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   NEWS RELEASE

                               Public Information Division

                               Department of Customer Services

                               City & County of Honolulu

                               523-4385 (www.co.honolulu.hi.us/newsroom)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2002

VALUABLE DATA FOR BUSINESS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

 

Conducting essential business research in Honolulu now only requires a mouse-click. No more leafing through reams of Census Bureau reports for demographic information or contacting multiple city departments for basic data and documentation.

 

Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today the City and County of Honolulu Department of Information Technology, along with key partners, has developed an internet application that provides immediate access to critical business and development information. The free application, is now available to the public on-line in the city's Economic Development Property Locator section of its web site, at http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/ecodev/index.htm

 

This was created to attract new businesses to Honolulu and to respond to existing businesses' needs. Harris said, "The application gathers economic, planning, utility, geographic, and demographic information often sought by site selectors into a 'one-stop-shop' business portal on the Web. Accessible via any web browser, the application allows viewers to view, create, and print maps; perform site-selection searches; develop custom demographic radius reports; and find available commercial or business property."

 

At the heart of the application is cutting-edge GIS (Geographic Information System) http://64.75.216.251/website/ecodev/ed.asp technology developed by GIS Planning, Inc. that makes this new Internet service much more powerful than typical websites. GIS allows visitors to rapidly tailor maps and reports to suit their needs and get data that would normally take weeks to collate and thousands of dollars to obtain from specialty data researchers.

 

For example, opportunity sites for development can be viewed in the application's map interface, along with square-footage information, rental rates or sale prices, development incentives, and the broker or responsible agency. Corresponding demographic information such as consumer spending, average age, and household income can also be pulled up, along with other specialized reports.

 

This latest addition to the city web site is a continuation of the Mayor's initiative to make government services available to the public via the Internet.

 

The City and County of Honolulu's Department of Information Technology, in partnership with the City's Office of Economic Development, Department of Planning and Permitting, Honolulu Board of Realtors and Enterprise Honolulu have joined forces to improve customer service and receptivity toward the business community.

 

Honolulu sends a clear message to potential business locators: We are open and ready for business, on-line.

 

For more information, contact Courtney Harrington, CIO, City and County of Honolulu, at (808) 523-4500.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

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