An important step in attracting new businesses and industry to a community is promoting the commercial properties that are available for purchase or development. The Village of Woodridge, IL previously had a web-based mapping application that displayed the locations of available sites in the village, but the Community Development department was interested in upgrading this application and making it easier for interested businesses to search and easier for village planners to upgrade the data being displayed in the application. To fulfill this need the department asked the Geographic Information System (GIS) department to develop a more customized application that fit the needs of what the department was looking for.
In response to this request, the GIS staff decided to use an ArcGIS Online Story Map template, which can be customized from what’s provided out-of-the-box to provide the additional functionality the Community Development department was looking for. Based on input from the department, the story map created displays available or vacant office, retail, and industrial property opportunities and is branded so the design is consistent with other parts of the village website. A revised process for updating the data has also been established, so planners can quickly update the application with new property locations and information as it becomes available. This revised available property application design and update process provides the Community Development department with a more robust process for advertising vacant space and a more efficient method for updating the application with new content.