The latest report from the state, local and education (SLED) government research team at GovWin+Onvia, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2018, uncovered the fastest-growing areas in the government contracting marketplace over the past 12 months.

As we examined the growth in bids and RFPs across the SLED market spectrum, we found that contracts for digital engagement were up by 17% in 2017 over 2016 – making this area the 9th-ranked hotspot in SLED government contracting.

Cities, Towns and School Districts Understand the Value of Digital Engagement

Government agencies are not traditionally noted for their early adoption of the latest technology. But recently, cities, counties, and education districts have realized that engaging their constituents through digital platforms is a requirement to keep up in the age of modern technology.

A recent piece in Forbes listed digital engagement as one of their “Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends in Government,” explaining that enabling citizens to change their marital status or update their address online, for example, saves time for both citizens and the governments themselves.

By simplifying these once-involved processes, governments are improving citizen engagement and satisfaction. Moving these programs and services online not only gives the people what they want, but it also frees up government manpower to focus on the larger issues.

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More Online and Mobile Technology Bids and RFPs Across the Country

The kinds of technology bids and RFPs that promote better digital government are often related to better online platforms, mobile applications, and improved vehicles for streaming of audio and video. To determine the level of growth in demand for these services, the GovWin+Onvia research team examined bids and RFPs for website development and online streaming of content.

While the top 10 states for these kinds of opportunities includes states from every region, the top three states for digital engagement bids and RFPs were California, Texas, and Washington – three regions with significant technology industries and growing populations of young urban professionals.

This is probably not a coincidence, writes GovWin+Onvia SLED Market Analyst Paul Irby. “Research shows that the younger, tech-savvy generation increasingly demands better, more responsive services, and they take this into consideration when choosing where to live and work.”

Other Growth Areas Show Diverse Range of Government Contracting Opportunities

We identified nine other key areas that have been experiencing higher rates of growth in the last year. Ranging from industries as diverse as reducing risk in construction, funding pensions and increasing public safety by better equipping police officers, the report shows that state and local government contracting opportunities are available to vendors across nearly all industries.

You can receive a free copy of the “10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2018” report by clicking the link below.