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ClearGov Acquires CityGrows, Opening Door to Permitting

Fresh off a big funding round, ClearGov, which sells budget management software, says it has bought the CityGrows platform. That technology has helped officials quickly permit open-air restaurants, among other tasks.

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Budget management technology provider ClearGov, fresh off a big funding round earlier this year, says it has entered the permitting and licensing market via the acquisition of CityGrows.

CityGrows incorporated in 2015 and sells software to local governments via which they can digitize and automate permitting and licensing workflows. The technology also processes online payments and features what the company calls a “smart dashboard.”

Terms were not disclosed.

CityGrows “not only built a powerful permitting and licensing solution, but their underlying platform is actually use-case agnostic and enables governments to modernize any paper or PDF form and workflow,” said Chris Bullock, CEO and co-founder of ClearGov, in a statement. “Furthermore, the hallmarks of their platform — ease-of-use, quick implementation, and affordability — align perfectly with ClearGov’s solutions.”

Early in 2022, ClearGov said it had raised $20 million in a funding round led by private equity firm Frontier Growth.

The company now serves more than 600 public-sector customers in 48 states. That new investment came after the company launched its Capital Budgeting cloud-based software. It is designed to help local governments keep track of capital project proposals — a need that is likely to increase for many governments as new federal infrastructure dollars work their way to local agencies.

“Local government is clearly in the midst of a transformational shift to modern, cloud-based solutions to help them operate more efficiently,” said Bryan Burdick, president and co-founder of ClearGov, in the statement.

As for CityGrows, its technology has been on display lately in the Los Angeles region as officials there sought to permit open-air dining for restaurants during the pandemic — and do so quickly.

“With ClearGov, we truly feel like we’ve found kindred spirits,” said Stephen Corwin, CTO and co-founder of CityGrows, in the statement. “Like CityGrows, the ClearGov team clearly believes in creating best-of-breed, elegant, intuitive, modern software that solves targeted challenges for local governments.”