Following the recent major news of its acquisition by Minnesota-based GovDelivery, Inc., the premier social network for the government community, GovLoop.com will annouce tomorrow that it has filled a key leadership position – that of community manager. And it has hired a visionary, tireless advocate for the application of social networking tools in the government – Andrew Krzmarzick.
Andy (He’s casual! Tweet him at @krazykriz or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org) will be responsible for encouraging outreach, partnership, and engagement to help the GovLoop community grow and deliver greater value to its members. The expansion of GovLoop’s team reinforces its momentum of this so-called “Facebook for Government” and puts it heads and tails above any competition – including most of the government’s own internal tools, which often don’t cross between levels of government or different agencies within the same government.
In the last four months, GovLoop has added 10,000 new members, bringing the total over 20,000 – that’s more people than the Department of Energy employs, or more people than can fit into Boston’s TD Garden (you know, where the Celtics play). It’s possible they might have over 100,000 members by next year at that rate!
Andy related, “I’ve watched with admiration…as the [GovLoop] community has grown and the members have connected with one another to share information and ideas generously. I see its potential as a place where people in and around government can turn in real time to get linked with the people and information they need to perform their jobs more effectively.”
The president of GovLoop, Steve Ressler, has known Andy for quite some time, and when you can work with people you mutually admire, that can be a very strong move. Since I know and admire both of them, I think this is a great move by the world leader in government-to-citizen communications solutions GovDelivery, Inc. (and GovLoop) and I expect great things from this social network for govies moving into 2010. I have been a member of GovLoop.com for a long time, and you should be one too!
See also coverage of this story at Dorobek Insider.