Wednesday, January 17, 2001

N.Ky. agency's new Web site to attract employers

It supplies one-stop shopping place

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Northern Kentucky's job recruitment agency has a new Web site to help draw employers to the region.

    The new Internet site launched by the Tri-County Economic Development Corp., or Tri-ED,is Among its offerings are indexes detailing the region's:
   • Regional tax structure.
   • Quality of life.
   • Economic incentives for businesses.
   • Available buildings and properties.
        “The new Web site (is) a one-stop shopping option for companies considering Northern Kentucky,” said Tri-ED President Danny Fore. “It directly links visitors to key information such as listings and locations of available commercial real estate sites in the area, state incentive programs and local educational institutions.”

        The site is also using Site Selection Data recently adopted by the American Economic Development Council and the Industrial Development Research Council. The data allows the site's user to compare Northern Kentucky to other communities around the country, Mr. Fore said.

        “By being among the first to adopt the new Site Selection Data Standards, the new Web site presents much of the information a corporate real estate executive or site location consultant needs to make an informed decision while online about Northern Kentucky as a place to do business,” he said.

        Tri-ED is promoting the new site through advertising in industry publications. The updated site is part of Tri-ED's strategy to make data about the region electronically available “whenever possible,” Mr. Fore said.

        That will help the region attract more jobs, business and development, he said.

        “In many instances today a community won't even make the first cut if its Web site does not provide the necessary information in an effective and easily downloadable format,” Mr. Fore said.

        Founded in 1987, Tri-ED has been involved in 310 companies' decisions to locate or expand in Northern Kentucky, resulting in 30,901 jobs and an investment of $2.94 billion. Tri-ED is funded through tax dollars and corporate contributions and often uses a combination of state and local tax breaks and other financial incentives to attract jobs and investment.

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