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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 Yet, many local governments haven’t made the switch to offering online options, or they have outdated online processes.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 Accela Business Tax drastically improves outdated tax management processes, increases productivity across government agencies and brings the complexities of local business tax filings and payments to an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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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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No More Printing, Mailing, Scanning (or Hassle): The Future of "Out for Signature" in Government

No More Printing, Mailing, Scanning (or Hassle): The Future of "Out for Signature" in Government
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What if I told you that you could eliminate almost all the paper, and the associated costs, from the meeting process? From agenda creation to agreement finalization, you could streamline the entire meeting process from inside a single solution. Too good to be true? It’s not. We’re pleased to announce the integration of DocuSign’s eSignature tool into Agenda and Minutes, part of our Legislative Management solution . The digital portal introduces a secure, paperless signature capability that will help governments save time and money on the legislative process. Consider this: an Intellicap study found that the average savings per electronically signed document is $22.18 and the average turnaround time is reduced by 13.5 days (97%). When I say it’ll save you time and money, I’m not kidding. Get a handle on all the agreements and contracts your meeting process produces with eSignature capabilities. Even with the automation that comes with Agenda...
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The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process

The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process
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Licensing is an intricate process, and for good reason — it is incumbent on governments to protect their communities, and they need a lot of information to make an accurate assessment of regulated businesses. What they don’t need, though, is all the paper pushing and managing data across multiple systems. Having worked in government myself, I know that regulatory restrictions make change difficult. But while cumbersome methods may work okay for awhile, even a small shift in balance (new regulation, new responsibilities, new requirements) can quickly topple any tentative stability. Things work, until suddenly they don’t. For example, take a look at three real-world scenarios below: After wrestling with four different systems to manage applications, renewals, and citations across 67 different counties, the State of Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board began searching for a consolidated licensing regulatory system – but had limited funding and infrastructure to manage the new...
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Watch It Work: See Civic Tech Solutions in Action — Sales Pitch Not Included

Watch It Work: See Civic Tech Solutions in Action — Sales Pitch Not Included
Thanks to the Internet, it’s a DIY world. Searches for how-to videos have skyrocketed 70% in the last year. Whether you want to learn how to build a retaining wall or setup a home theater with stadium seating and surround sound, your first thought isn’t to reach out to a salesperson — you go online instead to learn from people who have been there, done that. That’s why we’ve created the Watch it Work webinars, a new series of 25-minute live demos that showcase our civic solutions in action in a quick and to-the-point format. No pushy sales presentation. No salesperson at all. An expert will demo for you how our tools can help you address common challenges in just 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions). Each demo will walk attendees through a real-world scenario and how it can be addressed through technology. Upcoming topics including work orders, citizen...
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Moving Right-of-Way Management from Spreadsheets to Cloud-Based Coordination [Upcoming Webinar]

Moving Right-of-Way Management from Spreadsheets to Cloud-Based Coordination [Upcoming Webinar]

Coordinating projects in the public right of way keeps traffic moving and people safe. Agencies around the world are using technology to do just that.

Winnipeg, Canada, is a great example of a city that moved from managing projects in spreadsheets to cloud-based, right-of-way planning between different departments, government agencies and utility companies.

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