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York County Economic Development’s Recruit Platform Brings Unprecedented Power to the Search for Knowledge

Knowledge is power, and in the realm of economic development and industrial recruitment, the more detailed and targeted that knowledge, the more powerful it is.

Recently, the South Carolina I-77 Alliance rolled out a new tool for each of its counties with the ability to analyze workforce, demographic, and socio-economic data in unprecedented detail directly through our county website.

This free online resource, Recruit v4.5 from GIS WebTech, provides this data, coupled with available property listings, built on a platform powered by the latest advancements in online mapping technology. Recruit v4.5 instantly positions our office with the most technologically advanced repository of local economic data for the community.

 In other words, no more settling for approximations.

This all-new level of knowledge management fundamentally improves our county’s efficiency in attracting new industrial and corporate facilities. The platform highlights data and assets both inside and outside the respective community, while a common interface, shared technology, and data fidelity ensures a seamless user experience. In fact, this technology is the industry standard used by professionals in the practices of site selection and corporate real estate.

Local data has always been available; the challenge has been how to access it, customize it, and update it. Recruit v4.5 disrupts this status quo, empowering the region’s stakeholders to develop innovative data applications across fields such as: the start-up entrepreneurial eco-system, transportation and land-use planning, workforce development, higher education, and real estate developers.

Collaboration is the foundation of this initiative. Real estate listings feed into our system by LocateSC in partnership with South Carolina’s Department of Commerce. Workforce and wage data is sourced from the Alliance’s economic-data vendor, Chmura Economics, with these deployments representing the first public-facing integration of their data, enhanced with Recruit’s functionality. And the collaboration between GIS WebTech and Esri is why all users of Recruit v4.5 get free access to reports and tools that cost thousands of dollars a year to generate and maintain. 

Go ahead, explore the platform and data and share this new resource with your colleagues and peers. 

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