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Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Judy Steele, Deputy Director of Excise and License for the City and County of Denver

Accela Engage Series: Q&A with Judy Steele, Deputy Director of Excise and License for the City and County of Denver
Judy Steele is Deputy Director of Excise and License at the City and County of Denver, Colorado. She has been joining us at Engage for the last several years, and most recently introduced Denver’s Marijuana Licensing program at Engage 2015. What are you most looking forward to at Engage 2016?I enjoy the networking opportunity and I look forward to learning what has changed for jurisdictions and the new things they are doing. I always take away great ideas and strategies that others have implemented, and network for additional support throughout the next year. What do you hope to learn at Engage 2016?I am particularly looking for information concerning hosted agencies and using the cloud. We are moving in that direction in the future. What are you presenting on this year at Engage?“Marijuana Licensing Using the Accela Civic Platform” and “Short-Term Rental (STR) Licensing in Denver.” What interested you about presenting at Engage?Sh......
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The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process

The Case for Modernizing the Alcohol and Marijuana Licensing Process
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 solution. When a r......
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