City of Edmonton, Canada, Launches GIS Planning Web Tool to Attract Businesses and Jobs

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Business owners and site selectors can instantly access available properties and demographic data through free economic development website,

“This tool is part of our efforts to market Edmonton as a destination for industrial development and investment,” said Rick Sloan, City of Edmonton.

Business owners considering investing in Edmonton, Canada, have a new high tech tool to help them make smarter decisions. The City of Edmonton, in partnership with GIS Planning Inc., has launched the Industrial Land Site Locator (, a free website designed to help businesses start up, expand or relocate to Edmonton.

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

"We are pleased to offer this tool to assist developers, investors and realtors to find the right location for industrial development investment opportunities," said Rick Sloan, Senior Policy Advisor of Sustainable Development for the City of Edmonton. "This tool is part of our efforts to market Edmonton as a destination for industrial development and investment."

San Francisco-based GIS Planning created the online software that powers the Industrial Land Site Locator, which allows users to:

  • Search for available industrial land for sale and lease using very specific criteria, and display properties on an interactive map that depicts specific points of interest, demographic information and more.
  • Explore existing businesses in the City of Edmonton by general and specific industry classifications, and by size and performance.
  • Find locations in Edmonton that match specific demographic, labour force, transportation and geographic profiles.
  • Easily save property, demographic, community and business reports.

“Since nearly all initial site selection screening is conducted online, the City of Edmonton’s new system will help businesses instantly gather information they need to make investment decisions,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning. “We’ve taken a complex, burdensome process that used to require weeks of research and reduced it to minutes at”

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

About the City of Edmonton
The City of Edmonton (, Alberta's capital city, is an international transportation hub with excellent land development options and a streamlined building permit process. The City maintains a variety of reports and publications including land inventory analysis, demographic trends and forecasts, taxes and utility charges comparison with other cities, as well as other facts and information that may be beneficial to your home, group, or business.

About GIS Planning
GIS Planning (, 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, a free website that enables companies to identify the best locations to start-up, expand or relocate, and, 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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