SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

November 08, 2005 08:00 ET

Rochester, Minnesota, Awards Accela 10-Year Contract for New Enterprise E-Government Solution

City to Implement Accela Automation as Its New Integrated System for Managing Planning, Licensing, and Permit Management Activities

DUBLIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2005 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, announced today that Rochester, Minnesota, has awarded the company a 10-year contract to implement Accela Automation® as the City's new integrated land management system. The enterprise application will be deployed for the Department of Building Safety, which includes the following divisions: Plan Review, Building Inspection, and Rental Housing Licensing & Inspection.

Accela Automation provides a centralized database for tracking and managing the City's building, planning, and licensing activities, allowing employees to be interconnected and operate more efficiently. Staff will use the new application to automate permitting, inspections, workflow, rental housing licenses, zoning, development plan review, and other critical functions.

"The implementation of Accela Automation will provide the City of Rochester with a fully-featured, integrated system to streamline our departmental activities and provide more efficient services to our citizens," stated Ron Boose, Building Safety Director at Rochester.

"The city of Rochester joins a growing list of jurisdictions that are selecting Accela Automation as their new government enterprise solution," states Robert P. Lee, Accela President and CEO. "Accela Automation allows agencies to expedite the application review and inspection process to improve internal efficiencies, increase citizen satisfaction, and spur economic growth in their communities."

Additional business solutions to be implemented by Rochester include:

Mobile government -- The City will implement Accela Wireless™ to empower inspectors with the ability to remotely input their results from the inspection site using a mobile device. The Accela Wireless application is built on Microsoft's .NET platform and is compatible with PDAs, laptops, and Tablet PCs running on the Microsoft Pocket PC, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating systems.

GIS integration -- Accela GIS™ enhances Accela Automation by incorporating map data from the City's existing GIS database and giving staff direct access to all geographic land use, zoning, and infrastructure information associated with a parcel, permit, inspection, or plan. Built on the ArcIMS™ platform by ESRI®, Accela GIS seamlessly integrates with Accela Automation to provide automated map analysis.

Citizen access -- The City will be implementing a citizen access portal that provides real-time, direct access via the Internet to the City's permit and land management activities. Citizens and businesses will be able to apply and pay for permits, schedule inspections, check the status of a permit or inspection, or print an approved permit directly from the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Rochester

Located approximately 80 miles southeast of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Rochester, Minnesota, is a growing community of over 90,000. The Department of Building Safety issues over 15,000 trade and building permits annually and conducts over 36,000 inspections. The housing inspection division is responsible for issuing certificates and performing inspections bi-annually for over 1,300 structures containing over 5,000 dwelling units. For more information about Rochester, please visit

About Accela

Accela develops award-winning enterprise systems for asset management, emergency response, licensing, permitting, planning, public health, and many other processes for government agencies of all sizes. Accela's software solutions manage critical public sector applications for thousands of departments in major metro areas, cities, and counties such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Kansas City, San Diego County, and many others. Accela is headquartered in Dublin, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract # GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit

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