SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

July 10, 2007 11:00 ET

Cabarrus County, North Carolina Selects Accela Automation to Support Easy Access to Land Use Activities

Suite of Web-Based Products From Accela, Inc. Enables County Staff and Citizens to Conduct Business via the Internet

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Cabarrus County, North Carolina has selected Accela Automation® from Accela, Inc. to modernize its current permitting, licensing, and inspections software package and provide Commerce department staff, citizens, and the business community with a more user-friendly system that enables easy access to conduct business via the Internet.

The Commerce department is charged with overseeing construction standards, planning, zoning, environmental protection, and fire marshal activities within the County, and supports affiliated agencies involved in plan and subdivision reviews. The department will also utilize several other Accela solutions to update and streamline processes and increase the efficiency and productivity of its staff:

Accela Wireless™ is a mobile government software application that allows government staff to perform their jobs from the field for inspections, code enforcement, work orders, and service requests. Optimized for Centrino® Mobile Technology, Accela Wireless is compatible with PDAs, laptops, and Tablet PCs running on the Microsoft Pocket PC, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating systems.

Accela GIS™ seamless integrates with Accela Automation to provide powerful real-time visual analysis to enhance land use, zoning, and infrastructure data. It allows creation of multiple map layers, automated map analysis, parcel and asset inventory management, direct editing of GIS data or files, and auto-distribution of information to mailing lists. It is built on the ArcIMS™ platform by ESRI®.

Accela Citizen Access™ provides real-time, direct access via the Internet to agency permit and land management activities. Online permit applications can be configured to allow citizens and businesses access 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, seven days a week.

"Accela provides a scalable technology solution that aligns with the goals of our growing county," said Debbie Brannan, ITS Director for Cabarrus County. "The centralized land management database will allow cross-functional processes to share data and improve the efficiency of our business workflow. Enterprise access to this information maximizes the value of our investment and increases the quality of service we provide to our citizens."

Accela's contract with Cabarrus County, in cooperation with the North Carolina Local Government Information Services Association (NCLGISA), serves as a statewide procurement vehicle for counties and municipalities in the state of North Carolina. It enables qualified members of NCLGISA to purchase Accela products and services under the terms of the contract and forego the lengthy Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the only other leading technology company included under the contract. Cisco is an Accela Certified Partner.

"We are happy to welcome Cabarrus County as a new Accela client, and look forward to helping them realize the vast benefits of Web-based technology in connecting citizens to government services," said Maury Blackman, Accela's president and CEO. "The addition of North Carolina to our roster of government contracts means we can offer more agencies in the state a convenient and cost-effective way to procure new or additional software solutions."

About Cabarrus County

Cabarrus County is located in south central North Carolina and covers 365 sq. miles. It is divided into 12 townships and is home to more than 147,000 residents. Cabarrus County was founded in 1792 and its Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first gold discovery in the United States in 1799. For more information, please visit www.co.cabarrus.nc.us.

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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