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Top Four Benefits of Accela’s New Business Tax Solution for Local e-Filing and Payment

Top Four Benefits of Accela’s New Business Tax Solution for Local e-Filing and Payment
With 91% of U.S. taxpayers e-filing more than 128 million federal returns in 2015, and almost 8 out of 10 businesses e-filing federal returns —  an increase of 9% in the last year — citizens have come to expect online filing and payment options as the norm. Yet, many local governments haven’t made the switch to offering online options, or they have outdated online processes. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Accela Business Tax, the latest addition to our Finance and Administration solution for local governments. Accela Business Tax drastically improves outdated tax management processes, increases productivity across government agencies and brings the complexities of local business tax filings and payments to an easy-to-navigate online portal, giving cities and counties within certain  states a customizable solution for tax filing and management. This new product provides a digital solution with an intuitive user experience, bringing a previously cumbersome process...
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Governing the Sharing Economy with Technology

Governing the Sharing Economy with Technology
What would happen if you and your family were living paycheck to paycheck and you lost your job tomorrow? For more than half of all Americans, this is an all too real fear as they have less than a thousand dollars in the bank and little to no financial cushion should a catastrophic life event occur. Whether out of necessity or a desire for greater financial freedom, one of the modern marvels of the headline-grabbing sharing economy is that it provides citizens immediate access to income if they need it, and flexible work arrangements that can fit into complex lives. That is, if the right technology is in place to help them quickly. Perhaps you have a spare room that could be posted for availability on Airbnb. Or a car you could drive for Lyft or Uber. I would venture to say that many Americans have been reassured knowing that...
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Registration Is Now Open for Accela Engage 2016!

Registration Is Now Open for Accela Engage 2016!
I’m excited to announce that registration is now open for Accela Engage 2016, the civic tech conference that brings together more than 1,000 customers, government leaders, business partners, thought leaders and Accela staff for a week of training, networking, inspiration and fun! The conference will be held August 21-26 at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, and attendees will have the opportunity to network, learn and build relationships with the best in the civic tech industry. We’ll have a record number of breakout sessions and training, as well as a number of networking events. Take a look at the agenda to see what’s in store. WHAT ATTENDEES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ENGAGE “Accela Engage is a ‘must’ show because you get the most opportunity to meet with agencies, learn about the concepts and the product, and be trained in a very cost-effective way. In a short amount of...
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Infrastructure Matters: Four Ways to Extend the Life of Your Assets While Reducing Costs

Infrastructure Matters: Four Ways to Extend the Life of Your Assets While Reducing Costs
People often take for granted the key public infrastructure and assets that keep our communities functioning. From traffic lights responsible for keeping rush hour traffic moving, to storm drains that capture rainwater that might otherwise flood our neighborhoods, infrastructure matters to our country, our economy, our quality of life and our communities. Hundreds of organizations are raising awareness about the need to invest in infrastructure locally and nationally in celebration of Infrastructure Week and National Public Works Week . I think many public works departments would agree that using the right technology and tools is the first step for effectively managing public infrastructure as cost-efficiently as possible to maximize long-term investment. So in honor of this week, I want to share four ways local, innovative governments can use (and are using) technology to extend the life of their infrastructure and enhance the efficacy of their work. 1. Consolidate multiple sources...
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What Works Cities Summit: The Power of Data Goes Mainstream

What Works Cities Summit: The Power of Data Goes Mainstream
A few weeks ago in New York City, government innovators from all over the country convened for the first ever “What Works Cities” Summit. What Works Cities (WWC) is an initiative of the Bloomberg Philanthropies that aims to bring open data and data analytics to 100 small and mid-sized American cities over the next several years. At the Summit, the first cohort of 27 cities came together for some presentations and practical advice from the leaders of a collection of organizations spearheading the WWC effort – the Center for Government Excellence , Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation . A number of the 27 cities currently taking part in the What Works Cities initiative are Accela customers and it is gratifying to see investment and energy focused on an area that we at Accela have long believed could bring tremendous benefits to state and local governments. In fact, bringing...
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Accela Engage 2016 Is Shaping Up to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before

Accela Engage 2016 Is Shaping Up to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever Before
As the team here gets ready to open up registration next week for Accela Engage, I can’t help but think back on Accela Engage conferences of years past. I first attended Engage in 2013, only about six weeks after joining the company. I was impressed by the strong sense of community among attendees and Accela staff, something I hadn’t seen to such a degree at other companies’ conferences I’ve been to. Accela Engage has grown significantly in the past several years, and now brings together more than 1,000 customers, government leaders, business partners, thought leaders and Accela staff for a week of training, networking and inspiration. We’ll be returning to Los Angeles in 2016 for an event packed with more training, more breakout sessions and more chances to learn about the latest innovations than ever before. For many, this is the one time each year they get to really focus...
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