Avolve Softwarewhich sells digital planning technology to local and regional governments, is planning a move that will see it expand very soon – including internationally – as agencies continue to bring digital tools to permitting and related tasks.
The 14-year-old Arizona-based company announces it will merge with UK-based DigEplan, whose own software automates and helps streamline permissions for cities and counties.
The DigEplan brand will give way to the Avolve Software brand upon closing of the merger, which is expected to occur within the next 90 days, Avolve CEO Gary Heath said. Government technology through an email interview.
“Avolve and DigEplan (have) clear advantages in the plan review business, but together we can invest more in innovation to ensure we continue to support cities and counties as digitalization becomes a domain critical in order to serve citizens effectively,” Heath wrote. .
Avolve, founded in 2008, sells the ProjectDox platform, designed to automate the blueprint review process that so often gets stuck in systems dominated by manual, paper-based processes. Avolve says more than 150 local and state governments in North America use its technology.
DigEplan, launched in 2011, serves clients from more than 100 agencies around the world and has partnerships with more than 15 other government technology platforms, including Accela, Infor and Centric.
While the two companies seem to be selling roughly similar products, Heath said it’s more complicated than that.
“DigEplan and ProjectDox serve different market segments, which expands Avolve’s ability to offer our customers and partners plan review solutions that meet the needs of all jurisdictions,” he said. “DigEplan’s international presence also allows Avolve to grow further and create a global plan review leader, which broadens our capacity for growth.”
This merger into the electronic plan review world also includes what Avolve called a “strategic investment” from the Polaris Growth Fund, but Heath declined to detail the amount of money involved.
This pending deal illustrates not only how mergers and acquisitions are continuing across the government tech industry – a trend that promises to continue, albeit perhaps with changes in the near future – but the willingness of states and local governments to make permitting and related tasks more digital. .
A town in Pennsylvania, for example, provides a recent example of the thinking around permitting and electronic plan review, and helps highlight how many governments are dealing with these challenges and changes.
Avolve, of course, hopes to profit from these efforts.
“With effective electronic review of plans, jurisdictions can speed up permitting, which in turn drives economic development, community planning and municipal services provided,” Heath said when asked about the outlook. longer term electronic plan review technology. “Jurisdictions with effective processes, which provide an easier land development experience, are better equipped to compete for larger community development projects that will increase city revenue and voter wealth.”