BANGOR, Maine — The city of Bangor has a new tool to promote economic development.
It’s a Web-based inventory listing of available commercial properties within Bangor that is continually updated. The listing is designed to assist business owners looking for specific locations in Bangor and for potential expansion sites.
“It does a couple things both for us and our business clients,” said Tanya Pereira, the database’s creator and Bangor’s business and economic development specialist. “For clients looking for a site, it allows them to do some homework and research at their leisure and check into potential options they may have in Bangor. It also allows them to fine-tune or customize their search before they even come to us.”
The website location — www.bangormaine.gov/property — features an inventory of hundreds of retail, industrial and office spaces along with land available for sale or lease. The database can be custom-searched by size, location and certain features, and it can be mapped as well.
“It’s something I started when I came on board here about a year ago,” said Pereira. “This is the type of tool a lot of municipalities and regional groups would like to have, but a lot of them don’t have the staff or resources to implement something of this magnitude.”
The system streamlines and customizes the entire search process, making it more efficient for clients and city staff members alike.
“Time is money,” said Pereira, who also credited Meghan Collins, Bangor’s government website and information services coordinator, for helping to install the database. “She’s been the connector between E-Gov, which supplies the widget that utilizes the raw data we collect from the commercial real estate community, and our website.”
The city website also features a tool for local commercial real estate brokers or property owners, who can now input information about properties they have as they become available.