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State of Maine Launches Robust Location Analysis GIS Data Tool

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has selected GIS Planning software to attract investment & power business analysis in the state

Alissa Sklar
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on March 01, 2022
Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has launched a new site selection search tool that offers complex data layers in association with available sites and properties to spur business growth and attract investment.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has launched a brand new, online site selection tool to promote the state for business relocation and expansion. The easy-to-use tool makes property listings and workforce data instantly accessible in a clear, relatable format to community leaders, site selectors, realtors, and businesses making location decisions. The tool is free to use and requires no additional account to access information.

SelectMaineSites.com provides data including, but not limited to, available labor pool, economic indicators, business resources, commercial site availability, key infrastructure, demographics, and targeted industries. Links to local resources, economic development organizations, and state-managed information are also available on the site.

A user-friendly, interactive data tool powered by GIS Planning's industry-leading ZoomProspector software ensures that businesses making location decisions can view available commercial sites and buildings and research critical demographic, workforce, consumer spending, talent, and business data.

“This tool is critical to sharing Maine’s incredible assets with businesses both in the state and those considering relocation or expansion,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

“There are countless reasons why Maine is a great place to live and do business, including our world-class industrial assets. This tool will help us compete on the regional, national, and international level.”

The interactive tool is so much more than a searchable properties database - it's also an intuitive, robust location analysis tool. The Maine DECD, along with individual counties, cities, property owners, developers and listing agents can also take full advantage of the user-friendly building and sites database to promote available properties in the region while also featuring unique assets, from seafood and tourism to hubs of excellence and innovation.

The Maine DECD's new web tool couples these listings and layers with additional proprietary data sources like Applied Geographic Solutions, National Center for Educational Statistics, Emsi, and DataAxle (formerly InfoGroup USA). Some key unique features include:

  • DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS: Visitors can research population, education attainment, household information, and even employee types by distance or radius from a selected property, or even a pin on the map and export the information in ready-to-go reports.
  • BUSINESS REPORTS: The business database can help identify industry clusters and potential customers, competitors and suppliers. Use heat maps to visualize consumer spending across the region. An excellent resource as well for retail site locations!
  • WORKFORCE DATA: Powerful occupation, labor force, wage and talent data can help existing businesses and prospective investors make informed decisions to grow the regional economy. 

“SelectMaineSites.com easily highlights FirstPark, one of Maine’s premier business parks. It increases our visibility with potential clients and enables enhanced online site evaluation with the availability of industry and workforce data,” explains Jim Dinkle, Executive Director, FirstPark.

"We are excited to continue expanding our presence on the site and look forward to engaging with prospective tenants."

All publicly listed commercial properties will be listed and updated on the site. Additionally, the department plans to work with the state’s economic development districts to help list and manage select commercial and industrial properties that are not publicly listed. Click here to visit SelectMaineSites.com.

To learn more about business expansion or relocation opportunities in the State of Maine, please contact:

Jonathan Poole
Large Business Development Manager
Office of Business Development
Maine Department of Economic & Community Development
Office: (207)624-9869
Mobile: (207)215-6648


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