GIS Planning Clients Win Big Once Again at the IEDC 2010 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

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The International Economic Development Council awarded numerous GIS Planning clients for their industry-wide leading websites at the IEDC 2010 Annual Conference special awards ceremony in Columbus, OH.

GIS Planning Clients at the IEDC 2010 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has once again awarded numerous GIS Planning clients for their industry-leading websites at the IEDC 2010 Annual Conference special awards ceremony in Columbus, OH, where GIS Planning clients won a total of 18 awards.

This year, GIS Planning clients also again took the Internet and New Media category by storm, winning an award for every division within that category. The Internet & New Media Awards rewarded websites for their quantifiable results, quality of both data and content, as well as visual appeal and navigability.

In the General Purpose Website category, Hutto Economic Development Corporation was the category winner for communities under 25,000, while the City of Cincinnati was the category winner for populations between 25,000-200,000, and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise received an honorable mention for communities with a population over 500,000. General Purpose Websites are chosen for their ability to effectively promote services and offer information to clients.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center’s CTSiteFinder.com website was the category winner for communities with a population greater than 500,000 in the Special Purpose Website category, which honors websites for their excellence in promoting community data/demographics, sites and buildings, GIS and tourism.

Melissa Pasquale, Director of Real Estate at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center said, "As the industry leader in economic development web sites, GIS Planning has been a true partner and resource throughout the redesign of the CERC SiteFinder. We are excited to have won this award and recognize the value that GIS Planning has given our web site for not only our local commercial real estate members, but also site selectors and businesses on a global level. We look forward to continued success and further innovation through this great partnership."

In the New Media category, which highlights innovative uses of emerging technologies to further economic development initiatives, Bellville Economic Development Corporation won for their BellvilleProspector.com website for communities under 25,000, while GIS Planning had the honor of winning the category for over 500,000 with the largest national site-selection website in the world, ZoomProspector.com.

All of these site selection websites were developed by GIS Planning and represent the best-of-breed technology in the industry. According to CEO of GIS Planning Anatalio Ubalde, ''It is rewarding for us to see GIS Planning clients win time and time again, and we are again very proud that our clients lead the forefront with groundbreaking websites at IEDC.''

In addition to the website awards, Hutto Economic Development Corporation won an honorable mention for General Purpose Brochure with a population under 25,000, while North East Indiana was the category winner for communities with a population greater than 500,000.

Hutto Economic Development Corporation also received an honorable mention for their Annual Report with a population under 25,000, while Anchorage Economic Development Corporation was the category winner for Annual Report for communities with a population between 200,000 and 500,000. Greater Louisville Inc. received an honorable mention for communities with a population greater than 500,000 for the best Paid Advertising Campaign, and Hutto Economic Development Corporation was the category winner for communities under 25,000 for Special Events, while Buffalo Niagara Enterprise received an honorable mention for communities with a population over 500,000.

In the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Single Events category, the City of Palmdale received an honorable mention for their Business Economic Stimulus Today (BEST) Program for communities with a population between 25,000 - 200,000, while the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce received an honorable mention for BRE Programs of 3 or More Years, for communities with a population between 200,000 - 500,000.

Greater Louisville Inc. received another honorable mention in the Entrepreneurship category for populations greater than 500,000, while the City of Cincinnati was once again the category winner for both the Sustainable and Green Development award and the Public-Private Partnership Award with a population between 25,000-200,000.

According to Bill Popp, President & CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, "GIS Planning has been great to work with on the development of our AnchorageProspector.com, KenaiPeninsulaProspector.com and MatSuProspector.com websites. In fact, the experience we’ve had with the original rollout went so well we are now working with GIS Planning to redeploy an updated version of the tools in the coming months. These sites have provided valuable information free of charge to real estate professionals, site selectors and our local business community.”

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
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 13,000 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 four 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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