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GovDelivery acquires GovLoop, government version of Facebook

GovDelivery, a leading provider of citizen-to-government information, has acquired the social networking site GovLoop, the government equivalent of Facebook.

GovDelivery is an online communication group that offers help via e-mails or wireless alerts for government officials to pass information onto citizens. The company was formed in 1999, and includes various federal agencies and Maricopa County among its clients nationwide. Dolan Media Company, the parent company of the Arizona Capitol Times, is the largest shareholder of GovDelivery, but has a non-controlling minority interest.

GovDelivery and GovLoop joined forces Sept. 28. The founder and president of GovLoop, Steve Ressler, will remain in his position. GovLoop provides online forums and social networks to government employees across the nation. With the combination of the two companies, GovDelivery CEO Scott Burns said he expects the use of both to grow.

“GovLoop has been called the Facebook for government, because it helps people across government collaborate and solve real problems every day,” Burns said. “Steve Ressler has led GovLoop’s explosive growth and we are excited to have him continue leading GovLoop. With GovDelivery’s resources and expertise, GovLoop’s growth will continue to accelerate and help spur social media adoption in government.”

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