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RISMEDIA, July 1, 2009-Cartus Corporation, a provider of global mobility management and workforce development solutions, announced an enhanced version of its Virtual Resource Center (VRC), a website that supports corporations who need to move employees from one city to another-whether in the U.S. or around the world.

First launched in 2007, the VRC is a Web-based resource center that not only tells transferring employees or candidates all about their new hometown-or homeland-but also shows it to them. The newest iteration provides a one-stop shopping experience where relocating employees or candidates may easily discover, search, and visualize the new location. Customized for the unique needs of each client, the VRC is a highly accessible tool that can also be used for recruitment and to acquaint new hires with their prospective employer’s culture and objectives. The latest version includes pre-recorded presentations that serve to familiarize employees and their families with the new location before they see it.

According to the company, the VRC is tailored to suit each company’s needs by including a virtual tour of cities, neighborhoods, office and job sites, homes for sale or rent, shopping areas, school districts, recreational facilities, sample commutes to and from work, and cultural activities. It also includes links to local news and information and to existing Cartus relocation tools and resources, including Candidate Self-Assessment Workbooks, moving checklists, and TMA Country Navigator-a Web-based tool that offers valuable insights on how to successfully conduct business with people from other cultures.

“In today’s business environment, it is critical for organizations to have a robust platform for sharing the latest information with employees and candidates,” said Sue Latina-Cohen, Cartus’ vice president of Consulting. “In addition, many companies are consolidating locations and workforces as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and related initiatives pick up speed. This means that many companies are transitioning quickly, and in the case of a short-notice group move, immediate access to information on the new location becomes paramount for employees.”

The latest enhancements to the Cartus Virtual Resource Center support client companies’ retention of key talent by helping their employees make better-informed decisions about relocating. The continuously updated site provides information on topics such as moving and home sale/purchase logistics, promptly and comprehensively. Its user-friendly features can also be accessed by all family members so that everyone has a chance to “visit” the new location.

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