GIS Helps Community Staff Analyze Available Properties

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One thing that is definitely important to a municipality is the
ability to provide sufficient businesses to meet the daily needs of
their residents. Whether it comes in the form of a good restaurant,
deli, coffee shop or convenient store, residents may choose to stay or
move based on what a community can offer them. At this moment in time
the economy is making it difficult for small businesses to survive and
thus many are closing their doors. On the contrary, many people are
starting up new businesses at the same time that larger chains continue
to spread their wings.

For the Economic Development Department of the City of Park Ridge,
understanding what properties in town are currently vacant as well as
where they are located is nothing new. But the one component that has
continually been left out is the functionality of placing these
locations on an interactive map. With the help of the Geographic
Information System (GIS) Department, the city has decided to publish
this data on their local intranet mapping site named MapOffice™TM
Advanced in order to help the community staff visually review these
sites, their locations and the attributes of each. Now users can open a
web site, zoom to a specific location and gather information about this
property all in one centralized location. In addition, having these
available sites mapped out will allow a user to analyze the potential of
bringing in new businesses to any specific site. If a business is
looking for more space and there are two vacant properties adjacent to
each other, the potential gets greater, thus proving the versatility of
data that was once static.

GIS Helps Community Staff Analyze Available Properties

Blog_GIS_Helps-Community_Staff_Analyze.png

One thing that is definitely important to a municipality is the
ability to provide sufficient businesses to meet the daily needs of
their residents. Whether it comes in the form of a good restaurant,
deli, coffee shop or convenient store, residents may choose to stay or
move based on what a community can offer them. At this moment in time
the economy is making it difficult for small businesses to survive and
thus many are closing their doors. On the contrary, many people are
starting up new businesses at the same time that larger chains continue
to spread their wings.

For the Economic Development Department of the City of Park Ridge,
understanding what properties in town are currently vacant as well as
where they are located is nothing new. But the one component that has
continually been left out is the functionality of placing these
locations on an interactive map. With the help of the Geographic
Information System (GIS) Department, the city has decided to publish
this data on their local intranet mapping site named MapOffice™TM
Advanced in order to help the community staff visually review these
sites, their locations and the attributes of each. Now users can open a
web site, zoom to a specific location and gather information about this
property all in one centralized location. In addition, having these
available sites mapped out will allow a user to analyze the potential of
bringing in new businesses to any specific site. If a business is
looking for more space and there are two vacant properties adjacent to
each other, the potential gets greater, thus proving the versatility of
data that was once static.