Since retiring as a business education teacher with Columbus City Schools in 2005, Northland resident Diane Hendrickson has used some of what she learned in the latter part of her career to create websites.

Since retiring as a business education teacher with Columbus City Schools in 2005, Northland resident Diane Hendrickson has used some of what she learned in the latter part of her career to create websites.

"They're very simple," she said. "I'm not into fancy web design."

She did one for retired teachers from the city and another for those in Franklin County. Hendrickson went on to create the Maize Morse Tri Area Civic Association's website and then one for the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center free clinic, where she's also a volunteer.

After Helping Hands executive director Joyce Bourgault became chairwoman of the Northland Alliance in March, naturally she turned to Hendrickson.

The result - and it's not easy to find with a Google search - is http://northlandalliance.wetpaint.com/. Both its "webmistress" and the Alliance chairwoman hope it becomes much, much more than just a website for the 10-year-old organization, which works in partnership with the Northland Community Council and Northland Area Business Association.

"What I'm hoping it's going to end up being is a resource for Northland people about what is in the Northland area," Bourgault said last week.

She said she envisions the site becoming "kind of a gathering place" for the entire community.

"My hope is that people, nonprofits and businesses and members of the community, would become members and add information," Hendrickson said.

"It's brand new and she's still working on it, but I'm hoping it will develop into a good base for collaborations," Bourgault said. "I think it's starting to do that already."

"What community is meant to be!" the main page proclaims, and the site seeks to live up to that with myriad links, documents and resources for businesses, residents and nonprofit organizations.

It will only help the community, however, if the community helps to shape the website and its contents, according to Hendrickson.

"We need everybody in the community to help, especially other services," she said. "There are so many services we have in the Northland area more and more with the way the economy is, people are turning to agencies for to help, we could help them right here in our community."

In addition to signing up as members of the website in order to participate in discussions or post items on a local calendar of events, Hendrickson said people can simply send her an email and suggest the category where they would like the notice to appear.

That address is northlandalliance@gmail.com.

"There are all kinds of different ways that they can communicate information," Hendrickson said.

The Northland Alliance was formed in March 2001 in the wake of the closing of Northland Mall. Its purpose, according to founding documents, is to:

Combat urban blight, neighborhood decline and urban sprawl. Preserve greenspace and protect waters and the environment. Create, improve and beautify public spaces, including parks, playgrounds and bikeways. Enhance and improve the neighborhoods within Northland. Encourage safe pedestrian access to neighborhoods. Educate neighbors and businesses on ways to increase safety and lower crime, and to revitalize their properties. Improve housing stock and access to housing. Provide or improve services to Northland's residents, workers and visitors. Support public events that foster a sense of community and neighborhood within the greater Northland area. Enhance the image of and quality of life for Northland's residents, workers and visitors.