Hyperlocal network Main Street Connect has rolled out 32 community-based news sites in its biggest launch to date. The areas covered by the launch covering Westchester County from the Sound Shore communities of New Rochelle and Rye to the Hudson River towns of Dobbs Ferry and Tarrytown to the northern hills of Bedford and North Salem.
The move comes a few weeks after MSC added CentralMassNews, which owns ten local news sites in central Massachusetts, to its network. Just over a month ago, MSC had just 10 sites in Connecticut. Now, with the addition of CentralMassNews and the Westchester launch, it has 52.
That number is a far cry from the over 800 — and growing — hyperlocal sites AOL’s Patch network has. But Carll Tucker, MSC’s editor, publisher and CEO, is patient and hopes to have 3,000 community sites running by 2013.
The company was founded December 2009 by Tucker, the former editor and publisher of Trader Publications, a community news company in Cross River, NY. Since starting its first site in Norwalk, Connecticut in March 2010, Main Street Connect passed 1 million visits just ten months later. MSC’s Fairfield County operation has a staff of more than 50 in reporting, editing, marketing, sales and management jobs.