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Why Trump's Infrastructure Plan Needs Regulatory Technology Reform First

Why Trump's Infrastructure Plan Needs Regulatory Technology Reform First

This article was originally posted on Forbes.com.

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Mark Jung Joins Accela as Chairman of the Board

Mark Jung Joins Accela as Chairman of the Board
I am pleased to welcome Mark Jung to the Accela Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board. Mark possesses an impressive track record that will serve him well in leading our Board of Directors, guiding Accela on best practices and helping to strategically align the company on its path for the future. Having held management and board positions at numerous public technology companies, he will bring nearly two decades of consumer and software expertise to Accela as we continue to develop core offerings for citizen engagement and interaction. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of DataXu, HackerRank, InMar and Pinnacle Foods. And even though he hails from the northeast (and is a hardcore Red Sox fan), he also sits on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony and is a former member of the Management Board of Stanford Business School. Most recently, he served......
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Announcing BLDS 1.0

Announcing BLDS 1.0
In May, I described a months-long process that was focused on the development of a new building permit data standard called the Building and Land Development Specification (BLDS, pronounced “builds”). When we discussed our work in helping to develop this standard, we made specific note of the importance of building permit data: “A shared standard for building permit data that can be adopted by multiple governments will help foster the development of new solutions that can be shared between jurisdictions. It will allow for analysis across jurisdictions, helping to highlight what works well and what doesn't. And, most importantly, it can help foster a better understanding of the permit process — which can have a direct impact on the neighborhoods we live in — by ensuring a common vocabulary for important events and activities.” Last week, we announced the release of BLDS version 1.0, which means that the standard has been developed to a point ......
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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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Announcing the Accela Connect Hackathon Winners!

Announcing the Accela Connect Hackathon Winners!

The Accela Connect Conference - held from March 1st through 4th at the Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, California - brought together Accela staff, partners and developers for four great days of networking, training and discussions. And, of course, we found some time to do some civic hacking.

We kicked off our annual partner conference with a one-day hackathon! Civic technologists, developers and Accela staff worked together to build new solutions using government open data hosted on CivicData. Almost 30 developers signed up to participate in the event.

By the end of the day, we received nine inspiring submissions, including: data visualizations and analytics, custom CivicData agencies, a restaurant score alert system and a 3D building inspection app. These solutions were developed using open data from Alameda, California; Evanston, Illinois; Newark, New Jersey; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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