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A new tool for expanding businesses: SiteOne to bring information from multiple sources into one searchable database (access required)

By Caitlin Coakley Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce are partnering to develop a new Geographic Information System tool for businesses to use when considering moving or expanding. “It’s part of our strategy for promoting business development and growth,” said Tony Crumbley, Vice President of Research for the Charlotte Chamber’s Economic Development department. The site, called SiteOne, brings data from the Census and Carolinas Real Data to one searchable site that will be accessible via the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s website and the county’s GIS website, emaps.charmeck.org. By using in-house labor and open source technology, Mecklenburg County’s Geospacial Information Services Technology Solutions Division offered to design the site at no cost for the city or the taxpayers, according to county employees involved with the launch.

2 comments

  1. Kurt Olmsted, GIS director for Mecklenburg County, is either ignorant of how government works or how citizens pay taxes. Either way, his viewpoint is misleading and disingenuous.

    In multiple places in the article it repeats that the site was built for FREE, including a quote from Olmsted. For example, “the GIS department developed the site for free”, ” ‘The reason we did it at no cost is because part of the county’s scorecard is economic development,’ Olmsted said.” and “Mecklenburg County’s Geospacial Information Services Technology Solutions Division offered to design the site at no cost for the city or the taxpayers, according to county employees involved with the launch.”

    If it was built for free then there must be no cost to the taxpayers at all and Olmsted and his staff work for free. If they do, then let’s thank them for working for free. But if they don’t, then he is lying and the website was not built for free. It cost the taxpayers money to build it to pay for their salaries and the costs associated with building the website.

    It’s people like Olmsted that think taxpayers’ money is free that make the government environment wasteful and haphazard.

  2. This Mecklenburg County gis website is wasteful and is an example of our taxes being used to reinvent the wheel. Our government should provide new or better services, not services that are already provided more effectively.

    Charlotte already has a better website than the County’s website. Just go to http://www.charlotteusa.com. Click on the sites and buildings button.

    I’m disappointed that our county employees are happily promoting that they are duplicating efforts when they should be working on new programs that are really needed. Government resources are scarce so it should focus on the needs which aren’t being met.

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