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  • Geographic Suitability


Benefits of Using GIS Technology for Economic Development

A GIS-based suitability analysis can answer the following question: “Where in your parish or region are you most suited to site business and industry based on proximity to infrastructure and resources?” Companies have a set of specific siting criteria they strive to satisfy in order to justify investment in expansion or relocation. Geographic location is often based on satisfaction of these criteria in conjunction with local zoning and land use requirements.

A GIS-based suitability analysis is designed to generate a geographical ranking across the parish that illustrates on a map areas of low, moderate, and high suitability for commercial property development. The geographical ranking represents the degree to which a given location satisfies business criteria for commercial property development. In other words, the ranking indicates how well a particular location suited to support commercial property development based on its proximity to attractive criteria (e.g., transportation infrastructure, utilities, customer base, etc.) and distance away from vulnerable criteria (e.g., sensitive environmental areas, flood prone terrain, schools, etc.).

The output or results of the GIS-based suitability analysis can satisfy a two-fold purpose: 1) provide analytical information for internal assessment of a parish’s geographic suitability to attract desired business and industry and 2) provide high-value marketing information to prospects that demonstrates (geographically on a map) a location’s attractiveness based on how well their basic siting needs are met. Additionally, the results of the analysis may provide insight for communities to evaluate not only economic strengths and weaknesses, but identification of the most appropriate types of business and commerce to target.