"Mike [Kelly] had the vision to see that every community needs what the American Town Network provides, a single place online where every community group, organization, government agency, and business can communicate with every citizen, and he turned that vision into a viable, ongoing business. My goal will be to grow the business and bring the network to every town in America."
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AmericanTowns.COM LLC builds auto-generated websites caching community information and links. By July, 2007, they have zip code-accessible links to thousands of U.S. cities and towns. The company was formed in 2000 by a couple of executives, Ted Buerger (now chairman) and Michael J. Kelly, who were impressed by the way citizens pushing for a school bond issue had used the web over a few months to build support.
The company initially built websites for Fairfield County, Conn., communities serving 3 million people.
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AmericanTowns says it offers communities a single online location for everything needed to navigate daily life in their town. The heart of the AmericanTowns network is a community calendar. Any nonprofit group can submit events; individuals then add them to their personal AmericanTowns calendar for plays, games, meetings, election dates, fairs and festivals, school events and the like. Small businesses can easily create their own advertising and content.
Executives as of July 2007 were Jim Maglione, co-president, community; and Edward Panian, co-president, technology. In 2006, the company embarked on an effort to update its site, technology and content offering, and bring its website capabilities to citizens across the United States.
By July, 2007, it claimed over 3.5 million events and articles in its local database and 60,000 listed local organizations, having created sites for half the country (including the top 30 DMA's), with the balance of the United States targeted for the future.
"Our team has operated this model successfully for five years with community sites serving 3 million people," says Ted Buerger, chairman and co-founder of AmericanTowns. "Community organizations love the ability to post their events to the community calendar, and to create their own news coverage of their efforts; they can also post alerts and cancellations, such as rainouts, real time. Citizens like all the information and resources in one place, and contribute their own ideas to the site. Schools and government use the site to reach a broader local audience than their official publications."
EARLIER INFORMATION (from 2005):
"AmericanTowns.com is an online resource where you can find local information and events critical to daily life in Fairfield County, Westchester County, Staten Island NY, Northern New Jersey, Long Island NY, Detroit and Boston suburbs.
"About American Town Network
"The American Town Network is a network of community web sites where consumers can find everything necessary to navigate daily life in their town. Each site acts as an umbrella, organizing existing local internet activity and offering a easy way for the as yet unconnected to join the wired world.
"ATN increases the chances that consumers will find an online solution to their local questions, and eases interaction with government, schools, libraries, merchants -- any organization active in the community.
"We provide a suite of easy to use tools that allow any group or small business to create its own content and to keep the community at large informed of meetings, news, events, sales and specials. These tools also include chat rooms and polling to facilitate internal communications.
"At the heart of an ATN network is a community calendar. Any nonprofit community group can submit events and individuals can add them to their personal ATN calendar, also available for free."
Mike Kelly was American Town Network's founder and first CEO.
On April 1, 2002, ATN announced it had teamed up with a chain of weeklies and two dailies in Fairfield County, Conn., owed by Tribune Co. to share news, community events and marketing resources.
On Sept. 12, 2002, ATN said Susan Kelly Panian was named CEO. She was formerly CEO of Whispering Pines LLC, an upscale catalog and retail company. Named president was Dennis Blank, who was most recently associate publisher of Money magazine at Time Inc., prior to joining ATN in April 2000.