Accela CEO Steps Down, Company Launches New Products It was an active week of news for Accela. At the same time as the company launched two new commercial-off-the-shelf products for planning and building workflows, CEO Ed Daihl stepped down from his position after serving for a little more than a year.

Welcome to Droneville, USA When the Federal Aviation Administration held a sort of contest among local governments across the U.S. to find new places to test drones under fewer restrictions, it also created a database of people interested in helping the government use drones. We analyzed the database to find parts of the U.S. where that interest was disproportionately high, and discussed what people in those places are thinking about.

Tacoma, Wash., Awards $5M Contract to New Red Light Camera Operator After more than a decade with the same vendor, the city is turning to a new company to run its 16 traffic cameras.

Sierra Club Poll Finds High Public Support for Regional Transportation Work The poll, conducted in northeastern states, determined that the public in that region is in favor of regional planning and reducing transportation-related carbon emissions.


Where Are the Drones At? We're rolling out new maps to show where we're finding news about topics. Here's a map of our stories about government using drones.


GovTech company on our radar this week:

Case Commons: Known for its Casebook software, which is meant to help human services workers manage their cases from beginning to end.

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