RALEIGHNeighborland, a public engagement platform founded by a Raleigh entrepreneur, has been acquired by social networking service Nextdoor.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2010 by Dan Parham, Neighborland is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform – also known as cloud-based software – which allows civic organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders on local projects.

In recent weeks during the COVID-19 crisis, its platform has provided support to local and state governments, as well as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

It has also announced new partnerships with governors across the US, including Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, and John Bel Edwards, to name a few.

“We believe that Nextdoor will continue to be a primary resource for our government partners now, and throughout the recovery phase of this crisis,” Parham wrote on the Neighborland Handbook.

“As communities begin to invest in resilience, online public engagement will play an increasingly important role in decision making. We look forward to bringing our expertise in civic engagement to Nextdoor as we build out new capabilities for our partners in the coming years.”

Dan Parham, Source: LinkedIn

Over the last decade, Neighborland has worked with over 200 city agencies, universities, foundations and non-profits across the US on countless initiatives.

It’s estimated that such partnerships have yielded anywhere from $3 billion to $30 billion in social and economic impact.

Among its current projects: National Landing in Arlington County, Virginia; Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh; Connect SoCal in Southern California, which are all still in a planning phase and expected to be delivered over the next several years.

Parham will now lead the Public Agencies team at Nextdoor.

“For the foreseeable future, we will continue to support our Neighborland partners, as we focus on building out a robust set of public engagement capabilities on the Nextdoor Public Agencies platform,” Parham told WRAL TechWire in an email. “We are already testing an integration of the two platforms on projects in San Francisco, Raleigh and beyond.”

Launched in 2008, Nextdoor is a hyperlocal social networking service based in San Francisco. Its Public Agency platform helps over 4,500 local and federal government agencies communicate more effectively with their constituents in the US and 10 countries globally.

On a side note, Parham is also the husband of Bridget Harrington, executive director of Innovate Raleigh and a well-known entity on the Triangle startup scene.