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San Bernardino County Shows How Online Permitting can Spur Economic Growth


The  National  Association of Counties  has recogni zed   San Bernardino   with  its  Achievement Award  after the launch of its  high-speed   digital p ermitting system   California’s San Bernardino County’s new permitting system has received top honors from the National Association of Counties (NACo) after earning the organization’s 2018 Achievement Award, an accolade granted to county programs that demonstrate “innovative” service.   NACo announced the awards in  a blog post on May 11 , where it commended the 615 winning programs submitted from 116 counties and state associations across the U.S. The award validates San Bernardino and Accela’s work to build a modern permitting system that can answer the county's growing demand in permitting. In its award  submission , San Bernardino reported that it designed the new system, called EZ Online Permitting (EZOP), to speed up the approval process for economic growth and community improvement projects that had been hampered with long delays caused by its old permitting system.     “With county communities often competing across the...
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Three Ways the Cloud Helps Communities Grow and Thrive


This is a guest post by Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft Corporation and Troy Coggiola, Chief Product Officer, Accela. It was originally published by the National League of Cities blog, CitiesSpeak .  Government agencies strive to improve the quality of life for their citizens, ensuring equitable access to services and desired businesses, smart community development and overall public health and safety. According to a 2018 survey conducted by Bain Research, by 2022, 78 percent of government entities will be predominantly buying software-as-a-service (SaaS) to focus their resources on activities that more directly serve their citizens. Cloud hosted solutions represent much more than offloading datacenter functions and costs — the cloud can transform how agencies are run and communities are served, and can open new doors to elevate your agency’s performance in three important ways: 1. Modernize Interactions with Citizens With cloud-based software,...
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3 Strategies for Regulating Cannabis


Denver’s former licensing expert Judy Steele highlights key ingredients in the city’s successful cannabis regulation program   (Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Flickr) With 30 states that have legalized medical marijuana, and eight of those that have legalized recreational marijuana, Denver’s former cannabis licensing expert is offering authorities guidance to regulate the advancing industry.     Judy Steele, the former deputy director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses (DEL), shared three strategies that helped Denver become the first U.S. city in 2013 to successfully regulate recreational marijuana. Steele, who is now Accela’s director of Cannabis Regulation, outlined the strategies in  a webinar last September  with the intent to assist localities that are launching marijuana licensing programs or improving their current cannabis licensing strategies.   When Colorado voters approved an amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, Steele said it required the city to pioneer new regulatory procedures, embrace an unprecedented level of collaboration and to deploy a new set of digital tools. Her hope, she said, is for other cities and local officials to benefit from  Denver’s efforts .   1. Align  L ocal  P rocedures with  S tate  P olicy...
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Building Capacity Gadget by Gadget


  This article was originally published in the  June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health , a publication produced by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).  Editor’s 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 Capacity is a joint effort to educate, reinforce, and build upon successes within the profession, using technology to improve efficiency and extend the impact of environmental health agencies. The Journal is pleased to publish this bi-monthly column from Accela that will provide readers with insight into the Building Capacity initiative, as well as be a conduit for fostering the capacity building of environmental health agencies across the country. The...
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SaaS Means Security


SaaS Means Security Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are touted for their affordability, their propensity to modernize and their adaptability to scale services quickly throughout an enterprise. Yet a virtue that’s often overlooked is the power of SaaS to safeguard critical systems and data. In government this is especially true. City and state IT systems often fall into the crosshairs of hackers, and with tight budgets and limited staff, cybersecurity efforts can be daunting for agencies. This is one reason why many state chief information officers are migrating their services into SaaS services, like Accela’s Civic Platform. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) reported in its 2017 State CIO Survey that more than 80 percent of CIOs said they had migrated, or were in the process of migrating, legacy applications to the cloud. A full 63 percent of these respondents observed significant gains in cybersecurity. Further,...
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Building Safety Month: A Cause for Celebrating Community Development


This month, we celebrate Community Development agencies, who oversee the building and permitting codes that save lives and businesses. Accela software helps them do it . May is Building Safety Month , a public awareness campaign driven by the International Code Council (ICC) to highlight the different elements needed to build safe and sustainable structures.  As the ICC says, building codes save lives. We spend a significant amount of our lives inside structures, so having a safe place to live, work and play is crucial. Building codes, and the local Community Development municipal agencies that oversee and implement them, protect citizens and businesses from many dangerous events like fire, and extreme storms as well as from less visible dangers like indoor air pollution caused by dust, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), mold, formaldehyde and more. 1  They can also ensure that our offices, stores and homes are optimized for efficiency –...
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