The Village of Woodridge, IL encourages economic development in a variety of ways, but one of their most direct methods is hosting a tour of the village for real estate brokers and those interested in investing in property. The tour is held each year, and begins at the Village Hall where attendees are greeted by members of the village. The attendees then get on a bus that drives around the village, and Community Development staff work as guides to point out available properties and answer any questions. To help give those attending a better idea of what a recent tour would entail, the village’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department was asked to create a map showing the proposed tour route and the planned stops.
Before utilizing GIS for the tour, staff relied on notes to determine the order of properties visited on the tour and information associated with them. The Village now uses GIS to assist in this event by creating a map book. This map book is distributed to attendees and it highlights the route of the tour in addition to displaying the properties they will be visiting. This was also a great help to the staff so they could better manage their time when travelling from property to property, as well as to better relate answers that involved highlighting nearby amenities or other available properties.