SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

November 15, 2006 08:00 ET

Butler County, Ohio Launches Accela Automation as New Enterprise E-Government Solution

County Transitions From Paper to Web-based System to Automate Building, Planning, and Community Development Activities

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, announced today that Butler County, Ohio has launched Accela Automation® as the county's new enterprise land management application. The application will be utilized across several departments within the county.

Prior to implementing Accela Automation, the department used six different means to track and manage permit information. Now activities associated with planning, zoning, permitting, inspections, and code enforcement will be managed through one central database, streamlining processes and eliminating paperwork.

Accela Automation will be utilized by 92 end-users within the Department of Development, including the division of Building and Zoning, the Engineer's Office, the Board of Health, the Soil and Water Conservation District, and Environmental Services. Employees across these departments have access to the centralized database, allowing them to operate more efficiently and work more cohesively as a unit.

"An automation project of this nature is unprecedented in Butler County's history," said Cathy Greulich, project manager from the county Auditor's Office. "Installing Accela Automation has empowered Butler County to improve customer service and communication within our own agency and with adjacent local agencies."

County Auditor Kay Rogers added, "Accela Automation has delivered the features we have been striving for, allowing us to make technological leaps."

The county also integrated Accela GIS™ with their new solution. Through Accela GIS, employees have direct access to view geographic representations of all land use information associated with a permit, plan, or inspection. By automating map analysis processes, the county will be able to save time by having needed geographic information at their fingertips.

"We are very excited to add Butler County to our growing list of jurisdictions that have selected and successfully implemented Accela Automation as their government enterprise solution," said Robert P. Lee, Accela's president and CEO. "Butler County is an excellent example of how agencies can use the latest technology to track and manage their business processes, improve efficiency, and increase productivity."

About Butler County

Located in southwestern Ohio, Butler County covers 469 square miles and is home to more than 346,000 residents. The County joins several jurisdictions in Ohio that are moving toward automation and Web-based systems and using Accela solutions to manage government activities. These include Carlisle, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Forest Park, Hamilton County, Kettering, Mason, Montgomery County, Oxford, Toledo, and Wilmington. For more information about Butler County, please visit www.butlercountyohio.org.

About Accela

Accela provides innovative, Web-based enterprise software solutions that automate land, permit, and asset management processes for local, state, and federal government agencies of all sizes. Backed by more than 25 years of development and implementation in over 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, Accela products and services empower agencies to increase efficiencies, reduce workload, and provide citizens and businesses with more convenient access to government services. Accela is located in San Ramon, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract #GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit www.accela.com.

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