Orange County Economic Development launched its redesigned website—www.growinorangenc.com—offering a glimpse into the county’s renewed focus on economic development. The website is part of a strategic effort by the department to increase awareness of Orange County as a business location and provide the key types of information needed by businesses and site selection firms looking to expand or locate a business.
The website provides up-to-date information on the county’s three economic development districts targeted for commercial and industrial growth. The redesign also provides tools to allow users to search for available buildings and sites as well as current demographic data including labor force, wages, training availability and information on Orange County’s quality of place. With workforce skills and location being prime factors in the business site search process, the website showcases Orange County’s position along major transportation corridors and its proximity to several renowned research universities. Prospective investors can identify Orange County’s core positioning within the Research Triangle Region and the Research Triangle Park.
While www.growinorangenc.com officially launched the week of Jan. 30, the site will continue to grow and evolve. Future developments will include an interactive property search feature, videos showcasing local businesses and highlighting those economic development activities that will be funded by the quarter-cent sales tax recently approved by voters.
“Today’s business site selection process is more competitive than ever,” Steve Brantley, county economic development director, said. “The search increasingly begins on the Internet and includes much more than just looking at available properties; those involved in today’s business site searches are looking for a glimpse into the community—from demographics and work force availability to educational and cultural opportunities in the area. This website was developed to showcase the assets Orange County can offer as a prime business location.”