EDC and ECAR launch website designed to attract business

Special to The Log

Powerful business information research is now only a click away at www.okaloosasites.com.

The recently launched website is the result of a partnership between the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors formed to help facilitate growth in Okaloosa County.

Using Geographic Information System 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 are available free and instantly for all of Okaloosa County and its cities, along with a database of available properties with images. Over 97 percent of initial site selection screening is done online now, and the new website provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers need to make an investment decision. The site reduces research time from weeks to minutes.

”Business prospects value ready access to information,” said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council. “Okaloosasites.com goes far beyond a simple database of available sites and buildings. It is a real-time information portal featuring extensive data sets that speak to the specific needs of those who may be looking to expand or locate a new enterprise in our area.”

Website visitors can view available properties, along with size, use, cost and development incentives. Corresponding demographic reports such as labor force, education levels, consumer spending, and age can be created. In addition, businesses are mapped by industry showing their distribution and concentrations throughout the area.

“Okaloosasites.com stands to be a great tool for our more than 2,400 members — and for all those seeking to learn more about opportunities in our community. We are truly excited about this expansion of our long-standing partnership with the Okaloosa EDC,” said Ed Smith president of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors.

The GIS-powered 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, http://www.zoomprospector.com, which allows visitors to conduct national searches of cities and commercial properties matching their unique criteria.