Granicus Acquires Accela’s Legislative Management Business

Granicus Acquires Accela’s Legislative Management Business

Less than two years after merging with St. Paul-based GovDelivery, leading government software solutions provider Granicus is expanding with a new acquisition.

Granicus, a leader in providing cloud-based software solutions to government agencies, said Tuesday it had acquired Accela’s Legislative Management business.
Per the terms of the deal, Granicus will assume control of the contracts of the 450 customers Accela’s business currently has, along with its assets — which include public sector meeting software that enables government to manage public meetings and engage citizens in civic processes.
“With the purchase of this operating unit from Accela we clearly demonstrate our dedication to leading the industry in the delivery of modern, citizen-first technologies to local government,” said Mark Hynes, CEO of Granicus, in a statement.
Accela, based in California, provides software as a service (SaaS) products aimed to improve efficiency, engagement and transparency in local governments. Its Legislative Management arm — one of Accela’s nine business units — is dedicated to helping governments streamline legislative meetings, from document creation to video presentation, and other aspects, according to Accela’s site.
Granicus’ acquisition of the unit is the latest in a series of purchases and mergers in the last year-and-a-half.
Denver-based Granicus, which holds key U.S. offices in St. Paul and Washington D.C., is a subsidiary of Vista Equity Partners. The equity firm purchased Granicus in the fall of 2016. At that same time, Vista Equity Partners purchased GovDelivery, a formerly St. Paul-based digital communication firm, for $153 million.
Granicus and GovDelivery were then merged and, in February 2017, Granicus was announced as the name of the new, combined venture.
Granicus has since acquired Vision Internet — which offers design and development services, as well as training, to help local governments build websites — and Novusolutions, an agenda and meeting management software company.
“We believe that [these transactions] bring together the scale, talent, technologies and passion to bring a more comprehensive, seamless, digital experience to our clients and the citizens they serve," said Hynes.
Meanwhile, Accela’s Legislative Management unit was originally IQM2, a New York-based provider of legislative solutions. Accela acquired IQM2 in 2014.
“The IQM2 team is proud to join the Granicus family and contribute to delivering innovation to a combined government client base of now nearly 4,000 strong,” said Daryl Blowes, Senior Vice President of Citizen Engagement at Accela. “Granicus is on an incredible growth trajectory, having tapped into a real need by local governments to unify their legislative management automation and citizen communications objectives.” 
Granicus serves government agencies and civic organizations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and claims its products serve more than 150 million people. Accela as a whole serves more than 2,000 communities worldwide.
Financial terms of the transaction between Granicus and Accela were not disclosed.