The City of Scottsdale's economic development department has expanded their ScottsdaleSites.com mapping resource to include new layers of city data to help developers and business owners choose an ideal location.
The 20 new layers include demographic information, walkability, transit options, regional educational attainment and more, as well as a tool that identifies co-working spaces and startup incubators in the area.
"People searching for properties, commercial developments and business locations can take a holistic view at their site selection," said Danielle Casey, director of economic development for the city. "We're finding more and more that companies are making their site selection decisions based on what their employees want."
The updated tool was created in collaboration between the city's economic development department, Scottsdale's in-house geographic information systems team and San Francisco-based GIS Planning, Inc.
The project stems from recognition of fundamental truth in modern business.
"Information is king right now," said Christian Green, Scottsdale's economic development manager. "We're providing correct, accurate and timely information in a way that is not intrusive, making it so your conversations when you're starting up are on the same level. You're not spending time telling people about the basics of an area."
Casey said the new resource can be used by anyone or any company looking to move or conduct business in Scottsdale, especially as dreams of a southwestern tech hub become realized and national companies put down roots in the Valley.
"We are hoping that anybody that is looking, not just in Scottsdale but really anywhere in the area, to use this site," she said. "It's developers looking at this property, business owners, maybe someone in the community looking to expand. We want to have the best and most available data out there so people can make informed decisions."
Article originally published July 26, 2017 by the Phoenix Business Journal