Personnel file: Danville man wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

Maury Blackman, CEO of San Ramon's Accela, honored by Ernst & Young

Danville resident Maury Blackman, president and CEO of San Ramon-based Accela, Inc., was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year for Software in Northern California by Ernst & Young.

The awards program acknowledges entrepreneurs who exhibit brilliance and success in areas such as innovation, creativity, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"I'm humbled and honored to be awarded alongside such outstanding members of the tech community and proud to bring global recognition to the important work Accela is doing," Blackman, in a statement, said of the regional award he received last month.

This is the first time in the program's 30-year history that a civic tech entrepreneur was recognized.

Headquartered in San Ramon's Bishop Ranch business park, Accela is a leading provider of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement solutions for government agencies.

"Accela stands as a front-runner in the civic tech movement, aimed at delivering 21st-century solutions that increase transparency, efficiency and engagement between governments and their citizens," Blackman said.

From land and legislative management to licensing, finance and environmental health, the company's software is used by more than 2,200 governments, including more than 60% of the nation's 50 largest cities. Accela was named to magazine Government Technology's GovTech100 in 2016, a ranking of the top 100 companies centering on government customers.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, as the only global award of its kind, celebrates those who are establishing and leading successful, growing, positive and powerful businesses, celebrating them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries, according to organizers.

Regional award winners like Blackman are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Nationwide winners will be announced at an awards gala in Palm Springs on Nov. 19.

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