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From practical news, tips, and place marketing strategies to industry news and product updates, our blog posts keep you up to date and informed about all things economic development.

06/26/2020

5 Ways to help your area businesses adapt to COVID-19 recovery

Businesses of all sizes have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19 pandemic closures and restrictions. Even in regions that have progressed through phased re-openings, the data ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Business GIS data

06/23/2020

Two economic development webinars you don't want to miss

Mark your calendars! Next week's economic development webinars are well worth your time. Can't attend? No problem! Register anyway to ensure you receive a follow-up email with a ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development covid19

06/8/2020

Webinar: Economic Resilience for COVID-19 Recovery with Quality Data

Data is a critical way for economic developers to tell the story of their region, whether they are trying to attract new investment or support the local businesses already there ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

06/4/2020

Offer drone and virtual site video in proposals and on ZoomProspector

Offering virtual tours and video to site selectors and companies making location decisions is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 recovery phase. Luckily, integrating ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

GIS data video

05/27/2020

GIS Planning salutes the class of 2020

Every commencement speech ever refers to graduates as the future: our future leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, workforce. This is where our talent comes from - the brains, ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

05/20/2020

Nearly 11,000 businesses now listed on ZoomBusiness

It's been just one month since we launched our innovative new ZoomBusiness tool, a GIS data map directory to list businesses open during the recovery from COVID-19 - and beyond. ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

covid19 zoombusiness

05/14/2020

What this hyperlocal moment means for your region's businesses

Eight weeks into quarantine, one of my daughters ran out of acrylic paint. Happy to support any activity that isn't online, we looked online to replenish her supply. Amazon Prime ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

business retention Business

05/6/2020

Case study: See how Rowan EDC (NC) promotes their ZoomBusiness tool

With nearly 40 communities across North America launching their ZoomBusiness online mapping directory of businesses open during COVID-19 since the product debuted two weeks ago, ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development Business

04/30/2020

EDO Roundtable webinar series on COVID-19 Recovery - Part II

As economic development professionals everywhere grapple with the unprecedented challenge of keeping their regional economies afloat, it can be enormously helpful and instructive ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development covid19

04/23/2020

7 Ways to list local restaurants, retailers & services on ZoomBusiness

Congratulations! Your ZoomBusiness online, interactive mapping directory of businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns is an excellent way to get the support they need ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Business community

04/22/2020

Meet the innovative EDOs using ZoomBusiness to support area economies

They are in Pennsylvania. South Carolina. Texas. Florida. Alabama. Georgia. Wisconsin. Wyoming. Maryland. British Columbia and Ontario. Communities all over North America are ...

Pablo Monzon
Managing Director and Co-founder

Business coronavirus

04/15/2020

NEW: Interactive COVID-19 Data Center for US and Counties

We are proud to announce this week's release of a new COVID-19 Data Center for the United States and Counties. The interactive mapping and data visualization tool can be found at ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development GIS data

04/14/2020

ZoomBusiness: A new way to support your local businesses right now

Over the last month of progressive shutdowns to mitigate the loss of life from COVID-19, we heard from our clients and webinar participants that your primary concern is supporting ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Business covid19

04/7/2020

COVID-19 response webinars you don't want to miss

UPDATED with links: Here are some of the free webinars we hosted last week to assist economic developers everywhere as they work to meet and mitigate the challenges posed by the ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development Websites

04/1/2020

NEW: Free COVID-19 GIS mapping data tool for US economic development

GIS Planning is proud to release today a free, interactive GIS data tool to map the spread and impact of COVID-19 for US economic developers. This is a customized version of our ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development GIS data

04/1/2020

NEW: COVID-19 map layers added for all U.S. ZoomProspector clients

As economic developers everywhere grapple with the new realities of the COVID-19 outbreak, many have found themselves fixated on an entirely new set of data about how the ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development GIS data

03/30/2020

Covidiary: Thoughts about economic development on quarantine day 19

It's blursday the umpteenth of Marpril, what feels like the longest month in our collective history. I'm going on day 19 of self-isolation myself, including a mandatory 14-day ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development GIS data

03/27/2020

NEW: Add JobsEQ COVID-19 Vulnerability Economist GIS data layers

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has completely disrupted the usual practice of economic development. GIS Planning remains fully open for business and here to help. Please do not ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development GIS data

03/25/2020

NEW: Add layers for open businesses, COVID-19 testing centers and more

The coronavirus pandemic has completely upended the practice of economic development. One of the things we have heard over and over again from economic developers and investment ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

online data tools Economic Development

03/24/2020

White Paper: 10 Impacts of the Coronavirus on Economic Development

While public health, public policy, and businesses are working to respond to the impact of this novel coronavirus, so too must the profession of economic development. There are ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection Economic Development

03/23/2020

Your ZoomProspector data tool is powerful open access community data

Economic developers and investment promoters everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to best adapt to the new realities of the unfolding COVID 19 pandemic. One of the things ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Business GIS data