Businesses prospecting for locations in Delaware now have a powerful tool that will help them strike development gold. The Delaware Prosperity Partnership recently unveiled its Zoom Prospector site location tool on its website, www.deprosperitypartnership.com and with direct access by typing delaware.zoomprospector.com. Powered by Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, Becky Harrington, Director of Business Development at DPP said the new microsite helps site selectors drill down on a wide variety of information about sites, buildings, labor force and more.
“We make it easy for anyone to access key data businesses need to make a decision – everything from demographic data, to utilities, to internet options and other key infrastructure – then we worked to put it in a very intuitive, user-friendly format,” Harrington said. “This will give us a valuable edge because we know that more and more businesses are doing much more of their preliminary exploration online.” With more than 97 percent of site selection research done online, the new tool allows developers to see aerial and street level views of locations as well as information education and income levels, available educational options, which can be vital in workforce training, and data on amenities and spending patterns. The tool allows scouts to look for office space, industrial space, flexible space, and open sites and if they’re for sale or lease. It provides important data on whether sites are brownfields, waiting to be redeveloped, or completely undeveloped. It also offers key data on wetlands and flood plains. Other key data include an area’s:
Delaware Prosperity Partnership’s Zoom Prospector also allows developers to compare sites within the state in addition to locations outside Delaware. “When employers have ready access to the data and can see Delaware’s value proposition, it will make the business of deciding to locate here a lot easier,” Harrington said. “The way this data can be combined, compared and contrasted, is flashing a well-deserved spotlight on Delaware.”
Created in 2017, Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) leads the state of Delaware’s economic development efforts. This initiative brings together the resources, commitment, and energy of both public and private sectors charged by the Delaware General Assembly to attract, grow and retain companies; to build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and to support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent in the state of Delaware.
Michele A. Schiavoni