could argue that the city should provide all of it for free to anyone who wants it, Bunderson said, noting that property owners may have concerns about how easily others can access information about their holdings.

"It's a policy question about how convenient we make that for general public consumption," he said, adding that governments commonly assess fees that help pay to compile, produce and update information they share with the public.

"The feedback we've gotten so far has been positive," Bunderson said. "People think it would be fair to charge for some of this."

The bottom line is the new tool could make Nampa stronger competitor in a tough economy.

"Businesses have a lot of choices," Bunderson said. "There are a lot of states with a lot of incentives out there. Everyone's trying to put their best foot forward and show their assets. We have to show [businesses] what we have to offer, and help them find what they're looking for. This tool will allow us to do that more quickly and with a much better presentation."

Merrill Douglas  |  Contributing Writer