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March 17, 2010 08:02 ET

Spigit and MetroStar Expand Partnership to Advance Citizen Engagement for Government Organizations

Social Software From Spigit and MetroStar Systems Are Now Available to Government Agencies on the GSA

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) - Spigit, the leader in innovation management software for the enterprise, and MetroStar Systems, a Reston, Virginia SBA 8(a) firm, specializing in collaborative IT solutions today announced the expansion of their partnership to bring collaboration and idea management solutions to federal, state, city and local governments through MetroStar Systems' General Services Administration (GSA) contract. Through this partnership, government organizations can purchase social software from Spigit and MetroStar Systems through the GSA IT-70. This allows agencies to work more closely with citizens and better understand and communicate with their constituents.

With Spigit's innovation platform, government agencies can empower and connect with citizens, allowing them to create and collaborate on innovative and actionable ideas. In combination with MetroStar SystemsIT expertise and access to Spigit's software through the GSA, this partnership continues to bring the benefits of Web 2.0 technologies to citizens and governments alike.

"MetroStar is excited to announce that Spigit's innovation software is available to our government customers," said Ali Reza Manouchehri, CEO of MetroStar Systems. "Spigit has a history in providing social software to top Fortune 1000 enterprises and businesses. With our partnership, government agencies will now have access to a broader range of social media products from MetroStar Systems to connect and communicate with their citizens and constituents."

This announcement continues Spigit's work with government agencies, highlighted by its partnership with The City of Manor Texas to implement an innovation platform called Manor Labs, which has increased the local government's interaction with its citizens.

"In order to truly spur strategic innovation to yield valuable business results, organizations must recognize big ideas can come from anywhere," said Scott Anderson, VP of Partnerships at Spigit. "Spigit's proven innovation software coupled with MetroStar's established reputation in the government sector can tap into the collective knowledge of both employees and citizens to increase satisfaction and the agency's performance."

Spigit's innovation platform is currently available to MetroStar customers and government agencies through the GSA advantage Web site, located at https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/advgsa/advantage/main/start_page.do. To learn more about Spigit's government applications and its partnership with Manor, Texas, please visit http://www.spigit.com/partners/spigitforgovernment.html.

To hear more about how social media can help government agencies connect with their citizens, please visit the Government 2.0 conference where Spigit will be presenting with Dustin Haisler, CIO of the City of Manor. http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010/public/schedule/detail/11940

About MetroStar Systems™
For the past ten years, MetroStar Systems™, has transformed from a small start-up into one of America's Fastest Growing Companies (2009), ranked no. 562 by Inc. Magazine with a three-year sales growth of 481.4%. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, MetroStar Systems™ is a Small Business Administration-certified 8(a) firm that provides its clients with agile, collaborative solutions designed to integrate people, processes, technology, and learning across an organization and its geographic boundaries. For additional information, please visit: www.MetroStarSystems.com

About Spigit
Spigit is the leading provider of purpose-built innovation software for the enterprise 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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