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Stevie Field-Chavez welcomed back to GIS Planning

24 Mar 2016

Alissa Sklar

The GIS Planning team is pleased to announce that Stevie Field-Chavez has returned to join us as vice president of region ..

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How Elk Grove Village, IL slashed commercial vacancy rates

10 Mar 2016

Alissa Sklar

Reducing commercial and industrial real estate vacancy rates is a key objective for many economic development organizatio ..

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Are you settling for good enough place marketing?

17 Feb 2016

Alissa Sklar

"Oh, I'm fine with a good enough marketing solution." Said no one, ever. "Good enough" means you  ..

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Economic development marketing pro tips, illustrated through dog GIFs

09 Feb 2016

Alissa Sklar

So it may surprise you to learn that our most popular blog post of 2015 by far, was this post on common economic developm ..

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More updates for ZoomProspector: Railroads, Census places and schools

28 Jan 2016

Jeff Suneson

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best GIS location analysis tool on the market, we have updated Z ..

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Webinar: How Ponca City, OK uses their website for economic development success

21 Jan 2016

Alissa Sklar

"We shape our tools and they shape us." -Marshall McLuhan (http://goponca.com/)Ponca City, OK isn't a big ci ..

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Case study: Using video for place marketing

19 Jan 2016

Alissa Sklar

We've seen some very clever place marketing strategies from our clients over the years, and we continue to learn from the ..

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Updates and new features on ZoomProspector Enterprise

05 Jan 2016

Jeff Suneson

What better way to kick off the new year than with new updates and new features? The GIS Planning team is happy to announ ..

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Abbotsford, Canada: How to launch an economic development website

18 Dec 2015

Alissa Sklar

Our clients come from many places across the U.S. and Canada, and we love watching the different, creative ways they choo ..

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10 big economic development mistakes, illustrated by cat GIFs

14 Dec 2015

Alissa Sklar

Sure, the Internet is filled with lots of useful information, helpful tools, inspiring images and pictures of cute b ..

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ZoomProspector Canada maps the true north (strong and free)

02 Dec 2015

Alissa Sklar

Oh Canada! From far and wide, we'll map your communities for thee. ZoomProspector Canada' (http://www.gisplanning.com/Pro ..

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New! Energy infrastructure data can now be mapped on ZoomProspector

25 Nov 2015

Alissa Sklar

We are excited to announce that we have added a new set of nationwide layers to your ZoomProspector Enterprise GIS site s ..

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Economic development resources you can use

24 Nov 2015

Alissa Sklar

If you missed our two very successful economic development webinars last week, no need to worry. We've got both the video ..

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Webinar: Practical fundraising strategies for economic development

16 Nov 2015

Alissa Sklar

Dream big. It's what economic developers do. Prosperity. Jobs. Investment attraction. Putting all the right pi ..

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IEDC Honors Outgoing Board Member

11 Nov 2015

Alissa Sklar

Anatalio Ubalde, FM, Co-Owner/Co-Founder of GIS Planning, Inc (http://www.gisplanning.com). and ZoomProspector.com (http: ..

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Webinar: 10 Key Trends for Economic Development Websites in 2016

05 Nov 2015

Alissa Sklar

With the end of 2015 rapidly approaching, economic developers everywhere are turning their attention to the opportunities ..

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Why drilling down is key to useful GIS data

26 Oct 2015

Alissa Sklar

Often, the only thing that makes data useful is its granularity, or just how far it drills down. (http://www.cherok ..

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GIS Planning clients win awards for ED excellence at IEDC 2015

15 Oct 2015

Alissa Sklar

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Excellence in Economic D ..

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Case study: Small town makes use of state ZoomProspector data

05 Oct 2015

Alissa Sklar

One of the great things about attending conferences is the opportunity to meet clients face to face. At the IEDC Annual C ..

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GIS Planning does Alaska!

04 Oct 2015

Alissa Sklar

The GIS Planning team has been enjoying the IEDC Annual Conference in Alaska. Most of our team members headed out on the  ..

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Last minute packing tips for IEDC Anchorage 2015

30 Sep 2015

Alissa Sklar

Everyone is super excited for this year's IEDC annual conference in Anchorage. We've compiled a helpful set of last minut ..

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ZoomProspector .com redesign to launch at IEDC Annual Conference

16 Sep 2015

Alissa Sklar

When ZoomProspector.com first launchd in 2008, it forever changed the way economic development happens online. Over the y ..

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Back to school lessons for economic development

02 Sep 2015

Alissa Sklar

Like students across the U.S. and Canada, my three daughters headed back to school this week after the summer hiatus. Bac ..

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How NY economic developers can win big in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative

26 Aug 2015

James Ehrmann

It's no secret in New York State that Governor Cuomo has created the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). The New Yor ..

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5 things your economic development website needs to attract more traffic

18 Aug 2015

Alissa Sklar

If you've been trying to figure out why your economic development website isn’t getting much traffic (http://www.fo ..

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What can your community learn from Rochester's $600M R&D funding win?

04 Aug 2015

James Ehrmann

The Federal Government has picked the Rochester region of New York as the site of a new Photonics Manufacturing Institute ..

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A site selector's perspective on online data tools

23 Jul 2015

Alissa Sklar

An investor is looking to expand or relocate their business. Where do they begin? Wonder no more. This article (http://ne ..

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Webinar: What works, what doesn't: Emerging trends for economic development websites

17 Jul 2015

Alissa Sklar

Ineffective websites are all around us. I see them every day, as I research innovative marketing techniques in economic d ..

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Webinar: How to use smart data tools to market your location

09 Jul 2015

Alissa Sklar

When it comes to place marketing, innovative techniques for engaging and informing potential investors is key. With this  ..

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Economic development marketing hacks you need to know

02 Jul 2015

Alissa Sklar

When it comes to place marketing, economic development professionals have a pretty strong idea of the essential component ..

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5 content ideas for your economic development newsletter or blog

10 Jun 2015

Alissa Sklar

If you are charged with writing up content for your economic development blog or newsletter, you may occasionally find yo ..

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Webinar: Using infographics and online data tools in economic development

01 Jun 2015

Alissa Sklar

Infographics and smart online data tools are changing the way economic developers communicate key information about their ..

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5 Reasons to use infographics for economic development

27 May 2015

Alissa Sklar

The outstanding growth of interest in infographics has been one of the dominant stories in marketing since 2010, whether  ..

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Infographics and economic development: What ED pros need to know

19 May 2015

Pau Rodriguez

Infographics are shaking up the field of economic development. It's not hard to see why, when all of your key community d ..

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Top 10 Economic Development Website Trends for 2015

04 May 2015

Anatalio Ubalde

Economic development websites are constantly improving, as are the online strategies that make organizations successful.  ..

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Show and Tell With the New Community Profile Infographics

28 Apr 2015

Alissa Sklar

Images are much more effective than words alone at communicating complex information. When you only have a few crit ..

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Economic Developers

23 Apr 2015

Alissa Sklar

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” -Stephen R. ..

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11 Common Economic Development Website Mistakes

08 Apr 2015

Alissa Sklar

If an economic development organization’s website is the cornerstone of its marketing - its very public face to a w ..

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Economic Development Movie

01 Apr 2015

Alissa Sklar

April 1, 2015 (HOLLYWOOD, CA) - Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence and Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper (http://e ..

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10 Reasons to Add Intelligence Components to your EDO Website

25 Mar 2015

Pablo Monzon

What do site selectors and investors look for on an economic development website? It's an important question, and one tha ..

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The 5-minute economic development website upgrade you can’t miss

04 Mar 2015

Alissa Sklar

No one wants to be left behind. This is true of all fields, but it resonates particularly well in the field of  ..

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A look behind the curtain: Imitating the most engaging GIS property database

16 Feb 2015

Alissa Sklar

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true, we at GIS Planning feel deeply complimented. A ven ..

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Putting economic development data to work for you

11 Feb 2015

Alissa Sklar

Economic developers everywhere have taken notice of the way our Intelligence Components have made their websites smarter. ..

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Texas town enjoys big economic development success with ZoomProspector

03 Feb 2015

Alissa Sklar

Burkburnett, Texas is a small, rural community in North Texas that has enjoyed some very big economic development success ..

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An Economic Development Majority Changes Everything

21 Jan 2015

Anatalio Ubalde

Majorities matter. When an election creates a new majority of your elected officials that supports economic dev ..

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ZoomProspector websites now on Amazon Web Services

13 Jan 2015

Alissa Sklar

We are proud to announce that all GIS Planning websites are now stored on Amazon Web Services (AWS). That means your Zoom ..

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Ten Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Economic Developers

05 Jan 2015

Anatalio Ubalde

Outrageously high goals are wonderful. However more easily achievable small goals can cumulatively lead to big thing ..

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Our 10 top economic development blog posts of 2014

16 Dec 2014

Alissa Sklar

As we come to the end of 2014, it's interesting to take a look back and see what has resonated most among the many econom ..

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Fresh new economic development marketing ideas for 2015

11 Dec 2014

Alissa Sklar

What kinds of resolutions are you planning to make this year? I know lots of people will be looking to include more fitne ..

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Economic development awards for innovation and leadership

02 Dec 2014

Alissa Sklar

In the profession of economic development two key elements often define the success of communities and economic developme ..

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Are you ready for Economic Development 3.0?

21 Nov 2014

Alissa Sklar

Last night, in the midst of a homework project, my 11-year-old daughter asked me how people used to do research before th ..

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Intelligence Components put searchable economic development data where it counts

13 Nov 2014

Alissa Sklar

Welcome to the next generation of economic development website design - our brand new Intelligence Components (http://www ..

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Storytelling Techniques for Economic Development Marketing

06 Nov 2014

Alissa Sklar

Storytelling is the oldest way to communicate important information - and arguably the most effective. Used properly, the ..

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What kind of economic development superhero are you?

31 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

The world needs more superheroes. Don't you agree? But the thing is, we don't just want men and women who can ..

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GIS Planning Clients Receive IEDC 2014 Economic Development Awards

27 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

A hearty congratulations to all of the winners of this year's International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awards. E ..

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Economic Development Innovation & Leadership Awards Honor 20 Professionals

19 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

GIS Planning Inc., in partnership with fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, held an award cerem ..

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Last minute tips for IEDC 2014

16 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

IEDC’s Annual Conference is a few days away and the GIS Planning team will be there. Be sure to stop by and visit u ..

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Ranking of State Economic Development Websites Puts ZoomProspector Users at Top

05 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

Recently we began receiving reports from our various state clients that they'd received top ranking in a survey of all 50 ..

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Mobile trends in economic development

01 Oct 2014

Alissa Sklar

When was the last time you checked the Internet browser on your smartphone? On a tablet? If you are like the majority of  ..

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5 Strategic Ways to Use Slideshare for Economic Development

22 Sep 2014

Alissa Sklar

(http://www.slideshare.net/gisplanning)Many economic developers feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of social media net ..

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Laser or lightbulb: Approaches to economic development marketing

08 Sep 2014

Alissa Sklar

A laser hones in precisely on its target, deftly shedding light with surgical precision; a lightbulb casts light in all d ..

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Complexity, Marketing, and Demand in Economic Development

02 Sep 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

Economic developers can increase their value by reorienting their thinking about the role they play in facilitating busin ..

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New! Enhanced airport data in map layers

27 Aug 2014

Chris Gillis

When site selectors and potential investors seek infrastructure information on an economic development website, they may  ..

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The 10 "Musts" of Economic Development Data

21 Aug 2014

Alissa Sklar

As an economic development organization, you are unquestionably committed to sharing critical data about your community s ..

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New updates to SizeUp LBI

11 Aug 2014

Jeff Suneson

(http://lbi.sizeup.com)We've made some important updates to our SizeUp Local Business Intelligence (LBI) tool to improve ..

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Economic development on vacation: Be a tourist in your hometown

28 Jul 2014

Alissa Sklar

What are your vacation plans this summer? Are you headed to the beach? The mountains? Will you visit family? A condo, hot ..

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New! Enhanced higher education layer on ZoomProspector

16 Jul 2014

Jeff Suneson

GIS Planning is excited to announce an update to the higher education data on ZoomProspector Enterprise (http://www.gispl ..

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Productivity in economic development: 5 Tips to get it all done

09 Jul 2014

Alissa Sklar

Emails piling up, telephone messages to return, reports to prepare, RFPs piling up on your desk, business cases to compil ..

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NEW! SizeUp LBI now offers exportable reports

30 Jun 2014

Mark Hays

Small and medium-sized businesses work hard to compete against bigger businesses who may be able to afford access to cost ..

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Does your economic development org. need an online site selection service? [INFOGRAPHIC]

23 Jun 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

Does your economic development organization need an online site selection tool? This chart and the following 11 questions ..

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Creative sponsorship strategies for your award-winning economic development site selection tool

17 Jun 2014

Pablo Monzon

(www.wacoprospector.com)You know you want it. You know you need it. The challenge, you just don’t think your budge ..

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Economic development: Are you are doing it wrong?

09 Jun 2014

Alissa Sklar

If you've been spending time online this past year, you may noticed the Internet keeps informing everyone they are doing  ..

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ZoomProspector role in Fortune 500 HQ relocation to Florida

04 Jun 2014

Alissa Sklar

The true test of any online site selection tool is how it figures into actual investment success stories. That context is ..

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Donald Sterling's Lessons for Economic Development Partnerships

30 May 2014

Pablo Monzon

Donald Sterling may not be a wise man, but his story has lessons for all of us, including those who are working to build  ..

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The 5 "musts" of social media for economic development

27 May 2014

Alissa Sklar

Most economic development organizations have recognized the enormous potential of social media for place marketing, boost ..

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Why EDOs Need Big, Thick, and Fast Economic Development Data

13 May 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

The businesses media has been actively reporting on the value of leveraging Big Data (http://hbr.org/2012/10/big-data-the ..

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Lessons learned: Mohave, AZ jumps to a new location analysis application. Here's why.

05 May 2014

Alissa Sklar

A few weeks back, the Mohave County Economic Development Department (MCEDD) (http://www.mohavedevelopment.org/) in Arizon ..

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Ten Twitter Hashtags Economic Developers Should Follow and Use

28 Apr 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

There is so much useful and actionable information that economic development professionals can get from Twitter if they k ..

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Mad Men's Brilliant Advertising Lines Apply to Economic Development

22 Apr 2014

Alissa Sklar

Last week’s start of the newest season of the award-winning AMC series, Mad Men, has got me thinking about some of  ..

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Top 10 Economic Development Blogs

15 Apr 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

If you want to keep up with the new ideas about economic development but don’t have the time to travel to a confere ..

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3 Tips to Drive More Qualified Prospects and Website Traffic

09 Apr 2014

Jeff Suneson

As an economic development professional, one of your priorities is attracting investment to your location, right? So let ..

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New Economic Development Dating Website Launched

01 Apr 2014

Alissa Sklar

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest online analysis website service today, aimed at helping single econom ..

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New Google Project Tango Technology Will Change Site Selection Analysis

25 Mar 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

Google’s Advance Technology and Projects Group has developed a new technology based on 10 years of robotics and com ..

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Keeping Chambers of Commerce Relevant in a Digital World

18 Mar 2014

Mark Hays

There is no denying that the world is quickly moving towards a complete dependence on technology. We have reached an era ..

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Mobile Economic Development [INFOGRAPHIC]

12 Mar 2014

Alissa Sklar

An exponentially growing number of Internet users make use of mobile devices. If your economic development site analysis  ..

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The John Travolta Effect on Economic Development

05 Mar 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

One of the more notable moments of the 2014 Academy Awards was John Travolta’s attempt to introduce Idina Menzel (h ..

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Is your Economic Development Organization ready for the Mobile Revolution?

03 Mar 2014

Pablo Monzon

A quick quiz: Do you ever check the news on your smartphone? What about the weather? Do you use it to find a restaurant a ..

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Four tactics to leverage economic development online

24 Feb 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

The value of the Internet to enable economic development has never been more important and its value will only incre ..

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Libraries find a new role in economic development

20 Feb 2014

Pablo Monzon

Libraries have always been sources for information, but the digital revolution has been changing their role. It’s a ..

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Why economic development is not (at all) like the Olympics

18 Feb 2014

Alissa Sklar

I’ve gotten pretty swept up in Olympic coverage, despite the fact that I am not normally an avid follower of  ..

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10 Tips for a Great Economic Development Website

10 Feb 2014

Pablo Monzon

I “fell” into the economic development industry about 14 years ago when my county in Southern California need ..

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Take control of your economic development organization's digital footprint

29 Jan 2014

Alissa Sklar

One of the issues that absorb some of my time outside of work is the issue of digital citizenship. Today’s schools  ..

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The Changing Requirements of Site Selection for Economic Developers

14 Jan 2014

Anatalio Ubalde

The globalizing economy and the growing importance of technology is fundamentally altering the requirements of an effecti ..

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Case study: How to launch your economic development website

07 Jan 2014

Alissa Sklar

If you want to see ED folks and elected officials communicate their excitement over an economic development tool, have a  ..

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Relocating Companies from Silicon Valley to the Bigger Silicon Valley

20 Dec 2013

Anatalio Ubalde

Matthew Yglasias wrote the thought-provoking article “Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland (ht ..

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Happy holidays (and a song) from GIS Planning

18 Dec 2013

Alissa Sklar

Happy holidays! The GIS Planning team would like to wish you a year of peace, joy and prosperity in 2014. (http://ww ..

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Video: Great ideas in economic development

11 Dec 2013

Alissa Sklar

What do Pinellas County (FL), Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) and the State of Wisconsin have in common? How about Skagit C ..

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Customer service and economic development

25 Nov 2013

Alissa Sklar

What does customer service mean in economic development? For those of you on the front lines of investment attraction and ..

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Reveal Your Community Assets with the ZoomProspector widget

18 Nov 2013

Alissa Sklar

(http://www.gisplanning.com/Products/zoomprospector-widget.html)We know you are proud of all your community has to offer ..

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Learn from your peers: Great ideas in economic development marketing

14 Nov 2013

Alissa Sklar

Where do your best ideas come from? Do they hit you when you are sleeping, out for an early morning run, sat at your comp ..

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