In the spirit of the Google Fiber project, GIS Planning Inc. is launching a site selection analytics tool to help make Google’s decision a little easier.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 1, 2010
Since Google’s announcement that it plans to install an ultra-high speed network in a select number of pilot cities around the country, the company has received over 1,100 community responses and almost 195,000 individual requests. Eager cities have put substantial efforts into elaborate and often humorous campaigns to attract the search engine leader to install high speed Internet, which will have incredible benefits for the local economy of the winning community. Today, Google even renamed itself to Topeka as an April Fool’s joke, a nod to that city’s decision to rename itself Google, Kansas.
In the spirit of the Google Fiber project, GIS Planning Inc. is launching a site selection analytics tool to help make Google’s decision a little easier. The Google Fiber Community Search tool on ZoomProspector.com (a free website that helps businesses find the best communities to succeed) lets users evaluate the leading campaigns and returns a ranked list of the top five communities for Google Fiber.
Every time a community is ranked #1, it generates a "vote" for that community that is tracked on the website. While the quiz is for fun and selects communities that have performed some of the most outstanding marketing stunts, the data about the communities is 100% real. Clicking through to the profile of any city reveals a wealth of detailed demographics that are of value to any business making a site location decision.
Since its launch, the tool has already been featured on various Facebook fan pages like I Want Google Fiber in Sarasota, as featured communities vie to rank their city to the top of the list. In the words of Facebook user Rosemary Kestner Kauffman, “AWESOME, BABY! WE'RE RANKED #1”
According to Arti Kuthiala, Marketing Director at GIS Planning, “The economic development industry is going through a quiet revolution right now, with an infusion of young professionals leveraging the power of social media. Google is providing the platform for cities around the country to showcase their community, and communities are rising to the challenge with truly innovative and fun campaigns. For economic developers who are still questioning the relevance of social media to the economic development industry, this is a fantastic example of the power of social media to get your community on the map!”
Go to ZoomProspector.com/GoogleFiber to cast your vote now.
About GIS Planning, Inc.:
As the inventor of online GIS implementations over 12 years ago, GIS Planning Inc. 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.
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