As many of you are aware, on January 1, 2022, the Franklin County Free Press was transferred to Neil Publishing LLC, a business of Nathan Neil. Tomorrow there will be a celebration of a lifetime of journalism for former publisher Vicky Taylor at the 11/30 Franklin County Visitors Bureau at noon. A ribbon-cutting will follow to commemorate the new phase for this publication.
Meet the New Publisher
I’m Nathan Neil, your new publisher and I am excited to continue what I feel is a priceless community resource. Franklin County has always been my home. I was born in Path Valley and attended Fannett-Metal High School as a child. Later I went on to attend Shippensburg University, where I met my wife Cierra. We located to Chambersburg shortly after graduation, where we currently work and live. My wife and I have two children, Carter (5) and Grayson (2) who attend Cumberland Valley Christian School. We also have two dogs, that do not listen very well.
Franklin County provides so many opportunities and has so much to offer. In 2011, I began my career in technology at Solinkit a Chambersburg-based IT firm. That grew into other opportunities for me. I became a co-inventor on a patent and gained experience in a multitude of areas of business. In 2017, I founded LaunchUX, website development and SEO firm, which provides services across the nation. Then in 2018, I acquired the company (Solinkit) that gave me my start. Now I am entering into a new chapter and adding the Franklin County Free Press to my family of businesses.
This community has been very supportive of my family and business ventures. I cannot possibly imagine living anywhere else. When presented with the possibility that this publication might have been coming to an end, I was concerned about our community losing such a valuable resource. This publication does a lot of great things for the county; it raises awareness of events and covers all the good things that are happening without charging its readers.
Still the Free Press
Our team does not feel the community should have to pay to read articles and gather information about what is going on in their neighborhood. We are all in this to provide a resource for a community. Naturally, there are costs and expenses that need to be paid, but those are covered by our gracious sponsors. This publication will remain free as we see it as serving a noble community purpose; continuing the legacy that Vicky Taylor established three years ago.
Additionally, we are going to continue to provide free posting of obituaries and birth notices. We are also going to continue to support editorial columns; and if anyone is interested in being a regular contributor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans for the Future
As we move into the future we have plans to provide content that focuses on Franklin County’s goodnews. One major plan is to expand our reporting of local High School sports. Relationships with the Cumberland Valley Business Alliance, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, a variety of townships and other municipalities will help keep residents in the know about what is impacting them.
Additionally, our goal is to also provide a comprehensive events calendar so that residents and visitors can always find something happening.
To date, we have done some major infrastructure enhancements to support our nearly fifteen thousand weekly readers. We have some design changes planned, are in discussions over a mobile application, and have many other good ideas that we are exploring to further enhance the experience for our readership. We are also working on creating new rate sheets for businesses that are interested in improving their exposure. This includes some programs that we will be launching with the Cumberland Valley Business Alliance.
I am personally looking forward to serving all of you. Thank you for making this a great place to live and work!