The Cabinet for Economic Development is significantly strengthening Kentucky’s sites and buildings selection platform through the relaunch of SelectKentucky.com, a revamped, enhanced selection tool that helps companies find the perfect Kentucky community for a new location or expansion.
The new and improved website offers site selectors a more robust, data-driven tool for finding sites that meet companies’ specific needs. Over 97 percent of site selection screening takes place online, making this launch an imperative step forward in attracting more industry to Kentucky and arming decision-makers with information to make educated business decisions.
Providing immediate access to in-depth, reliable data, the new site embodies Kentucky’s mission of making site selection a seamless experience for businesses. The site is powered by information systems company GIS Planning and ZoomProspector.com, the free national site selection website that allows businesses to conduct searches of U.S. communities and commercial properties through geographic information systems (GIS) mapping technology.
Through SelectKentucky.com, site selectors can quickly and seamlessly pull information on the 300-plus available properties throughout the state, as well as demographics that drill deep down within all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Additionally, the overhaul includes new features and capabilities to help economic development professionals better catalogue, market and provide data on sites and buildings in their respective regions throughout the state. The new data tool offers fantastic market intelligence to nurture existing small and medium-sized businesses across the state. These features include:
The new SelectKentucky portal complements an overarching initiative to improve the availability and quality of the state’s sites and buildings. The cabinet partnered with the Kentucky Association for Economic Development to launch the Product Development Initiative (PDI), an investment program to support site and building improvement projects throughout the commonwealth. In November, nine communities received recommendations from a third party selection firm for a combined $2.95 million in state grants. The communities, selected by Dallas-based Site Selection Group, must provide dollar-for-dollar matches, allowing PDI to leverage nearly $6 million to improve the state’s sites and buildings, while those not chosen will receive detailed feedback to increase the likelihood of a successful submission in the future.