Planetizen Names ZoomProspector as One of its Top 10 Websites of 2009

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National site selection analysis website chosen as on of the Top 10 Websites of 2009

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We designed and built ZoomProspector.com to free up nationwide geographic and demographic information for any business or individual to use. My co-founder, Pablo Monzon, and I both have a Masters in City Planning degree, so this recognition within our profession is truly an honor.

Planetizen, one of the most respected websites for the city planning, design and development profession, has named ZoomProspector as one of its Top 10 Websites of 2009. Awarded since 2002, Planetizen's Top Websites award is one of the most prestigious online awards in urban planning, design and economic development.

Nominations for this award can only be submitted by Planetizen's subscribers and staff, and are vetted and voted on by the website's editors. The awards criteria includes "provides a service to the planning and development community", "availability to the general public", "frequently updated and current" and "web accessibility".

According to Planetizen, "Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for those interested in planning, design, and development."

"The depth and functionality of ZoomProspector make it a great tool for anyone interested in uncovering the demographic and economic data of a location. We chose to recognize the site because it takes a new approach to economic development information, making it accessible to anyone," said Tim Halbur, Managing Editor of Planetizen.

"We are pleased to be recognized by Planetizen as one of this year's top ten websites," said Anatalio Ubalde, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ZoomProspector and parent company GIS Planning, Inc. "We designed and built ZoomProspector.com to free up nationwide geographic and demographic information for any business or individual to use. My co-founder, Pablo Monzon, and I both have a Masters in City Planning degree, so this recognition within our profession is truly an honor."

The awards recognition described ZoomProspector saying: "… this tool enables users to look up data for any community based on a number of demographic criteria. Because the site gathers data from multiple sources, including those at the local level, ZoomProspector is able to boast more detailed, informative searches. Although intended for companies looking to expand to new properties, ZoomProspector is just as fun to tinker with, offering a new way to explore communities."

As Planetizen points out, ZoomProspector.com allows companies to find the community that best matches its workforce needs, target customer base and infrastructure requirements, among other requirements. Then ZoomProspector.com uses its online mapping technology to search and display recommended cities and commercial properties. Until ZoomProspector.com, this level of analysis involved weeks of research going to multiple government offices, real estate companies and other data sources. Now the research can be done in minutes at no cost to the end user.

GIS Planning Inc., creator of ZoomProspector.com , is on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., with more than 180 economic development organization clients, and is an exclusive partner of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the main worldwide economic development membership organization. GIS Planning & ZoomProspector.com have been covered in over 100 leading news publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, The Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, CNET, The Oregonian, The Boston Globe, the Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press.

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