The South Shall Rise Again; Rebuilding Hundreds of Communities Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

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CityPeer, the worldÂ?s first interactive network of communities, is donating the use of their advanced communications network to facilitate the national effort to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Although the CityPeer network was not designed with this type of application in mind, it will be incredibly beneficial to each and every community that has been impacted by this storm. Community leaders and key individuals will communicate with each other in order to locate equipment, supplies, services and expert assistance via an interactive real-time service.

CityPeer built the world’s first interactive network to allow cities, towns, villages and counties and the like to collaborate on purchasing, projects and even employees. This ad hoc collaboration afforded by the CityPeer network of communities reduces cost and increases productivity. This functionality becomes even more important when faced with the magnitude of clean-up and rebuilding that our countrymen and women have in the gulf coast states.

Because the Citypeer network gives our public servants the ability to communicate with dozens or even hundreds of their peers in real time, search archives for previous discussion threads on a completely searchable basis, locate and contact communities based on hundreds of criteria it will become an invaluable tool to people trying to rebuild their community. Finding and communicating with communities with a similar set of circumstances on an as needed basis is the foundation of CityPeer.

"After what I saw, I could not just stand by and not help," said, Jim Steiger, founder and president of CityPeer. "I realized that we have an extremely powerful tool for these effected communities. By helping them find the resources that they desperately need, either from other communities, or from companies who can supply them with what they need, our little network of communities could speed up the process many, many times over."

CityPeer has just completed beta testing this network with about 26 northeast Ohio communities. On September 20, 2005 CityPeer is set to officially open their doors. "The hurricane did not wait for a more convenient time, so we are frantically finishing some final details so that we can begin to offer our network to those who truly need it as soon as possible. We intend to offer the network free of charge to each and every community in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that has suffered a loss as a result of Katrina."

Every key individual in every city, town village, parish and county will be able locate and communicate with their peers in order to share ideas, resources and even materials. They will be able to find other communities that need the same goods and services as they do in order to rebuild. "We have not set an end date for our donated network access, I am sure that they will need it at least through 2006, and we are prepared to offer the service at least that long," said Steiger.

Companies and suppliers that offer goods and services that these communities need are also encouraged to join the CityPeer interactive network of communities. Many communities from all over the country will also want to be able to share whatever they can in order to help. The challenge is daunting and our communities are going to need literally everything imaginable to begin to thrive once more.

Communities will find a hurricane relief/rebuild button on CityPeer’s home page ( that will link them to a short form. After verifying all of the information they will receive logon credentials for as many employees as they wish.

To learn more about CityPeer, go to , or call 888-229-3782. The CityPeer network is open to any and all local or regional governments, or any special government. Vendors who market to these organizations are also strongly encouraged to join. Individuals seeking employment with these governments or vendors; individuals seeking retired or seized government property or equipment; or anyone interested in government projects or inquiries may register for no charge at

About CityPeer:

CityPeer is a division of Pathfinder Bandwidth, Inc., a 3-year-old technology company located in Brecksville, Ohio. With the launch of the CityPeer network of communities, CityPeer now employs 5 individuals.


Jim Steiger

Founder and President


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