Idaho Department of Commerce Becomes First State to Implement GIS Planning’s New Heat Map Technology

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Business owners and site selectors can visualize demographics, consumer expenditures, labor force data and available properties, using sophisticated heat maps on http://www.GemStateProspector.com.

Idaho Commerce is the first U.S. state to utilize GIS Planning’s sophisticated heat mapping technology.

“Gem State Prospector, with the new heat mapping technology provided by GIS Planning, allows us to be more responsive to our customers by making easily accessible data just a click away," said Jeffery Sayer, director of Idaho Commerce.

Businesses considering investing in Idaho have a new high tech mapping resource at GemStateProspector.com. Idaho Commerce announced today that it has become the first U.S. state to utilize GIS Planning’s sophisticated heat mapping technology to display detailed data on demographics, labor force and consumer expenditures across all industries.

“Idaho Commerce is constantly striving to fulfill the needs of business, and locating complex data sets to aid in decision making is a challenge many of our customers face,” said Jeffery Sayer, director of Idaho Commerce. “Gem State Prospector, with the new heat mapping technology provided by GIS Planning, allows us to be more responsive to our customers by making easily accessible data just a click away.”

Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software, the free website provides immediate access to dynamic real estate, demographic and industry data and displays available commercial properties on an interactive heat map.

“We’re proud that Idaho is our first state client to embrace the latest version of our mapping technology, which enables businesses to quickly evaluate locations within the state based on more than 500 variables,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning. “We believe this powerful technology will give Idaho a competitive advantage, since nearly all initial site selection screening is conducted online.”

In addition, GemStateProspector.com allows visitors to:

  •     Search for available buildings and sites using very specific criteria, and display properties on an interactive map that can also show specific points of interest, demographic information and more.
  •     Explore existing businesses in Idaho by general and specific industry classifications, and by size and performance.
  •     Find locations in Idaho that match specific demographic, labor force, transportation and geographic profiles.
  •     Easily save property, demographic, community and business reports.

The website is built using state-of-the-art site selection mapping capabilities including ZoomProspector Enterprise and Google Maps technologies.

About GIS Planning
GIS Planning, http://www.gisplanning.com, is the world leader in online economic development solutions. More than 13,000 U.S. cities in 42 states are served by the company’s GIS software, which provides real estate, demographic and industry data to help site selection professionals. GIS Planning invented ZoomProspector.com, a free website that enables companies to identify the best locations to start-up, expand or relocate, and SizeUp.com, a free tool to help businesses grow. GIS Planning is an exclusive partner of the International Economic Development Council, and has been on the Inc. 5000 list for the past four years.

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