East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is providing access to new data tools to promote business relocation and expansion. Economic Development Corporation leaders can now use Geographic Information System (GIS) software available from GIS Planning to instantly guide intelligent business analysis and site selection in the region.

The tools are available through the East Texas Economic Development District (ETEDD) and include ZoomProspector, the industry's leading online GIS location analysis tool, the Community Profile data infographic, and the interactive Demographic Intelligence Component

The easy-to-use tools make information, research, and analysis accessible to community stakeholders, site selectors, realtors, and businesses making location decisions. Existing businesses can access a specialized portal with additional market intelligence to help them grow their companies.

GIS Planning offers the gold standard in economic development software. Users can use it to research, analyze, and export local and regional data on demographics, consumer spending, labor force, business, industry, infrastructure, and more. The software is mobile friendly and allows research to be easily exported, emailed, or shared on social media networks.

"The benefits from the integration of ZoomProspector into our website are immeasurable. Critical data for our community is now easily available through our website, and the ability for us to paint a strong picture of our community is essential in our business attraction efforts," says Chuck Vanderbilt, Community and Economic Development Manager for ETCOG.

ETCOG has purchased licensing for each of the EDCs in the region to have access to the tools and add properties to the site directly. Staff members are in the process of rolling out the tools to all EDC members, and 70 properties have been added to date. 

"ZoomProspector is a critical tool for our organization to market East Texas to site selectors," says Paula Gentry, board chair of ETEDD. "ZoomProspector makes community information and data easily accessible to businesses considering East Texas and positions the ETEDD to be the first step in their location decision."

For information contact Lynda David  at or (903) 218-6411.

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