December 20, 2012
Pima County, AZ Upgrades to Accela Automation for Land, Permit Management
By Jayashree Adkoli
Pima County, in southern Arizona, has awarded Accela, Inc. – a provider of Web-, mobile- and cloud-based software for government – a $2.3-million contract for land and permit management.
Pima County will reportedly replace its existing 'PERMITS' Plus client-server system with Accela’s (News - Alert) Automation enterprise software to streamline service delivery for development services, transportation, environmental quality, regional flood control district, natural resources parks and recreation, sustainability and conservation, real property services, and regional wastewater reclamation.
Pima County has a population of approximately one million. A vast majority of the county's population lies in and around the County seat, Tucson, the second-largest city in Arizona.
With the flexible configuration of Accela Land Management, Pima County will be able to take up land-based projects by tracking and managing acquisitions, environmental monitoring obligations, inspections and permits, and defining the sequence of interrelated departmental workflows.
Pima will also utilize Accela Land Management to streamline process and service delivery.
"We're pleased that fast-growing Pima County has upgraded to Accela Automation for land and permit management," said Maury Blackman, president and CEO, Accela. "The County's use of Accela technology to balance growth with resource conservation, as defined in the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, is a great example of how Accela Automation can streamline Smart Growth in any geographic region."
Pima County will be utilizing Accela Citizen Access, Accela GIS, as well as Accela Mobile Office.
The Accela Citizen Access will provide constituents of Pima with online services to complete permit requests, research required variances, approvals and forms, have visibility to their submittal status, and process payments.
With the help of Accela Citizen Access, Pima will be able to easily view context-pertinent information, and participate in online plan review.
The Accela Mobile Office will provide access to project documents from laptops and tablet PCs, providing greater convenience and faster turnaround time for building inspectors and end users.
Accela GIS, which integrates ESRI (News - Alert) ArcGIS for Server maps with Accela Automation, will allow agency field inspectors to access services and complete processes online, including payments for permits and real-time status updates on pending permits, licenses and service requests.
Additionally, Accela will provide Pima County with the ability of electronic document review (EDR) to replace the earlier outdated Project Dox technology.
In recent news, the City of Englewood, Ohio selected Accela Automation enterprise software. Additionally, the company introduced an updated version of the Accela Inspector app for government inspectors and investigators for iOS and Android (News - Alert) mobile phones and tablets.
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Edited by Braden Becker