Digital Government...
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