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September 30, 2010 08:02 ET

Arizona's Maricopa County Chooses Spigit to Power Innovation

The Largest County in Arizona Utilizes Spigit's Unique Idea Management Platform to Improve Operations and Citizen Services

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) - Spigit, the leader in innovation management software, announced today that it has been selected by Maricopa County to streamline the innovation and collaboration process across its employees. Leading government solutions provider and Spigit reseller, Metro Star, played an instrumental role in forging this new relationship. Maricopa County, recognized for its thought leadership in innovation, is the fourth largest county in the country, consisting of over 4 million citizens in 27 cities across Arizona. Through the use of Spigit's effective combination of social networking and Web 2.0 tools, Maricopa County plans to successfully engage its employees in a collaborative innovation process to drive real benefits for the county. 

Taking full advantage of Spigit's platform flexibility and depth, Maricopa County is set to implement its first collaborative innovation community internally, focusing initially on a group of 2,500 employees expanding to 13,000 in the coming months. Maricopa County will utilize the social networking aspects of the Spigit platform to connect and more easily communicate ideas among employees across multiple cities and internal divisions. Equipped with in-depth reporting capabilities and analytics, Maricopa community managers will have the ability to gauge the health and activity of their community in real time. Plans are underway to expand usage of the platform externally to county citizens to let them suggest and collaborate on ideas for the county. 

"We are pleased to partner with a proven firm, as we launch our initiative for greater collaboration and innovation in a large government setting," explains Karen Stewart, Innovation Manager for Maricopa County. "We also appreciate that Spigit provides the capability for a phased roll-out. We want to get this right!"

Spigit is currently on the GSA schedule and is being utilized by a number of other local government departments for innovation. The innovation market leader continues to focus on assisting the local, state and federal levels of government with their innovation efforts. Through the combination of effective social media capabilities, gaming mechanics and proven analytics, Spigit will assist Maricopa County in uncovering actionable ideas and achieving a new level of transparency among its employees. 

"We are very excited that Arizona's Maricopa County has chosen Spigit to help expand their innovation efforts," said Paul Pluschkell, CEO and co-founder of Spigit. "The concept of open government is becoming viral, and by tapping into the collective intelligence of government employees and citizens alike, local governments, like Maricopa County, are driving improvements in operations and citizen services that will forever shape the future of its people."

About Maricopa County
Maricopa County is the fourth most populous county in the nation, and is home to more people than 21 states and the District of Columbia. Maricopa County has a land area of 9,226 square miles, and is larger than five states and the District of Columbia. More than half of the state's population resides in Maricopa County with a population of over 3,200,000 people (2002).

About Spigit
Spigit is the leading provider of purpose-built innovation software, connecting employees, customers and business partners for idea management and innovation discovery. Using enterprise-grade social technology and behavioral science techniques, Spigit's software taps into the collective intelligence within an organization and transforms it into actionable, predictive information. By incorporating incentives, idea graduation, idea trading and real-time analytics, Spigit allows companies to get the most out of their key assets. Our technologies are used by the largest and most innovative companies in the world including: Pfizer, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Allstate, AAA, and Lloyds TSB. Spigit currently powers innovation projects at numerous Fortune 2000 companies and has been named Best of Software Interop 2008 and is listed on the AlwaysOn Global 250 list, the power list of the top 250 private global technology companies. For more information, visit www.spigit.com.

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