SOURCE: Accela, Inc.

May 15, 2007 12:00 ET

McAllen, Texas Selects Accela Automation to Create User-Friendly Business Environment

City Plans to Utilize Web-Based Technology From Leading Government Software Company to Spur Economic Prosperity

MCALLEN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- McAllen, Texas has selected Accela Automation® from Accela, Inc. to manage and track its development, permit, and code compliance processes and improve customer service. The Web-based solution supports the city's goals to improve critical business functions, designated as an essential element of spurring economic prosperity in the city.

Two hundred users across nine agencies will utilize the solution to guide more informed and efficient decision-making and create a more user-friendly business environment for citizens. It provides a centralized database of land use information that can be shared across an unlimited number of agencies and extended to the public.

McAllen also selected additional Accela products that expand and enhance the functionality of Accela Automation:

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 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 GIS™ seamlessly 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 solutions were developed specifically to help citizens connect with government services, and McAllen is a perfect example of a community interested in getting it right," said Maury Blackman, Accela's president and CEO. "We look forward to supporting the city in achieving its far-reaching customer service objectives and becoming an example for other jurisdictions."

About McAllen

McAllen is located on the very southern tip of Texas just five miles from the U.S./Mexico border, which is defined by the Rio Grande River. Home to more than 137,000 residents, McAllen has been one of the fastest growing cities in the country for over a decade. For more information, 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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