GovExec, a sales and marketing intelligence company for government leaders and contractors and a portfolio company of Growth Catalyst Partners, has bought the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center, a non-profit organization that works to facilitate collaboration between government, industry and academia to drive technology modernization initiatives.

ATARC will remain an independent division, led by Tom Suder. The organization will have access to investment, infrastructure and the ability to expand into new areas of the government, including state and local. As part of the deal, GovExec will incorporate ATARC’s insights into its coverage and events and utilize the intent data from GovTribe to improve ATARC’s sightline into emerging trends.

“We will continue to work alongside federal government leaders while we also expand to work with government leaders in state and local and defense,” says Suder. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to scale and have more infrastructure behind us to serve more leaders.”