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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.


Explore Lublin Promotes Data Microsite to Attract New Investment

Businesses researching international and regional investments and development potential in Poland can now take advantage of a powerful set of online tools dedicated to showcasing ...


NEW! Property images now automatically supplemented from Google

Economic developers everywhere know the struggle of trying to get photos and images into property listings. The truth is that it can be tricky to draw attention to a fantastic ...


How ZoomProspector works like an extra staff member for your team

GIS Planning’s clients range from small towns with a single economic development person (who often also handles duties at the chamber, the city manager’s office etc.) to large ...


New! Data Heat Maps For People with Color Blindness

The GIS Planning Design team always designs our online software products with the rule of ARI in mind. That means having applications that are easy to Access, Read, and Interpret. ...


New! Drive time data for cars, trucks, walk time on ZoomProspector

We're thrilled to introduce yet another new feature on ZoomProspector: adjustable drive time analysis for cars, trucks and walking. This is a game-changer for prospective ...


Powerful New Online Data Tool Promotes Eastern Ontario to Investors

Finding the best location for your business in eastern Ontario is now much easier to do, thanks to the Ontario East Economic Development Commission's powerful new mapping tool.


GIS Planning by the numbers

For the past 23 years, our clients have ensured we've always remained the industry's leading GIS data tool for corporate site selection and economic development. We've earned that ...


Greater Albuquerque launches innovative site selection tool to attract investment

AED, a nonprofit economic development organization that serves the four-county metro Albuquerque area, has launched ABQSites.com, a new database mapping tool designed to make the ...


We've got your back: Why R&D and client support matter

One of the best parts of my job is interacting with each of our clients prior to and after they launch our industry-leading data tools. After all, economic development is ...


Are you settling for anything less than the best?

I invite you to take a moment before we begin to consider the beautiful and under-appreciated digital art on these VHS cassette boxes. How did I never notice this before? I must ...


Can your website visitors find the data they're seeking?

Digital dead ends. Virtual cul de sacs. Obstacles in your path.


Savvy link placement strategies drive more qualified web traffic

Sure, it's the industry's leading corporate site selection data tool but ZoomProspector is also so much more. Did you know it's also a compelling open access community data tool? ...


FDI Masterclass: Digital Strategies to Unlock Investment Beyond COVID

Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of industries across the board, and economic development is no exception. We're all doing things we never thought we could do ...


Creative new ZoomTours help promote our innovative clients

When we launched ZoomTour back in December, we recognized that our innovative clients would produce a wide variety of interactive online tours this unique new virtual tour ...


The plain truth about virtual site visits for commercial real estate

There's a lot of talk and excitement among economic developers about using virtual tours to profile commercial real estate to potential investors and site selectors who may not be ...


March: Economic development webinars you don't want to miss

So much goes into strategy and planning for economic recovery and this line-up of free professional development webinars is designed to help you and your team take on the ...


March EDO Roundtable: How are different regions planning for recovery?

One of the things we've all lost during this pandemic is the opportunity to get out and meet new colleagues from across the industry and discuss different strategies for dealing ...


Tell us what you think about economic development marketing

If you are an economic development professional, we want to know what you think about place marketing - whether you're a marketer yourself or not. 


Check out these powerful economic development videos

If you missed these webinars, you can still check out all the great content we covered in these two fantastic sessions. Enjoy practical solutions and words of wisdom and ...


February webinars you don't want to miss

We've got loads of great free professional development content coming up this month for economic developers and chamber professionals. Check out the following free webinars and ...


REACH (CA) launches Central Coast Data Center to spur economic growth

REACH has launched a new Central Coast Data Center with interactive tools to attract new investment, support business and stimulate the regional economy. The REACH Central Coast ...


Don't wait for spring to clean up your website

Does it sort of seem as if your economic development organization or chamber of commerce website (or the ED page on your city website) takes care of itself, with a major refresh ...


GIS Planning online data tools now available in Spanish

Investors from around the world visit our clients' online GIS data tools to research and analyze properties for businesses making location decisions. With that in mind, GIS ...


Upcoming economic development webinars you won't want to miss

Mark your calendars! This first lineup of 2021 economic development webinars is well worth your time. Can't attend? No problem! Register anyway to ensure you receive a follow-up ...


Maryland Promotes Investment in Opportunity Zones with Online Tool

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has upgraded its Opportunity Zone Information Exchange platform with GIS Planning’s industry-leading ZoomProspector ...


Build desktop getaways of your region with the new ZoomTour

In an era where physical travel is restricted for the foreseeable future, there's no better time to engage people online with ZoomTour. Our new cloud-based desktop software makes ...


5 Top GIS Planning Innovations of 2020

Safe to say, 2020 was a year for the books. No question, we'll all be glad to say good bye to this one. But in the midst of this crazy, challenging year of COVID and wildfires and ...


Season's Greetings! Join Us for the GIS Planning Virtual Holiday Tour

Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holidays to all our clients, colleagues, partners, friends and acquaintances across the industry. We know this has been a challenging year for ...


Business Tampere's (Finland) Data Microsite Attracts New Investment

International investors and businesses researching investments and development potential in Tampere, Finland can take advantage of a powerful set of online tools dedicated to ...


NESA (SC) Launches 1st ZoomTour Virtual Tour

South Carolina's North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) has launched the first ever example of the new ZoomTour, cloud-based software that makes building and sharing beautiful, ...


Glasgow City Region Launches Innovative Site Selection Data Portal

Invest Glasgow has launched online data tools on their website to put the Scottish city firmly on the map for business relocation, investment and expansion. 


NEW product: ZoomTour shows off your community's top features

If there is one thing we've all learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's how absolutely critical it is to have top quality digital tools to connect with people, whether it's for ...


For all of this, we are thankful

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we at GIS Planning have been reflecting on our many reasons to feel thankful. As we lead up to the end of a challenging ...


Pennsylvania Upgrades Interactive Data Tools for Investors & Business

Pennsylvania’s innovative online data tool and property inventory on PASiteSearch.com recently upgraded to the latest version of GIS Planning’s ZoomProspector. The redesigned tool ...


Virtual Road Trip with Stevie: Ice storm in OKC through TX and into NM

We headed out early because we knew we had a big driving day ahead of us. Starting with a Hurt Donut is my kind of Wednesday! It started to rain and it turned out, we were going ...


GIS Planning clients win multiple awards at IEDC Annual Conference

We wish to extend our hearty congratulations to all of the winners of this year's International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awards. All these achievements deserve public ...


Virtual Road Trip: Follow Stevie Field-Chavez Across the US

My daughter, Jenn and son in law, Tom, are expecting their first baby on November 3rd.The challenge? They live in Southern California and I live in South Carolina!  With baby Ezra ...


Webinar: All you need to know about GIS data tools but haven't asked

Back by popular demand! Do terms like GIS and granularity cause your eyes to glaze over? Wondering about virtual tours for your sites and buildings? Want to share live links to ...


NEW! How does your community compare?

This car model or that one? These sneakers or those? If you're like most people, you spend a fair bit of time comparing and contrasting when you make a purchasing decision, ...


Grapevine (TX) launches new website with GIS Planning data tools

The City of Grapevine (TX) has launched online data tools on their website, ChooseGrapevineTX.com, to promote the region for business relocation and expansion. The online data ...


Webinar: Expand broadband access for your region

Join us tomorrow (Tuesday, September 22nd, 1 pm EDT/ 10 am PDT) for a free 30-minute webinar with guest Chris Pederson, Executive Vice President of Development and Planning for ...


4 Economic development webinars you won't want to miss

As regions everywhere move through their different pandemic recovery plans, we're hearing questions about how to support local businesses effectively, offer virtual site visits ...


Can your economic development data do this?

Economic development data is critical to the practice of investment attraction, business retention and corporate site selection. GIS Planning is proud to offer a top quality range ...


How GIS Planning Offers the Most Robust Data for Economic Development

A significant advantage to licensing the data in our industry-leading online GIS data tools directly from our data providers is the ability to provide you with more interactive ...


User-friendly interface is key for GIS site selection online tools

Economic development and investment promotion agencies seeking to share regional data and available properties with online GIS data tools are in the business of place marketing. ...


360° Virtual Tours & Custom Tours - what's the difference?

The addition of the 360° Virtual Tour and Custom Tour buttons to our ZoomProspector sites and buildings GIS data tool a couple of weeks ago has generated serious interest from ...


New! 360 Virtual tours, flyovers & street views free on ZoomProspector

Before the coronavirus pandemic, site selections and businesses seeking a location would typically visit a short list of properties in person. They would walk around the building, ...


New! Business data now updated regularly

Economic developers have shifted their attention to supporting and nurturing their existing businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, offering support and information wherever ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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. ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Webinars: Resources for economic developers during the COVID 19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has hit everyone hard, disrupting all aspects of normal life. We're offering the following free webinar resources to economic developers seeking ...


GIS Planning remains open for business

We understand your normal operations may be disrupted or in great flux because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and we want to reassure you that GIS Planning remains completely ...


Using data to drive more leads to commercial brokers

Commercial real estate is about so much more than just connecting businesses with sites and buildings. Before any company or organization makes a decision on a new location, ...


Smart Bubbles: An intuitive way to display more properties on the map

At GIS Planning, we are always working to improve our software applications - and we get our best ideas from our clients. Our customers told us they wanted to display their full ...


Happy Valentine's Day to economic developers everywhere

Happy Valentine's Day! In the spirit of the day, we'd like to celebrate all kinds of love, including the deep connection many of us feel for the communities, towns, cities, ...


New Google Maps logo - the GIS Planning connection

Google Maps is celebrating 15 years of what has arguably become far and away one of the most powerful and popular mapping applications on the market, one that is the foundation of ...


GIS Planning Expands Coverage in Canada with Spacelist Partnership

GIS Planning, the industry’s leading online economic developer GIS data solutions provider, is delighted to announce that we have partnered with Spacelist, the leading commercial ...


GIS Planning launches new company website (VIDEO)

As GIS Planning's design director, I’m proud to officially announce the new launch of our corporate website. Visitors will quickly see that this isn't just an informative website ...


GIS Planning Holiday Gift Guide

It can be so hard to find just the right holiday present for those we hold dear. You try to take into account their interests, passions, and needs. After all, nothing feels better ...


The future is now

This morning, I saw something really cool. I was leaving my local supermarket when I saw a woman having a conversation in American Sign Language (ASL) using her smartphone.


We are thankful

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we at GIS Planning have been reflecting on our many reasons to feel thankful. We feel fortunate to have so many.


Whose branding is on your data reports?

Put on your site selector hat for a moment. Or your "business looking for a location" hat. Now imagine you're visiting your own economic development website for the very first ...


New client launch: Junction City/Geary County EDC (KS)

GIS Planning is thrilled to be part of the launch of the Junction City/Geary County Economic Development Commission's new website, with ZoomProspector, the industry's leading ...


See the newest - and only - drag and drop Proposal Generator for EDOs

If you're still spending long hours cobbling together responses to RFIs with old school GIS data tools, it's time to check out the newly updated proposal generator built into GIS ...


In a world of copycats there's only one GIS Planning

There are many wannabee imitators in the world of economic development and corporate site selection but ONLY one GIS Planning.


3 Reasons to ditch old school static PDFs

If your economic development organization is still expecting site selectors and businesses making location decisions to rely solely on your outdated static data reports, you are ...


5 free ways to promote your web tools

Launching a website or online data tools without promotion is kind of like throwing a party but forgetting to send invitations. Your website will compete for attention in a ...


When it comes to data, you've got options

Different economic development organizations have different needs, which is why we make a point of offering our clients a variety of data options to best meet their requirements. ...


Drive More/ Better Traffic to Your Economic Development Website

Have you been feeling disappointed by lacklustre traffic results to your economic development website? Looking for some new ideas to keep things fresh and attract interest from ...


28 US Statewide EDOs have chosen ZoomProspector

We're proud to announce that, as of last month, an impressive 28 U.S. statewide economic development organizations have chosen GIS Planning's ZoomProspector to help attract ...


6 Questions for EDOs about their online GIS data tools

If you suspect your online GIS corporate site selection data tools aren't quite up to industry standards, here are six key questions to ask about the interactive tool you are ...


Business mapping a key part of site selection

In my conference presentations, I often ask economic developers how much they know about the businesses in their communities. How much data do they have about those organizations? ...


FPL first to launch new GIS Planning web tool with FDI data

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has launched the brand new Explore Florida web tool, using the completely redesigned ZoomProspector Enterprise. The GIS web tool promotes ...


Three webinars you may have missed

Our immensely popular webinar series features all kinds of topics of interest to economic developers. We know you can't attend all of them, so we've picked the three most popular ...


Are Your Region's Businesses Prepared for a Disaster?

Wildfires. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Mudslides. Ice storms. Floods. Earthquakes.


The Power of Links in Your Online GIS Data Tool

Today's digitally connected world requires you to be able to share links. No one sends static PDFs anymore. Think about it: When you see a property in AirBnb that your friends ...


Opportunity Zone search now on ZoomProspector.com

Anatalio Ubalde, co-founder and co-managing director of GIS Planning, announced today in his presentation at the Las Vegas Opportunity Zone Expo that businesses and site selectors ...


Webinar: Build strong relationships with commercial brokers

Strong working relationships between commercial brokers and economic development organization benefit everyone. Unfortunately, in many areas, this kind of mutually beneficial ...


More than half of all US states choose ZoomProspector

When GIS Planning first invented online corporate site selection data tools for economic development in 1998, it was no surprise that we were the industry leaders. It's hard not ...


Q&A follow-up: What site selectors want ED pros to know

What do site selectors want economic development professionals to know? Turns out this is a question on many minds, as yesterday's webinar was one of the most popular titles in ...


Webinar: What site selectors want ED pros to know

As part of my job, I work with hundreds of economic developers all around the world. I also often work with site selectors who use our tools for research and decision-making. And ...


Export & share properties, folders and reports

The all-new GIS Planning ZoomProspector tool makes it easier than ever to share properties, custom folders, and reports. Your website visitors can choose from a variety of ways to ...


New! Save reports to multiple custom folders

Let's say your an economic developer preparing business cases for 2 or 3 different businesses interested in location in your community. You research the demographics, business, ...


SC Power Team launches new ZoomProspector

We're delighted to welcome the SC Power Team to our growing family of clients, with the launch last week of their brand new ZoomProspector web tool. Our Director of Sales, Russell ...


GIS Planning partners with Emsi on occupation data

We're pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Emsi to add occupation data by ZIP code for interested U.S. clients. This data can be used to identify where jobs are ...


Data analysis: Try the new freehand drawing tool

Imagine you're a business seeking your ideal business location and you've got a pretty good idea where it needs to be. Maybe you've got a manufacturing facility that wants to ...


What is dynamic property search anyway?

In a webinar the other day, I was explaining some of the brand new GIS Planning ZoomProspector features and I mentioned "Dynamic Property Search." One of our attendees asked ...


Top 5 #EconDev Twitter tips

Why tweet? Twitter is different than other social networks and is an extremely valuable marketing tool for all businesses. With over 326 million people using Twitter every month, ...


Think you know ZoomProspector? Look again

We are what's new.


Indiana first state to launch new version of ZoomProspector Enterprise

After years of promoting the state through various location analysis tools, Indiana is the first state to launch the completely redesigned location analysis tool known as ...


Webinar: 5 Ways to Use Data for Place Marketing

Do you ever feel like your marketing messages get lost in the shuffle? Find all your best efforts to communicate your community's economic development assets aren't translating ...


Webinar: Showcase Opportunity Zones

Back in December, we showed you several ways you can use our online data tools to showcase the Opportunity Zones in your community, regardless of whether you use our GIS sites and ...


Happy holidays from the GIS Planning team

Season's greetings from our team to yours. Wishing you peace and prosperity in 2019.


Showcase your community's Opportunity Zones

The creation of Opportunity Zones in the U.S. is easily one of the most important economic developments of the year, with big implications for investment attraction strategies in ...


ZoomProspector now offers 3D views

You can now view maps in high-density areas in beautiful 3D on Zoomprospector Enterprise applications. The image below, taken from our newly redesigned ZoomProspector Enterprise ...


We are thankful

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we at GIS Planning have been reflecting on our many reasons to feel thankful. 


How to capitalize on a big pending project

Your community has an amazing new development project to re-purpose that decrepit indoor mall built in the 1970’s into a multi-use (residential, commercial and retail) destination.


To embed your GIS data tools or not?

One of the most common questions we get from our clients is whether to embed their online data tools or to set them up as microsites. In the 20 years since we invented online data ...


Webinar: Tour the all-new ZoomProspector Enterprise

Twenty years ago, we disrupted corporate site selection with the first ever online GIS mapping software, ZoomProspector Enterprise. Since then, we've consistently updated and ...


A GDPR Primer for U.S. economic developers

By now you may have heard of the letters ‘GDPR’ being discussed in the industry. Wait, bear with me - don’t get bored just yet! What if I told you that the impact of complying ...


Video compilation from an epic #econdev party

It's not quite Thanksgiving in the U.S. just yet (although we celebrated here in Canada a little over a week ago), but we wanted to let our clients, colleagues and friends know ...


Webinar: Building a Entrepreneurial Superhub

Today, a multitude of new jobs are being created by startups and small businesses. Now more than ever, community leaders need to bring supportive and effective entrepreneurial ...


Breaking news! GIS Planning at IEDC Atlanta

GIS Planning and the fDi Intelligence team are thrilled be in Atlanta for the IEDC 2018 Annual Conference. Drop by our booth in the exhibit hall (look for the blue and white ...


5 Things about Atlanta #IEDC2018

We are eagerly looking forward to the 2018 IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta and we are really hoping to see you there. Be sure to check out our hilarious collection of IEDC ...


IEDC Annual Conference summed up in GIFs

The IEDC annual conference is coming up this weekend in Atlanta. Are you ready? Here are some gifs to sum up some up the whole wonderful, intense experience.


Webinar: 10 Key trends for #econdev websites

I can't claim to own a crystal ball, but working in economic development tech has given me a front row seat to some of the most important online trends in the industry. I get to ...


Webinar: The next 25 years of retail

The seismic shift in consumer behavior brought about by the growth of online shopping has left many economic developers unsure about planning strategy - how will brick and mortar ...


20 Years of #econdev data innovation

VHS tapes. Printed catalogues. Direct mail. Telemarketing. Magazine ads. That's what place marketing looked like before 1998, the year GIS Planning was founded. 


ZoomProspector Enterprise used to compare city data

Accessing reliable economic development data is one thing, but being able to drill into it and analyze it for your own purposes is quite another. We take great pride in offering ...


New! Nationwide Flood and Wetlands Layers

As part of our continuing commitment to innovation, we've added new nationwide flood and wetlands data to all U.S. ZoomProspector Enterprise web pages as well as ...


Our 20-Year Anniversary Video

It's been 20 years since two UC Berkeley grad students invented the software that would go on to disrupt the practice of corporate site selection. Pablo Monzon and Anatalio Ubalde ...


Can you answer the "why" of site selection

Does it ever feel like different sides of the site selection conversation are happening in different rooms, independent of each other? 


4 Things ED pros can do for entrepreneurs

This past Monday, I enjoyed the privilege of speaking on a panel at the IEDC Economic Futures Forum in Buffalo, NY. My fellow panelists, Sherron Washington of marketing ...


Updated design on ZoomProspector Enterprise

If you noticed our ZoomProspector Enterprise applications look different today, you're 100% right.


Clicks to Bricks: Bringing Retail to Your Commuity

The first job I had out of university was writing for the newspaper in a resort town in the Canadian Rockies. It was a spectacular place to live, and the streets teemed with ...


How to use your online data tools at trade shows

We're looking forward to reconnecting with many clients at ICSC ReCon in Las Vegas in a few weeks and it's got me thinking about the ways economic developers expend resources, ...


e-Newsletter Strategies that Work for EconDev

Most economic development organizations send out email newsletters from time to time, in order  to communicate their location's value proposition, highlight recent successes, ...


We don’t want to take your job away

You ever know the moment things suddenly go off kilter? In this case, I knew the demo had gone south when the senior economic developer in attendance exclaimed “You’re going to ...


Why you don't want to hide "unflattering" community data

I was on doing a telephone consultation with a new client recently when she went dead silent.


Why 'Open Data' is good for econdev

It's one of the great ironies of the Internet that at the moment we have the technologies to permit easy access of data to all, the prevailing tendency is instead to lock it all ...


Webinar: 5 Ways to drive traffic to your ED website

What if you threw a party and nobody came?


Property Database Solutions for Econ Dev Websites

When it comes to sites and buildings databases, different economic development organizations have different needs. States and provinces may draw from large geographic areas served ...


5 Online Trends ED Pros Can't Ignore

Software and tech guru Marc Andreesson has argued that "software is eating the world." If anyone should know, it's him; as the co-author of Mosaic (the first widely used web ...


Webinar: 10 "musts" of econdev data

How much do you know about the ins and outs of economic development data? How well does your organization stack up when it comes to providing essential information in ...


Georgia Dept of EconDev launches ZoomProspector Enterprise

We're thrilled to announce that the Georgia Department of Economic Development has launched their brand new state-wide ZoomProspector Enterprise GIS data tool. The launch ...


Majority of Amazon HQ2 finalists use GIS Planning online data tools

By now you've seen the list of the lucky 20 finalists for a second Amazon headquarters. With the retailer promising an investment upwards of $5 billion and an injection of up to ...


3 Reasons to use video for place marketing

Show, don't (just) tell. It's what we've always told writers, but it's equally true for digital marketing. People find information so much much more interesting in a visual ...


Keeping chambers of commerce relevant in a digital age

Chamber of commerce executives know more than just about anyone how the digital revolution has transformed the nature of business. They hear it everyday from the shop owners ...


Xceligent may be gone but we've got solutions

As many of you may have heard, Xceligent declared bankruptcy and shut down operations as of last week. GIS Planning, owned by the Financial Times (Nikkei Inc.) is here to offer ...


Locate in Kent launches first GIS Planning tool in the UK

We are excited to announce that the very first UK implementation of GIS Planning’s GIS location analysis software tool has been launched by investment promotion agency Locate in ...


New microsite template #7 offers more design options

Safe to say that our turnkey microsite templates have changed the way economic developers view their websites. This isn't too surprising. Unlike most websites, these are ...


New! Microsite templates now available in Canada

Creating a website is one of the most important things you will do when it comes to economic development marketing. After all, this is the public face of your community; for many ...


We are thankful

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we at GIS Planning have been reflecting on our many reasons to feel thankful. We feel fortunate to have so many.


5 Link placement strategies to maximize web traffic

"You can't get there from here."


Website visitors more likely to absorb data with visuals

A few months ago, I found myself chatting with a new acquaintance at a networking event in the U.S. As people do at such events, they ask where I'm from.


Customize the colors on Community Profile Infographic

It's now easy to customize the colors on your Community Profile Infographic to ensure these engaging data snapshots fit in perfectly with your community branding. Check out the ...


New! Canadian Data Tools Now Mobile-Friendly

We are now proud to announce that all ZoomProspector Canada applications are now available in mobile optimized and fully featured formats, just like our U.S. applications. This ...


Is your website ready for an Amazon visit?

The economic development world is a little crazy this week.  With the Amazon HQ2 proposals due today, Oct. 19th,  I can imagine the last minute scrambles to get the proposals ...


Is your EDO website ready for an Amazon visit?

The economic development world is a little crazy this week.  With the Amazon HQ2 proposals due today, Oct. 19th, I can imagine the last minute scrambles to get the proposals ...


Webinar: 5 Ways to use online data to market your location

Your online data tools are an inexhaustible source of great content and visuals for place marketing, but where to start? Join us Thursday, October 26th at 1:30 p.m. EST, 10:30 ...


Webinar: Use Online Data Tools for Amazon HQ2 Bid

UPDATE: Did you miss this webinar? Not to worry! You can access the on-demand video recording by clicking here.   The announcement that Amazon is seeking a location for a second ...


Strategic use of data: Site selection & the "underemployed"

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal published a fascinating article discussing how site selectors target communities based on an underemployed labor force. With ...


5 Things about the IEDC Conference in Toronto

We are eagerly looking forward to the 2017 IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, and we are really hoping to see you there. Before you head out to Canada's largest city, make sure ...


Disruptive tech: Must see sessions at IEDC 2017

We are all looking forward to a great show at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto this coming weekend. If you're interested in the value of truly innovative technologies ...


Economic development bingo - print & play

Early September is a funny time at any workplace, as kids return to school and people return from their summer vacations, tanned, relaxed and with new perspective on their work. ...


20,000 Economic developers can't be wrong

A recurring theme in the profession of economic development is that the Internet has changed our work and continues to reshape it. Now, direct access to online information, ...


Upcoming professional development webinars Aug2017

We offer a continuing series of free professional development webinars for economic developers. You'll enjoy sessions that are short (because we know how busy you are) and ...


Webinar: Community stakeholders as brand ambassadors

Let's face it, not everyone in your community knows what "economic development" is, exactly. But while they may not fully grasp what it means to attract investment and business to ...


How to save sites, properties, reports & more

One of the most convenient features on ZoomProspector Enterprise GIS location analysis sites is the ability to quickly and easily save buildings, sites, reports, businesses or ...


How to research businesses on ZoomProspector

One of the great strengths of the ZoomProspector Enterprise GIS location analysis tool is the ability it offers website visitors to do detailed research on existing businesses in ...


How to search for commercial sites & properties

One of the things we learned from our recent client survey is that our clients are interested in offering their users quick guides to features and functionality of their ...


Case study: Chart-topping web traffic for one small SC town

When I first looked at the analytics, I was sure there was a mistake.


New feature: Download infographic sections

Communicating economic development data in compelling and easy-to-digest formats can be a challenge. We all know too well how quickly one's eyes glaze over faced with rows and ...


5 Social Media Strategies for Place Marketing

Are you in charge of the social media content for your economic development organizations? Looking for some fresh content ideas, strategies for generating actionable leads, ...


Place marketing: 7 sources for free stock photos

Are you paying for high resolution images for your place marketing? Stop! There are many sites offering royalty-free, copyright free images and videos. Before you whip out the ...


Access our on-demand video library

Curious about economic development data, place marketing strategies, top trends in site selection, clever ways to use your online data tools? You'll be glad to know our library of ...


Economic Development Do's & Don'ts

In the course of the place marketing consultating offered to our economic development organization clients, I am asked a range of similar questions about website design: What's ...


Recap of ICSC RECon: Thoughts about retail

Last week, I spent four great (and exhausting) days at the ICSC RECon event in Las Vegas. This is THE event for retailers, real estate developers, vendors, and economic ...


Introducing our Talent Pool data tool

One of the top questions for anyone making a business location decision is the nature of the regional labor force. They want to know more about the local talent pool: what ...


Build your economic development marketing playbook

Economic developers tend to wear a lot of hats. We know you are busy people, often combining marketing with meetings with site selectors, managing RFPs and keeping an eye on your ...


Did you know? Turn by turn driving directions

When we launched the mobile optimized version of ZoomProspector Enterprise in early 2014, we opened up an entire world of possibilities to economic developers, site selectors, ...


ZoomProspector in the Financial Times

When it comes to getting your community noticed by global business leaders, it's hard to beat the reach of the Financial Times. With a combined paid print and digital circulation ...


The Ultimate Guide to Economic Development Websites - Part III

Following on the popularity of Parts I and II of our Ultimate Guide to Economic Development Marketing Websites, we bring you the third and concluding chapter, with a focus on ...


How smart is your website?

More specifically, is it smart enough to offer your website visitors what they want? 


The Ultimate Guide to Economic Development Websites - Part II

Part 1 of our Ultimate Guide to Economic Development Marketing Websites offered a first crack at listing the most critical - and too often overlooked - website features. ...


Webinar: fDi tools drive investment to you

Strategic use of data remains a big challenge for many economic development organizations, trying to make it all work. How do you use it effectively? How do select the tools your ...


Webinar: Huntington Beach (CA) talks place marketing

Some of the most important things I've learned have come from my colleagues and others in the industry. We might pick up information from observing what they do, from osmosis by ...


The Ultimate Guide to Economic Development Websites - Part I

As the 2017 conference/trade show season starts ramping up into full swing, it’s worth reviewing our economic development checklist for your website. Today we’ll look at Part 1 - ...


Power up! fDi tools drive investment to your location

Using data strategically gives locations a competitive advantage. That means taking advantage of powerful tools to build investment strategy internally, clarify objectives and ...


Quick links for Place Marketing tips

If you missed this week's webinar 5 Place Marketing Strategies to try in 2017, you can still access all that great content. Check out our on-demand webinar video by clicking here.


Lead Gen ID - How to follow up

It's safe to say that Lead Gen ID has some of the most excitement we've seen from the many updates and new features we've introduced in our economic development software over the ...


#EconDev Advantages: GIS Planning & the Financial Times

Most of you know that GIS Planning has just been acquired by the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organizations, providing essential news, comment, data ...


Video: How to use the Lead Gen ID tool

Do you know which companies are visiting your website? Our Lead Gen ID tool, a custom-coded add-on for ZoomProspector Enterprise and Intelligence Components clients, allows you to ...


Webinar: 5 Place Marketing Strategies to Try in 2017

Have you made any economic development marketing resolutions for the new year? If you find yourself doing the same old things, year after year, to draw attention to your ...


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