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Removing Barriers with Accela Contractor Central

Removing Barriers with Accela Contractor Central
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When we started our pilot program with Tampa last year, our goal was simple: make it easy for contractors to work with government agencies on the permitting process. Through joint collaboration with the Tampa agency and the contractors they work with, Accela used interviews, prototypes and a fully functioning application to really try and address issues that slowed down the permitting process. The result is a streamlined Contractor Central application , available on iOS and Android, that works with contractors to make their day-to-day jobs easier. How this app idea came about As a company, our mission is to provide the tools that make being a citizen, a business owner and a government employee easier. When we looked at the issues plaguing contractor and government agency interaction, it became clear that there was no one solution for contractors to manage all of the daily tasks they have. Even if an...
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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Dave Sullivan, Applications Specialist for the Cape Cod Commission

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Dave Sullivan, Applications Specialist for the Cape Cod Commission
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With over three years working as an Applications Specialist for the Cape Cod Commission (CCC), Dave Sullivan has successfully implemented four different accounts on the Civic Platform. His charge is to look for ways to become more cost-effective and his agency is looking to leverage regional resources to do so. The CCC is transforming from a data collection agency to a value-add agency, using data to improve economic development. Have you attended Engage in the past? Yes, this will be my third Engage and my second one where I will be speaking. Last year I co-presented on using Accela and GIS to create an environmental determination (parcel) report. What things do you enjoy most about Engage? I have been able to go to Engage for all three years I have been involved with Cape Cod. And in fact, I joined the commission at the end of May, and went to...
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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Doug Petroshius, Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Doug Petroshius, Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois
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Doug Petroshius is the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Lincolnwood, IL, where he has been since 2004. This year will be his first time attending Engage, and he’s looking forward to it! What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016? I work for the Village of Lincolnwood, which has been a Springbrook customer since 2003. Recently with Accela’s acquisition of Springbrook (now Accela Finance and Administration) and Lincolnwood’s implementation of Accela Citizen Relationship Management (CRM) earlier this year (and recently executed contract for Accela Land and Licensing and Case Management), my community is investing in the Accela Civic Platform. I am looking forward to understanding more about the Accela approach to software and previewing other software systems. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016? The “big picture” outlook for Accela and their plan to merge them together into an enterprise system, specifically pertaining to...
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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Stan Reichert, IT Project Manager for Oklahoma City

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Stan Reichert, IT Project Manager for Oklahoma City
Stan Reichert is IT Project Manager with the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been joining us at Engage for the past 10 years, and has been a frequent speaker and collaborator at this event. Have you attended Engage in the past? Yes, for about 10 years. If so, what things do you enjoy most about Engage? Connecting with other clients with similar interests and needs as well as solving common problems together. I also enjoy being able to meet with Accela staff face-to-face. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016? Learning about what is coming up in future versions of 8.0.x for Accela Land Management and Accela Licensing and Case Management. Also, seeing and understanding other clients’ experiences with Version 8 in regards to rolling it out – positive and negative. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016? Continuing to learn more about...
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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Melissa Chiong, Business Programs Supervisor for the City of Tampa

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Melissa Chiong, Business Programs Supervisor for the City of Tampa
Melissa Chiong is Business Programs Supervisor for the City of Tampa. Last year, she accepted the Open for Business Award on behalf of the City of Tampa for its work in providing a one-stop shop for citizens and contractors to get development services. This will be her second year attending and her first year presenting a breakout session. Have you attended Engage in the past? Yes, I attended last year for the first time. What do you enjoy most about Engage? I enjoyed meeting other agencies and hearing about their solutions, accomplishments and challenges. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016? I am looking forward to meeting more people and interacting with some of the customers and Accela staff that I have talked to over the phone and via email. I am also looking forward to seeing what’s new and what is on the product map for the...
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The Solar Onboarding Experience Needs a Refresh

The Solar Onboarding Experience Needs a Refresh
The below is a guest article I published in North American Clean Energy earlier this month. In 2015, the solar industry celebrated three historic moments — in Paris, world leaders came together and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach zero emissions by the middle of the 21st century; in Washington, D.C., Republicans and Democrats briefly put aside their differences and voted to extend tax credits for wind turbines and solar panels; and, fortuitously, this came on the heels of new federal regulations mandating a 32 percent cut in carbon from power plants that pollute our air by 2030. But before this is proclaimed a miracle for the planet, there is a government-created problem, from the horse and buggy era, which must be dealt with. And the solution may lie in our cities and counties. Disrupting the permit expediter Since 2008, residential solar panel installations are up nearly 2,000...
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