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Accela Kicks Off Engage 2016 to Showcase Best of Civic Technology Industry

Conference Highlights Include State of the Industry Address from Accela CEO, Maury Blackman, New Product Unveilings, Trendsetter Awards, and Featured Speakers Including California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom


Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions for government, today kicked off its annual Accela Engage conference, the nation’s biggest civic technology conference. The six-day event, which takes place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE August 21-26, brings together more than 1,000 customers, government leaders, business partners, industry thought leaders and Accela staff for a week of training, networking and inspiration. The conference will feature discussions led by more than 30 civic leaders including the Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, who will join Accela President and CEO, Maury Blackman, for the conference’s opening session to share insights on ways to strengthen the citizen-government experience, innovate with technology and build trust in government. “Accela is committed to delivering solutions that open the lines of communication inside governments and with their constituents,” said Maury Blackman, president and CEO, Accela. “One key aspect to increasing citizen engagement and trust is providing insight into city financials and spending priorities. In addition, by automatically making data available inside and outside government, city officials can make more informed decisions, ultimately saving communities hundreds of hours and significant costs. Through our partnership with OpenGov, governments can build trust within their communities, gain better insight from constituents and improve operations by collaborating with other similar governments.”

“Accela Engage is an opportunity for the best in the civic technology industry to gather and challenge one another to think differently, explore more efficient processes and ultimately help inspire innovation in a sector that is ripe for continued disruption,” said Maury Blackman, CEO and President of Accela. “This year’s conference is our largest one to date and a testament to the evolving and expanding role of civic technology in our lives. We are thrilled to showcase the inspiring thinking of government leaders, share stories of customers leveraging technology to drive innovation in their communities, and celebrate individual civic heroes making a difference every day.”

Accela Engage 2016 highlights include:

  • Government technology thought leader panel discussion on “hot” topics and emerging regulatory issues
  • State of the Civic Technology Industry address by Accela President and CEO Maury Blackman
  • Fireside chat between Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Accela President and CEO, Maury Blackman
  • Nearly 200 sessions and multiple product expert desks for hands-on training
  • New product feature reveals for Accela Civic Insight and Accela Contractor Central
  • Live demo of drone roof-top inspection capability in a sponsored drone cage
  • Accela Trendsetter Awards honoring customer innovation and technology integration

Accela Engage 2016 is sponsored by more than 25 industry-leading companies including, OpenGov, Adobe, Laserfiche, FutureNet Group, Microsoft, Selectron Technologies, TruePoint Solutons, Carahsoft, MCCi, Bryne Software, Avocette, VuSpex, IK Consulting, OpenCounter, CityGovApp, Sidwell, e-PlanSoft, Cities Digital, Brother, zedIT, Tech Global, SEP Technology Consulting, DocuSign, APPCityLife, BuildingEye, Cities Digital, DigEplan and Missionsky. For more information on Accela Engage sponsors please visit:

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