Richmond, VA—March 11, 2009 - Timmons Group, a leading provider of geospatial services, announced today that the firm’s Site LoGIStics tool for economic development has been selected by Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Winston-Salem Business Inc. (WSBI) serves as the marketing agency for promoting economic development in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. To better serve their clients and potential businesses who are evaluating the area, they teamed with Timmons Group to acquire Site LoGIStics. Site LoGIStics is an ArcGIS Server-based GIS web solution that enhances site and building property searches and provides critical business, consumer, demographic and labor information essential for site selection.
Economic development has changed dramatically over the past few years. Now site selection consultants and business executives rely heavily on the internet for information. In today’s technology-driven environment, the Internet is often used to develop a short-list of locations for a business expansion or relocation. To remain competitive in today’s economy, economic development organizations must provide reliable, in-depth, information that is easily accessible on the web. Recognizing this, WSBI wanted a site that allowed their clients and potential businesses to conduct property searches that could be tailored to fit their specific business needs. With Site LoGIStics, prospective companies can conduct site and building searches on a macro-level using broad search criteria or on a micro-level that allows them to choose a site or building with multiple and very explicit criteria. This technology allows the user to quickly and accurately find properties that fit their particular business needs.
Using ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.3 server technology, WSBI’s new site features interactive maps and tools that allow the user to view selected properties in a variety of ways. Property search results can be displayed in a Map View or Grid View. The aerial photography and GIS-integrated maps provide a prospective business executive a more complete understanding of the selected properties and the community by allowing the user to see the properties in relation to critical factors such as access to roadways, airports, railroads, utilities, parks and recreation, universities and colleges and other key factors. Using the “Compare Selection” tool, properties can be viewed and contrasted for side-by-side analysis to provide a better understanding of the attributes of each individual property.
To enhance the user experience, reports featuring demographics, business point analysis, consumer expenditure, workforce statistics and labor information can be quickly obtained and displayed for individual properties. Using measurements of feet, meter, miles or kilometers the data is displayed in concentric radii from the selected property.
Site LoGIStics enhances the site selection process by providing quick access to critical information. It provides WSBI the competitive advantage needed to attract potential development projects and it allows the organization to compete more effectively by providing current, up-to-the-minute, information.
About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a leading provider of geospatial, information architecture and engineering services focusing on ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Mobile and Enterprise solutions. Timmons Group is a privately held ENR 500 company and maintains a strong business partner relationship with ESRI. Timmons Group has been a recipient of both the ESRI Business Partner of the Year award and the ESRI Foundation Partner of the Year award.
For more information about Timmons Group’s technology services, contact Lowell Ballard at Email Contact or visit http://www.timmons.com/markets-and-services/technology.asp.
Tim Asimos, Marketing Manager