VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development has launched a new app to showcase the city and its assets to business owners and clients anywhere in the world.

The Yes Virginia Beach app provides a virtual tour of Virginia Beach and is a one-of-a-kind tool for businesses and site selectors looking to locate in or expand to the city.

'The site selection business has changed remarkably in the last few years,' said Lindsey Myers, senior consultant with McCallum Sweeney Consulting. 'Most companies are identifying their top choices for relocation virtually. Innovations such as the Yes Virginia Beach app push crucial information to our fingertips. This helps us more easily determine a community's available properties, business costs, tax structures, quality of the workforce and other identifiers that are crucial for site selection decisions. '

The app uses GIS imagery and mapping to provide users a customizable virtual tour of both the city and region.

Users can choose to activate various layers and visually explore those assets that are most critical to their personal decision-making process -- including business districts, infrastructure, transportation, higher education, workforce, quality of life, demographics, and major employers.

The app also features a real-time searchable commercial real estate function that identifies available properties according to the user's specific requirements.

The interactive app is available through iTunes and can be downloaded for iPad.

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