Accela Gains Momentum in Recreation and Resource Management

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New Customers Include Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Massachusetts Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs

Accela, the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government, announced the addition of several new Recreation and Resource Management customers, growing the base of government agencies leveraging the Accela Civic Platform to help connect government to citizens, foster citizen engagement and build better communities.

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is working with Accela to support the VDOF Store and related services by enabling seedling and merchandise sales and streamlining other agency processes. The VDOF has been growing seedlings for Virginia landowners for more than 90 years and today, residents can purchase a wide variety of species directly from the VDOF website. Citizens and businesses can now purchase products from the VDOF online 24 x 7 and take advantage of new capabilities. VDOF is provided a new solution that will help increase seedling sales and visibility, better manage inventory, and integrate with fulfillment and delivery tools. A second phase is slated for the second half of 2014 that will include restoration and maintenance program tools and capabilities to further streamline agency operations.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is leveraging the Civic Platform to streamline and automate daily operations such as licenses, permits and boat registrations. The solution enables the agency to provide entrance passes online and offers citizens the ability to go online to secure permits, licenses and applications for hunting and fishing, boating and other special use permits.

The Massachusetts Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs is working with Accela to simplify the process for obtaining boat, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV), and snowmobile registrations. The easy-to-use web interface enables citizens to apply for and renew motorboat, snowmobile or recreation vehicle registrations.

“We understand that government agencies of all sizes are looking to technology to help bridge the divide between agency and citizen,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “In the parks and recreation industry, the key to success is making it easier for citizens to experience and enjoy their natural resources. By streamlining key processes like accepting boat and vehicle permits and applications, facilitating transactions and managing key resources, we’ll help make government agencies run more efficiently while providing a higher level of customer service.”

Today, Accela Recreation and Resource Management solutions enable customers of all sizes to:

  •     Access parks, forests and refuges easily and quickly;
  •     Reserve campgrounds, tickets, facilities, and other items;
  •     Apply for limited quantity activities such as specialized hunts, tickets, and rafting;
  •     Secure permits and licenses for hunting, fishing, and other uses;
  •     Register and certify with government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service;
  •     Register for and attend conference and events; and
  •     Join membership organizations such as the US Chamber of Commerce.

Other state and local agencies leverage the Accela Civic Platform for Land, Licensing and Asset Management, and Public Health and Safety. The Civic Platform provides governments with a complete solution for citizen engagement and offers powerful cloud and mobile technologies that facilitate productivity for government works and allows citizens to engage with their agencies 24/7.

About Accela
At Accela, we believe that engagement makes all the difference. We’re ushering in a new era where democracy thrives when government works directly with the people, coming to citizens on their terms through mobile devices, social media and networks, and open data. By streamlining critical agency functions like land and asset management, licensing, and public health and safety, engaging citizens with web and mobile applications and enabling them to participate virtually in civic meetings, the Accela Civic Platform bridges the gap between agencies and citizens. We help build better communities by powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for agencies of all sizes.

Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Melbourne and Dubai. For more information, visit

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