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isitor FAQ
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STI-Notes

DEFINITIONS

 

 

  1. Demographic Layers – located on the Map Search page are a visual representation of demographics provided by Synergos Technologies.  The two datasets that are represented are Popstats and Workplace.
  2. State, Community and County Profiles - up-to-date demographic information and a user interface for entry of local information
  3. Certified Sites – A certified site is a greenfield site that has completed an extensive review process based on a comprehensive and pre-determined set of criteria (i.e. phase one environmental analysis, geotechnical report, various clearances from regulatory bodies, Geographical Informational system (GIS) mapping, etc.). All certified sites are identified by a special notation and logo.
  4. Bing Base Map - http://www.bing.com/maps
  5. Geospatial Data Portal – Centralized, efficient delivery of GIS-ready data specifically geared toward the needs of economic developers and site selection consultants which makes it easy for site selectors to download Economic Development Spatial Data for the whole state.
  6. Suitability Analysis - GIS-based business and industry suitability analysis data to geographically display optimal locations for siting based on satisfaction of proximity to infrastructure, labor, ground elevation, etc. with minimal impact to sensitive environmental and community areas.
  7. Reports -
    1. Population Details - http://www.synergos-tech.com/ps_intro.htm                                             i.      Source of demographic data: Synergos Technologies, Inc. (STI) 

                   b.   Workplace - http://www.synergos-tech.com/wp_intro.htm                                                              
i.     
Source of demographic data: Synergos Technologies, Inc. (STI)

                   
c.    Spending Patterns – http://www.synergos-tech.com/sp_intro.htm                                                
i.   Source of demographic data: Synergos Technologies, Inc. (STI)

                    d.  Local Data (profiles only) – Data and information such as Market Access, Education, 
Incentives, Taxes, Government, Utilities and Services, Quality of Life, Major Employers, 
Contacts etc. provided by various local contacts around the state.

 

                   e.  Custom Reports – Allows user to run specified demographic reports for only the variables  
he/she selects.  The user has the ability to display information on graphs and charts as well. 

  1. Property Manager – One that has registered on the site and added a property.  This person is charged with adding, maintaining, and editing properties for a specified area. 
  2. Community Profile Editor – One that has registered on the site and has been designated to add and maintain up-to-date local community data and information on the site. 

VISITOR FAQ

Search Tools

  1. How many ways are there to search for a property?

There are 4 different ways to search for a property: By Area (County, Region); Sorted Lists (Name, Address); Custom Search (searchable fields); Map Search (search visually on the map).

 

To search By Area: Go to the ‘Buildings and Sites’ tab, select ‘search buildings’ or ‘search sites’, then click on one of the buttons in the By Area section.

To search by Sorted Lists: Go to the ‘Buildings and Sites’ tab, select ‘search buildings’ or ‘search sites’, then pick from the Sorted Lists or type in a Name or Address.

Custom Search: Go to the ‘Buildings and Sites’ tab, select ‘search buildings’ or ‘search sites’, then enter criteria in any of the fields, and click on ‘search buildings’ or ‘search sites’.

Map Search: Go to the ‘Map Search’ tab, and use the bing map tools or the roller ball on your mouse to zoom into the area you are interested in. 

 

  1. I only want to see properties in particular counties, can I do that?

 

Yes, click on the Buildings and Sites tab, then select ‘Search Buildings’ or ‘Search Sites’, and then click the ‘By County’ button.  You may select just one county or multiple counties.

 

  1. Can I compare properties?

You may compare up to 3 properties.  On the Search Results page put a check in the compare box of up to 3 properties, then click on ‘Custom Comparison’, select the attributes that you wish to compare, and click on ‘Custom Comparison’

 

  1. I ran a search but didn’t find what I was looking for; can I be notified if a property that meets my requirements is entered?

Yes, you will need to run a Custom Search, then on the top of the search results page, type in a ‘Search Name’ and email, then click on ‘Notify me of Changes’.  You will receive an email when a property is entered that meets your requirements.

Demographic and Workforce Reports

 

  1. What locations can I run a demographic report on?

You can run the following demographic reports: 1Statewide, 1Multi- County, Single County, Communities, and Properties.  (1not available on county/local specific websites)

  1. Do you have a standard report I can run?

We have 4 predefined reports: Population Details, Workplace, Spending Patterns, and Local Data.  Please see #4 for instructions on running reports.

 

  1. What is the Custom Report?

The Custom Report gives you access to 3 large data sets, Popstats, Workplace, and Spending Patterns.  It allows you to drill down to the exact data you are looking for.  Please see #4 for instructions on running reports.

 

  1. I need to run a report, but I’m not sure what I need to do.

Find the report you would like to run below.

Statewide-Predefined Report:  Click on the Profiles tab, select the ‘Entire State’ button, choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’.  

Statewide-Custom Report:  Click on the Profiles tab, select the ‘Entire State’ button, choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’. 

Multi-County-Predefined Report:  Click on the Profiles tab, on the map click on the counties you wan;, as you select them you will see them appear under ‘Selected Parishes’ on the right hand side of the screen (to unselect them click on the red ‘x’), select ‘View Profile’, then choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’ or ‘local data. 

Multi-County-Custom Report:  Click on the Profiles tab, on the map click on the counties you want, as you select them you will see them appear under ‘Selected Counties’ on the right hand side of the screen (to unselect them click on the red ‘x’), select ‘View Profile’, choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’. 

 


***Use INSTRUCTIONS A if you are on a statewide website, INSTRUCTIONS B if you are on Regional website, and use INSTRUCTIONS C if you are on a community website.***


Single
County or Community-Predefined Report:

INSTRUCTIONS A (Statewide website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, make sure the ‘County’ bubble is selected, on the map click on the county you want, select ‘View Profile’, select the community you want or leave the county selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a mileage in the box), then choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’ or ‘local data. (local data is not available for ‘By Radius’ reports)

INSTRUCTIONS B (Regional website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, on the map click on the county you want, select ‘View Profile’, select the community you want or leave the county selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a mileage in the box), then choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’ or ‘local data. (local data is not available for ‘By Radius’ reports)

INSTRUCTIONS C (County/Local website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, select the community you want or leave the county selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a mileage in the box), then choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’ or ‘local data. (local data is not available for ‘By Radius’ reports)

Single County-Custom Report: 

INSTRUCTIONS A (Statewide website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, make sure the ‘County’ bubble is selected, on the map click on the county you want, select ‘View Profile’, select the community you want or leave the county selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a number in the box), choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’.

INSTRUCTIONS B (Regional website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, on the map click on the county you want, select ‘View Profile’, select the community you want or leave the county selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a number in the box), choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’.

INSTRUCTIONS C (County/Local website only)

Click on the Profiles tab, select the community you want or leave the community selected, click either the ‘By Boundary’ bubble or the ‘By Radius’ bubble (if you select ‘by radius’ enter a number in the box), choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’.

Property-Predefined Report:

Search for a property using one of the methods listed in #1 under Searching, click on the ‘demographic reports’ tab located at the top of the Property Flyer, enter three (3) different radii mileages, then choose ‘Population Detail’ or, ‘Workplace’ or, ‘Spending Patterns’

Property-Custom Report:

Search for a property using one of the methods listed in #1 under Searching, click on the ‘demographic reports’ tab located at the top of the Property Flyer, enter the 3 radii, choose ‘Custom Report’, select the report you would like to run from the ‘choose a category’ drop down box, expand and collapse the tree to find the data you are looking for and put a check in the box next to the data, then click on ‘View Selected Report’, you may then select ‘generate report as PDF’ or ‘generate report as XLS’.

 
STI-Notes

POPSTATS

This release contains the transition from the 2010 ACS to the 2011 ACS. Although this transition did NOT add any new variables, it can highly impact the values/estimates of existing data variables. Caution should be used in attempting to compare this release to previous releases. 

Additions/Changes from Previous Releases

October 2012. This release brings a total of 22 new variables to PopStats, along with an important change in methodology to an existing variable. The following describes those variables.

Economic Viability measures the industry that a worker is associated with and our own proprietary stock market indices at a local and national level. The notion is that those people associate with industries that are doing well nationally are more likely to have a positive attitude towards local area consumption. The viability score is shown as two sets of values: local and national.

Occupational Salaries represents 3 variables that measure the strength of a worker's salary relative to national norms.

Occupational Demand measures the demand for an occupation in a local area by comparing the norms for that occupation type to national norms.

Housing Values important change. With this release a modification was made to the housing value methodology. In short more weight is now being given to the data brought in by the American Community Survey.

January 2012.

All data fields in PopStats are now based on either the 2010 Census or the 2010 ACS. The ACS is not as comprehensive as prior decenial census releases and therefore many data elements that we have become accustomed to having are either no longer available or the granularity of data (level of geography) is at a more summary level. Furthermore, since the 2000 Census new privacy laws have been implemented that have caused the Census Bureau to mask certain data from being used. The results of these changes are most noticeable with the Income by Age class of variables. Three age classes were removed by the Bureau. The ACS data set is based on a rotating 5 year data collection schema. The net effect of this is that all released ACS data is essentially representative of a five year moving average. STI uses other data sets to limit this effect, but it cannot be eliminated completely. Income, housing values, and unemployment are the most impacted by this situation. Therefore caution should be used in drawing any inferences when comparing this data with historical values.

October 2011.

The new estimate is based on the 2010 block group geographies. If you attempt to use this data with 2000 geographies, you will not be able to link the data correctly. You must contact your GIS provider and obtain the 2010 block group boundaries. Three new variables were added with this release: population, households, and group quarters variables from the finalized census.

July 2011. The population count from the April 2010 census has been added to this release. The population figure is based on geographic boundaries created for the 2010 Census. These boundaries differ significantly from the 2000 boundaries. Therefore to make the data usable, we have retrofitted the data to the 2000 boundaries.

Important, thus far, only population counts have been released by the Census Bureau. Household and group quarter data has not been released as of yet. Therefore, due to the reliance on these two variables, the PopStats estimate does not reflect the 2010 Census and will not until the October 2011 release when the previously mentioned data will be made available.

January 2011. The American Community Survey, also known as the ACS, is an annual survey performed by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey replaces the demographics once provided from the decennial

census. This release of the ACS marks the first time that the data is available at the Block Group level. Provided with your PopStats release are 2 fields from that survey:  population and household estimates.

The user should be cautioned that the estimates are not considered official estimates from the Census Bureau, but rather are given as a ‘frame-of-reference’ for the user of the data. Also, there are approximately 340 block groups that the bureau failed to provide data values for 2000 census geographies. Those block groups were set to zero.

New with This Release

This release reflects use of the 2011 American Community Survey dataset where appropriate. 

Additions/Changes from Previous Releases

January 2012. This release reflects use of the 2010 American Community Survey dataset where appropriate.

October 2011. This release reflects the conversion to the 2010 Census boundaries.

For more information on the STI data, methodology and deliverables, go directly to:

Population (PopStats™) - http://www.synergos-tech.com/ps_intro.htm

Workplace (WorkPlace™) - http://www.synergos-tech.com/wp_intro.htm

Spending Patterns - http://www.synergos-tech.com/sp_intro.htm

 

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