The new and improved Cincinnati Commercial Site Portfolio, joint effort of the Economic Development Office of the
Hamilton County Development Co.
(HCDC) and the City of Cincinnati, has moved to cincysites.com
The online database is a comprehensive inventory of Hamilton County sites available for redevelopment, including industrial, retail, office, warehouse, and vacant land.
The database also serves as a central source of information for those who might want to invest in the community, with layers of detailing population and workforce demographics, spending data, and information on nearby businesses.
CincySites is a cut above the average economic development website because it utilizes geographic information system (GIS) technology, allowing users to create maps and reports that would normally take weeks –and dollars – to collect.
Because more than 90 percent of initial site selection screening is now done using the Internet, it is hoped that the depth and ease of use of CincySites will help attract new business and promote economic development in Hamilton County.
"This tool is primarily used to make sure that we get looked at in the first place," says Harry Blanton, vice president and manager of the Economic Development Office. "If we do not provide this tool, we may not get many looks, since many consultants will cut you out of the search if you don't provide this type of information online."
But CincySites is only one of the strategies employed by his office, Blanton says.
"We also make visits to site location consultants to sell the region, send e-messages to them with development items of interest, participate in the state's referral process, and market the region in foreign publications," he says.
Partners in CincySites also include Hamilton County, the Cincinnati USA Partnership
, and the Cincinnati Area Geographic Information System (CAGIS).
Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Harry Blanton, vice president and manager, HCDC Economic Development Office