Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Launches Innovative GIS Website

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise launched a new GIS website called WesternNewYork.ZoomProspector.com to drive job growth and capital investment across the Buffalo Niagara region.

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) August 18, 2010 -- Buffalo Niagara Enterprise launched a leading-edge commercial property and business research website today, http://WesternNewYork.ZoomProspector.com , to give the Buffalo Niagara region a competitive advantage in the corporate site-selection process. The website provides data for all eight counties of the Western New York region and will assist in growing the economy by providing essential data to expanding, relocating and start-up businesses considering an investment in the region.

"Buffalo Niagara Enterprise selected GIS Planning because of their ability to implement a system that will complement our real estate data with dynamic demographic, labor and business data at an unparalleled level," said Thomas Kucharski, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara region’s research, marketing and business development organization.

He added, ''We’re all very excited about continuing our working relationship on this new venture with GIS Planning and the unveiling of this new platform to support the Buffalo Niagara Commercial Listing System because of the positive message it sends to the corporate community and the companies in our targeted industry clusters. Over 90% of initial site selection screening is done on-line now, and the immediate access to critical business development and site specific information provided through the new system tells people that we are a progressive community that is serious about attracting their business investment.''

The http://WesternNewYork.ZoomProspector.com website is built upon ZoomProspector Enterprise technology by industry leader GIS Planning Inc. and positions Buffalo Niagara Enterprise at the cutting-edge of economic development organizations websites in the United States.

Click here to see their press release on this launch. This groundbreaking website is the first of its kind in the nation to integrate local geographic information system (GIS) data like USDA Rural Business Programs and New Market Tax Credit Incentives, NY State wind farms, drive times to major points of local interest, and 100 Year Flood Plains into a local economic development organization’s website using the latest version of ZoomProspector Enterprise.

Other key features include powerful demographic analysis, sophisticated community and business search capabilities, as well as a fully integrated social media strategy. The GIS powered website is built upon both ESRI ArcGIS and Google Maps technology, and offers state-of-the-art site selection mapping tools capabilities.

The WesternNewYork.ZoomProspector.com website is also integrated with GIS Planning’s national site selection search engine http://www.ZoomProspector.com, which allows website visitors worldwide to do a national search of cities and commercial properties that match their unique criteria. When a community or any commercial property in the Buffalo Niagara region matches a business search on ZoomProspector.com, the user can immediately click through to the new GIS website to analyze the unique business advantages.

According to Anatalio Ubalde, CEO and co-founder of GIS Planning, ''We are pleased to partner with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise in their mission to attract business investment to their powerful eight-county Western New York region. By implementing the ZoomProspector technology, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise joins a network of over 200 leading organizations that are investing in a proven technology that provides measurable results. We look forward to the business and job growth this partnership will create for the Buffalo Niagara region.''

About GIS Planning, Inc.

As the inventor of online GIS implementations over 12 years ago, GIS Planning Inc. (http://www.gisplanning.com) today has over 200 Economic Development Organization GIS implementations. With the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA and covering over 11,500 cities as clients, its ZoomProspector Enterprise technology is the industry standard in economic development.

GIS Planning is also the parent company of ZoomProspector.com, the largest nationwide website for corporate real estate professionals and site location experts seeking the right location for their business. GIS Planning is an exclusive partner of the International Economic Development Council, and has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the US for the past three years. In addition, GIS Planning has been covered in over 100 leading news publications, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune Small Business and Inc magazine.

About Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, a private, non-profit, marketing, business and economic development organization, is the point of contact for business attraction and investment in the eight counties of the Buffalo Niagara region. Since its launch in 1999 by members of the local business community, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise has attracted more than $3.7 billion in capital investment and created or retained over 30,000 jobs in the region.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise provides comprehensive economic development assistance to new and existing companies. Working with local economic development groups, real estate & development professionals, governmental agencies, utilities and private sector business leaders, BNE assists businesses seeking to re-locate or expand in the region with access to the various incentives, financing, site selection and other services relevant to their project.

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