GovDelivery purchases GovLoop

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Published: September 28,2009

Tags: media, mergers and acquisitions, social networking, technology

ST. PAUL. Minn. — GovDelivery, the world’s leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based GovLoop, the premier social network for the government community. Price and t erms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Through the acquisition, GovLoop becomes an operating division within GovDelivery and Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, will continue in his role as president of the fast-growing social community.

The acquisition unites two leaders in government 2.0 at a time when digital communication, transparency, openness and collaboration in government are a top national priority and growing exponentially.

GovDelivery is based in St. Paul, Minn., with operations in Washington, D.C. It is the largest shareholder of Dolan Media Dolan Media Company, which has a non-controlling minority interest and is the parent company of the Mississippi Business Journal .

GovLoop is based in Washington.

"GovLoop has been called the Facebook for government, because it helps people across government collaborate and solve real problems every day," said Scott Burns, CEO and co-founder of GovDelivery. "Steve Ressler has led GovLoop’s explosive growth and we are excited to have him continue leading GovLoop. With GovDelivery’s resources and expertise, GovLoop’s growth will continue to accelerate and help spur social media adoption in government.”

GovDelivery’s larger resource base will allow staff expansions and greater service offerings during the coming year, Burns said.

This acquisition strengthens GovDelivery’s role in assisting government’s use of digital channels and social media to improve communication to the public and collaboration between government agencies and employees. Its digital subscription management solution provides organizations with a fully-automated, on-demand public communication system. GovDelivery’s reach has grown exponentially in the past two years.

To date more than 10 million people have signed up to use the GovDelivery platform to monitor government developments matching their individual interests and needs. Each day between 10,000 and 100,000 new users sign up via the GovDelivery online platform. Topics range from updates on local parks and road closures to homeland security and major national health issues such as the H1N1 outbreak. Many of the people signing up to receive information through GovDelivery are people who work in government.

Burns said GovDelivery’s platform generated one billion e-mail messages from governments during the company’s first seven years of operation. He said GovDelivery generated another 1 billion messages during the first seven months of 2009.

Burns said GovDelivery would work to encourage its clients and users to collaborate with each other on GovLoop.

With more than 18,000 members, GovLoop has become the most powerful space for people working in and around government to collaborate, socialize and support each other in an effort to make government better, with special attention to technology and professional development. Ressler described GovLoop’s mission as connecting government to improve government.

GovDelivery’s digital communication platform is used by more than 300 government entities including more than half of the U.S. federal agencies, local and state government entities across more than 30 states, and several major agencies in the United Kingdom. Government clients use GovDelivery to send more than 140 million emails and wireless alerts each month to individuals who choose topics based on their interests.

Organizations using GovDelivery provide citizens with better service and access to relevant information by proactively delivering new information through email, mobile text alerts, RSS and widgets. Clients include the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, States of California and Indiana, cities of Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis and hundreds of other organizations across the public sector.

GovDelivery clients also include the U.S. federal court system and both houses of the British Parliament. GovLoop has approximately 50 members in Mississippi.

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