Hi there. Dustin Haisler taking over for Joe Morris this month to wish you all a Happy New Year! I have a couple exciting updates to share and can guarantee this: 2024 will be a big year for gov tech. Ready? Let’s get started.

Introducing the 2024 GovTech 100!

Our 2024 GovTech 100 was recently released, and you’ll want to know who is on the list. (Congrats to those of you subscribed who are a part of our GovTech 100!)

What it is:

The GovTech 100 is an exclusive list of the top 100 tech companies that sell to state and local governments as their primary customers (a.k.a., companies that are doing amazing work to make government better).

  • This is our ninth annual GovTech 100, highlighting the explosive growth of the gov tech market and the leaders driving public-sector innovation.
  • The list is editorial-driven and shaped by a variety of key market experts, government employees, investors and the Government Technology editorial team. (No pay-to-play list inclusion here!)

We’re witnessing a remarkable surge in innovation across the entire gov tech sector driven by new startups, partnerships and strategic mergers. The industry’s resilience and growth prove the critical nature of technology’s role in solving the most complex government challenges.

By the Numbers: The GovTech 100 companies for 2024 collectively:

Raised over $5.3 billion in funding

Attracted a total of 575 unique investors

Went through 294 rounds of funding (in total)

Are mostly privately held – but 6% are publicly traded!

Check out the incredible companies on this year’s list and read the January feature of the list on Government Technology. You can also listen to our editorial team breaking down what they saw in this year’s GovTech 100 through a feature episode in The Future In Context podcast.

Coming Soon: Center for Public Sector AI

Keep an eye out for our newest center launching Q1 2024: The Center for Public Sector AI.

The last time we launched a new research center was at the dawn of the Internet and e-government era. This radical new center will help usher in the next phase of technology — artificial intelligence — building on the rapid rise of generative AI. Over the coming year, it will be the home of all things AI, from research, webinars, events, industry perspectives, and much more.

I am excited to share more with you all in the coming weeks.

New Year, New SLED Opportunities: What’s Your Strategy?

Recently, I sat down with our director of market insights and one of our leading strategic account directors to dig into how GovTech Navigator can help you craft and carry out your winning 2024 strategy from customer intent to final public award (we go way beyond the RFP, although we have those too). Watch the on-demand recording here.

Will you be at Beyond the Beltway?

We will be presenting our annual projections on the market and technology trends for gov tech in 2024 at this year’s Beyond the Beltway event in Washington, D.C.

This event is a must-attend for industry leaders who are eager to kick off the year with their private-sector partners and hear from some of the public-sector leaders who are driving innovation in the SLED market, including the Indiana Office of Technology CIO, the state of North Dakota CISO, the city of Dallas, Texas, CIO and more.

This event has a registration fee that’s per person, and the last day for an early-bird discount is Jan. 22. Learn more and register here.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers to 2024, it’s going to be a great year.