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CivicPlus Wraps Up Buyout of Compliance Startup Optimere

The deal, first announced in May, has closed, giving CivicPlus a suite of tools centered around keeping governments compliant online. With the help of private equity, CivicPlus has grown rapidly in recent years.

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Optimere has officially been folded into CivicPlus.

The previously announced acquisition has now closed, with the two companies’ leaders now turning their eyes toward developing a road map to plan out how to bring the firms closer together.

CivicPlus, once known mostly for building websites for local governments, has turned to private equity money in recent years to fuel a slew of acquisitions that have seen its portfolio grow rapidly to include software for such functions as parks and recreation, human resources, 311 and meeting management. The Optimere deal brings in three tools — ArchiveSocial, Monsido and NextRequest — to handle various aspects of online compliance.

“CivicPlus and Optimere share a steadfast belief that positive digital interactions are critical to building trust with residents,” said Optimere CEO Ray Carey in a press release. “We’ve built a portfolio of solutions that empower accessibility, transparency, and compliance. Adding our technology to the Civic Experience Platform means we are bringing to the market the broadest and most future-proofed portfolio designed for the public sector and regulated communicators.”

ArchiveSocial helps governments archive statements that government officials make on social media as part of the public record, while NextRequest handles public information requests. Monsido is website accessibility and compliance software.

The deal was completed with additional funding from CivicPlus owners Insight Partners. At least some of Optimere’s investors, including Level Equity, will become CivicPlus investors.