SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

January 16, 2007 08:00 ET

Escambia County, Florida Awards Accela $2.3 Million Contract for E-Government Software Solutions

State-of-the-Art Technology Critical to Development of County Land Records Management System

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of government enterprise management software solutions, today announced that Escambia County, Florida has awarded Accela a $2.3 million contract for e-government solutions. The County has selected Accela Automation® as the county's enterprise land management and licensing system as well as add-on products to improve efficiency and communication within the county's departments and enhance citizen access and self service.

More than 100 users and 35 inspectors in the county's building inspections, code enforcement, and planning departments will utilize the new system to automate permitting, development review, code enforcement, contractor licensing, fee collection, and planning and zoning activities, as well as functions associated with the state of Florida's unique concurrency management program.

In Florida, a set of state-mandated laws dictates concurrency management. The laws require counties to account for the impact of development projects by concurrently planning and implementing services and additional infrastructure such as sidewalks and water lines. In its nationwide search for an appropriate land records management system, Escambia County selected Accela due to its previous experience with concurrency management and its state-of-the-art technology.

"Accela is the only company in the industry whose technology is up-to-date to the degree that it can meet our business and technology requirements today and into the future," said Bob Jacobson, director of Information Resources for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners. "We are excited about partnering with a company who understands and can respond to the demand that growth will place on services and county-maintained assets and infrastructure."

The county currently issues approximately 55,000 permits and conducts approximately 74,000 inspections annually. The selection of additional Accela solutions will further support these and other functions:

Accela GIS™ provides automated maps from a central database and gives staff direct access to view geographical representations of all 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.

Accela Wireless™ mobile government software application extends inspection management capabilities to the field for inspections, code enforcement, work orders, and service requests. Optimized for Intel® 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 Citizen Access™ provides real-time, direct access via the Internet to the county's permit and land management activities. Online permit applications will 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, 7 days a week.

Accela IVR™ provides 24-hour, voice-recognition access to permit and inspection services, enabling staff and citizens to request, check, and verify permit applications and inspections from a touch-tone phone, at any time.

"We are proud to be recognized by Escambia County for the superiority of our technology and the breadth of our experience," said Robert P. Lee, Accela's president and CEO. "We look forward to helping the county satisfy the requirements of concurrency management and meet the needs of its constituents through improved and streamlined businesses processes and efficiencies."

About Escambia County

Located in the extreme northwestern corner of Florida, Escambia County is known as "The Western Gate to the Sunshine State." It covers 661 square miles, includes 64,000 acres of water area, and is home to 300,000 residents. The county joins several other jurisdictions in Florida who are utilizing Accela products as their e-government solution, including Brevard County, the city of Hollywood, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management. For more information about Escambia County, please visit

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

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