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Aneesh Chopra, Former Chief Technology Officer of the United States to Headline Accelarate 2018

Annual thought leader and customer conference to focus on emerging regulatory arenas and the future of governing

San Ramon, CA – Today, Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity solutions for government, announced speakers for their annual conference, Accelarate, which will be held on October 10-13 in Atlanta, GA. “Governing the Future” is the theme of the conference and will highlight challenges many governments face in navigating emerging regulatory spaces.

Accelerate is an opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading influencers, connect with public sector peers, and participate in product training and conversations that will help move communities forward. Accela’s annual conference offers a lineup of industry, technology and media company speakers includinge Aneesh Chopra, Dustin Haisler and others, who that will inspire attendees, engage them with workshops and panel sessions, and connect attendees through networking opportunities that will explore the current issues affecting government and how leaders can leverage technology to modernize government and protect citizens.

“Governments are faced with a reality that technology is rapidly evolving and moving faster than governments have historically been equipped to handle. It’s not just the pace of change, it’s the unpredictable nature of change that is hard for governments to manage,” said Accela’s Executive Chairman Mark Jung. “Our top-notch speakers for Accelarate will offer valuable insights to all of our customers and we are thrilled to have them Aneesh and Dustin participate in our conference.”

Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012) and President, CareJourney

Selected as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer by President Obama, Aneesh Chopra was tasked with promoting innovation, transparency, and collaboration within the federal government. An energetic groundbreaker who previously served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology, Chopra catapulted the nation’s technology agenda forward by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide collaboration. He is currently the President of CareJourney, a Hunch Analytics company that harnesses open health data to provide patient-specific insights and workflow automation for accountable care organizations. In his book, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government (2014), he offers an absorbing look at how open government can establish a new paradigm for the digital era and enable us to tackle our most challenging problems, from economic development to affordable health care.

Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer of e.Republic

Previously the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and assistant city manager for Manor, TX. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Dustin pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. Haisler helped design and launch one of the first government open innovation programs in the United States in 2010, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation. Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. and the Today Show on NBC.

Space at Accelarate 2018 is limited. Accela customers interested in attending can register at

About Accela

Since 1999 Accela has provided market-leading software solutions that empower state and local governments worldwide to build thriving communities, attract and grow businesses, and protect citizens. From planning, building, licensing and permitting, to asset and service request management, finance, environmental health and more, Accela’s SaaS offerings are designed to readily solve government’s biggest challenges with extensive domain expertise built into every solution. Powered by Microsoft Azure, Accela’s open and flexible workflow automation technology helps agencies address specific constituent needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complicated challenges in the future. Accela’s solutions serve more than 80 percent of America’s largest cities. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world. For more information, visit

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