00:01I'm here to talk a little bit about the GCS site selector solution.
00:05And it's a web-based solution based on Esri technology, and it's an economic development focused tool.
00:11And, it really…in Montana where I live, where we first implemented this solution…
00:16…it's become a virtual landing spot for prospective businesses in the state.
00:20And, of course, in Montana where we've got a pretty good life going on these days, we've got more cows than condos…
00:25…and more sheep than cows, and this year, we've got more water than we've had in 35 years.
00:30So, we've got it pretty good in Montana, and humanity does not dominate the landscapes.
00:33When I come down here, I'm just amazed with the humanity of it all.
00:36So, anyway, the solution includes web hosting for both the portals that we work with on the local community-based folks…
00:44…the folks who are out there on the ground. All economic development is local.
00:47And the sites that they put into the site selector are then searchable by the statewide site.
00:51So if there's somebody who just says, I want to live a Montana life, I want to fly fish, and the river runs through it…
00:56…and all that kind of stuff, they can go to the main portal, but, eventually, if they decide, oh, I want to be in Bozeman…
01:00…or I want to be in Billings or Missoula where I live, they'll get to that local portal.
01:04It has embedded GIS data and analysis capabilities, so it's got a plethora of hosted technology…
01:09…in statewide business and economic organization data.
01:14And it's also got a rich set of reporting capabilities from the Esri Business Analyst Online.
01:26Okay. Alright. So, prior to the implementation of the site selector, the businesses in the state of Montana that…
01:33…the local economic development organizations were not on the map.
01:37They essentially weren't, and there are several instances where in Montana, we actually lost…
01:42…real companies coming to bring real jobs and real tax base to Big Sky Country, in beautiful Big Sky Country…
01:48…and that became something that the governor himself just said, This is not really the way this should work…
01:53…and let's talk a little about how to create this information and compile it much more quickly than we had in the past.
02:01So, the mantra became 10 days down to 10 minutes.
02:04And so what we were able to do was really look at how GIS could help improve that problem…
02:08…to take that 10 days down to 10 minutes.
02:12So, but what we did here was really took a look at the things that they asked us to do was the thing be web-based…
02:19…have this thing be easy to use and be fast.
02:22It had to also be usable by the local agencies that were doing the real legwork of economic development…
02:29…on the ground in those local communities.
02:31And it also had to be affordable and well supported.
02:36So, what the site selector actually does, well, you click on the search tool and then you can search on a number of things…
02:43…including the sale price, including the square footage and the acreage, and also if you want to start with an address.
02:50So you've got some rich, you know, search tools here.
02:54And over here is what we call the carousel, and this is where the properties actually, you know, get popped up and everything…
03:00…and brings you different information, and so there's pictures and rich locational information about this.
03:06So we mocked up a site for San Diego here, and we've got this information going.
03:11And so, also you click on the layers. Of course, this is a GIS conference, right?
03:14And so we're all geo geeks, right? I saw the shirt out there. Sort of like, you know, we have to have some layers.
03:18This is where the local integration with the data comes into effect, in terms of being able to synchronize, you know…
03:24…the data that you see here in this…with any local GIS data that was created.
03:28So, when you…I say synchronize, think ArcGIS Server to ArcGIS Server integration with web services.
03:33That's what I'm talking about here.
03:35So, of course, we've got some of those datasets here that are both statewide and, if the GIS data's local and it exists…
03:41…we can integrate that as well.
03:43And in Montana, we have certain counties…you don't even mention county-wide zoning or they'll take you to the woodshed.
03:47So, we have to localize this.
03:50So, also, this is where the My Property section is.
03:53This is where you actually do the comparisons of the properties, where you can click up here…
03:57…and add this to My Properties in the carousel and add much, much more if you want to.
04:01Then this My Properties tab appears here, and then it comes to life.
04:06And this is where you actually get down and say, okay, there's two properties I'm looking at.
04:10I want to really drill in, and I want to do some real focused analysis on these particular sites and explore what business is doing…
04:17…what businesses like doing in that area.
04:20So you can click here.
04:21And this is where the richness of the Esri Business Analyst Online API that our developers utilize comes into play.
04:29So you see here, and this just says 37 reports that are generated.
04:33And these are site-specific reports which means, in this case, we have two properties that we're looking at…
04:37…so the reports get run both on those sites and can be created as PDF files or also Excel files…
04:44…that you can then save or print or do what you want with as well.
04:50And then the last thing is these reports get generated.
04:53In this particular case, notice that we've chosen the distances here in minutes of drive times.
04:58This is where some of the spatial analytics come into play.
05:01So, that's all my time, and we're in booth D125. You ought to come by. Thanks.
Site Selector Solution Stimulates Economic Development
Bryant Ralston of GCS Research describes the site selection tool he created to help bring businesses to the state of Montana.
- Recorded: Jul 11th, 2011
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- Published: Oct 20th, 2011
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