Patch Announces Expansion Into Connecticut With the Launch of Three New Towns

April 29, 2009

Darien, CT, New Canaan, CT, and Ridgewood, NJ Will Each Have Dedicated Sites with Professional Journalists Providing News and Information Relevant to the Community

NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Patch, a new Internet company dedicated to community-specific news and information, today announced that it is expanding its current stable of websites to include Darien and New Canaan, CT, and Ridgewood, NJ. Patch already has sites serving South Orange, Maplewood and Millburn, and is launching Summit, Westfield, and Scotch Plains, New Jersey in May. The three towns announced today will launch in June.

“Initial response for Patch has been extraordinary and we are looking forward to providing the same useful community-specific news and information to the residents of Darien, New Canaan, and Ridgewood,” said Jon Brod, CEO of Patch. “With engaged residents and strong local businesses these three towns are terrific additions to our growing roster of Patch communities.”

Each site leverages Patch’s proprietary technology platform and serves as a hub of local news and information for and about the community it serves. Users will have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories; share their opinions; post photos, videos and announcements; and even add events to the community calendar. Each site has its own editor — a professional journalist working full time within the community — and a team of contributors to provide everything from reports on high-school sports and city government to coverage of events and interviews with members of the community. Patch is free to use.

“Patch has been a wonderful and welcome addition to the Maplewood community,” said Amy Koehler, president of Maplewood New Jersey’s Village Alliance. “From the moment it launched, it has provided valuable, interesting and up-to-the-minute information about everything going on in our community and surrounding areas. The editors and reporters have established very professional relationships with all of the community stakeholders. Patch has quickly become my go-to source for receiving and distributing important community information.”

Like all Patch sites, those in Darien, New Canaan and Ridgewood will offer a comprehensive events calendar, restaurant reviews and a rich directory of all of their respective community’s important places. Each Patch will serve as a town resource for everything residents require, from finding a florist or an activity for the kids to the name of the official to call for a building permit. Patch teams will soon be canvassing the announced towns and digitally capturing relevant information for every local establishment, school, municipal organization, and point of interest.

Patch is also an unparalleled resource for local businesses, providing free business listings, maps, product information and even photos of businesses and organizations around town. Patch offers a two-tiered advertising system that allows business owners to create a do-it-yourself online ad; and it has a sales team that will work with individual businesses to best satisfy their needs.

Underscoring its commitment to community, Patch has two initiatives that facilitate giving back and getting involved. First, each Patch site has a dedicated area that helps local charities and willing volunteers to find each other. Second, with a program it calls “Give 5,” Patch dedicates five percent of its ad inventory as free advertising space for charitable organizations while its staff donates five full paid days of its own time each year to volunteer in the communities Patch serves.

About Patch

Patch (www.patch.com) is a community-specific news and information company dedicated to improving the quality of life in the markets it serves. Each Patch site leverages Patch’s proprietary technology platform and combines original professional journalism and user contributions to deliver the information most important to its community — from government, sports and school news to events, announcements and volunteer opportunities. It is advised by an editorial board consisting of the leading minds in online and community journalism including Phil Meyer and Jeff Jarvis. Patch currently operates sites serving the New Jersey towns of South Orange (southorange.patch.com), Maplewood (maplewood.patch.com) and Millburn (millburn.patch.com).


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