How it's done
Utilities (water, sewer, electricity, gas and broadband) are the foundation and driving force behind new development, business growth and economic expansion. The transportation of energy, data, water and waste all depend to a substantial degree on the quality of local and regional utilities. The purpose of this page is to help you answer the following questions.
- WHY does infrastructure matter?
- WHERE is local infrastructure?
- HOW do I use this information?
Why does infrastructure matter?
Good infrastructure can help businesses create efficient logistic processes, and supply chains, which in turn lowers transportation costs. Infrastructure improvements that increase the capacity of various transportation systems helps to reduce overall congestion and can also help reduce fleet, warehousing and inventory costs.
In some locations, existing infrastructure may lack the capacity that will be required to accommodate the demand generated by new industries and development. In this case, infrastructure capacity may need to be upgraded, which can have cost implications for government, developers and businesses.
Proximity to infrastructure like public transit can also help businesses to attract employees and customers.
Where is local infrastructure?
The map below shows a range of infrastructure in the municipality. Select the type of infrastructure you are interested in and zoom in to get more detail as to where it applies.
How do I use this information?
For your business to be competitive you should seek a strategic location that affords cost-effective access to the infrastructure you require. To help you with this we’ve provided a simple 3 step process:
- Step 1 – Assess your infrastructure needs: The first step is to identify your immediate and future infrastructure needs. What types of infrastructure will you need access to (road, rail, port, airport, public transit, gas, power, water, sewer, internet, phone, etc.)? In addition, what level of service or capacity does the infrastructure need to have both now and in future?
- Step 2 – Analyze infrastructure availability: Next up, you should look at the availability of existing infrastructure and its capacity. What infrastructure is currently available in the location? What is its capacity? What are the current costs associated with using the infrastructure? Are there planned improvements? When are they likely to occur? Would your business have to contribute toward the costs of these improvements? What benefits and cost savings are these improvements likely to generate for my business?
- Step 3 – Gap analysis: The final step is to summarize the gaps between the infrastructure you need, and the available infrastructure, to determine the viability and future financial requirements of any business venture.