Many of us have been asked, “What is your next BIG thing?” Sometimes the word “BIG” seems overwhelming and instantly stumps us. Perhaps it would be better to simplify the question to, “What is your Next?” Just anticipating and tackling next steps can be an important method for getting BIG things done.
TVA’s land and building database, TVAsites.com, initially had buildings and sites listed with minimum demographic reports and mapping available for the visitor. As it has progressed over time, the next steps have been taken to enhance the system – more information has been added such as demographic, workforce, and various other types of data that a visitor might need, as well as load calculators and input forms and other business reports. By looking at what might be needed “next,” the result has been valuable upgrades to the system.
Many local communities in the Valley have decided to utilize TVA’s offering of the Local InSite (a modified version of TVAsites.com) tool as the next step, used to customize the database content to display information specifically filtered for their community on their economic development website.
The Local InSite creates the capability to search for specific buildings/sites using criteria chosen on the initial search tool – ranging from the amount of square footage/acreage, to rail service, to ceiling height, etc. It also gives the user the capability to run many different online reports, including workforce and wages by county reports, which utilize the ESRI and EMSI international research sources.
The user may also search for companies by target industry utilizing the NAICS code look-up. Map overlays highlight higher education and other infrastructure. On the site the owner/administrator will be able to list any and all properties in his local area, including retail listings, and will be able to run customized reports using a variety of defined filters to target specific properties.
There are currently 34 Local InSite tool owners in the TVA region. Is your community also ready to take your land and building database customization to the next level? Through TVA’s offering, this can be a low-cost, effective tool to optimize your local searches and give you a competitive advantage in the location evaluation process.
If you would like to learn more about the cost and benefits of the Local InSite tool, please contact TVA Economic Development’s TVAsites.com specialist, Dianne Nuñez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.232.6012.