Sanford Nax Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal - When I start house hunting, the first thing I’m going to do is visit Elk Grove’s new one-stop portal for all things economic and business-related. ElkGroveSiteSearch.com is a crucial tool for business people, researchers and prospective home buyers.
The portal uses GIS software to access free and immediate access to real estate, demographic and industry data, and includes a database of available properties with photos. It lists development incentives, labor force data, education levels and consumer spending. Businesses are mapped by industry showing their distribution and concentration.
Looking for potential sites for a scrapbook store? ElkGroveSearch.com can help. Various data layers drill down to specific information, including zoning, and locations of railroad tracks, hospitals and schools. Soon, the city will add traffic counts on various streets, said Heather Ross, economic department coordinator for the city of Elk Grove.
Real estate agents can set up accounts to manage and update their listings, and set up email reminders to refresh their listings.
“ElkGroveSiteSearch.com ... allows users to view, create, and print maps; find available commercial or business property; and develop custom demographic radius reports,” said Randy Starbuck, Elk Grove's economic development director.
The GIS-powered site is built on Google Maps technology, and offers sophisticated site-selection mapping capabilities. It also features Elk Grove-specific GIS layers created by city staffers that include zoning and, in the future, traffic counts.
Plus, the web site is integrated with GIS Planning’s national site-selection engine, ZoomProspector, which allows visitors to conduct national searches.