GovDelivery acquires ‘Facebook’ of government

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Two government-based community businesses are now a single entity.

GovDelivery, which provides government-to-citizen communication solutions, has acquired GovLoop, a social network for government workers and offices.

GovLoop will now be an operating division within GovDelivery. Price and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Douglas County are two GovDelivery Clients, and there are more than 300 GovLoop members in the state.

Officials say the merger will improve digital communication, transparency, openness and collaboration.

GovDelivery is based in St. Paul, with operations in Washington, D.C. GovLoop is based in Washington.

“GovLoop has been called the Facebook for government, because it helps people across the government collaborate and solve problems,” said Scott Burns, CEO and co-founder of GovDelivery.

To date, more than 10 million people have signed up to use GovDelivery platform to monitor government development 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 about local parks and roads to homeland security and national health issues.

GovLoop has 18,000 members and is one of the most used Internet spaces for people working in and around government.

More than half of U.S. federal agencies, the White House, local and state government entities across more than 30 states and several major agencies in the United Kingdom use GovDelivery, whose largest shareholder is Dolan Media Co., parent company of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.