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Webinars: Resources for economic developers during the COVID 19 crisis

We're offering the following free webinar resources to economic developers seeking information and strategies to respond to this rapidly evolving context.

Alissa Sklar
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on March 20, 2020
Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

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 information, strategies and practical tips to help respond to this rapidly evolving situation.

Coronavirus: 10 Impacts on the Economic Development Profession & Solutions to Mitigate the Challenges

TODAY! 1 pm EDT/ 10 am PDT

10 impacrts corona virus coverWhile 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 specific impacts and responses that economic developers can take to adapt to this challenging environment for the businesses and workers our profession supports. Presented by Anatalio Ubalde, co-founder and Managing Director of GIS Planning, this webinar will review 10 specific impacts economic developers are facing and direct solutions to these problems. 


  • What your EDO must do immediately
  • Site selection without visits 
  • Local business assistance
  • Prospecting without conferences
  • Technology necessities
  • Pivoting foreign direct investment
  • Much more

Register for 10 impacts of coronavirus for ED webinar

Open Access Community Data for COVID 19 Disaster Management: How to Access the GIS Data Your Region Needs Right Now

Tuesday, March 24th, 1:30 pm EDT/ 10:30 am PDT

Miami Dade population heat mapThe novel coronavirus pandemic has suddenly and dramatically changed the need for reliable, robust open-access regional data. Do you know where your region's elderly population is clustered? Can you help area businesses shift to near-shoring and develop new local supply synergies? Can you help prospective investors do their research online when in-person visits are no longer possible? This webinar will show you how your community can use your GIS Planning's ZoomProspector online GIS data tool to get the information about your community's population demographics, businesses, industry clusters, and much more.


  • How to quickly find, analyze and share detailed community data
  • How to map businesses and industry clusters
  • How to identify new workforce segments that may become essential
  • How to make the most of a dynamic, interactive sites & buildings database when in-person visits are impossible
  • Much more!

Webinar: ZoomProspector as open access community data resource

You can also access this video recording of a webinar held this week:

Working from home? Strategies, tips & practical advice for economic developers

Volatile times mean many people are now working remotely from home for the first time. If you are one of the many people trying to do your job from your spare room or kitchen, we're here to help you figure out your new normal for the next little while. The GIS Planning team has members who have been working remotely from across North America for many years, and we've got some tips to help you navigate this unfamiliar situation in uncertain times. Presented by Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., VP of Marketing, who has been working remotely for eight years.

WHAT does this COVER?

  • Strategies for organizing your workspace and workday from home
  • Digital tools to help you work remotely
  • Online data tools for economic development
  • Making the most of your web presence and use of social media channels
  • Tips for staying calm and focused

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Please don't hesitate to get in touch with questions about any of these materials. GIS Planning remains fully open for business - our team has worked remotely across North America and Europe for more than 15 years. 

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