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Economic Development

Create sustainable business growth

Discover where to invest in your community for greatest impact

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Build a strong community

To be successful, economic developers need to understand their community's strengths—whether it's an educated and diverse workforce, affordable housing, lower cost of living, great transportation, or a thriving local economy. Leaders can use location intelligence to visualize and analyze business and community growth potential, combining data about demographics, lifestyle, and spending. This strategic approach helps communities create jobs, identify opportunities for economic gardening, and attract new business.

See your economy grow

Smart maps provide community leaders, businesses, and investors with key data and iterative development plans in real time.

  • Attract new residents and businesses with destination branding powered by analytics, reports, and maps.
  • Identify gaps in goods, services, and infrastructure to improve quality of life.
  • Support site selection, planning, territory analysis, retail comparison, merchandise mix evaluations, and customer segmentation and targeting.
  • Identify opportunity zones and empower sustainable growth using data-driven maps.
3D digital map highlights data such as a young couple, a grocery store, and construction worker walking through a site


Create economic strategies, access real-time information, and see business data in context using location intelligence technology from the Esri Geospatial Cloud.


Learn more about economic development

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    A Little-Known Alternative to Wooing Amazon

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