May 5, 2020

Virtual Site Visits: Crucial Tools for Economic Developers

Ron Bertasi

The current economic recovery is unlike anything economic developers have seen before.

Most economists are predicting a prolonged recovery, but much has changed and economic developers need to adapt. The standard playbook will not work this time.

Instead, the winners in the current recovery are those organizations utilizing GIS technology to lead recovery, especially through the use of comprehensive, customized virtual site visits.

We’ve all experienced how technology has enabled much of the economy to function remotely during the pandemic. Similarly, advanced GIS technologies enable economic developers to conduct powerful and convincing virtual site visits and continue to promote their properties and communities without traditional site visits. Most importantly, virtual site visits have proven so effective that the consensus is they are now going to become a permanent part of the site selection process.

The key is having an up-to-date, complete GIS solution. A complete GIS solution integrates properties with complementary GIS tools, enabling online meetings that can provide the full experience rivaling a physical site visit. GIS WebTech’s Recruit technology, built on the Esri platform, integrates seamlessly with complementary Esri tools, thereby providing the industry’s only complete GIS and enabling a comprehensive virtual site experience.

Best of all, as a certified Esri partner GIS WebTech can bundle these complementary Esri tools with our flagship technology, Recruit, at very affordable rates.

In contrast, expensive and old-fashioned sites and buildings apps are simply not capable of providing the complete experience necessary for a virtual site visit. If you are running an online sites and buildings technology from one of the legacy providers, your technology does not support 3D imagery of planned or proposed buildings, customizable drive time analysis, 360-degree video, and other critical components of a virtual site visit.

To learn more, we invite you to view the video of our webinar, designed to help economic developers prepare for this new way of marketing properties. Please also fee free to contact us for more information.


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