Resident Starts Community Intranet Company In Amelia
Suzanne Batchelor, resident volunteer webmaster of
Amelia Park, has recently launched Web
Residents, a community web development firm to help communities around
the country to develop digital intranets. Amelia Park is a TND on Amelia
Island at the far northeastern tip of Florida
Targeting residential single-family communities, multi-family developments,
and small- to mid-sized municipalities, Batchelor is ready to expand her
business into other communities. "My goal is to become the industry's
leading provider of advanced community intranet technology," Batchelor
"Having spent two years volunteering to maintain and enhance the site
in Amelia Park, I have come to believe that other communities might also
have an interest in using this technology," she said.
Non-secure first-generation public websites leave personal data exposed,
Batchelor explains. "In this age of rampant identity theft, personal data
and contact information should be available only via a secure log-in process.
Another challenge facing first-generation community websites is that typically,
they are not improved much over time."
Batchelor's new firm has spearheaded the adoption of community intranets
-- as opposed to websites -- "by providing its clients with a feature-rich
community intranet in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the
expense necessary to pursue the older website approach," she says.
"Web Residents has the ability to launch a customized community intranet
site in five days or less. It is a highly customizable and functionally
superior -- yet cost-effective -- alternative to ordinary community websites,"
the Amelia Park computer wiz says.
A brief smorgasbord of other features offered by the Amelia Park community
Summary page containing late-breaking information
Resident access "which transforms the neighborhood into a connected
community 24 hours a day," Batchelor says
Limited "guest access" for prospective residents
A newsletter library
An online document library
A listing of coming events
Surveys -- and in some other communities, absentee voting.
"The cost of getting an intranet into a neighborhood
ranges from $5 to $15 per resident per year, depending upon the number
of residents in a neighborhood and the optional features desired," Batchelor
"Depending upon the extra features a community might want, charges are
cafeteria-style at a cost of $250 per year per group or per merchant."
"Considering that some merchant village revenue can generate between $300
and $2,000 per year per merchant, the entire system can pay for itself
if it is managed correctly. You do the math," she says.
For further information, Batchelor may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.