Pennsylvania’s innovative online data tool and property inventory on PASiteSearch.com recently upgraded to the latest version of GIS Planning’s ZoomProspector, in partnership with PA’s Department of Community & Economic Development and Team Pennsylvania. The redesigned tool makes finding and evaluating communities and sites for business relocation or expansion even easier than before. With an improved intuitive design community stakeholders, site selectors, realtors, and existing businesses can make informed decisions using the latest market intelligence and data visualization tools.

“We’ve seen tremendous project activity in Pennsylvania in recent months, particularly in manufacturing.” says Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “To keep business expansion and relocation projects coming in, we are always looking for ways to make it easy for decision-makers to find exactly what they need in Pennsylvania. These latest upgrades to PASiteSearch.com are just another way we are helping businesses work smart and live happy in Pennsylvania.”

The interactive tools on PASiteSearch.com are mobile-friendly and put key data at the fingertips of website visitors. These include the newly redesigned sites and buildings property locator, ZoomProspector, and standalone data tools known as Intelligence Components on different pages. These are all provided by GIS Planning, the industry leader in economic development software. As site selectors or prospective investors assessing possible business locations can easily find the most accurate and up-to-date information on thousands of variables. Existing businesses and potential investors can research, analyze and export local and regional data on demographics, consumer spending, labor force, business, industry, infrastructure, and other GIS points of interest. Research can be easily exported, emailed, or shared on social media networks.

“Market research shows that more than 98% of site selectors research locations online before contacting local officials,” explains Anatalio Ubalde, cofounder and comanaging director of GIS Planning Inc., the industry leading company that built the data tools. “You need to provide this critical data online when they get there or risk losing potential investment. With these data tools, the State of Pennsylvania is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Between July and October 2020, Pennsylvania completed 23 new business expansion and relocation projects, 19 of which were in manufacturing and included major national and international companies like the Hershey Company, Ball, Nestle Purina PetCare, and CANPACK. These 23 projects brought in total capital investment of more than $1.7 billion, 4,367 new jobs, and 11,117 retained employees.

PASiteSearch.com is just one of the many resources offered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in collaboration with Team Pennsylvania to help site selectors and businesses looking for locations in the state. For expert help in identifying sites, gathering data on demographics, labor, and industries in Pennsylvania, as well as tailored assistance packages, the Governor’s Action Team works with businesses to meet their specific needs.

To learn more about business expansion or relocation opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact the Governor’s Action Team at 717-787-8199 or ra-gat@pa.gov.

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