Jason Hickey, President of leading site selection firm Hickey & Associates, discusses what site selectors look for when evaluating communities online in this webinar, including:
1. Real-time data
2. Statistics that accentuate strengths and challenges
3. Property searches
4. Geographic Information System analysis
5. Incentive zones
6. Social media
7. Search engine optimization and search terms
8. Web vs. personal contact with economic development organizations
You can link to the Buffalo Niagara website demonstrated at BuffaloNiagaraCLS.org and link to the Connecticut site selection website at CTsitefinder.com. Questions during the Q&A came from economic developers around the USA that attended the live talk. This video includes excerpts from a longer presentation.
Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates
Eric has worked in economic development in the service of small businesses for over 10 years. He has consulted with business improvement districts, managed multi-million dollar employment services contracts, and provided technical assistance to small businesses affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He is the Product Manager for SizeUp.com, a business intelligence service, as well as ZoomProspector.com, the national community and site selection website. Eric has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.