Using GIS for economic development

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The Briergate Crossroads Business District is an important commercial
center on the west side of Highland Park. It is locate along
Deerfield, Old Skokie Rd, and Old Deerfield Rd just west of Skokie
Valley Rd. It also contains a variety of other retail establishments
such as a grocery store, a toy store, and numerous services orientated
businesses.

Over the last six months, the City of Highland Park Office of
Economic Development along with the Business and Economic Development
Commission reviewed the Briergate Crossroads Business District to
identify issues that should be corrected to improve the economic
vitality of the district. The first step was reviewing the existing
conditions within the district. The first part of the process was
requesting maps from the GIS Department which showed the location street
lights, signs, ownership of right-of-ways, and ownership of properties.
The second part was gathering information from the business owners.
Several complaints were indentified and confirmed by reviewing the map.

One of the issues was that lacks of lighting which creates numerous
security issues. Another issue is that the district not clearly visible
from US 41 and a confusing ramp configuration makes it difficult to
access the district. The Office of Economic Development requested that
the GIS Office create three new maps showing proposed updates to solve
these issues. The first map shows proposed street light locations along
streets. The second map shows new signs which will point out the ramps
used to access the district and assist drivers with navigating the ramp
configuration. The third map shows areas where IDOT will be requested
to clear brush to make the district more visible from 41. Using these
maps, the committee can show how proposed changes will benefit the
business district.

Using GIS for economic development

Blog_UsingGISforeconomicdevelopment.png

The Briergate Crossroads Business District is an important commercial
center on the west side of Highland Park. It is locate along
Deerfield, Old Skokie Rd, and Old Deerfield Rd just west of Skokie
Valley Rd. It also contains a variety of other retail establishments
such as a grocery store, a toy store, and numerous services orientated
businesses.

Over the last six months, the City of Highland Park Office of
Economic Development along with the Business and Economic Development
Commission reviewed the Briergate Crossroads Business District to
identify issues that should be corrected to improve the economic
vitality of the district. The first step was reviewing the existing
conditions within the district. The first part of the process was
requesting maps from the GIS Department which showed the location street
lights, signs, ownership of right-of-ways, and ownership of properties.
The second part was gathering information from the business owners.
Several complaints were indentified and confirmed by reviewing the map.

One of the issues was that lacks of lighting which creates numerous
security issues. Another issue is that the district not clearly visible
from US 41 and a confusing ramp configuration makes it difficult to
access the district. The Office of Economic Development requested that
the GIS Office create three new maps showing proposed updates to solve
these issues. The first map shows proposed street light locations along
streets. The second map shows new signs which will point out the ramps
used to access the district and assist drivers with navigating the ramp
configuration. The third map shows areas where IDOT will be requested
to clear brush to make the district more visible from 41. Using these
maps, the committee can show how proposed changes will benefit the
business district.