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Erica Harvill leads Integrated Marketing Communications for Accela where she is responsible for Public Relations, Advertising, Sponsorship and the building Accela's web presence. Ms. Harvill has held communications positions with Visa, MasterCard and Thomson and served in both editorial and production roles at ABCNews and KTVU.

Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015

Time to Engage! Registration Now Open for Accela Engage 2015
Good news — registration is now open for Accela Engage 2015. A can’t-miss event, Accela Engage will be held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California, from August 24-28. Need more good news? Early bird pricing will be offered through June 5. The early bird conference rate is $999 and the regular conference rate is $1,299. And if you buy five passes, the sixth is free. This is a great opportunity to expand your entire team’s knowledge and performance while saving money. To learn more, visit accelaengage.com. Why attend? Accela Engage is an industry-leading conference where government agencies meet partners, developers and staff for a week filled with training, networking and fun. Attendees will: Gain insight into future trends from industry thought leaders. Gain knowledge about the latest solutions, best practices and future developments. Network with industry peers and thought leaders. The conference will feature visionary keynotes, thought-provoking sessions and numerous networking event......
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Honoring our Civic Heroes: Public Service Recognition Week

Honoring our Civic Heroes: Public Service Recognition Week

Today marks the first day of Public Service Recognition Week. Celebrated since 1985, the week honors the public servants across the nation whose hard work and dedication keeps our government agencies and communities thriving.

Accela supports more than 2,000 government agencies around the world, and we'd like to thank all of the agency employees who support the towns, cities, counties and states we serve—YOU are our civic heroes and we're honored to support you!

Want to know more about our Civic Heroes? Check out the Customers page for some great stories from the agencies we support. This week, we'll be tweeting about some of our amazing government agency heroes using the hashtag #PSRW, and encourage you to share your stories here and on Twitter of how public servants are working to connect citizens and governments.

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If These Walls Could Talk: The Case for Open Housing Data

If These Walls Could Talk: The Case for Open Housing Data
Accela is partnering with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Code For America to launch the House Facts Data Standard. Today, Jack Madans, Community Manager for Code for America, shared his thoughts on the partnership, the standard and the case for open housing data: With an average of 36 million Americans changing homes every year, we’re a country constantly on the move. But too often there’s more than meets the eye at an open house. Broken plumbing, faulty heat, pests, or absentee landlords are just some of the unpleasant surprises that arise after the lease or deed is signed. More seriously, poor ventilation, asbestos, mold, and lead constitute hidden hazards that can lead to poisoning and chronic disease. The victims are most often children. Cities and counties are on the front lines of this fight, helping their residents avoid these costly nuisances and tragedies through the enforcement of health and safety cod......
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Oklahoma Disaster Relief: American Red Cross Donations

The tragic tornadoes in Oklahoma City have friends and families searching for ways to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and the communities impacted by the recent events, and we wanted to share information on how you can help with the relief efforts. Donate to the on-the-ground efforts via the American Red Cross online or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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CityCamp Palo Alto: Thoughts on Civic Hacking from Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Accela is a proud sponsor of the upcoming CityCamp Palo Alto, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event, scheduled for June 1, 2013, will include panel discussions, technology demos, music and amazing food. Jonathan Reichental, the City of Palo Alto Chief Information Officer and the Founder and Co-creator of CityCamp Palo Alto, sent along some thoughts on civic hacking, which I've posted below. Read, comment, join us for a day of Civic Good and let us know if you will inspire and be inspired. Why Civic Hacking is Good News for Government and Our Communities by Dr. Jonathan ReichentalCity of Palo Alto Chief Information OfficerFounder and Co-creator of CityCamp Palo Alto Hacking 101 When US Navy warplanes returned to base after bombing missions during World War 2, engineers would use hacksaws to cut pieces off broken aircraft and apply them to good planes to get them to fly again. Thus,......
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Bring Code for America to Your City

We've been doing a lot of great work with Code for America (CfA). Whether participating in civic hackathons or partnering for their 2013 Fellowship Program, we're working together to demonstrate our commitment to civic innovation. Our friends at CfA are actively seeking local governments who want to participate in their 2014 Fellowship. As many of you know, the Code for America Fellowship is a year-long program focused on civic collaboration and innovation. The Fellowship partners talented teams of developers, designers and entrepreneurs with change agents from local governments to address a range of civic challenges. Benefits to cities include: Catalyst for innovation New perspectives on issues your city is facing Products & interfaces that are simple, beautiful and easy to use Collaboration with a network of civic innovators and thought leaders Visibility on a national stage Applications are due March 31, 2013, so click the link below to apply or to nominate a......
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