Microsoft Executive Director of State and Local Government Solutions Kim Nelson, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Brett Culp, and Accela CEO Gary Kovacs headline annual conference focused on transformation, trust, and technology
San Ramon, Calif. (September 24, 2020)— Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for government, today announced its marquee line-up of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, entertainment, and sponsors for its annual conference and training event, Accelarate. The event, which will be 100 percent virtual, will take place from October 5-9. Themed “Meeting Our Moment,” the discussions will center on reimagining government and how Accela customers are leveraging cloud technology to tackle the unprecedented challenges of the current pandemic and beyond. For the first time ever, Accela is opening the doors of the conference this year to extend beyond customers and partners.
“Government leaders are facing challenges they have never seen before,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO at Accela. “In response, we’ve seen cities, counties and states across the country exhibit unprecedented agility, perseverance, and fortitude to meet the needs of their communities in this defining moment. This year’s Accelarate will provide a space for the technology and government leaders making an impact to come together to share best practices, celebrate success stories, and develop strategies for bolstering resilience as we look toward the future.”
Accelarate 2020’s keynotes will showcase industry leaders, visionary executives, and influencers sharing insights into how technology, partnerships, and a reimagined approach to government can help leaders build better communities. The event will feature two complimentary days open to all govtech leaders (October 6 and 7) and three days (October 5, 8, 9) of online training for customers and partners. The full schedule comprises insightful keynotes, more than 50 informative breakout sessions on Accela’s market-leading Civic Applications and COVID-19 Response Solutions, entry to the Partner Pavilion, and access to the Accela Experience Center (AEC) – a one-stop shop for attendees to interact with Accela teams and departments critical to their success, which includes the opportunity to participate in a User Experience Lab and experience the newest features and capabilities of Accela’s solutions.
In addition to inspirational keynotes, product training, and showcasing stories of government resilience, Accelarate will have interactive networking opportunities built in throughout the event for customers, partners, and Accela team members to share tips, strategies, and ideas. The event will also feature entertainment options for attendees, including musical performances by Jerrod Niemann and Chris Weaver, a segment of magic featuring tricks and instruction by UK magician Troy Lockyear, a cocktail event with a mixologist demoing the creation of a signature cocktail recipe, and on-demand relaxation and stretching with professional mindfulness coaches throughout the event.
Today’s announcement about this no-fee event (training fees apply) builds upon Accela’s commitment to deliver modern digital tools that help build thriving communities, now and in the future. Because reimagining government requires the valuable perspectives of our customers, our partners, agency representatives, and industry thought leaders, we aim to make it easier for anyone in the industry to attend this conference.
What: Accelarate, Meeting Our Moment
When: October 5-9, 2020
The conference’s two open-to-all, general session days comprise a range of presentations by Accela executives, technology experts, and guest speakers.
Conference General Session Day 1 (Tuesday, October 6):
Conference General Session Day 2 (Wednesday, October 7):
Accela is pleased to announce Forte, a provider of innovative and flexible payment solutions, as the Accelarate 2020 title sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Microsoft and ePermitHub, accompanied by dozens of partner sponsors at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. All sponsors will participate in Accelarate’s digital Partner Pavilion with their own virtual exhibit booth.
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Accela provides market-leading cloud solutions that empower the most innovative state and local governments around the world to build thriving communities, grow businesses and protect citizens. More than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela’s solutions, which are powered by Microsoft Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement and service request management. Accela’s fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. The company was recently recognized as a 2020 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Journal. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world. For more information, visit www.accela.com.