How Pinellas County Economic Development Is Using TampaBaySites.org to Drive Investment
A critical component for the around-the-clock marketing of Pinellas County to prospective and expanding companies is Pinellas County Economic Development’s powerful property and data tool, TampaBaySites.org. The website’s database stays updated in real-time, incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) mapping technology designed to help business owners, entrepreneurs, and site selectors easily find available commercial buildings and sites in Pinellas County. A robust demographic database provides market analysis functions that map demographic data, consumer expenses, labor information and more for each of Pinellas County’s 24 municipalities, and also extrapolates county- and metropolitical statistical area-level data. Companies looking to do business in Pinellas County can access customized location analysis, and companies already growing in Pinellas can explore comprehensive market data. Economic development partners such as municipalities and chambers of commerce utilize TampaBaySites.org to collect data they need to export, share, and collaborate with stakeholders.
PCED staff members utilize TampaBaySites.org’s property search feature and demographic information to put together packages for prospects, build profiles for sites, and monitor properties entering and leaving the market. The free tool provides an economical way for commercial property owners and brokers to register and post available sites and market property to decision-makers. Filters and layers in the property search tool make it easy to determine land use/zoning, examine applicable incentives, and review broadband and environmental information. Features for demographics, labor force, and consumer expenditures make it easy to customize data within a drive-time distance or drive-time minutes.
Commercial real estate professionals like like Reneé Dyer, CCIM, an Executive Associate at Berkshire Hathaway Commercial Real Estate and member of the CRE Boss Ladies attests to the usefulness of TampaBaySites.org: “It’s a huge time saver for me because I can use the property search tool to easily pull detailed business data within a certain radius of a property that my customers are interested in. I find value in this tool offered by PCED because I can create custom reports any time of the day with elegant infographics and it doesn’t cost me anything.”
Side-by-side comparisons of multiple communities is a distinguishing feature of TampaBaySites.org. Factors like demographics, labor force, and consumer spending are key considerations for decision makers when comparing and contrasting data across regions. Complex data is simplified into refined reports with visual charts that can be downloaded and shared on any type of device. Scott Talcott, PCED Economic Development Manager, shares that companies he works with see the value of the profound data analysis offered on TampaBaySites.org. “Pinellas County is a highly desirable place to do business based on our quality of life, but ultimately, site selection decisions are data-driven. TampaBaySites.org simplifies the process for creating and sharing comparative reports that drill down deep into data from trusted sources like Applied Geographic Solutions, Lightcast, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Data Axle.”
Business & Industry Mapping
Pinellas County’s diverse and innovative industries are centered around 6 clusters such as advanced manufacturing and aviation and aerospace, and deep information on these clusters and area businesses is accessible on TampaBaySites.org. Visitors can research area businesses by industry, number of employees, annual revenue and NAICS codes. Industry clusters are mapped and can be drilled down to view individual businesses. The radius tool makes it easy to analyze businesses and map competitors, suppliers, and customers in simple reports with an easy click of a button.
Export, Share & Collaborate
For economic development partners in Pinellas, TampaBaySites.org provides an easy way to export and share information with stakeholders, expanding businesses, and new companies. Communities in Pinellas can use the tool to link directly to their own to their own economic development sites, generate custom links, share reports on social media, and more. Karen Lemmons, Economic Development Manager for the City of Tarpon Springs shares, “TampaBaySites.org is a very useful tool in the economic development efforts for the City of Tarpon Springs. I have used the site to develop leads in marine-based industries and for leads on development firms that specialize in in-fill and underutilized properties.”
For more than a decade, Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) has partnered with vendor GIS Planning to provide this time-saving tool that is considered the gold standard in GIS location analysis web services. Suzanne Christman, PCED Division Director of Business Development, explains, “The beauty of TampaBaySites.org is that it’s an economic development tool that has something for everyone. It’s thrilling that this technology pulls in as many listings as possible across Pinellas County in real-time and that PCED is supporting investment decisions with data available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This tool allows Pinellas County to showcase beneficial special districts and reinvestment areas, promote 24 municipalities, and help generate developer and broker interest in our area.”
Pinellas County – The Ideal Business Climate
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.
Pinellas County Economic Development
The EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, Florida 33760
(727) 464-7332 direct
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(727) 464-7053 fax