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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 Traffic Your Way

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

Eric Simundza

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

Stevie Field

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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How the Internet has changed economic development and how you can benefit

11 Nov 2013

Alissa Sklar

When GIS Planning launched ZoomProspector (http://www.gisplanning.com/Products/zoomprospector-enterprise.html)as an innov ..

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GIS Planning clients win big in the 2013 IEDC Excellence Awards

28 Oct 2013

Alissa Sklar

Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awards. We are alw ..

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Are you marketing your location online? Five things you need to measure.

21 Oct 2013

Alissa Sklar

An increasing number of economic development organizations are using online tools to generate interest in their communiti ..

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IEDC Sessions You Don't Want To Miss

03 Oct 2013

Alissa Sklar

The GIS Planning team is very excited to be attending next week's International Economic Development Council's annual con ..

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Video - Learn the new way to do economic development websites

30 Sep 2013

Alissa Sklar

Did you miss the September 24th Economic Development Online webinar on The new way to do economic development websites? N ..

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The new way to do economic development websites

16 Sep 2013

Alissa Sklar

Your economic development website is your organization's public face, often the first point of contact prospective busine ..

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MSNBC: Find your best business location

03 Sep 2013

Alissa Sklar

We couldn't be prouder. ZoomProspector.com was featured as the Website of the Week on MSNBC's Your Business s ..

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How to get great publicity

23 Aug 2013

Alissa Sklar

So you've invested in a state-of-the-art location analysis web service, linked it up to your cutting edge website, and hi ..

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Webinar link - Measuring the American Dream

05 Aug 2013

Alissa Sklar

(http://http://www.gisplanning.com/video-gallery/its-actually-not-about-jobs)Job creation figures have long been conside ..

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Helping local businesses just got easier

30 Jul 2013

Eric Simundza

Providing resources to local businesses is an important piece of local economic development, but it’s one that ofte ..

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Want to use Facebook to market your location? Four things you need to know.

23 Jul 2013

Alissa Sklar

More and more economic developers are using Facebook to represent their locations. This makes sense for a number of reaso ..

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Should you build or buy in economic development?

17 Jul 2013

Alissa Sklar

Last summer, one of our neighbors decided to build his own home. I was impressed by his enthusiasm and willingness to lea ..

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5 free online tools you didn’t know you needed

08 Jul 2013

Alissa Sklar

Like most people in economic development and corporate real estate, you probably spend most of your time in front of the  ..

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Nine tips to help you get the most out of your ZoomProspector tool

27 Jun 2013

Chris Gillis

At GIS Planning, we see lots of clever strategies for growing your economy through effective design and use of your ZoomP ..

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Video: Understanding Logistics in the Corporate Site Selection Process

19 Jun 2013

Alissa Sklar

How much do you know about the impact of logistics on the corporate site selection process? Do you know how informed disc ..

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Three ways to use Google Ads for economic development marketing

05 Jun 2013

Alissa Sklar

Many ED pros find themselves facing a familiar quandary when it comes to marketing their location: limited budgets for pr ..

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Show, don't just tell, when it comes to place marketing

17 May 2013

Alissa Sklar

What if I told you place marketing can learn some critical lessons from brain research? Huh? I know tha ..

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Four reasons to feature a commercial property of the day

07 May 2013

Alissa Sklar

Looking to get some additional exposure for the sites and locations currently available in your location? Want to drive p ..

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What does "Big Data" mean for economic developers?

24 Apr 2013

Alissa Sklar

It’s a phrase that gets thrown around all the time these days, in the media, online and at conferences. But what do ..

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Do your local businesses complain you aren’t doing enough for them?

20 Apr 2013

Alissa Sklar

It’s something we hear from EDOs and Chambers of Commerce all the time: local businesses complain that not enough i ..

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The Hoax of Rebranding Communities

31 Mar 2013

Anatalio Ubalde

Rebranding of communities is a popular hoax on economic development organizations (EDOs), as it is sold today by advertis ..

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Are economic developers using LinkedIn effectively?

22 Mar 2013

Alissa Sklar

During this week's webinar, Practical LinkedIn Strategies for Economic Development Success, we were interested to learn t ..

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How does your location really compare for business investment?

20 Mar 2013

Alissa Sklar

New research shows that the #1 difference between the websites of effective and ineffective economic development marketer ..

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5 things all EDO’s should be doing on LinkedIn

12 Mar 2013

Alissa Sklar

LinkedIn has caused a bit of a buzz this past month with the announcement that it had surpassed 200 million members. Even ..

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How to use your EDO’s ZoomProspector Enterprise site for social media content

05 Mar 2013

Alissa Sklar

Before coming to work as director of marketing at GIS Planning, I worked as a communication consultant for Business-to-Bu ..

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Alissa Sklar joins GIS Planning as marketing director

28 Feb 2013

Anatalio Ubalde

In keeping with GIS Planning’s longstanding commitment to excellent customer service, we are pleased to announce th ..

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7,000 thank yous plus 7 economic development shirts

20 Feb 2013

Anatalio Ubalde

Thank you to Erika Lucas, Deputy Director of Oklahoma Department of Commerce (http://okcommerce.gov/), who became th ..

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Hilarious Business Attraction: Getting a Prison

15 Jan 2013

Anatalio Ubalde

In my efforts to discover new examples of effective economic development marketing campaigns, I also find old efforts tha ..

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Forbes says SizeUp can help you beat the competition

02 Aug 2012

Eric Simundza

A profile on Forbes.com of SizeUp (http://www.sizeup.com/), a service of GIS Planning, titled “Could This App Help  ..

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GIS Planning Wins 1st & 2nd Place in U.S. Commerce’s “Business Apps Challenge”

20 Jul 2012

Eric Simundza

The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that SizeUp.com (http://sizeup.com/), a service of GIS Planning, has won first p ..

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Best Places for Business Lists are Absurd and Undeniably Successful

14 Jul 2012

Anatalio Ubalde

The success of best places for business top ten lists is compelling. I’ll prove it to you. Have you ever read one? ..

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Should economic developers advertise on Google or Facebook?

22 May 2012

Anatalio Ubalde

GIS Planning’s new survey of economic development organizations over the past years shows that the only EDO marketi ..

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Smart phone apps are the hot new trend economic developers shouldn’t follow

17 May 2012

Anatalio Ubalde

Apps for local economic development are likely going to fail in the near future and be a waste of money for most EDOs. Think  ..

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Economic Development Holidays

15 Dec 2011

Pau Rodriguez

The hard working elves at GIS Planning (http://www.gisplanning.com/), ZoomProspector (http://www.zoomprospector.com/), and Si ..

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The promise of real-time labor market information

16 Jul 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

The Council for Community and Economic Research (http://c2er.org/) held their annual conference in San Francisco this year, w ..

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Addicted to your iPhone? So are Site Selectors!

13 Jul 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

GIS Planning has created mobile versions of our ZoomProspector websites, now available due to high demand. See the Greater  ..

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Are you maximizing your Linkedin presence?

11 Jul 2011

Eric Simundza

Linkedin is now an important Internet platform for economic developers to engage businesses, discover site selection opportun ..

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EDOs Can Install Free Facebook Apps in Minutes

07 Jul 2011

Eric Simundza

Economi (http://www.facebook.com/ZoomProspector)c developers now have half a billion new "friends." The first-ever Facebook  ..

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Make Your Website Site Selector Friendly ...

16 Jun 2011

Eric Simundza

Jason Hickey, President of leading site selection firm Hickey & Associates, discusses what site selectors look for when e ..

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Help Businesses Find Your ZoomProspector Website ...

13 Jun 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

Make it easy for businesses to find your website: Make sure all your partner/regional/state organizations with an interest i ..

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Is a 60% web traffic increase worth 5 minutes of your time?

07 Jun 2011

Eric Simundza

Communities that sign up for a free Community Connection Page on ZoomProspector.com get 60% more web traffic than those ..

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When cities fight back at magazine rankings

27 May 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

Back in February, Forbes magazine released its annual list of America's “most miserable cities”. For the seco ..

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Going to CALED ...

22 Apr 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

I'm looking forward to seeing fellow economic developers at CALED (http://www.caled.org/economicdevelopment/services/caleds-3 ..

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Elk Grove Village is first ... in Illinois, that is...

19 Apr 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

Elk Grove Village has become the first Illinois community to launch a ZoomProspector tool (http://www.elkgrovesites.com/), an ..

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Webinar: Preparing for the "New Normal"

07 Apr 2011

Anatalio Ubalde

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, when will we return to normal? Should EDOs prepare for a new (more challenging) rea ..

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Economic Development Organizational Structure and Marketing

22 Jul 2010

Eric Simundza

The survey from our 2008 book, Economic Development Marketing: Present and Future (http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Develop ..

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Industry Targeting and Scope in Economic Development

07 Jul 2010

Eric Simundza

Any marketing program needs a clearly defined audience. An economic development organization should define the reach of i ..

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Use of Brochures in Economic Development Marketing

09 Jun 2010

Eric Simundza

A brochure can summarize the positive attributes that a community wants to advertise into a tangible, take-away package.  ..

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Print Advertising and Economic Development

26 May 2010

Eric Simundza

In our 2008 book, Economic Development Marketing: Present and Future (http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Development-Marketi ..

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Trade Shows and Economic Development Marketing

04 May 2010

Eric Simundza

A 2005 study by the Brookings Institution found that even as cities race to construct bigger and better convention center ..

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Online Advertising in Economic Development

28 Apr 2010

Eric Simundza

In our 2008 book, Economic Development Marketing: Present and Future (http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Development-Marketin ..

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Economic Development Budgeting

07 Apr 2010

Eric Simundza

No matter how effective a marketing strategy may be, an economic development organization needs an adequately sized budge ..

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Marketing Effectiveness in Economic Development

24 Mar 2010

Eric Simundza

There are many different ways to promote a community and the methods are growing in number as new means of communication  ..

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Economic Development Marketing: Present and Future

11 Mar 2010

Eric Simundza

Economic developers must be adept at implementing marketing strategies to promote their communities and grow their local  ..

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