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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.

12/13/2018

Happy holidays from the GIS Planning team

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

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development

11/21/2018

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. 

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development

11/9/2018

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.

Bryan Beatty
Director of Sales

Site Selection Economic Development

09/26/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

ZoomProspector online data tools

09/7/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development economic development strategy

08/17/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection online data tools

06/8/2018

Updated design on ZoomProspector Enterprise

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

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

GIS online data tools

05/10/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

business expansion business attraction

05/1/2018

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, ...

Bryan Beatty
Director of Sales

Economic Development Place Marketing

04/11/2018

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.

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development data

02/22/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection Economic Development

02/13/2018

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection online data tools

12/21/2017

Happy economic development holidays!

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development

12/20/2017

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

business attraction business location search

11/22/2017

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.

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection Economic Development

11/10/2017

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.

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development Websites

10/13/2017

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

online data tools social media

10/2/2017

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection Canada

09/27/2017

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 ...

Bryan Beatty
Director of Sales

Site Selection online data tools

09/14/2017

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Economic Development data

09/13/2017

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 ...

Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

Site Selection Economic Development