Elk Grove Village Launches Innovative Website to Promote Economic Development

Village of Elk Grove Press Release - March 18, 2011. Elk Grove Village becomes the first municipality in Illinois to launch the innovative ZoomProspector software application to promote business site selection

Elk Grove Village, IL - Elk Grove Village has launched a new website to promote economic development. The site www.elkgrovesites.com , is a web-based, interactive listing of available commercial space in Elk Grove Village including office, industrial, retail, and development sites. Property information is integrated with an advanced mapping function and comprehensive data set including Village demographics, labor market and industry data, consumer spending patterns, and local business contacts. The program is client driven allowing site selection decision makers to search for space according to their needs and use the map and data functions to create customized reports. One can access the site by typing www.elkgrovesites.com into any web browser or by clicking on the “Available Buildings & Sites” icon on the Village’s home page, www.elkgrovesites.com. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software, the website provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research. Now, data including dynamic real estate, demographic and industry breakdowns is available free and instantly, along with a database of available properties with images.

Said Mayor Craig B. Johnson, “This website is an example how the Village is embracing a business friendly client driven approach to economic development. Elk Grove Village has long been a leader in economic development and upon the launch of www.elkgrovesites.com; Elk Grove Village will be the only municipality in the State of Illinois to have funded and deployed this comprehensive tool. The Village will essentially be a matchmaker between those looking for space and those offering it.”

In today’s fast paced economy, the competition for attracting business investment is great.

Business owners, site selection consultants and real estate development professionals are now evaluating locations utilizing more sophisticated techniques such as the internet and interactive websites. Providing an efficient and accurate suite of information to location decision makers can be the difference in attracting jobs and investment to a region or not.

Said Mayor Craig B. Johnson, “The uniqueness of the site is that not only does it promote the location advantages of Elk Grove Village, it also promotes businesses that are already here so that they can potentially be vendors, suppliers or customers to relocating companies or each other.”

The site was developed with GIS Planning, www.gisplanning.com , utilizing their ZoomProspector platform. GIS Planning, based in California, is leading the movement to revolutionize economic development. Today, over 12,500 cities including the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA are already participating in this movement by using GIS Planning’s Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a service technology. The GISpowered website is built upon Google Maps technology, and offers state-of-the-art site selection mapping capabilities. The new website is also integrated with GIS Planning’s national site selection search engine, www.zoomprospector.com , which allows visitors to conduct national searches of cities and commercial properties that match their unique criteria.

“Over 97% of initial site selection screening is done on-line now, and the new Elk Grove website provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers need to make an investment decision,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning. “We’ve taken a process that used to involve weeks of research and reduced it to minutes.”

If you are a commercial property owner or real estate development professionals and would like to list your properties with the Village, please call Josh Grodzin, Director of Business Development and Marketing at 847-357-4005. The Village will issue you a unique username and password so that you can immediately begin promoting your Elk Grove properties.

About Elk Grove Village

Located adjacent to O’Hare International Airport, Elk Grove Village is an integral component of the Chicago Metropolitan Region’s economy. A planned community with nearly 35,000 residents, Elk Grove Village is home to the largest consolidated Business Park in North America with over 60 million feet of industrial inventory and over 100 million square feet of combined industrial and commercial space Village-wide. Elk Grove Village’s business community is diverse, with major employers representing a broad range of industries including; technology, manufacturing, retail, health care and warehousing / logistics.

Elk Grove Village is a proactive and business friendly community that values its corporate residents and works diligently to support their growth. The Village consistently invests in the modernization and infrastructure improvements to its Business Park while maintaining the lowest effective commercial property tax rate of any northwest Cook County municipality.

For further information, please call the Mayor at 847-437-0030.

Craig B. Johnson, Mayor
Village of Elk Grove
901 Wellington Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 437-0030

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