Ranked Top Three Nationally in Several Categories
Harrisburg - The Corbett administration recently
announced that PASiteSearch.com, the commonwealth’s web-based business location
search tool, was recognized as one of the top 10 websites in the State Rankings
of Best Economic Development Site Selection Website Services for its ability to
help businesses start up, expand or relocate in Pennsylvania.
“Governor Corbett is building a
stronger Pennsylvania where companies are growing and out-of-state businesses
are looking to locate,” Department of Community and Economic Development
Secretary C. Alan Walker said. “Speed and ease for businesses to access a
wealth of information when determining an ideal location is an important factor
in today’s fast-paced business world.”
“This recognition confirms that
Pennsylvania is leading the way and providing businesses an entry point to see
why Pennsylvania is built to advance.”
The analysis, compiled by urban and
regional planning consulting firm Sigala Inc., compared and ranked the online
site selection assistance websites of all 50 states, based on how well each
state performed in four categories: lead generation, community search, property
search and location analysis.
Sigala Inc. ranked PASiteSearch.com
seventh in overall excellence across the nation – ranking second among large
states by population and third among other northeastern states. The search site
received the top ranking for its community search function, tying with nine
other states, which allows companies to effectively select the correct
community to meet its business needs. The state’s location search tool ranked
fifth for its website’s property search functionality, which enables companies
to find a specific location for its business.
The Department of Community and
Economic Development (DCED) and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA)
launched PASiteSearch.com in 2010 to position the state with a competitive
advantage in the corporate site selection process. Built by GIS Planning Inc.,
the website was the first in the nation to directly integrate critical portions
of site selection information through the state’s website in the form of
In 2014, the Corbett administration
updated the search tools, enhancing the functionality to include business data
and heat maps. Businesses looking to expand, relocate or put roots in
Pennsylvania can search thousands of shovel-ready sites by demographics,
location and assets. The state-of-the-art tool uses a Google Maps interface and
provides valuable information on labor force, consumer spending and
transportation. Today, the project is managed by DCED, in partnerships with
Team PA, PPL Corporation and PECO.
Sigala Inc. performed a quantitative
analysis of every state’s site selection website service from September 2013 to
January 2014. States were ranked across the four main categories and by 300
individual measurement variables within each category.
For more information, visit www.newpa.com/business/pasitesearch.
Media Contact: Steve Kratz, DCED, 717-783-1132
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