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GrowthSpur Grows

February 10, 2010

We’ve added some great people to the GrowthSpur team, and we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce them:

Dan Adams has joined us as director of sales training. He has an extensive sales background in both digital and traditional media, including 18 years in sales at Lee Enterprises. He served as vice president of advertising for Tucson Newspapers, and ran advertising, circulation and specialized publications for the Quad-City Times in Iowa. He now owns and publishes a series of locally focused online and print guides for seniors in Iowa .

Roxanne Graves is manager of finance and ad operations. She comes to us from Tribune Interactive, where she handled ad ops and finance for four markets.

Tammi Marcoullier is our new partner relations manager. Her experience in digital media includes stints as video content strategist and home-page editor at AOL; the Washington Post’s lead blogger and editor for the LoudounExtra hyperlocal site; and as vice president of editorial and journalist services at Publish2, a content aggregation start-up.

These are very talented people, leaders in their fields, and we’re excited to have Dan, Roxanne and Tammi joining GrowthSpur to help us provide services to local sites. We think our partner sites will really benefit from their expertise.

One more piece of news: We’re excited to announce a partnership with the Miami Herald to help support its Knight Foundation-funded effort to launch a group of neighborhood sites. We’re also putting together a GrowthSpur network of sites in South Florida, with help from the Herald. While our primary focus continues to be on supporting entrepreneurial independent local sites with ad-sales networks, tools and training, there’s been a lot of interest from traditional media in what we’re doing, and we expect to have more partnerships like the one we have with the Herald. Clearly, local news efforts are growing on many fronts, and GrowthSpur’s mission is to create business models to support them.

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