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eCivis Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Merril Oliver Named Chief Customer Officer. Artur Elizarov Named Chief Operating Officer.


PASADENA, Calif. – May 15, 2020 – eCivis today announced two executive leadership changes to strategically position the cloud-based grants management organization for continued long-term growth and market share capture. 

"eCivis' success over the last 20 years has been fueled by a strong leadership team, winning culture, and organizational design that aligns with our strategy to deliver best in class solutions and services to our government customers," said James Ha, CEO, eCivis. "I am extremely proud to elevate these leaders who have played a pivotal role in scaling our business for growth and achieving our vision."

Effective immediately, Oliver will assume responsibility for customer success and product development organizations. Oliver will be responsible for optimizing the customer experience and delivering user-centric solutions that drive revenue growth and improve customer satisfaction.

"eCivis is uniquely positioned to support our state, local and tribal government customers during this challenging time," said Oliver, CCO. "Our customers need a strategic advisor who can provide them with proven, turnkey solutions that will help them tackle the complexities of available stimulus funding. As a former government leader, I understand these challenges firsthand and am proud to assume this role as CCO to provide our customers with the support they deserve."

Effective immediately, Elizarov will assume responsibility for operations, finance, and human resource organizations. Elizarov will be responsible for the alignment, prioritization, and organizational strategy of company investments and ensuring operational excellence across the company. 

"I am incredibly energized to help lead the company to its next phase of innovation and operational excellence," said Elizarov, COO. "We will align innovation with industry-leading operational practices to drive the next generation of eCivis in the public sector."


About eCivis

Since 2000, eCivis has been the most trusted and widely used SaaS grant management system by state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis helps thousands of government agencies maximize their grant revenues, track their financial and program performance, and prepare cost allocation plans and budgets. For more information, visit


eCivis Welcomes Nueces County, TX Through a Full-Service Offering


PASADENA, CA, September 23, 2019 — eCivis announces it is working with Nueces County, Texas to maximize the County's grant funding through a suite of new digital tools and services called FundMAX.

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eCivis to Deliver Revolutionary Statewide Grant Management System in Arizona


PASADENA, CA, April 2, 2018 — The state of Arizona partners with eCivis to implement an innovative, comprehensive statewide SaaS grants management system. This system will be the first of its kind and will help maximize the impact of grant resources across Arizona.

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GTY Completes 6-Company Gov Tech Merger, Trades on Nasdaq


PASADENA, CA, February 20, 2019 — GTY completes business combination with eCivis. By combining some of the top SaaS providers in their respective fields with the clout and resources of a publicly traded company, GTY hopes to corner the market for widespread government adoption of cloud software.

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eCivis Partners with Questica to Provide Better Public Sector Grants and Budgeting Management


PASADENA, CA, December 13, 2018 — eCivis and Questica partner to provide public sector organization planning, reporting and management between the budgeting and grant funding and reporting processes.

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6 Gov Tech Companies Acquired by GTY Technology Holdings

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE, September 14, 2018 — By uniting under the GTY organization, the companies could leverage their marketing power, while also making it easier for government entities to access needed services.

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eCivis and 5 Other "GovTech" Firms to Create Power House Digital Transformation Platform

PASADENA, CA, September 12, 2018 — GTY Technology Holdings (NASDAQ: GTYHU/GTYH/GTYHW) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eCivis, Inc., the leader in cloud-based grants management and cost allocation software for state, local and tribal government.

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eCivis Acquires Cost Allocation Software Company CostTree


PASADENA, CA, March 29, 2018 — eCivis announced that it has recently acquired CostTree, a leading provider of SaaS cost allocation and cost management solutions for the public sector. The acquisition expands eCivis’ core capabilities into new areas of financial management.

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Merril Oliver Joins eCivis as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


PASADENA, CA, March 16, 2017 — Merril Oliver, former Director of the Maryland Governor's Grants Office, joins leading cloud-based grant management software provider, eCivis. In this role, Oliver will lead the company's key business strategies, product development and growth initiatives.

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eCivis Launches Innovative Resource Product to Improve Grant Performance and Compliance


PASADENA, CA, July 12, 2016 — eCivis unveils hub of on-demand resources for state, local, and tribal governments to address requirements throughout the grant lifecycle.

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eCivis Launches New Functionality to Address Federal Grant Reform


PASADENA, CA, June 23, 2016 — eCivis announced the release date of major new functionality designed specifically for state, local and tribal government to improve grant performance under the OMB Uniform Guidance.

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San Francisco Unified School District Selects eCivis to Implement Comprehensive Grant Management System


PASADENA, CA, September 22, 2015 — eCivis was selected by the San Francisco Unified School District to centralize its grant activities, which includes integration with the District's ERP system, PeopleSoft. In doing so, eCivis will create an end-to-end grant management system to support the District's needs and simplify its grant process.

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Miami Selects eCivis, Pittsburgh Implementation Completed in Record Time


PASADENA, CA, August 18, 2015 — eCivis, the nation's leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) grants management system, was selected by the City of Miami to provide grants research and management solutions to address both programmatic and fiscal grant requirements throughout the grants life cycle. Market research conducted by the City's procurement staff found that eCivis is the system most widely used by governmental entities to pursue and manage grants, and best fit the needs of the City as a sole source solution.

"There is a growing number of local governments that are sourcing innovative technology to improve grants acquisition and management. We've experienced a groundswell of demand among local government leaders to find alternative funding sources," said James Ha, CEO of eCivis. "Many of our local government clients have worked together, or partnered with community-based organizations, to pursue and secure grant funding they would otherwise not be eligible for. In Florida alone, eCivis is working with hundreds of cities, counties, and local organizations that are achieving high levels of success through collaboration."

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Partner to Implement Enterprise Grants Software
In 2011, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County joined forces to launch a Shared Service Center that highlighted an innovative partnership between the City and County. By sharing resources and system licensees the City-County service saved millions in costly software upgrades and consulting fees. One of the immediate goals of the Shared Service team was to address critical needs such as general ledger management, accounts payable, treasury management, purchasing, contracts and grants management.

As the City researched grants management systems in 2014, City Budget Director Sam Ashbaugh stated that eCivis would take the grants function of his office "to the next level" by increasing the capacity of the grants office to pursue grants and improve the management of federal, state, and foundation funding. "One of the things we do now is manage this on a series of spreadsheets," said Ashbaugh on 90.5 WESA. "One bad grant management experience can cost the city tens of thousands or millions of dollars."

In 2015, Pittsburgh selected eCivis to provide grants management capabilities and integrate with its existing JD Edwards software system to provide unparalleled transparency into the City's grants portfolio. eCivis worked closely with the JD Edwards team (part of the Shared Service Center) to develop and implement the system in weeks—one of the fastest integrations on record.

Now that the City has completed its integration, it can now retire its spreadsheets and allow software to automate the process.

About eCivis

eCivis is the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation for state, local, and tribal governments. eCivis' innovative solutions address both programmatic and fiscal grant funding requirements throughout the grant lifecycle, helping clients overcome the challenges and heavy workload that come with finding and managing grants. Government entities rely on eCivis to identify appropriate grants, submit competitive applications, and efficiently manage awards while dramatically reducing their administrative costs. eCivis assists them by providing a comprehensive grants database, training resources, and reporting tools for compliance and transparency, in addition to expert grant writing and peer review services. Learn why so many governments are choosing eCivis.

eCivis Helps City of Pasadena Win $1.98 Million Jobs Access Grant


PASADENA, CA, January 15, 2013—The City of Pasadena won nearly $2 million in grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program, ranking the highest in evaluation scoring among 28 applicants in Los Angeles County. eCivis played a key role in ensuring that the City met the FTA’s various requirements and that the application was submission-ready.

City of Pasadena Transportation Secretary Mark Yamarone said: “When preparing our Jobs Access and Reverse Commute grant application, eCivis provided tremendous assistance in crafting our responses to make sure they met the strict requirements of the Federal Transit Authority. The application preparation oversight provided by eCivis ensured our application was crafted to demonstrate the need for our project and the benefit the grant would provide to our community.”

Grant Impact

The program, Increased Local Transit Capacity for Improved Jobs Access in Northwest Pasadena, will be funded through a $1,987,285 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded to the City of Pasadena through the Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program. The grant funds will be administered through Metro, who is the designated recipient for these federal funds. There are no local funds required as match for this grant project. The project will add capacity to the Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS) Route 20 by purchasing a 32-foot bus and by adding service-hours on the Route 20 through additional operating funds for three years. This program will increase the frequency of this route from every 35 minutes to every 24 minutes. The Route 20 is the most heavily used route in the system.

The project meets the goal of the JARC Program to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for low-income individuals. The target population served by this program is Northwest Pasadena, as well as the West Altadena community which borders Pasadena along the city's northern border. This area has the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in the city. The project will build much needed capacity into Route 20, resulting in more frequent service for residents of Northwest Pasadena community needing to travel to or look for work. More than half of the route travels through this community on both Fair Oaks Avenue and Lake Avenue, the two most heavily traveled north/south corridors in the city, making it one of the key transportation lifelines for the Northwest community. Route 20 connects this area to the major employers, business districts and commercial corridors of Pasadena. It is an integral link to an extensive local and regional transit network, providing numerous transfer opportunities to other transit services including eight regional bus lines on Colorado Boulevard and the Metro Gold Line. As part of this local and regional transit network, Route 20 serves the Northwest residents with vital accessibility to jobs.


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eCivis is the nation's leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments' and community-based organizations' grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit

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