How Site Selectors are Using GIS to Evaluate Communities

Posted by Ben Wright on Jun 4, 2013 1:10:47 PM

Part of our job as economic developers is to understand what businesses and site selection consultants are going through in their business cycle – especially during the corporate location process.

We know that for every company action in the corporate location process, there must be an appropriate reaction from the economic development world, and a response that will hopefully assist companies and site selectors in their quest. Even better – if we can provide them with the necessary tools to make their job easier, then more power to the process.

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Does size matter? Not in Economic Development.

Posted by Guillermo Mazier on Nov 7, 2012 2:57:25 PM

For nearly two decades, we have been working in or consulting with EDO’s who have in the back of their minds looked at other EDO’s and said “They are so big, they can afford to do that” or “We can’t possibly do that.” For the first time ever -- thanks to our in depth research and analysis --we can now look at results generated by population size.

Predictably, the data we compiled shows that organizations that represent smaller communities generate fewer conversations, announce fewer jobs, and announce less capital investment compared to larger communities.

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The Predictive Science of Cities Featuring Dr. Geoffrey West

Posted by Guillermo Mazier on Feb 8, 2012 11:09:15 AM

A New Thought for Economic Development

For those of you who missed it, last week the city of San Antonio and the International Economic Development Council held the 2012 Economic Development Leadership Summit. With over 400 economic development leaders in attendance, the conference was full of best practices, strategies and leadership tools geared to help communities maintain—and in some cases develop—their competitive edge. As a firm that specializes in economic development marketing, strategies and technology, the highlight of the entire conference was not so much the best practices or the networking sessions, but rather a humble man from Santa Fe: Professor Geoffrey West, a physicist who has found data that can predict a city’s future growth within 85% accuracy.

We got a chance to meet Professor West after reading an article in the New York Times titled, "A Physicist Solves a City", about a physicist who was applying science and mathematical equations to evaluate cities and estimate their future growth. The article changed our perceptions on some of the principles that we as economic developers find so true. After a few days to process some of these non-traditional theories we phoned Professor West and invited him to speak on Atlas' behalf at the International Economic Development Council's Annual Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. He graciously accepted and delivered the conference's keynote presentation as well as a more intimate presentation for Atlas clients and friends.

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