October 24

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Enforcing regulations is an important role for state and local government agencies, but regulating emerging markets like cannabis, ride-sharing and short-term rentals — like Airbnb — comes with a unique set of challenges.

Agencies are under pressure to implement and enforce these regulations fast and transparently. The solutions they employ must seamlessly integrate with other government systems and, perhaps most importantly, make it easy for citizens and businesses to comply.

Join Governing and Accela for a dynamic discussion as our panel of experts discusses the challenges, and potential solutions, of regulating emerging markets. We’ll release results from a new national survey on emerging regulations, and Trisha Perez, senior computer programmer and analyst for Culver City, Calif., will explain how Culver City began processing cannabis business licenses in just five months using an out-of-the-box solution from Accela.

Join our webinar to:

  • Get a forecast from government leaders on what emerging markets will be affected by regulation
  • Learn where the challenges lie in efficiently implementing regulatory processes
  • Hear about how you can fast-track and streamline citizen and business compliance


Trisha Perez

Trisha Perez

Sr. Programmer Analyst, City of Culver City, CA

Patricia Perez, also known as Trisha, is a Sr. Programmer Analyst at the City of Culver City and works to project-manage, implement, and support enterprise systems, such as Accela Civic Platform.

Trisha believes that technology is creativity and energy that must be shared with everyone, especially for women. As a female in IT for over 15 years, Trisha values the importance of encouraging women to pursue careers in tech.

Trisha holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA and professional designation in Graphic Design from FIDM. She also volunteers her time helping teach dance and song for the folk arts organization Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, as well as sits on the board of California Restaurant Association, LA Chapter, and participates as a member of the Star Legacy Foundation, LA Chapter.

Judy Steele

Judy Steele

Director, Center of Expertise, Accela

Judy Steele is the Director of Cannabis Regulation for Accela’s Center of Expertise (ACE), a team of industry leaders with expertise in emerging and complex markets. In this role, she serves as a marijuana regulation and technology expert, helping government leaders navigate complicated licensing and permitting challenges and prepare communities for whatever comes next.

Ms. Steele has an extensive background in government and business relations, including business licensing with the City and County of Denver, and business formation filings, Uniform Commercial Code filings, and Notary commissions with the State of Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office where she worked to help transition all paper-based filing to an online, web-based application process where customers are able to self-serve. She was a key player on Denver’s Marijuana Policy team and instrumental in implementing marijuana licensing for the City. In addition, Ms. Steele was also part of the team that implemented cannabis licensing for the State of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture as well as the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Ms. Steele has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver in Colorado.

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler — Moderator

Chief Innovation Officer, Governing

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Governing's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction.