Unique Partnership Lets Users Track Local Commercial Real Estate Development with Real-Time Data

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Business Journals, the nation's largest publisher of local business news, and Esri, the leader in GIS mapping software, spatial analytics and location technology, have partnered to launch Crane Watch in 40 markets across the United States.

Crane Watch is an interactive resource that allows users to track major commercial real estate development projects in their market from proposal phase to completion. The interactive map, which is powered by Esri data and technology, offers a customizable experience for monitoring developments by project type, location and status. Additional information, like a description of the project, the developers behind it and the target completion date, is also available in the map. For added context, users can access the latest articles from The Business Journals about specific developments directly from Crane Watch.

"Crane Watch is recognized as the authoritative source of up-to-date information on buildings under construction and in the pipeline," said Helen Thompson, Director, Global Marketing Strategy, Real Estate, Banking & Insurance at Esri. "The Business Journals' adoption of Esri technology helps simplify the real-time capture and management of this important industry resource for their users."

This partnership allows The Business Journals to better serve its readers, which include business owners and decision-makers from across industries and sectors. Users can monitor Crane Watch for potential new clients, customers, partners and competitors entering their market, and conduct business accordingly.

"Working with Esri is a great way to align both companies' unique strengths to develop tools and provide information that make a difference for local businesses," said Ryan Whittington, Senior Vice President at American City Business Journals, The Business Journals' parent company.

"I'm delighted that The Business Journals has recognized both the power and opportunities of ArcGIS Online, including its content and analysis tools," said Thompson.

For more information about Crane Watch, or to learn more about commercial real estate development projects in your area, visit your local The Business Journals website.

About American City Business Journals

For more than three decades, ACBJ has been the nation's largest publisher of local business news and information, deploying more than 400 journalists across 43 major U.S. cities. ACBJ operates The Business Journals – 43 business publications online and in print across the country that offer exclusive, in-depth business coverage. In addition, ACBJ owns and operates SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness Daily, SportsBusiness Daily Global, Inside Lacrosse, NASCAR Illustrated and Hemmings Motor News. ACBJ is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and is a division of Advance Publications, Inc., the parent company to Condé Nast Publications.

Media Contact: Jenn McGuigan, AMERICAN CITY BUSINESS JOURNALS, 9172241629,

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