Editor’s note: Durham-based ArchiveSocial has landed a $1 million investment in capital and marketing services from e.Republic Ventures in California, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman. ExitEvent is a news partner of WRAL TechWire.

DURHAM, N.C. - The tip came from City of Raleigh CIO Gail Roper. You have to talk to Dennis.

ArchiveSocial CEO Anil Chawla was running into the same problem over and over again—despite connections made at the nationally-recognized Code for America accelerator and early users of his software that archives social media for government workers and officials—it was really hard for the small company to get attention in the civic sector.

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But Dennis McKenna had access unlike many others. He started 30 years ago and still runs the leading media, research and education company serving state and local government, Folsom, Calif.-based e.Republic. And one fateful day last fall, Chawla cornered the man at a Code for America conference, gave his 30-second pitch and began a relationship that now promises links to nearly every municipality in the nation.

Today, Chawla (pictured right) announces a $1 million investment from e.Republic Ventures (in capital and marketing services). ArchiveSocial also becomes the first portfolio company in a new e.Republic Labs innovation initiative. Chawla will get access to the company’s volumes of research (typically available to giant government IT vendors like IBM, Lockheed Martin and Accenture), its 150 events each year and marketing prowess to help sell ArchiveSocial into governments around the nation.

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