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Why We Should Not Return to Normal: Accela to Speak on Leveraging ARP Funds to Maximize Tech Investment

Govtech Leaders at Route Fifty Town Hall to Challenge Municipalities to Return From Pandemic Stronger and More Resilient

San Ramon, Calif.May 24, 2021 – On Tuesday, May 25, Accela and Microsoft will participate in Route Fifty’s upcoming Town Hall to share how local and state governments can best leverage America Rescue Plan Act funds as well as harness the power of technology to improve and streamline government services. As agencies continue to grapple with financial hardships and budget shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, government leaders need to be strategic about maximizing long-term technology investments, while looking for opportunities to secure future funding or creating efficiencies. This virtual panel session will challenge municipalities to not return to normal and, instead, return stronger and more resilient. Microsoft Director of Government Affairs Michael Matmiller and Accela Managing Director of Government Affairs Darryl Booth will discuss how transformation, technology, and trust are empowering agencies to meet the challenges of today, better serve constituents and be best positioned for the future. American Rescue Plan Act funds to states, counties and cities arrive this month, presenting a unique occasion to seize the moment and activate the potential of our communities. “State and local governments have risen to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and cloud software and smart technology investments are empowering governments to serve constituents in modern ways, with higher levels of service – even with staff who are operating remotely,” said Booth. “Government leaders have a rare opportunity to use the pandemic as an inflection point to accelerate innovation, rethink budgets, create new efficiencies, and deliver improved critical services for our communities.” Accela provides a market-leading platform of cloud solutions that empower state and local governments to build thriving communities, attract and grow businesses, and deliver citizen services.

Who: Darryl Booth, Managing Director of Accela Center of Expertise & Government Affairs, Accela Michael Mattmiller, Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft

What: Route Fifty’s Town Hall: Budgets and Shortfalls, a virtual event session to discuss financial hardships and budget shortfalls that are affecting municipalities throughout the country, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Tuesday, May 25, at 11:15-11:30 a.m. PST/ 2:15-2:30 p.m. EST

Where: Register online here


About Accela

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. The company works with 80 percent of the largest cities in the United States and more than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela’s solutions, which are powered by 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


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