City of Palo Alto Received Trendsetter Award

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September 2016

City of Palo Alto Development Services Director Receives Trendsetter Award


On August 24th, Peter Pirnejad, Director of Development Services for the City of Palo Alto received the Trendsetter Award at the Accela Engage 16 conference in Los Angeles. Accela is the City’s land use permitting and licensing software.  They are one of the industry leaders in the provision of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions for government.


On August 23, Accela honored 13 of their most innovative customers as recipients of the Accela Trendsetter Awards during their annual industry conference, Accela Engage. This year’s conference, brought together more than 1,000 government leaders, business partners, and thought leaders for training, networking and civic technology inspiration.


Palo Alto’s Director of the Development Services Department was recognized by Accela as a “Civic Superhero”, for his positive contribution to civic innovation and better governance. The contribution came in the form of an analytic dashboard that leveraged building permit data to measure service counts, speed of delivery and timeliness.  The dashboard has both improved productivity as well as increased transparency into the development review process.


“The Trendsetter Awards were created to recognize those government agencies and individuals at the forefront of civic engagement,” said Maury Blackman, CEO and President of Accela. “From tackling new regulatory issues in their jurisdiction to embarking on transformative ways to increase transparency in their communities, we continue to be impressed with the innovative ways government agencies are working to improve government-to-citizen interactions. We salute the efforts of all of the 2016 winners on their commitment to breaking down the barriers and creating a better government for their communities.”



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                                                                 Peter Pirnejad