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Michigan Issues First Medical Marijuana Licenses

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State leadership used Accela's Civic Solution for Cannabis to process the applications This month Michigan achieved a major milestone in cannabis regulation with the release of its first set of medical marijuana licenses. On July 12 the state's Medical Marihuana Licensing Board granted licenses to four large grow and transport operations based in Chesaning, Ann Arbor and Lansing. Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) used Accela's Cannabis Solution to process the requests and the hundreds that are still more under review. The state estimates that medical marijuana will become a $700 million industry and a driver of economic development. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press Andrew Brisbo, the director of LARA's Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation said that the state is eager to begin the next phase of the regulatory process, issuing licenses to additional growers and testing facilities. Issuing licenses to the testing facilities represents...
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Reshaping Image and Credibility through Modernization



  Executive Chairman of Accela Mark Jung talks about the new era of engaged customer service and how governments can seize the moment Mark Jung is the executive chairman of Accela. He has advised the company on strategic initiatives and operations since 2015 and has served as Accela’s executive chairman since 2016. Speaking about the new challenges of changing customer expectations, Jung speaks about how governments can leverage this moment to improve services, save resources and shape perception within the communities they serve. He also shares his thoughts on how governments can adapt to emerging industries such as cannabis, the short-term rentals and how governments can adapt services to adjust to these relatively uncharted markets.  How are the demands on government services shifting with the ubiquitous use of digital tools and platforms? Executive Chairman Mark Jung: We are in the era of customer empowerment where companies adapt quickly to trends...
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County Leaders Uncover New Opportunities for Food Recovery



Local leaders are showing how technology and collaboration can fight hunger and reduce waste The challenge I’m about to describe is not new. In fact, your own county may be attacking this matter already, and there are organizations like ReFED, the Food Recovery Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the EPA and others that are heavily invested in solving the issue with education and science-based recommendations. For this, we are grateful and acknowledge these good works, and yet, acknowledge the matter is still a proving-ground for local leadership. WASTE FOOD The challenge I refer to is food waste, and the problem of food waste streams. A waste stream is a specific category of waste, defined by its sources and its terminus. One waste stream of note is food. It originates in our homes, schools, groceries, and restaurants. It too often ends up in a landfill. According to the USDA, approximately...
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Accela Customers Take Top Honors in the 2018 Digital Counties Survey


The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has put a spotlight on Accela customers at its 2018 Digital Counties Survey that honors counties that have implemented innovative technology practices. The CDG identified nine Accela customers that placed in the top three of their respective categories in a press release Wednesday. Among these waso Sonoma County, California, that won first place for counties with 500,000 to under a million residents; Arlington County, Virginia, that took first for counties with 150,000 to under 250,000 residents; and Nevada County, California, that ranked first for counties of up to 150,000 residents. CDG announced the 63 winning counties with the National Association of Counties that partnered with the CDG to conduct the analysis. In its 15th year, the survey highlights counties that have leverage digital tools and strategies to streamline service delivery, fortify cybersecurity, increase transparency through open data and strengthen disaster response and recovery. Accela...
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How to Answer the Hard Questions on Cannabis Control


Greg Felix, Accela’s vice president of strategic solutions, talks about tips and trends for cannabis regulation at CannaWest 2018 There are a lot of unknowns in the emerging world of legalized marijuana as governments try to identify their biggest challenges, decide state and local roles, and understand how technology will support regulation. To provide insights on these pressing questions, on Thursday Accela’s Vice President of Strategic Solutions Greg Felix spoke to the Stratton Report at  CannaWest, the annual conference dedicated to solutions in cannabis compliance, testing and product safety. With Accela’s pioneering efforts to enable cannabis permitting and licensing in California, Colorado and Michigan, Felix offered insights on key issues affecting the industry and how governments might overcome obstacles. “The greatest challenge right now is for governments to address this rapidly expanding legalization of cannabis across the country,” Felix told the Stratton Report. “This is causing government agencies to scramble...
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Agencies Advance Cybersecurity, Recruitment and Cost Savings with SaaS


  Accela and Microsoft define key benefits of SaaS and how it can revitalize and safeguard citizen services Technology should solve government problems, not create them.   That was the overarching message of Accela’s Chief Product Officer Troy Coggiola and Microsoft’s Executive Director for State and Local Government Solutions Kim Nelson as they spoke about the potential to cut costs, improve cybersecurity and attract talent through  Software-as-a-Service  (SaaS) solutions.    The two spoke at Accela’s June 13 webinar,  Why SaaS has Become the Standard for Government Agencies , that spotlighted some of the underlying forces driving the public sector to the cloud and how cities and local agencies can use SaaS solutions to rethink IT management and enable modern, high performance applications for residents.   “Our [government customers] repeatedly reiterate their goal to serve their citizens and improve their communities, helping their communities thrive,” Coggiola said. “The one thing that they do not typically talk about is the desire to manage a server farm, or data center, or do upgrades, or develop security practices, or all the other bits and pieces that come along with keeping software up and running in a...
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