City of Riverside Launches Innovative Website Tool to Assist New and Expanding Businesses

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

RiversideProspector provides dynamic data and sophisticated mapping technologies to help expanding businesses find their perfect location.

October 30, 2012 – The City of Riverside announced today the launching of, making access to powerful business information research only a mouse-click away.

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, the website provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research. Now, data including dynamic real estate, demographic and industry breakdowns are available free and instantly for the Riverside area, along with a database of available properties with images.

Over 97% of initial site selection screening is done on-line now, and the new website provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers need to make an investment decision. The site reduces research time from weeks to minutes.

According to City Manager Scott Barber, “this is a powerful tool in our economic development toolkit as it provides companies with the ability to gather economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic and demographic information in a ‘one-stop-shop’ business portal on the Web. It allows users to view, create, and print maps; find available commercial or business property; and develop custom demographic radius reports.”

RiversideProspector has the ability to generate customized, up-to-date Community Profiles

The GIS-powered website is built upon Google Maps technology, and offers state-of-the-art site selection mapping capabilities.  Website visitors can view available properties, along with size, use, cost and development incentives. Corresponding demographic reports such as labor force, education levels, consumer spending, and age can be created. In addition, businesses are mapped by industry showing their distribution and concentrations throughout the area.

Powerful mapping capabilities include overlays of important site-selection data such as railroads and airports goes far beyond a simple database of available sites and buildings. The website also provides dynamic mapping capabilities including the ability view geographic “layers” of information such as airports, hospitals, railroads, and colleges” said Larry Vaupel, economic development manager for the City of Riverside.

Business owners and commercial real estate professionals no longer have to pay thousands of dollars for demographic and market information.  In addition, new businesses will benefit greatly as this tool can greatly reduce start-up costs.  “Our goal is to provide the market and demographic data resources that businesses need so they can focus on what they do best.  This is just another way we are ‘helping businesses create jobs for our community.’”

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