Web-enabled Building and Site Database Assists Location Hunters
In August, global location advisors gained access to a valuable information resource in the form of the Southeast’s online inventory of sites and buildings in the region. The Southeastern Partnership worked for nearly a year with Kansas City-based Location One in building the tool. The firm’s LOIS platform is the industry standard utilized by leading site selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals, as well as states and communities.
“LOIS is the gold standard of online site and building search tools,” said Steve Yost, president of The Southeastern Partnership. The database gives site seekers a convenient, easy-to-use way to research available properties throughout the region, customizing thematic maps that highlight specific search criteria such as demographics, zoning and assets like airports, railroads, post-secondary educational institutions and hospitals. Location One also provides information management tools to location advisors for tracking projects and running reports. “This is a suite of tools that leading consultants around the world are very familiar with and like to use,” Yost added.
Local economic developers from around the region contributed to the tool’s design and will play a central role in keeping the database accurate and up-to-date. A $35,000 matching grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, helped the Southeastern Partnership construct its new buildings and sites database. The new tool is accessible to the public from the Partnership’s website: www.ncse.org