TOP NEWS

Public Safety VC Firm Plans Growth Responder Ventures, focused exclusively on technology serving the public safety-emergency response spectrum, is raising money for its first official fund. Here's why the firm thinks now is a good time to invest in public safety tech.

DropCountr Raises $600K Seed Round The former Gov Tech 100 company has heretofore chosen organic growth over outside investment. Also, it's launching a version of its product para los hispanohiblantes (for Spanish speakers).

Ohio Qualifies 50 Vendors Through Agile RFP The state, toying with agile tech procurement, has pre-qualified some 50 vendors for data analytics work.

Nextdoor, NOAA Team Up The social startup is working with a federal agency to bring weather alerts to the public.

Esri-Microsoft Partnership Aims to Help Conservationists The two tech veterans are pairing up to help conservationists process data related to, among other things, wetlands.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

Center for Digital Government, SLG vertical spending estimates 2017

Where Is State and Local Government Spending the Most on Tech? And how have those figures changed since last year? Estimates from the Center for Digital Government here.

WATCHLIST

GovTech companies on our radar this week:

Free & Fair An open-source election hardware and software company. Free & Fair just

scored a contract

with the state of Colorado to set up a first-of-its-kind system for auditing election results.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

WHAT WE'RE READING

OpenGov, Backed by Kushner-Linked VC, Gets a White House Invite (Huffington Post)

Predictive Policing Startup CivicScape Sets up Shop Under Many a Skeptical Eye (Bloomberg)

A Civic Hacker Built an App to Help Train Riders, and then the Transit Authority Shut It Down (Alexander Kharlamov/Medium)

Cities Look to Business, Not Washington, to Build Sustainability (Politico)

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.

Ben Miller  |  Staff Writer

Ben Miller is the business beat staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.