Friday, July 11, 2008
The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has recently launched the Pensacola Prospector, a GIS application for commercial property, in order to assist in attracting new companies to the Escambia County area.
The site was developed through a partnership with GIS Planning Inc. out of San Francisco, CA.
Per the Chamber's website:
Pensacola Prospector is an interactive Internet mapping program that provides enhanced economic development and site selection services to the business community.
Pensacola Prospector allows users to search for available commercial buildings and sites as well as generate site-specific demographic and business analysis reports.
Pensacola Prospector speeds up and simplifies the process of finding the optimal location for a business in by providing public access to a range of valuable information.
Search for Available Buildings or Land
To search for vacant building space or developable land you can enter your minimum and maximum size requirements by square feet or acres. You can search for properties that are for lease or for sale. You can also search for the type of commercial property your want. By clicking on the "search" button Pensacola Prospector will search a database of properties that match your specific property criteria and display the matching properties for you to review.
Create Demographic Reports
Once you have selected a property you can create site-specific demographic reports by clicking on a link or the file tab near the top of the web page labeled "Demographics". Select the type of report you wish to create and a distance from the property you want the analysis to include. There are four different reports available: 1) Demographic, 2) Consumer Expenditure, 3) Business & Workforce and 4) Employment Wages. This information can be used to better understand the demographic characteristics of the area you are analyzing.
Create Business Competition & Synergy Reports
After selecting a property you can create site-specific business competition & synergy reports by clicking on a link or the file tab near the top of the web page titled "Businesses". Select the distance from the property you want the analysis to include and click the "Calculate" button. Pensacola Prospector will show the business clusters on the map as well as calculate the number of businesses in each business category. You can click on the business category links to see a list of all the businesses in that category. This business information can be used to identify businesses that can be potential synergy or competition for your business.
Properties are linked to interactive maps that display geographic information such as the locations of streets, highways, freeways, cities, counties, bodies of water, rivers, rail roads, points of interest, major educational facilities and parks. All of the maps are completely interactive and the information displayed is determined by the website user.