Denver, CO, St. Paul, MN and Washington, D.C. – Granicus, the leading provider of software solutions to improve government efficiency and transparency, and GovDelivery, the leading cloud-based digital communication platform for government, today announced that the two companies will merge effective immediately.
By coming together, the combined entity will better serve its more than 3,000 public customers at the local, state and federal levels in improving their efforts to communicate, promote transparency, and transform the citizen experience. Priorities will include driving integration between products, increased investment in government-focused cloud software solutions, and growing a world-class team of government digital experts. Together, GovDelivery and Granicus will be the largest provider of cloud solutions to government in North America and the United Kingdom.
The merger is majority backed by Vista Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on software, data, and technology-enabled businesses, which recently announced acquisitions of GovDelivery and Granicus. Previous Granicus majority shareholder K1 Investment Management continues to support the combined business as a minority shareholder.
“Governments are confronting a rapidly changing world with increasing expectations from citizens,” said GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns. “We have long admired Granicus as a leader in serving government and know that combining these two companies will create a powerful partner in helping connect government and citizens in meaningful ways.”
As the largest provider of cloud-based communications solutions to the public sector, GovDelivery enables its 1,800 customers to reach more than 120 million citizens. GovDelivery also owns GovLoop.com, the premier knowledge network for government employees, connecting more than 250,000 public sector workers. Granicus, the largest provider of legislative and public meeting management software, serves 40 of the 50 largest U.S. cities – including nine of the top 10 – among its over 1,200 clients.
“The opportunity to work with our clients to redefine how governments and citizens interact, ultimately supports the decision-making process within government, leading to better outcomes for communities,” said Granicus CEO Jason Fletcher. “We are excited about our ability to create an industry leader that will have a profound impact on the government-citizen experience.”
Numerous public sector agencies already use services from both companies, with the City of Oakland, Calif., being one of the most extensive users. City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, who has spearheaded the implementation of technology solutions to engage the citizenry of Oakland, noted her excitement surrounding the two companies coming together.
“The City of Oakland – with the citizen interest that we have in our legislative process, along with our own commitment to advancing transparency and citizen engagement – sees this as an amazing partnership,” Simmons said. “It [the merger] will continue to help us mobilize interest in a number of areas, most notably the decision-making process. We can appreciate not just being able to advance awareness, but more importantly effectively drive more citizens to participate in those decisions that affect the quality of their lives.”
The combined company will employ 375 employees with plans to continue the strong growth experienced by both companies, and will maintain operations out of offices in Denver, Colo.; St. Paul, Minn.; Washington D.C.; and Crawley, U.K
“Granicus and GovDelivery together will be uniquely positioned to drive more engaged citizens, informed decisions and better outcomes by delivering further innovation around their already robust solutions that enable communication and interactivity between government institutions and their constituents,” said Patrick Severson, Principal at Vista Equity Partners. “The combined company will be able to better serve all levels of city, state, federal, school, and special district customers in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
The companies will continue to operate independently through 2016, with the primary focus over the coming months on merger planning and maximizing opportunities to bring additional value and benefit for customers.