GovDelivery is reasserting its roots in local government with Monday's announcement it has acquired social network GovLoop.
GovDelivery, a provider of "government-to-citizen" communications platforms via software-as-a-service subscriptions, was founded in 2001 as a public-private partnership with St. Paul, Minn. By acquiring GovLoop, a Facebook-style Web site for government employees, one of the company's goals is to facilitate more "government-to government" collaboration among employees who are working in state and local agencies.
"The first point of integration will be doing things to help people who are receiving updates on particular topics from the government through GovDelivery -- if an agency is interested, they'll be able to create spaces within GovLoop where additional collaboration and cooperation can happen," GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns told Government Technology.
GovLoop has grown rapidly since the network was started in May 2008. Steve Ressler, the social network's founder, said Monday that 18,000 members have signed up so far. Ressler said it's a misnomer that GovLoop is a federally focused Web site. Fifty percent of members work in the federal government, while 30 percent come from the state or local level, he said.
"I think since state and local is so dispersed, they need homes like GovLoop even more than others," Ressler said.
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