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GCR Inc. and Subsidiaries PCC and MB3 Rebrand as Civix

In the wake of three acquisitions in the past five years, two of which had remained separate subsidiaries, Civix will have separate divisions for government, grant management and transportation.

The New Orleans-based software and services firm GCR and its two subsidiaries, PCC Technology and MB3, have collectively rebranded themselves as Civix, a single company with three separate divisions for public-sector technology, transportation, and grant management and compliance software.

The company’s website said the rebranding “represents our civic commitment to enabling public sector transformation.” A news release today described the rebranding as a way to consolidate so many interrelated, developing technologies under one corporate roof, the range of which has grown considerably since GCR’s founding in 1979.

Some of this expansion occurred in the past decade through acquisitions of aforementioned subsidiaries, explained at the time as ways to expand the company’s product offerings and customer bases. In January 2015, the company acquired Quest Information Systems, which made software for voter registration, elections and campaign finance. In January 2016, GCR acquired PCC Technology, which made a range of business software for state and local governments, particularly for secretaries of state, to help with election administration and campaign finance. In July 2018, GCR acquired MB3, a Canadian company that made software for grant management.

According to today’s news release, software now sold by Civix serves more than 100 airports, nearly half of the nation’s secretaries of state and 90 percent of U.S. nuclear power plants; and it manages the records of more a quarter of U.S. registered voters and hundreds of billions of dollars in federal grants.

The release credited CEO Tom Amburgey, hired last year, with much of the company’s recent corporate culture, direction and new hires.

“Over the course of decades, our company has evolved, and now it’s time for our brand to better reflect the full breadth of who we are and what we do,” Amburgey said in a statement.

With about 400 employees spanning offices in six U.S. states counting Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio and Virginia, as well as offices in Monterrey, Mexico and Ontario, Canada, the company will be structured into three separate business units: Civix Government, Civix Transportation and Civix Grants. Civix Government is the rebrand of PCC, with its software serving 33 states, a roster of new administrators and engineers hired in the past year and a “Center for Excellence” for gov tech software development unveiled earlier this month in Heathrow, Fla.

“We are laser-focused on developing a common industry platform that uses advanced technology to provide a modern, simpler user experience,” said Mike Wons, president of Civix Government, in a statement.

Civix Transportation will focus on software and services for airports, the Federal Aviation Administration, state aeronautics departments and transit agencies. Civix Grants will incorporate the Canadian company formerly known as MB3, working on software for grant management and compliance as well as policy and analytics.

“Communities turn to us in the aftermath of disasters to help them overcome devastation and transition to rebuilding, recovery and opportunity,” said Angele Romig, president of Civix Grants, in a statement. “As Civix, we are expanding and strengthening the products and services that sustain and empower governments.”

According to the news release, some of Civix’s more popular software tools, such as AirportIQ, ElectionNet and EMGrantsPro, will eventually see name changes and enhancements as well.