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Evolving, Expanding & Hiring!

By Sahana Murthy on March 31, 2021 · Announcements

Lovelanders,

Spring is here and vaccines are rolling out. This note is in a similar spirit of new beginnings, optimism, and enthusiasm for the future.

 

We are evolving.

The Loveland team has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. We’ve evolved from a small shop based in Detroit to a leading nationwide property information provider with a talented team spread across the country and an awesome roster of customers who love our data and our service.

This summer we’re going to be making some big announcements, including a new brand name that will replace the Landgrid brand, and new nationwide datasets that compliment our parcel dataset.

Loveland Technologies will remain the parent brand and company, but we’re going to roll all of our services and communications into the new brand to focus on making it a household name. Loveland’s relationship to the new brand will be sort of like Alphabet’s relationship to Google — present, but mostly in the background.

 

What does this mean for our products & customers?

Nothing will change from a customer perspective except for access to new data and new services beyond what we already provide.

While parcel data remains our core, we are expanding beyond just land information into other kinds of property, boundary, and spatial information, which means more data options for you this year.

Announcement of the new brand and services will happen this summer. 

 

We are hiring!

As you can tell from our recent announcements, we are constantly innovating and growing, which requires bringing more top talent onto the team. We are on the hunt for passionate & experienced individuals who will help us grow even further, service our customers even better, and execute on our exciting product roadmap.

If you have experience scaling high traffic software platforms and/or managing and automating large-scale datasets, send us a note and let’s talk. And stay tuned with our communications on our blog and social media, we will be releasing a series of job openings shortly.

 

Webinar & Customer Love

Wrapping up this note with an exciting webinar coming up soon on our recently launched standardized land use codes!  Don’t forget to save your spot to join us live - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/understanding-landgrids 

 

These webinars give you a chance to hear from, meet, and interact with the team.

You can find our recorded webinars at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwSzIfVit8o40MBjqw3k-lJ2tByytq2BO 

 

And lastly, when we say our customers love us, here’s some customer love about our parcel data from Transect LLC. We appreciate it and work hard for you: 

More updates on product & job openings coming soon.

Happy Spring Y'all.

 

Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland

Announcing - Nationwide Standardized Land-Use Codes

By Sahana Murthy on February 22, 2021 · Announcements

Lovelanders!


This February, we have a big update for you!

Announcing the launch of our nationwide standardized land-use codes as a premium feature in our product suite!

That’s right, in addition to high quality, standardized nationwide parcel data, we have put together highly contextual, standardized nationwide land use codes as part of our premium data package. These codes will help you get the nuanced context on land use for your projects. 

From community and urban planning, to site selection, to understanding what activity is allowed on a particular piece of land, and to commercial real estate, the use cases are endless & Landgrid’s standardized use codes have you covered. 

Data driven decisions and faster time to market for your projects!

Email us if you are interested in getting these codes as part of your data.




What do we mean by land-use codes, you ask???

We offer standardized land use information for 5 dimensions:
  1. Activity - describes the actual activity & use of the property.
  2.  Function - describes the broader economic or social use of the parcel.
  3. Structure - describes the type of structure & building on the parcel. 
  4. Site - describes the physical characteristics of a site or land. 
  5. Ownership - mainly describes if it's publicly or privately owned land. 
You can find the descriptions of each one of our land use codes across all 5 dimensions here.
 

Why is this valuable?

There isn’t any one universal format for standardized land use codes. Because this data varies by the county, Landgrid’s nationwide standardized classification becomes a one stop-solution that makes it easy for anyone who works with our parcel data to make use of nuanced contextual land use information. 

As a result, our parcel data is your one turn-key solution for all of your contextual property data needs. 

How to get it?

All of our new customers can get our standardized land use code attributes as part of our premium data package along with our other premium derivative fields.

Premium fields include:

We have spent over a year working on improving our process to populate land use codes into our dataset.

Our current data & platform customers - you may have noticed the LBCS (Land based classification system) related columns in your dataset. As we populated this data, we made them available to our existing standard data customers, along with our Landgrid Pro, Team & Enterprise customers. 

We've made sure that you will continue to get the LBCS columns as part of your current accounts & subscriptions with us and as long as you are a customer with us. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
All new data customers will be able to get the land use codes as part of our premium offering.

That was our February update. Please email us at parcels@landgrid.com if you are interested in our land use codes and we will get you a sample today.
Until next time, stay safe & warm.


Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland

http://landgrid.com

team@landgrid.com

313-649-LAND

February 2021 - Parcel Data Update

By Sahana Murthy on February 9, 2021 · Announcements

Dear Friends of Loveland Parcel Data and landgrid.com,

A summary of updates in January of 2021 and the upcoming pipeline is below. 

Key Data Stats:

  • Average parcel age - 198 days, down from 205 last month.
  • Average county age - 275 days, down from 277 last month.
  • Added 34,000 parcels and refreshed 252 counties since last month.


USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators: Now updated monthly. Updated in January 2021, next update in February.

Coverage Report: Updated for this month and available here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q0PZB72nO8935EMGmsh3864VjEAMUE-pdHcPkoAiS5c/

For all full dataset customers, the updated data is available for download to bulk data clients in these formats: GeoPKG .gpkg (suggested), GeoJSON, Shapefile, and Postgres SQL files.  In addition, this data has been updated on the landgrid.com website.

If your organization uses a custom export we are updating your data at the moment and if you don’t see the latest updates, please drop us a line.

A Data Dictionary for the Loveland Standard Schema is always available here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14RcBKyiEGa7q-SR0rFnDHVcovb9uegPJ3sfb3WlNPc0/

A machine-readable version of this list is included in the `verse` table available in all the formats above as well as CSV format for use in spreadsheets. To find the latest updates in verse, sort by 'last_refresh' and use the 'filename_stem' column to identify the file.

Data refreshed or added from the county in January and live now:
( Asterisk * indicates newly added county)
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Arizona - Maricopa
Colorado - Costilla
Illinois - Cook
Mississippi - Clay, Warren

North Carolina - Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin, Yancey

Nevada - Clark

Oregon - Baker, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Wheeler, Yamhill

Texas - Hamilton

Washington - Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Yakima

Wisconsin - Milwaukee

West Virginia - Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

Wyoming - Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta, Washakie, Weston


In the current pipeline for updating in February 2021
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Nebraska
Pennsylvania
Oklahoma
Hawaii



In the pipeline for updating in March 2021
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Alaska
Indiana
Michigan
Vermont


Based on feedback and county challenges, pipeline planning is always subject to change. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about accessing or using the data, you find issues with any of our data, or you have any comments or questions about our data in specific areas or states. We also love to hear from you about which counties or regions you’d like to see us update next, as it helps inform our planning process.

Thank you for being a part of Loveland!

Happy Mapping!

 

Blake Girardot

blake@landgrid.com

Loveland Data Team

313-649-LAND

Loveland CEO Letter: 8 Years in 70 Seconds + UP Winter Pics

By Sahana Murthy on January 21, 2021 · Announcements


Happy New Year, all.

Sharing a short video that visualizes 8 years of land data growth in 75 seconds; a reminder that it’s easy to reach out to the Loveland team any time, and, just because it’s the season, some winter pics from the snowy north.

Our co-founder and CTO, Larry Sheradon, recently blew my mind when he made this short time-lapse of our nationwide dataset growing by the day from 2013 through the present: https://youtu.be/rfgh7aqRx7I



Our whole job at Loveland is to make it easy for you to access and work with this land and property information. As a refresher, we can do that for you in a variety of complimentary ways:


We try to lay it all out neatly at landgrid.com, but with so many options and so much data, you can always reach us at team@landgrid.com to tell us what you’re looking for or trying to accomplish and we’ll get back to you within a day to help you find the right solution.

And while I’m here, since we’re smack dab in the middle of winter, I can’t not share some views of what it looks like in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula right now.

The Loveland team is spread out across the country, but this is the current view through the window of our home office in Calumet, where Mary and I have relocated full-time from Detroit since March, trading skyscrapers for frozen stalactites — a different, but equally inspiring view:



This is “pancake ice” on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake on earth (well, largest by surface area — there’s a deeper one in Russia that’s smaller on the surface, but has more volume… I’ll still give it to Superior, though):



This is the glow of lights in town bouncing off low-flying lake effect clouds in a light snow on a cross-country ski trail:



This is new-fallen snow on a freshly groomed trail — getting outdoors and skiing has become my go-to way to unplug and recharge outdoors in winter:



This is an ice formation on a frozen, rocky beachscape — my rock picking is basically on pause until spring at this point, though I’ve got a couple of rock tumblers going around the clock in the garage: 



I’ve got too many of these pictures, so I’ll stop there, but the landscape is amazing, and land is more than data about land, so I wanted to share. Depending on where you are in the world, I hope you’re still finding joy in the seasons and the outdoors if you’re experiencing short, cold, gray days. Hang in there.

Watch out for more exciting product updates coming from the Loveland team this year. The products are already outstanding, but we’re not resting on our laurels. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected to the land,


Happy Mapping!

Jerry Paffendorf

team@landgrid.com

313-649-LAND