I have 16 town point shapefiles. I have a layer of 2900 centroids for lots.
I need to determine the nearest town for each of the centroids.
The option I came up with is to Split by Attribute by name, thus creating 2900 point layers for the centroids, then doing the Near tool for each centroid. This will take a long time and may even crash ArcMap. There is probably a script for it, but I am very new to python.