New Statewide Job-Creation Website for Ohio Launches to Fight Back Against Current Economic Crisis

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First state in the nation to have this type of service within leading business location search engine ZoomProspector.com

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ZoomProspector.com has been in the national media quite a lot in 2009, including in Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune Small Business, Inc., Entrepreneur, CFO Magazine and many other major publications

In response to the current economic crisis and the increasingly competitive global economy, a new statewide commercial properties website launched today for Ohio. With Ohio Prospector, Ohio becomes the first state in the nation to have this type of service as part of the popular business location search engine, ZoomProspector.com. The Ohio-focused website is available at http://Ohio.ZoomProspector.com.

Using an interactive online mapping interface, the site allows businesses to search for commercial properties, view demographic data for the entire state, visualize infrastructure and business incentive areas, and to generate location specific reports to best determine where to locate a business.

"The website includes thousands of commercial properties across Ohio, as well as up-to-date demographic data on every city and county in the state. It is a tremendous tool for any business to use, including corporate site selection professionals," remarked Andrew Kuchta, Director of Economic Development for Clermont County. "It is the first statewide economic development website that integrates property search with community characteristics such as population size, income, and college education. This allows businesses to find the optimal community to invest in the state and gives Ohio a competitive advantage," he said.    

The initiative was supported by efforts from a number of major economic development organizations across the state of Ohio, including organizations in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Clermont County among others. Each of these economic development organizations has their own local map-based property search websites, all built by GIS Planning, Inc., the official partner of the International Economic Development Council, the main membership organization for the economic development profession. GIS Planning is also the company behind ZoomProspector.com.

"We felt that by offering this dedicated section of ZoomProspector.com to focus on Ohio, we could help both our clients and the state as a whole to attract and retain both businesses and talented professionals," said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO and co-founder of GIS Planning, which runs ZoomProspector.com.

A few other states have already launched statewide commercial property search tools using GIS Planning's Software-as-a-Service technology called ZoomProspector Enterprise, but Ohio is the first state to have this type of service offered through ZoomProspector.com.

"There was demand from economic development organizations in Ohio as well as from businesses and corporate site selection professionals that we offer a statewide application for Ohio, and with Ohio Prospector, we now do," said Ubalde.

"ZoomProspector.com has been in the national media quite a lot in 2009, including in Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune Small Business, Inc., Entrepreneur, CFO Magazine and many other major publications," said Doug Moormann of the Cincinnati USA Partnership. "So by integrating our recently-updated CincinnatiUSAProspector with Ohio Prospector, the Cincinnati region and all of Ohio are benefiting from all of this exposure to the business community, which is invaluable," he said.

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