The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched a website (www.LocateInWisconsin.com) to help site selectors looking at Wisconsin for expansion or relocation.
The one-stop system provides users with commercial real estate data, demographic breakdowns, community details and lists of buildings available for sale or lease in every Wisconsin city and all 72 of the state’s counties.
San Francisco-based GIS Planning created the application for the website, which makes use of Google Maps and is also integrated with GIS Planning’s national site selection search engine (ZoomProspector.com) so that users can conduct national searches of cities and commercial properties that match their unique criteria.
“Our technology not only markets Wisconsin worldwide, it also empowers businesses to make an objective decision about the best location for their business in Wisconsin,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning. “Since nearly all initial site selection screening is now done online, the new Wisconsin system certainly makes the state more competitive in its effort to attract businesses and jobs.”
Meanwhile, WEDC CEO Paul Jadin wants you to know that Wisconsin is not only open for business, but also “good” for business.
Speaking at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development on Feb 9, 2012, Jadin said that events like attracting Kestrel Aircraft Company to Superior and retaining Spectrum Brands’ headquarters in Wisconsin demonstrate that Wisconsin is serious about forging win-win solutions for businesses and the people of Wisconsin.
He said the organization is providing tools, like the LocateInWisconsin.com site search tool and a certified site program, to improve the state’s ability to attract businesses to Wisconsin.
WEDC, which was created one year ago to replace the state’s Dept. of Commerce, is trying to attract entrepreneurs to Wisconsin using existing tax credits and loans, but also with accelerator programs and seed and early stage investment.
In its first 7 months of existence, WEDC says it has created and retained 28,136 jobs, and helped 312 businesses and 65 communities.