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OpenGov Expands Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Operations-Workforce

Cloud-based software provider OpenGov will invest $400,000 at its operations center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The project is expected to create 65 jobs.

The company opened its Milwaukee location in 2020 at the Global Water Center through a space-sharing arrangement with Marquette University, and has hired a number of recent graduates of Marquette, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.

“It is a young, exciting workspace,” OpenGov president David Reeves said. “We are building a culture and excitement that’s stereotypical of Silicon Valley. OpenGov is taking an industry that had been largely underserved by technology and helping to provide not only a better work experience for government employees but also, better services to citizens.”

According to state officials the company plans to have 100 employees there within three years, with the help of tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC authorized $350,000 in business development tax credits if OpenGov meets its job creation commitment.

“Attracting businesses to Wisconsin is one of WEDC’s central missions and we are gratified that the state continues to be an attractive destination for companies seeking highly-skilled employees,” said Missy Hughes, WEDC secretary and CEO.

OpenGov, founded in 2012 in Redwood City, California, provides software to more than 1,000 city, county and state agencies across the U.S. to help them create budgets and manage accounting and financial operations. At the same time, it gives citizens easy access to view government data and to apply for licenses and permits online.

“OpenGov is exactly the kind of company we want in southeastern Wisconsin,” said M-7 Director of Corporate Attraction and Expansion Rebecca Gries. “The company’s success and decision to continue to expand here affirms our ability to compete for investment from tech-based companies that require highly educated and motivated employees.”

OpenGov has nearly 500 employees and had locations in six U.S. cities. Since the pandemic, though, only offices in Chicago and in Milwaukee, the newest branch, where Reeves is based, have reopened.

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