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A Conversation With Luke Fretwell of ProudCity — ICYMI

ProudCity co-founder and CEO Luke Fretwell shares his perspective from the trenches and discusses current trends in the gov tech market — including a broad maturation of government IT shops.

ProudCity, a comprehensive provider of local digital government solutions, has been a GovTech 100 company since the inaugural list was announced in 2017. Co-founder Luke Fretwell is an advocate for and practitioner of open, accessible technologies that drive democracy to be more collaborative and inclusive.

Luke notes that, along with a lot of M&A activity in the gov tech market, another current trend is the increasing sophistication of government — becoming more aware of the proper questions to ask, doing more in-house and spending IT budgets more responsibly. He expects this post-pandemic focus on better understanding the business of gov tech to continue.

In this episode of “In Case You Missed It,” Luke joins Dustin and Joe to discuss open source (“should be the No. 1 procurement check box”), the need to create a sense of community, the negative results of too much emphasis on sales (“product development and customer service fall by the wayside”) and how a loss of joy in today’s culture also results in a lost sense of purpose and civic perspective.


  • Get information about ProudCity’s local government solutions
  • Read about the people and ideas changing the way government works at GovFresh
  • Follow Luke on Twitter


“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler and Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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Dustin Haisler is the president of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.
Joseph Morris is the chief innovation officer of <i>Government Technology</i>’s parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.