No one wants to be left behind. This is true of all fields, but it resonates particularly well in the field of ..
No one wants to be left behind. This is true of all fields, but it resonates particularly well in the field of ..
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true, we at GIS Planning feel deeply complimented. A ven ..
Economic developers everywhere have taken notice of the way our Intelligence Components have made their websites smarter. ..
Burkburnett, Texas is a small, rural community in North Texas that has enjoyed some very big economic development success ..
Majorities matter. When an election creates a new majority of your elected officials that supports economic dev ..
We are proud to announce that all GIS Planning websites are now stored on Amazon Web Services (AWS). That means your Zoom ..
Outrageously high goals are wonderful. However more easily achievable small goals can cumulatively lead to big thing ..
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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In the profession of economic development two key elements often define the success of communities and economic developme ..
Last night, in the midst of a homework project, my 11-year-old daughter asked me how people used to do research before th ..
Welcome to the next generation of economic development website design - our brand new Intelligence Components (http://www ..
Storytelling is the oldest way to communicate important information - and arguably the most effective. Used properly, the ..
The world needs more superheroes. Don't you agree? But the thing is, we don't just want men and women who can ..
A hearty congratulations to all of the winners of this year's International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awards. E ..
GIS Planning Inc., in partnership with fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, held an award cerem ..
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 ..
Recently we began receiving reports from our various state clients that they'd received top ranking in a survey of all 50 ..
When was the last time you checked the Internet browser on your smartphone? On a tablet? If you are like the majority of ..
(http://www.slideshare.net/gisplanning)Many economic developers feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of social media net ..
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Economic developers can increase their value by reorienting their thinking about the role they play in facilitating busin ..
When site selectors and potential investors seek infrastructure information on an economic development website, they may ..
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(http://lbi.sizeup.com)We've made some important updates to our SizeUp Local Business Intelligence (LBI) tool to improve ..
What are your vacation plans this summer? Are you headed to the beach? The mountains? Will you visit family? A condo, hot ..
GIS Planning is excited to announce an update to the higher education data on ZoomProspector Enterprise (http://www.gispl ..
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Small and medium-sized businesses work hard to compete against bigger businesses who may be able to afford access to cost ..
Does your economic development organization need an online site selection tool? This chart and the following 11 questions ..
(www.wacoprospector.com)You know you want it. You know you need it. The challenge, you just don’t think your budge ..
If you've been spending time online this past year, you may noticed the Internet keeps informing everyone they are doing ..
The true test of any online site selection tool is how it figures into actual investment success stories. That context is ..
Donald Sterling may not be a wise man, but his story has lessons for all of us, including those who are working to build ..
Most economic development organizations have recognized the enormous potential of social media for place marketing, boost ..
The businesses media has been actively reporting on the value of leveraging Big Data (http://hbr.org/2012/10/big-data-the ..
A few weeks back, the Mohave County Economic Development Department (MCEDD) (http://www.mohavedevelopment.org/) in Arizon ..
There is so much useful and actionable information that economic development professionals can get from Twitter if they k ..
Last week’s start of the newest season of the award-winning AMC series, Mad Men, has got me thinking about some of ..
If you want to keep up with the new ideas about economic development but don’t have the time to travel to a confere ..
As an economic development professional, one of your priorities is attracting investment to your location, right? So let ..
We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest online analysis website service today, aimed at helping single econom ..
Google’s Advance Technology and Projects Group has developed a new technology based on 10 years of robotics and com ..
There is no denying that the world is quickly moving towards a complete dependence on technology. We have reached an era ..
An exponentially growing number of Internet users make use of mobile devices. If your economic development site analysis ..
One of the more notable moments of the 2014 Academy Awards was John Travolta’s attempt to introduce Idina Menzel (h ..
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 ..
The value of the Internet to enable economic development has never been more important and its value will only incre ..
Libraries have always been sources for information, but the digital revolution has been changing their role. It’s a ..
I’ve gotten pretty swept up in Olympic coverage, despite the fact that I am not normally an avid follower of ..
I “fell” into the economic development industry about 14 years ago when my county in Southern California need ..
One of the issues that absorb some of my time outside of work is the issue of digital citizenship. Today’s schools ..
The globalizing economy and the growing importance of technology is fundamentally altering the requirements of an effecti ..
If you want to see ED folks and elected officials communicate their excitement over an economic development tool, have a ..
Matthew Yglasias wrote the thought-provoking article “Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland (ht ..
Happy holidays! The GIS Planning team would like to wish you a year of peace, joy and prosperity in 2014. (http://ww ..
What do Pinellas County (FL), Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) and the State of Wisconsin have in common? How about Skagit C ..
What does customer service mean in economic development? For those of you on the front lines of investment attraction and ..
(http://www.gisplanning.com/Products/zoomprospector-widget.html)We know you are proud of all your community has to offer ..
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 ..
When GIS Planning launched ZoomProspector (http://www.gisplanning.com/Products/zoomprospector-enterprise.html)as an innov ..
Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awards. We are alw ..
An increasing number of economic development organizations are using online tools to generate interest in their communiti ..
The GIS Planning team is very excited to be attending next week's International Economic Development Council's annual con ..
Did you miss the September 24th Economic Development Online webinar on The new way to do economic development websites? N ..
Your economic development website is your organization's public face, often the first point of contact prospective busine ..
On MSNBC's television show Your Business (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/13561213/ns/business-small_business/), host JJ Ramber ..
So you've invested in a state-of-the-art location analysis web service, linked it up to your cutting edge website, and hi ..
(http://http://www.gisplanning.com/video-gallery/its-actually-not-about-jobs)Job creation figures have long been conside ..
Providing resources to local businesses is an important piece of local economic development, but it’s one that ofte ..
More and more economic developers are using Facebook to represent their locations. This makes sense for a number of reaso ..
Last summer, one of our neighbors decided to build his own home. I was impressed by his enthusiasm and willingness to lea ..
Like most people in economic development and corporate real estate, you probably spend most of your time in front of the ..
At GIS Planning, we see lots of clever strategies for growing your economy through effective design and use of your ZoomP ..
How much do you know about the impact of logistics on the corporate site selection process? Do you know how informed disc ..
Many ED pros find themselves facing a familiar quandary when it comes to marketing their location: limited budgets for pr ..
What if I told you place marketing can learn some critical lessons from brain research? Huh? I know tha ..
Looking to get some additional exposure for the sites and locations currently available in your location? Want to drive p ..
It’s a phrase that gets thrown around all the time these days, in the media, online and at conferences. But what do ..
It’s something we hear from EDOs and Chambers of Commerce all the time: local businesses complain that not enough i ..
Rebranding of communities is a popular hoax on economic development organizations (EDOs), as it is sold today by advertis ..
During this week's webinar, Practical LinkedIn Strategies for Economic Development Success, we were interested to learn t ..
New research shows that the #1 difference between the websites of effective and ineffective economic development marketer ..
LinkedIn has caused a bit of a buzz this past month with the announcement that it had surpassed 200 million members. Even ..
Before coming to work as director of marketing at GIS Planning, I worked as a communication consultant for Business-to-Bu ..
In keeping with GIS Planning’s longstanding commitment to excellent customer service, we are pleased to announce th ..
Thank you to Erika Lucas, Deputy Director of Oklahoma Department of Commerce (http://okcommerce.gov/), who became th ..
In my efforts to discover new examples of effective economic development marketing campaigns, I also find old efforts tha ..
A profile on Forbes.com of SizeUp (http://www.sizeup.com/), a service of GIS Planning, titled “Could This App Help ..
The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that SizeUp.com (http://sizeup.com/), a service of GIS Planning, has won first p ..
The success of best places for business top ten lists is compelling. I’ll prove it to you. Have you ever read one? ..
GIS Planning’s new survey of economic development organizations over the past years shows that the only EDO marketi ..
Apps for local economic development are likely going to fail in the near future and be a waste of money for most EDOs. Think ..
The hard working elves at GIS Planning (http://www.gisplanning.com/), ZoomProspector (http://www.zoomprospector.com/), and Si ..
The Council for Community and Economic Research (http://c2er.org/) held their annual conference in San Francisco this year, w ..
GIS Planning has created mobile versions of our ZoomProspector websites, now available due to high demand. See the Greater ..
Linkedin is now an important Internet platform for economic developers to engage businesses, discover site selection opportun ..
Economi (http://www.facebook.com/ZoomProspector)c developers now have half a billion new "friends." The first-ever Facebook ..
Jason Hickey, President of leading site selection firm Hickey & Associates, discusses what site selectors look for when e ..