With the launch of ABQSites.com, Albuquerque Economic Development is hoping business owners looking to relocate or expand have all the right information at their fingertips.
Albuquerque Economic Development (AED) launched the site earlier this week and had 81 properties available to browse as of Thursday afternoon.
Information on the site includes:
- Amount of available space at a listed property
- Local labor force metrics
- Populations trends
- Virtual property tours
- Contact info for landlord representatives
“It’s helping to see our accuracy and response time for our clients,” Danielle Casey, AED president, said. “Anything that speeds up that time allows us to spend more time on the value proposition of the community.”
Casey said, previously, a lot of time was spent putting together and emailing lengthy comprehensive PDFs to its prospects, which can quickly become obsolete. While the current priority is getting as much good data on the site in real-time, eventually, Casey said, AED could explore featuring different properties — or use it to provide updates on how Albuquerque compares to its competitor cities.
In 2019, a national site selector found San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; and Tucson, Arizona, to be a few of the Duke City’s competitors for company expansions and relocations, Business First reported.
“Being able to offer entrepreneurs and established business owners crucial information regarding available properties in ABQ is critical for the economic growth of our city,” Clayton King, principal of King Capital Commercial Real Estate, said in a statement. “This resource allows both existing and new-to-market concepts to make educated decisions in an expedited way. This tool is intuitive and comprehensive when it comes to site selection.”
Business First previously reported on Casey being named AED’s new president last September, succeeding Gary Tonjes, who retired in July of 2020. Casey came to AED from the Greater Sacramento Economic Council. She has also held economic development leadership roles with the cities of Scottsdale and Maricopa, Arizona.
Over the years, AED helped recruit companies such as Facebook, Fidelity Investments, HP, Netflix, NBCUniversal and TempurPedic to the area, bringing thousands of jobs.
AED is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit business and industry, help local companies grow and generate quality job opportunities throughout the Albuquerque metro area. It had a $1.75 million budget for 2020, making it the fifth-largest economic development organization in the region, according to Business First’s List of New Mexico Economic Development Agencies.