Using Data to Make Good Decisions

Do you wish you could better use your district’s data to make informed decisions about investments, initiatives and priorities?  

Every business district has data available ranging from large chunks of information to smaller bits and pieces. A significant challenge for many districts is pulling together these multiple data points into a single, easy-to-understand and visually-compelling document.  

Announced in June of this year, PLACE Consulting's new GIS visual mapping tool is providing a simple solution to this long-standing problem.

Highly customizable to meet the specific needs of a district, the new mapping tool is already proving to be a valuable resource for organizations like the Andersonville Chamber of CommerceLincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of CommerceWest Loop Community Organization and Old Town Merchants & Residents Association. We are also using the mapping software as a project management tool tracking façade rebate applications and completed projects with the West Ridge SSA.

The map featured below illustrates at-a-glance the West Ridge SSA’s facade rebate program applications that are active, pending and complete. This information can be layered with additional customization to create a broader snapshot of district activity. Other data layers could include:  

  • building condition status
  • building vacancies
  • recent building permits
  • sidewalk cafe permits
  • development projects, proposals and opportunities
  • active business licenses
  • foreclosures
  • crime (points and heat map)
  • TIF district boundaries
  • ward boundaries
  • zoning
  • school attendance boundaries


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Having current district data in a single easy-to-see document enables leaders like you to more easily identify trends, take advantage of new opportunities and develop impactful and innovative programming. The tool can be updated quickly and its user-friendly interface allows you to isolate specific data points, query and download reports as well as generate presentation-ready prints. 

The response to GIS mapping is exciting and has prompted PLACE Consulting to add a new team member, Tony Pelikan, to ensure that each of our clients has the opportunity to leverage this dynamic tool. To discuss how GIS mapping can support your decision-making, contact Jeremy Barndt at PLACE Consulting -