TownConnection Launches "Virtual Town Square" at National Main Streets Conference

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New opportunity to connect local residents, businesses and community groups

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It’s a free local website where people come to share, shop and swap with each other.

TownConnection is introducing its new website and demonstrating how it can help engage communities and strengthen local business during the 2012 National Main Streets Conference April 1-4, 2012 at the Baltimore Hilton. Over one thousand representatives from Main Street communities and community leaders from across the country attend the conference to learn ways to help revitalize the business districts in their towns, suburbs and urban neighborhoods.

TownConnection offers communities their own free website which encourages interaction among neighbors, local businesses and community groups. The site gives businesses and community groups exposure to those in town and the chance to promote their offerings and events.

“We call TownConnection a virtual town square, says founder and CEO Steven Daily. “It’s a place where everyone in town comes together to share, shop and swap with each other. Locals come to TownConnection -- their online community -- to talk about issues of the day, buy and sell stuff, recommend places and things, ask questions, just about anything, in a friendly, organized way.”

Since the Main Street organization aims to help communities revitalize their downtowns, TownConnection chose the 2012 Conference as the place to announce their launch. “TownConnection is an ideal vehicle for communities that want to create a buzz and energize the people and businesses in a town,” said Daily. “It’s great exposure for local businesses or groups. Here’s where you can get the word out about activities that matter to residents.”

Content on TownConnection comes from local members who post events, items for sale, jobs, volunteer needs, recommendations and more. “The site keeps people up-to-date on what's happening in and around town, and offers many useful ways for locals to get what they need, whether it’s a new place to go for dinner, baby clothes or the name of a good plumber,” said Daily.

Only real names are used and only registered local users can write and answer posts. “Requiring real names helps keep the site friendly and reinforces the notion that people like to know and connect with their neighbors,” says Daily. “It’s kind of fun, too, because each community has an ‘invitation code’ that people use to register and it vouches for their residency. When members invite local friends to join, the code gets passed on.”

At this year’s Main Streets Conference, TownConnection will demonstrate its site and invite attendees to connect their towns at townconnection.com.

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