The Economic Gateway is a system for creating best-in-class custom-designed economic development websites. It was designed to bring local and regional organizations together with all of the tools needed to best present communities to site selectors, business owners, and stakeholders. Each website includes our entire suite of economic development modules. We have removed unnecessary functionality and streamlined the admin functions for ease of use by the client without programming experience.
Golden Shovel Agency hosts and maintains our clients' websites. Our Economic Gateway includes ongoing updates and expansions as the team develops them, at no additional cost. The platform and all of our websites are hosted with Rackspace, a leading provider of high-quality hosting. The website information is permanently backed up to prevent any loss of data.
Search Engine Optimization ensures that your website is prominent in the keyword searches executed by your target audience. In order to be noticed, your SEO approach must be effective. Our team conducts an advanced, exhaustive analysis of your website on an ongoing basis to ensure that it conforms to the metrics of the various search engines on the internet. Quarterly reports keep you apprised of your penetration.
A showcase piece on your homepage captures your audience’s attention and drives more website traffic. Use this module to add emphasis to your region’s unique selling points, location and link to key features of your site.
The News module is a key communication tool for keeping visitors apprised of the latest events, press releases, relevant news and other important happenings. Headlines and short descriptions from your latest posts will mirror on the homepage and keep your website content looking fresh and current.
Announce and organize the events your organization is involved with and supports. The calendar makes your organization a resource for keeping businesses engaged with the community. Create awareness of the conferences and events your organization attends.
Easily search and find properties on this Google Map-based site selection tool. With a public submission tool and approval queue, commercial realtors can submit their properties to the database. The Economic Gateway can also integrate most GIS-based site selection tools developed by third party organizations including ZoomProspector and LOIS.
Drawing quality workforce to a community is essential for economic growth. Demonstrating the housing options available to those considering relocation is key to convincing such candidates that your community is where they want to be. The Residential Real Estate module organizes available properties – both sale and lease – into a visually appealing tool with appealing visual presentation and valuable search tools to refine results.
This module organizes important businesses and organizations into an online resource that is readily accessible to your audience. Users will continue to return to your website to quickly find business and organization information.
This module is flexible in design to serve a variety of purposes. For example, promote your organization’s accomplishments by highlighting the successful economic development projects. Present success stories located across a map to give your audience a visual representation of your organization’s regional impact. We can help position this powerful tool to best address your goals.
The community profiles will provide quick access to important information for site selectors, businesses and community stakeholders. Demographic and workforce data is provided and kept current. Profiles can easily be organized and printed for reports.
Business attraction and retention is competitive. Providing the right incentive package is the critical to your area’s economic growth. And, most communities don’t promote the available incentives—Golden Shovel’s Incentives Directory contains information on economic development incentives and programs available to businesses who are considering or are based in your region. Don’t be overlooked by a motivated business again!
How much time do you and your board members spend trying to find documents? Never again. The resources library gives your organization a powerful repository for all of your documentation. Your board members will never send you a request for documents again!
Economic development is a people and relationship business. Businesses leaders, elected officials and entrepreneurs want to connect with you and your staff. Our staff directory highlights the greatest asset of your organization: You and Your Team! So stop turning away prospective businesses.
You are defined by the people and organizations you associate with daily. Using the Golden Shovel member directory you can promote your partnerships and demonstrate the depth of your network. Help your users find the resources and skillsets they need to do business.
Your audience expects that your site will be current and that your content will be dynamic. Using the Golden Shovel fast facts module your information can keep pace with your user’s need for fresh content so they keep coming back to stay informed.
Help your local companies find the labor force they need by promoting jobs postings and opportunities on the Golden Shovel jobs directory. This Google Maps-based searchable directory allows your organization to become the “go to” jobs resource.
In addition to the selection of modules listed above, Economic Gateway websites come with a variety of additional tools and features, including secured pages, public submission forms, integrated Google tools, and much more.