How GIS Planning Tools Can Help You

Monday, April 10, 2017

By offering free GIS planning tools, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County is making it easier to obtain the information you need to make important business and relocation decisions. Finding the ideal property for your business makes it possible to realize your vision of relocating to the beautiful, affordable, and convenient Skagit County.

How GIS Planning Tools Can Help

When you visit our website to conduct a property search, you will have access to far more detailed information than what you can find by searching on a standard real estate website. To start, you can view properties that aren’t even listed. For businesses, or site selectors, this is an invaluable tool that makes it possible to identify and then negotiate for the perfect property.

In addition to viewing standard information about a property such as building size, lot square footage, property type, and value, you can also view tax and permitting information for any property in Skagit County.

Our GIS planning tools also allow you to conduct searches using layers and heat maps to easily identify things like population density. Comparison tools make it easier to view multiple communities, contrasting the pros and cons of each.

U.S. Census data is also incorporated into search results and includes information on: Labor force. Key labor force and economic data makes it possible to estimate the workforce available to contribute to your business.

  • Telecommunications and broadband access. Determine how connected each location really is.

  • Energy infrastructure. Understanding energy options can help to lower cost during the renovation and operational stages.

  • Wages and education levels. Find out what it will cost to hire employees in Skagit County, along with how educated they are.

  • Consumer spending. If you are opening a new retail location, you need to know how much consumers are spending in this area.

  • Housing prices. Determine how affordable it is for your employees to live here.

These are only a few of the data points you can retrieve using GIS planning tools. For site selectors and businesses ready to relocate, this information can be invaluable and make it far easier to make critical business decisions.

Even businesses on a budget can benefit from using these tools since they are offered at no charge. Rather than paying a consultant to retrieve information, you can do so on your own. However, if you need assistance, the team at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County is here to help. We can show you how to use these free tools and even help to identify a site that would work well for your company.

Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County

We promote economic development in Skagit County by supporting existing local businesses and helping others that are interested in relocating here. We also work to support the community and all residents with the belief that our community is strong when everyone is thriving.

Whether you have questions, want to learn more about loans and incentives, or need general support for your business – we are here to help.

Visit to learn more.

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