University of Massachusetts, 2000 - $7,300

This E-Team developed a web-based electronic community guide. The team prototyped sites in their local area and created a system that can be readily transferred to suburban and rural communities in partnership with a small local newspaper. The community guide uses an advertising and sponsorship revenue model that brings in revenues from an early stage. The project won second prize in a local business plan competition and operated a prototype system in several local communities for some time. In one location, the site had a very high usage rate (2,200 hits/week from a community or 4,400).