Government Technology publisher e.Republic Inc. has acquired TechWire.net, a news website covering public-sector technology in California. The deal, announced today, is part of a move by e.Republic to strengthen its coverage of the government market for private-sector readers.

The three-year-old TechWire.net will continue to operate as a stand-alone website, focusing on policy challenges and market opportunities created by the rapid infusion of technology into traditional infrastructure -- like power grids and transportation systems -- as well as government programs. The site’s emphasis on covering these issues for a business audience complements e.Republic’s existing govtech.com and governing.com platforms, which serve primarily government readers.

“Now more than ever, government and industry need to understand each other because they are mutually interdependent in efforts to prepare communities for the future,” said e.Republic CEO Dennis McKenna. “The combination of TechWire and e.Republic positions us to deliver in-depth coverage of these evolving issues for both public- and private-sector audiences.”

TechWire founder and publisher Bill Maile will become industry and markets editor for e.Republic.

“I look forward to increasing our coverage in the California marketplace and better serving the technology community here,” said Maile. “This is a great opportunity to take our operation to the next level.”

Prior to launching TechWire in 2011, Maile was communications director for the California Technology Agency and state CIO Teri Takai, who is now chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Defense. Maile also served as deputy press secretary for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.