The Mailbox


Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

After 40 years of publishing ideas, activities, worksheets, and other classroom resources for elementary education, The Mailbox proudly announces the launch of its new website, TheMailbox.com. Along with an extensive rebranding of The Mailbox, the company completely overhauled its website. The all-new TheMailbox.com provides teachers with free supplemental resources that help them be successful in the classroom. In addition to offering free resources, The Mailbox now offers its all-new Gold upgrade. With Gold, teachers can access The Mailbox

August 22nd Luau Fundraiser to Benefit King County Fire Station 20


Seattle (PRWEB) August 16, 2014

Firefighters and medics at King County Fire Station 20 need supplies to effectively serve our entire south Seattle / Skyway neighborhood. That is why residents at The Lakeshore, a retirement community located at 11448 Rainier Avenue South in Seattle, are rallying neighbors, family and friends for an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet fundraiser at their annual Luau on August 22nd from 2:30pm to 6pm. Tickets are $ 10 each and all proceeds go directly to King County Fire Station 20.

The money raised at The Lakeshores Luau goes directly into our general fund allowing us to buy medical supplies to help people in immediate need of care, says King County Fire Station 20 Public Information Officer, Dave Nelson. We are grateful for every dollar raised and see direct results from this effort right here in our greater Skyway community every day.

The luau is open to neighbors; advance reservations are appreciated. Reservations can be made by calling The Lakeshore at (206) 772-1200, or by visiting http://www.eraliving.com/communities/lakeshore.

About 250 people are expected to attend, including residents, their families, friends and neighbors. All are welcome to enjoy:


Benefit buffet: $ 10 all-you-can-eat island-style roast pork, ono sweet ribs, grilled salmon with mango, Hawaiian side dishes, and tropical fruits and cakes for dessert.
Vacation atmosphere: Mai Tais, leis, tikis and a gentle breeze by Lake Washington.
Live entertainment: Hula dancers and three hours of live Hawaiian music.

The luau is an annual tradition at The Lakeshore, and this year we decided to add more aloha spirit with the all-you-can-eat buffet to benefit the firefighters and medics in our community, says The Lakeshores Executive Director, Susanne Rossi.

With beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington, The Lakeshore offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, an array of amenities, active life-enrichment programs, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care.







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Infinite Skills’ “Learning FileMaker Pro 13 Training Video” Takes New Users from Basics to Heavy Data Lifting With User-Friendly Database App


(PRWEB) August 15, 2014

Software training firm Infinite Skills Inc. this week released its “Learning Filemaker Pro 13 Training Video,” an introductory course focusing on the practical skills and techniques of using this GUI-based approach to data management.

FileMaker Pro is a relational database application that integrates its database engine with a graphics-based user interface, allowing users to work with information by dragging and dropping and other conventional navigation features in data management and utility.

Initially designed for Apple operating systems, FileMaker is currently available for both Windows and Mac formats, and can be used effectively as a cross-platform solution.

Infinite Skills’ “Learning FileMaker Pro 13 Training Video” provides all the essential tools and techniques for getting started with databases in FileMaker. Students will gain a solid understanding of critical functionality as they build the bibliography application, becoming familiar with many of the program’s advanced capabilities for calculations and automation.

Learning FileMaker 13 Training Video – Streaming

Course author Ray Cologon has worked with FileMaker for more than twenty years in art and multimedia applications. He is the founder of NightWing Enterprises, a FileMaker development and consulting company, and has worked with the program since 1998, having received the Filemaker Excellence Award in 2005.

In Learning FileMaker Pro 13 Training Video, Cologon brings his up-beat and insightful teaching style to help new users simplify complex FileMaker techniques, allowing students to quickly and efficiently start using the program to organize and manage data.

While the primary elements of the course can apply to all recent versions of the program, Cologon includes a chapter devoted to updates and new features in the latest edition.

After an introduction on the FileMaker system, explaining how to start a database and set preferences, Cologon explains how to begin structuring data, exploring key concepts of databases like data relationships and operations.

He then begins teaching how to build an interface with FileMaker, explaining how to use layout tools to customize the environment to specific needs, before moving on to fundamentals like working with data, fundamental database design, automation options, and more.

“FileMaker is a cleverly designed program that performs complex tasks in straightforward ways,” Cologon says. “There’s a lot of power under the hood, so while you can always keep it simple, when you need to do heavy lifting, FileMaker will stay with you to the industrial strength end of database programming.”

Free demo videos and a full list of course contents can be found on the “Learning FileMaker Pro 13″ training page of the Infinite Skills website: http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/learning-filemaker-pro-13.html.

Infinite Skills offers its “Learning FileMaker Pro 13 Training” as a DVD or a direct download from the company website at a retail price of $ 99.95, or as part of its streaming subscription service available at a rate of $ 25 per month. All Infinite Skills titles and formats are compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems. Shipping is available around the globe. Additionally, Infinite Skills tutorials are supported by project files which correspond to examples in the videos, allowing users to work alongside experienced instructors right on their computer or iPad.

About Infinite Skills Inc.

A leader in the field of software training, Infinite Skills strives to offer the highest quality training available at an affordable cost. Infinite Skills tutorials are task-oriented instructional videos, teaching complex skills by providing hands-on examples and guiding users as they carry out critical objectives. Infinite Skills offers a comprehensive range of software titles available as DVDs, digital downloads, and in iPad editions, keeping with company aim of delivering professional training to customers anywhere they want to learn.







Lake Champlain Region Commemorates 200-Year Old Rooster and Bicentennial of the War of 1812


Plattsburgh, NY (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

The Adirondack Coast along Lake Champlain hosts an annual series of reenactments, historic tours, family-friendly Adirondack events and performances to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh, the decisive battle in the War of 1812.

A True Story of David and Goliath

In September of 1814, more than 10,000 British regulars, many fresh from victories in the Napoleonic Wars, invaded northern New York from Canada while the Royal Navy advanced along Lake Champlain. Their intent was to reach New York City and divide an infant nation in two. But 25 miles south lay the village of Plattsburgh and Cumberland Bay defended by 32-year old General Macombs 1,500 regulars and a small American fleet commanded by Commodore Thomas Macdonough, only 30 years old himself. On the morning of September 11th the armies clashed in tiny Plattsburgh with Sir George Prevost in command of the redcoats. At that same hour, the British fleet rounded Cumberland Head where they met the anchored Americans poised and ready. A dying wind left the British unable to maneuver their ships giving the out-gunned American ships the advantage. Within three hours the British colors were struck and their commander Captain Downie lay dead. Seeing his fleet defeated and lacking information about the strength of American ground forces, General Prevost withdrew his troops back to Canada. The unlikely American victory thwarted British plans to control Lake Champlain and led to the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and the end of the War of 1812 on Christmas Eve 1814.

This year marks the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812, and throughout the year the Adirondack Coast celebrates 200 years of peace with a series of special events, historic reenactments and culinary delights. Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial events and attractions include:

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Week

September 11-14, 2014

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The Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, ended the final invasion of the northern states during the War of 1812. Join the Adirondack Coast as we commemorate the Bicentennial of General Alexander Macombs and Master Commandant Thomas MacDonoughs unlikely defeat of the British army on September 11, 1814. The weeks series of events commemorate Plattsburghs military history, industry, culture and arts providing visitors a unique look at the War of 1812. Enjoy re-enactments on land and water, old fashioned parade, craft demonstrations, fife and drum performances, concerts and lectures.

War of 1812 Boot Camp

Every Tuesday, July – August

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Experience history first hand at a War of 1812 Boot Camp. The Boot Camp allows a unique opportunity for an experiential understanding of this important time in history and how it touched four nations. Tailor your Boot Camp experience by choosing the activities of most interest to you such as musket loading and firing, military drills, mock militia battle and open fire cooking. Historians and period re-enactors will share their expertise with you in a relaxed atmosphere.

War of 1812 Interpretive Trail

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Follow the path of the British south from Canada to Plattsburgh along the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail. See the areas rich history with sites such as monuments, former battlegrounds and historic homes. There are 10 stops along the marked trail each with its own descriptive signage making the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail an easy and fun way to discover the past. A War of 1812 Historic Map is available for more detailed information and to help identify the sites along the trail at goadirondack.com.

Uncover the War at Pikes Cantonment

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Artifacts dating back to the War of 1812 have recently been uncovered at this archeological excavation site. Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. was a United States Army Captain in 1806-07, who also served during the War of 1812 at a military encampment somewhere around Plattsburgh. So far, archeologists have found a 1795 bayonet scabbard chape, .69 caliber bullet and military jacket buttons stamped with the number 15 Pikes Regiment. The dig will continue throughout the summer of 2014 and beyond.

Peace Garden Trail

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Visit the Adirondack Coast’s newly designated Peace Garden at the Kent-Delord House Museum, former British Headquarters during the War of 1812. Dedicated at historic sites in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens celebrate the two hundred years of peace and longstanding friendship between two countries that share the worlds longest undefended boarder.

Commemorative Wine and Beer

Plucky Rooster Ale

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Get a taste of the areas history with Plattsburghs artisan beer, Plucky Rooster Ale. This new artisan beer has been hand-crafted by Legends Bistro Brewmaster Jason Stoyanoff to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. Plucky Rooster Ale was created by carefully researching the types of beers brewed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800s and 1900s. Using American hops, English rye, Canadian barley and molasses Plucky Rooster is a burly pale ale with toffee notes and a hoppy aroma. The name owes its genesis to a 200 year old rooster that was aboard Macdonoughs ship, USS Saratoga.

Crab Island White Wine

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Created by North Star Vineyard this Crab Island White is a semi-dry Seyval Blanc, medium bodied white wine and has flavors of Honeydew melon, green apple and citrus. Crab Island was the site of the military hospital during the War of 1812 and is now a federally recognized military cemetery and the site of 149 American and British soldiers who were killed during the battle. On approaching the island visitors can see a large granite monument commemorating the lives of the soldiers who are buried there. Crab Island is public land and can be visited; however, visitors can not disturb or collect any artifacts, or damage vegetation.

Two Heroes Hard Cider

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Elfs Farm, Winery and Cider Mill honors Two Heroes with its early American style cider. This whisky barrel cider commemorates General Alexander Macombs and Master Commandant Thomas MacDonoughs for their actions on land and water during the Battle of Plattsburgh and the unlikely American Win.

The Battle of Plattsburgh did not take place until two years after the war was declared, yet it marked a turning point and heralded the end of the hostilities. For more information on this unlikely defeat of the British visit champlain1812.com.







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Collins & Lacy, P.C. Communications Manager Joins Leadership Columbia


Columbia, South Carolina (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

Collins & Lacy, P.C. is pleased to announce Janie Langdale has been selected to join Leadership Columbia. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Columbia (LC) program provides existing and emerging leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge and network.

As a transplant to Columbia, I am constantly discovering more about what makes this thriving city such a special place to live, said Langdale. I look forward to connecting with other professionals who share a passion for Columbia while developing my leadership skills and talents to better impact our community.

For 41 years, the Leadership Columbia program has helped participants better understand how the community works, build relationships with the regions current and future leaders, and become inspired to focus their talents in a way that will best serve Columbia.

Langdale is the Communications Manager at Collins & Lacy, where she helps create and implement strategic marketing initiatives for new and existing clients. She produces internal and external communications and designs collateral materials that reflect the firms client-focused business values. Prior to joining Collins & Lacy, Langdale worked more than five years as the Art Director at a local advertising firm developing inspired brands and producing award-winning advertising campaigns for a wide range of clients.

Langdale serves the community as a member of Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), the Junior League of Columbia, and is Co-Programming Chair of Legal Marketing Association of the Southeast Columbia Chapter (LMASE). She is a summa cum laude graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in Graphic Design.

About Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Collins & Lacy is a defense litigation firm in South Carolina that delivers valuable legal representation for their clients through solid preparation, thorough execution, and client-oriented service aimed at success. With many offices throughout the state, including Columbia, South Carolina, the firm represents local, regional and national clients in the areas of construction, employment law, hospitality/retail and entertainment law, insurance/bad faith, products liability, professional liability, commercial transportation and workers compensation. Collins & Lacy is committed to upholding the highest standards for integrity, civility and community service.

Collins & Lacy, P.C. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.







Joanne Reid Rodrigues Joins the Talk To Phil & Dave Show on Radio


(PRWEB UK) 11 August 2014

Joanne Reid Rodrigues, one of the UKs foremost therapists, nutritionists and life management experts, has joined the Talk To Phil & Dave Show Scotlands premier community radio chat programme as a regular contributor.

Joanne, who already provides her expert views on BBC Radio, ITV and in national newspapers and magazines, will feature in a fortnightly live interview on the Talk To Phil & Dave Show on Pulse 98.4.

She is founder of the internationally acclaimed Slimming Together her personal development & holistic weight-management programme which was established in 1986. She is also an acclaimed author and international speaker and is currently resident in London and Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Joanne, who was born in and grew up in Glasgow, has taught tens of thousands of people in California and in the United Kingdom and has enjoyed huge success through her books The Life Transformation Diet and Slim, Happy & Free.

These companion books offer a complete holistic approach to ending emotionally driven overeating and other self-defeating habits, and living a healthier, joyful life. Their friendly, authoritative tone which makes them instantly accessible is one of the keys to their success.

Joanne said: “I am so excited to be joining the premier community radio chat show in my home country.”

Joanne was a junk food addict for more than 12 years, which left her obese, depressed and frequently unwell. She eventually took control of her eating habits and transformed her own life by nourishing her body and spirit and shifting her mindset. After a long battle, she eventually shed 63lbs (29kgs/4.5st) through her very own life transformation diet philosophy and strategies. She has kept the weight off for almost 30 years.

In 1986, at the age of 24, Joanne created the Slimming Together programme, which was introduced in the USA and UK to critical acclaim and which continues to enjoy worldwide popularity today.

Using her passion and enthusiasm to help people enjoy a full and happy life by recognising their worth and value Joanne has become a leading personal development & spiritual trainer, highly respected by many members of the medical profession who recommend her methods.

She been a guest on various BBC radio shows across the UK , has appeared on the Tonight programme on ITV and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Jersey. She has been a contributing expert to a number of health magazines in the UK and the USA, and her work is published in Chicken Soup for The Soul by Jack Canfield.

For a number of years, Joanne lived in California, where she presented workshops and seminars at The Agape International Spiritual Centre at Buckingham Parkway, Culver City. In addition, she taught her Slimming Together programme for The City of Malibu and at the New JCC at Milken in West Hills as well as the Learning Curve in West Hollywood, and the Bodhi Tree on Melrose. She gave workshops and presentations at various venues in Century City, Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey.

The Talk To Phil & Dave Show airs live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (BST/GMT) and addresses serious issues affecting the lives of ordinary people in an unchallenging, down-to-earth setting while at the same time delivering a light-hearted entertainment package.

Hosted by body-centred therapist and counsellor Phyllis Joyce and journalist and media consultant David Boyes, the Talk To Phil & Dave Show first hit the airwaves in November 2013, with the aim of turning the spotlight every week on new topics of interest to listeners.

Since then, the programme has addressed a host of issues including debt-management, diet, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, post-traumatic stress, domestic violence, suicide and anxiety either by responding to messages sent in by listeners or by way of live interviews with people who have been able to provide an insight into the subject at hand.

The interviewees are either experts in their fields or they are individuals who have first-hand knowledge of confronting some of lifes obstacles and, as a result, have valuable experiences to share. The subjects that have been covered in the live interviews have included post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking cessation and mental and physical wellbeing and the plight of the homeless courtesy of an exclusive interview with Big Issue Foundation CEO Stephen Robertson.

These on-air discussions are recorded and edited into podcasts before being uploaded to the TalkToPhilNow website, which acts as a gateway to the show and which offers important information to people in need of help as well as providing links to official support organisations.

The podcasts add a personal, durable and unique dimension to the catalogue of help available.

The website also gives the Talk To Phil & Dave show which engages with listeners through text messages, Tweets and Facebook posts the ability to guarantee the anonymity of those who would prefer to opt for privacy when reaching out for assistance.

They are directed to use a dedicated email address or are referred to a page on the site, where they can sign up through a registration form. Only the details of the issue at hand will be broadcast not the individuals name or other personal information.

Pulse, which transmits on the 98.4 FM frequency, is a community radio station based in Barrhead, near Glasgow, UK, broadcasting to all of South Glasgow, the city centre, East Renfrewshire, Paisley, Renfrewshire and Clydebank and online.







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Lantana Consulting Group Recruits Harrison Fox, MPH


East Thetford, VT (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

Lantana Consulting Group is proud to announce the addition of Harrison Fox, MPH, in the dual role of Product Manager/Project Manager. Through his experience with a New York health information exchange, Fox brings a deep understanding of how data exchange transforms and improves healthcare. Foxs background and passion aligns with Lantanas vision for the exchange of health information across the spectrum of care so that it is affordable; improves well-being, public health, and quality of care; and contributes to research.

Lantana understands that health information software must not only meet the requirements for reporting and Meaningful Use (MU). It must deliver solutions that benefit both clinicians and patients. Being part of Lantanas team of professionals means being able to deliver the highest quality work for customers, explains Fox when asked why he chose to join Lantana.

As a Product Manager, Fox will guide the development of Lantanas SEE Tool, a web-based application to edit, save, and share CDA documents. In his Project Manager role, Fox will support Lantana customers working on the commercial, non-government, side of the firm.

CEO Liora Alschuler shares, Its great to have Harrison on board. His experience with EHR implementation and analytics is very strong and a great complement to our staff.

Fox holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Lantana, Fox was the Executive Director of the Continuum Care Improvement Through Information New York (CCITI NY) where he lead a multimillion-dollar technology implementation of multi-enterprise electronic health systems and clinical decision support tools across more than 10 hospitals and 30 nursing facilities.

About Lantana:

Lantana Consulting Group (http://www.lantanagroup.com) provides services and software for healthcare providers, vendors, and regulators who develop and implement standards-based health information exchange. Lantanas vision is to see health information available across the spectrum of care, supporting safe, effective, affordable healthcare that improves well-being, public health, quality of care, and research. The companys expertise encompasses developing and implementing over two dozen US and international healthcare data exchange standards, including the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), Consolidated CDA (C-CDA), Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), Healthcare Quality Measure Format (HQMF) or “eMeasure”, and Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) standardsall cited as requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU2) of electronic health record (EHR) systems in the US. Lantana operates in a distributed environment with more than 25 consultants and staff.







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Accela Engage 2014 Customer Award Winners Announced

San Ramon, California (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

Accela, the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, announced today the winners of the Accela Engage 2014 Customer Awards, created to honor government agencies that leverage the Accela Civic Platform to engage with citizens, businesses and professionals in the communities they serve. The awards were presented at the Accela Engage 2014 User Conference by Maury Blackman, Accelas President and CEO. The recipients of the Accela Engage 2014 Customer Awards are: Baltimore County, Maryland; Town of Framingham, Massachusetts; Salt Lake City, Utah; St. Louis County, Missouri; Ventura County, California; San Diego County, California; Rancho Cucamonga, California; New Zealands Environment Canterbury Regional Council; and the State of Michigan.

The winners of the Accela Engage 2014 Customer Awards are leaders in using technology to foster engagement between agency and citizen, Blackman stated. These agencies are providing access to services online and on mobile, speeding processes and enhancing collaboration. Were proud to work alongside our agency customers to help them achieve their goals while building better government and better communities.

Mobility Award: Baltimore County, Maryland

Baltimore County Code Enforcement unveiled their mobile app, enabling citizens to register and track neighborhood nuisance issues like overgrown lawns, uncovered garbage and rats online. Their use of the Accela Code Enforcement app allows code enforcement officials to spend more time in the field, where they can access complaints on iPads to make complete reports with photos, without ever having to put pen to paper. This simple app saves paper and printing costs of approximately $ 75,000 annually.

Innovation Award: Town of Framingham, Massachusetts

The Town of Framingham was looking to reduce the number of steps involved in resulting an inspection. By utilizing Accelas Construct API, the Town tailored an app that could present the minimal amount of fields needed to identify permits and complete inspections for Code Enforcement Officers. After building the simple prototype, fields were changed and apps were created for Electrical Inspectors, Plumbing Inspectors and Building Inspectors.

Civic Platform Innovators Award: Salt Lake City, Utah

A longstanding Accela customer, Salt Lake City has deployed the Accela Civic Platform in numerous departments to streamline permitting, licensing and code enforcement activities, streamline paper-based processes and provide broad access to GIS maps. The City has launched apps for improved citizen service and worker efficiency and has been an early adopter of CivicData.com, the open data portal built into the Accela Civic Platform. By leveraging the full Civic Platform, the City benefits from increased productivity, more engaged citizens, the value of transparent data and a platform to help them build and grow for the future.

Regionalism Award: St. Louis County, Missouri

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) was looking to simplify the permitting and inspection processes for contractors and developers. St. Louis Countys Public Works Department was using the Accela Civic Platform for Permitting and Inspections and after identifying the gains that would result by working together, including newer technology, a shared configuration and permitting best practices, the MSD decided to make the switch. Today, both agencies have a view into the system to determine status and outcomes of reviews or inspections, which assists them with better coordination. The solution provides the flexibility to manage each agencys unique requirements while simplifying the process for the development community.

Citizen Engagement Award: Ventura County, California, and San Diego County, California

Ventura County has raised the bar with its implementation of Citizen Access. The County has broken the traditional mold and leveraged the ability to use custom style sheets, giving the portal a look and feel that mimics the Countys website. In addition, the County has improved customer adoption of the new site by providing hot links to specific operations and offers help features focused on the most commonly used sections of the portal.

San Diego Countys commitment to citizen engagement is evidenced by the simplicity with which citizens can research and submit information. The County recently launched its citizen-facing website to manage inspections, and today Planning and Development Services customers with active building permits may now request construction inspections online and these requests can enable next-day scheduling. Citizens can use the online service to reschedule or cancel inspections, view the inspection history and utilize the site to get their building inspectors estimated arrival time. Additionally, the County has developed 13 citizen-facing apps, allowing its constituents to take advantage of services regardless of time or location.

Open for Business Award: Rancho Cucamonga, California

The success of an implementation is dependent on the prioritization of the project by the core team. Rancho Cucamonga recognized this need and created an internal newsletter to provide critical information and help the agency to gain acceptance and understanding of the project. They created games and contests to promote ownership of the investment and upgrade to Accela that would impact the entire community. At launch, Citizen Access, branded Accelerate, was promoted to the community through lobby banners, kiosks and campaign buttons.

Resiliency Award: New Zealands Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Environment Canterbury, which controls the taking and use of ground water, modification to land and discharges of pollutants to land, air, water and coast, selected Accela to help automate and regulate its Resource Management Permits. Environment Canterbury issues around 2500 new consents annually and monitors and inspects around 5000 existing consents for compliance and follow-up. They began implementation in June 2010 and went live in 2012, but in between had to manage through two of the largest earthquakes in New Zealands history. Despite adversity, Environment Canterbury was able to complete the go live with 140 users of the solution managing over 30,000 natural resource permits controlled by New Zealand environmental laws.

Trendsetter Award: David Viges, State of Michigan

As the first State in the country to offer permits and licenses online, the State of Michigan has adopted a policy of citizen engagement that has been tremendously successful. Today, the State is averaging over 75,000 permits and renewals annually. David Viges, Director, Office of Management Services, has been a key champion of Accela and is leading the initiative to move the States services to the cloud. Viges push toward the States early adoption of these solutions has served to provide a greater level of service to customers while streamlining workflow and enhancing productivity.

About Accela

At Accela, we believe that engagement makes all the difference. Were ushering in a new era where democracy thrives when government works directly with the people, coming to citizens on their terms through mobile devices, social media and networks, and open data. By streamlining critical agency functions like land and asset management, licensing, legislative management, resource and recreation management, and public health and safety, the Accela Civic Platform bridges the gap between agencies and citizens. We help build better communities by powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for agencies of all sizes.

Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Melbourne and Dubai. For more information, visit http://www.accela.com.

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