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Together, we represent the largest economic development services organization in the world.

GIS Planning World Leader

The world leader in economic development solutions

fDi Intelligence World Leader

The world leader in foreign direct investment services

Service Territory

Together, fDi Intelligence and GIS Planning products serve an impressive 3,513,304,207 people around the world. This incredible reach and scope is a testament to our extensive experience with investment attraction and economic development professionals in countries all across the globe.


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GIS Planning and fDi Intelligence serve more than 550 organizations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania.

Published bi-monthly, fDi Magazine has an ABC audited circulation of 15,500 active corporate readers and cross border investment professionals.



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Active Clients

GIS Planning and fDi Intelligence boast more than 1,800 current clients combined, located around the world. These clients include investment promotion agencies, economic development organizations, governments at all levels, chambers of commerce, utilities and site selectors, along with other institutions and organizations seeking to drive investment to their locations, support businesses and stimulate their regional economies.


Current clients using our services

Our clients get the benefits of a strategic collaboration and the benefits of operating independently

Strategic collaboration

Operating as GIS Planning

More data and more analysis

Businesses need robust data from reliable sources to make sound investments. The GIS Planning - fDi Intelligence team draws from a wide variety of top quality data sources, updated frequently, customized to client geographies. This information is presented in dynamic reports, visualized with data heat maps, charts, graphs, and infographics, alongside a set of tools that make it possible to drill down and sort as needed.

More access to decision makers

GIS Planning clients will benefit from access to additional resources and being a part of a bigger team, and from the international reach and quality audience provided by the Financial Times. The Financial Times has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 1 million worldwide, with 36% of its audience being C-Suite and 62% business decision makers. This is the audience of decision makers that economic development professionals need to reach

Biggest community of investors and site selectors

Site selectors and investors know and respect both GIS Planning and fDi Intelligence data tools and services, based on our longstanding work in this field and our impeccable reputations. In fact, our clients include site selectors and corporate real estate professionals using our data tools for their own internal research.

Multiple channels for marketing and advertising

A fully integrated global marketing campaign worth over $1.5 million will drive traffic and awareness of, ensuring it remains the go-to place for location decisions in the U.S. and our clients that are on the website. We are proud to put this considerable marketing power to work for you.

Free subscription to fDi Magazine

GIS Planning clients will be offered a free subscription to fDi Magazine (worth $480 a year), which provides up-to-date analysis and insight into the ever-changing global investment map. Keep an eye on your inbox for this offer.

Access to The fDi Reports editions

Access to new editions The fDi Report, an annual assessment of cross border investment based on the fDi Markets tool, tracking and forecasting foreign direct investment all over the world. A free copy of the actual year report will be mailed out to clients upon its release. Clients will also benefit from free access to the annual report examining FDI trends in North America (worth $2,000)

Access to extensive expertise

As the largest economic development services organization in the world, we can offer our clients access to an unparalleled breadth of expertise. Keep up to date with important trends, developments and analysis through fDi Magazine and the fDi Reports. Learn about investor signals and benchmarking with fDi Markets and fDi Benchmark. fDi Events brings together top minds, investors and important players from around the globe.

More capital investment for R&D

No other vendor on the market can match our blistering pace for innovations. Being part of the Financial Times means we can devote considerable resources, time and expertise to ensuring our clients and their website users always have the best, most sophisticated product on the market. We have always set the standard for online GIS data tools for economic development and investment promotion; it's a responsibility we take very seriously.

International but local

Our international reach is matched by our many local offices. GIS Planning still proudly claims our head office in San Francisco, where we were founded more than 23 years ago. Our team members run offices in several California locations, Henderson (NV), Tucson (AZ), Columbia (SC), Charlotte (NC) and Montréal (QC) Canada. You'll also find our team members in London, UK and in different places across Europe. That kind of local, on-the-ground, knowledge helps us connect with clients everywhere.

We remain GIS Planning family

Same great GIS Planning team, same top-tier service, and the online data tools you can count on. Yes, Anatalio, Pablo, Russ, Jeff, Chris, Alissa, Stevie, Bryan, Pau and the rest of the in-house developers and programmers you know (and others that you don’t) are still here. There’s a reason 7 out of 10 Americans live in communities served by ZoomProspector.

Ability to understand your needs

Our teams are made up of people with direct knowledge of economic development and investment promotion - five of our team members were economic developers themselves before they joined GIS Planning. We're also proud to offer in-house software engineers who understand the very specific and unique needs of our clients and their website users.

Gold standard customer service

We take great pride in our top-tier customer service. Our teams work directly with clients to get them onboarded and launched and are ready to answer questions or troubleshoot as needed. We're listening carefully to feedback in our one-on-one training sessions - we get our best ideas for features and functionality from our clients. This includes personalized marketing consultation to ensure clients get maximum value from their investment.

Speedy turnaround times

Our teams are big enough to ensure all our resources are in-house, so you never have to wait for outsourced changes or expertise. At the same time, we're small enough to be nimble and flexible to react. Necessary changes and updates are made quickly and responsively.

Excellence in data solutions

GIS Planning and fDi Intelligence have extensive track records offering some of the most respected data solutions in the industry; together, we have unparalleled range and depth of expertise and resources. This has made it possible, for example, to include fDi Markets data in selected ZoomProspector implementations.

Our clients rely on a range of products, applications, and services to promote themselves to local and international investors.

GIS Planning Solutions

fDi Intelligence Services

ZoomProspector application

Researching & analyzing locations

Map interactive data alongside a commercial property database for businesses making investment decisions.

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ZoomTour application

Creating virtual tours

Create as many themed virtual tours as you like, to focus attention on your community's most important features.

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ZoomBusiness application

Supporting your local businesses

Your local businesses are the lifeblood of your area economy. This interactive map of open businesses helps them thrive by connecting them to consumers.

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Intelligence Components application

Engaging prospects with big data

Embed our standalone interactive data tools on your web pages for visitors to research and analyze.

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GIS Planning Microsites

Data Microsites

Feature your data tools on beautiful turnkey microsite templates. Have your website up and running in days.

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fDi Markets

Identifying business opportunities

fDi Markets is the most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments available, covering all countries and sectors worldwide in real time.

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fDi Benchmark

Benchmarking potential locations

fDi Benchmark assesses the relative competitiveness of countries, regions and cities worldwide in more than 65 sectors — the only fully interactive online tool in the industry.

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Intelligence Components application

Meeting investors face-to-face

We organise client-tailored events from small intimate CEO roundtables to large full-day investment forums and global roadshows, bringing investment promoters into direct contact with carefully vetted potential investors.

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