Go West, Young Company: Front Porch Forum Expands Into New York State
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
The idea is deceptively simple: Give neighbors a forum to swap backyard vegetables, borrow a sleeping bag and opine about their water bills. Yet in a world saturated with online communication outlets, nobody was doing quite what Burlington-born Front Porch Forum was doing when it started up 13 years ago.
Now the free, hyperlocal social network has 170,000 members around Vermont and is striking into new territory: upstate New York. In June, the company launched its first major expansion outside of the Green Mountain State, into New York's Washington County, a rural stretch that borders Vermont in the Slate Valley; and Warren County, which contains Glens Falls.
The migration technically began with a baby step about seven years ago. That’s when residents of small-town Argyle, N.Y., successfully lobbied for their own Front Porch Forum group after noting its popularity in nearby Vermont. Several other New York towns have pushed to join and the company, after considerable study, decided to go for it.