Catherine Geanuracos
May 25, 2021

Why CityGrows software is made in house

Computer security experts around the country are still reeling from the Solarwinds hack. It's possible we'll never know the full extent of the impact. And many local governments have had data stored on local servers held hostage for ransom.

Most of the data in the permits, licenses, and processes on CityGrows can be shared with the public. Our built-in open data (Stats and Public Search pages) are designed to make transparency easier for small and medium-sized governments. But that doesn't mean we don't take security seriously! In fact, the security of our code and our government customers' data determines many of our business decisions.

All of the software code for CityGrows is made by individual developers employed by CityGrows and working directly with our Chief Technology Officer. That means we don't outsource to non-U.S. based development shops (or even domestic agencies that provide "coders for hire"). We pay more for our technical talent than we would if we outsourced, in order to have a higher degree of confidence in our team.

While it will be difficult to know for certain, many believe that the Solarwinds hack happened because of outsourced development. The security and reliability of our software is extremely important to us (and to you, our customers!). So we're keeping our software development close to home.

And by the way - we're hiring!!

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Catherine Geanuracos

Catherine is the CEO and a Co-Founder of CityGrows. She's dedicated to supporting local governments and helping them improve outcomes for their residents and staff members. She is a former VP of the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission and co-founder of LA's Code for America Brigade Hack for LA. She's based in Los Angeles.

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