TOP NEWS The 2018 GovTech 100 List is Out! Check out the companies here.   A Sudden Spike in Gov Tech Deals Since the last GovTechBiz newsletter, there have been a lot of deals. Here they are, from most to least recent:   Blockchain Voting Startup Raises $2.2M Seed Round The company, Voatz, has been testing its mobile-first platform in a variety of settings. Government Bond Startup Closes $10M Series A BondLink is young, but it's already signed the state of Florida and other big clients on as customers. Elucd Raises $1M Seed Round The startup, which is already serving the country's single largest municipal police force, has raised money from the Omidyar Network and Y Combinator. Hubbell Buys Aclara for $1.1B The publicly-traded company has acquired smart meter-maker Aclara in what is likely the largest gov tech deal ever. Passport Raises $43M Series C, Gets into Tolling The company's single-investor Series C round gives it money to grow its staff 50 percent, get into a new service and open international offices. After Natural Disasters, One Concern Raises $20M Series A The startup wants to use AI to help government prepare for and respond to disasters. Martin O'Malley Joins ClearGov's Board of Directors The former Maryland governor and presidential candidate will join ClearGov in the midst of a busy season that has seen the startup roll out several new projects.   Mapzen Shuts Down The GIS platform, a favorite of many in the GIS community for its ease of use and open-source approach, is shutting down. Users have until February to grab what code and data they want before the API goes dark. MARKET SPOTLIGHT How Firefighters Use Drones A new infographic from a drone retailer offers insights into how firefighters use drones and how big the market is. WATCHLIST GovTech company on our radar this week:

Calthrope Analytics: Offering software to better plan sustainable urban growth. 

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AT&T Announces Plans to Launch 5G in More Than a Dozen Cities in 2018 (Fortune)
Congress Passes Bill to Mandate Mobile-Friendly Federal Websites (Axios)   Four Years of Blog Posts on Doing User Research While Working in Government (Leisa Reichelt) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at biz@govtech.com.