GIS Planning Clients Win Big at IEDC 2009 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) once again awarded numerous GIS Planning clients for their industry-best websites at the IEDC 2009 Annual Conference special awards ceremony in Reno, NV.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 16, 2009 -- Once again, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded numerous GIS Planning clients for their industry-best websites at the IEDC 2009 Annual Conference special awards ceremony in Reno, NV. GIS Planning clients stormed the Website and New Media category of the Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

The Greater Waco Chamber accepted the Category Winner award for its WacoProspector.com website as the best Special Purpose Website in the country for regions with a population greater than 200,000, while MetroMSP.org was acknowledged with an Honorable Mention for its MSPprospector.com website in the same category.

Meanwhile, the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Foundation received the Category Winner award for its VicksburgProspector.com website in the Special Purpose Websites category for regions around the country with a population between 50,000 to 200,000.

The Economic Development Foundation of Brenham and the City of Brenham, Texas also won the Category Winner award for its BrenhamProspector.com website in the Special Purpose Websites category for regions with a population of less than 50,000 nationwide.

Presenting the awards for the Special Purpose Websites was Sally Sternbach, Executive Director of Rockville Economic Development, who said, "One of the reasons we do this is because we learn from others. This is the excellence in our profession. Go look at what they've done... it's pretty amazing."

According to Todd Klingel, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, "The website benefits site selectors, commercial industrial brokers, business owners and economic development professionals by making high-quality data available around the clock at no cost. The ultimate beneficiaries are area businesses and residents who see increased investment, higher employment and a stronger tax base." Despite the recession and limited development activity due to the financial crisis, page views on the website have grown steadily since launch and now outpace four peer markets, including two that have been active for much longer.

Page Michel, President & CEO of the Economic Development Foundation of Brenham said, "GIS Planning has been an incredible partner in making BrenhamProspector.com an award winning website. The website creates tremendous value for businesses, site selectors, and local real estate agents, and we continue to be blown away by the results that it is generating. What's more I know GIS Planning will continue to push to provide the cutting edge of online marketing technology for all their clients."

All four websites were developed by GIS Planning and represent the best-of-breed technology in the industry. According to CEO of GIS Planning Anatalio Ubalde, "This is a testimony to the dedication and hard work of the GIS Planning team in providing the best online GIS product on the market. We are very proud that our clients continue to be recognized for their groundbreaking websites each year at IEDC."

GIS Planning client websites provide a searchable, interactive database of available sites and buildings for office, retail, industrial and warehouse use, providing startup, expanding and relocating businesses with the data they need to instantly find the properties that fit their location requirements.

The GIS Planning user-friendly interface offers all clients a sophisticated Google Earth tool and state-of-the-art social media capabilities embedded directly within the websites. The data used in these websites exceeds IEDC Site Selection Data Standards by combining location-specific demographic, business, and geographic reports with additional proprietary data.

About GIS Planning

GIS Planning is the world leader for online GIS solutions for Economic Development Organizations, with over 11,000 cities including the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA already using GIS Planning's Geographic Information System (GIS) Software as a Service technology. As the official and exclusive online property listings, demographics, and online mapping partner for the IEDC, GIS Planning is the trusted leader in the economic development industry. GIS Planning also provides ZoomProspector.com, a free service that speeds up the process of site selection analysis so that companies can quickly identify the optimal location for their business start-up, expansion or relocation.


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