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New Technology in San Antonio Allows for Fast, Insightful Business Relocation Intelligence

Businesses considering investing in San Antonio have a new high tech resource to help them make smarter decisions. The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), the City of San Antonio, GIS Planning and Xceligent have launched a cutting-edge economic development tool, the San Antonio Site Locator (SASL) at

“Whether you’re a small business owner looking to grow or a multi-national corporation scouting for a new headquarters, this new tool will make it easier for potential investors to consider San Antonio,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

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

“We continually work to be the most progressive, welcoming and accessible market for businesses who are considering expanding or relocating their operations,” says SAEDF President Mario Hernandez.  “This great new online platform is one of the many resources our community provides those businesses, to help facilitate economic development and job producing investments.”

The San Antonio Site Locator (SASL) allows visitors to:

  • Search for available buildings and sites using very specific criteria, and display properties on an interactive map that can also show specific points of interest, demographic information and more.
  • Explore existing businesses in San Antonio by general and specific industry classifications, and by size and performance.
  • Find locations in San Antonio that match specific demographic, labor force, transportation and geographic profiles.
  • Easily save property, demographic, community and business reports.

San Francisco-based GIS Planning created the online software that powers the new system, which connects to the State of Texas’ website,

“We’re thrilled to serve the nation’s seventh largest city and one of the fastest growing regions in the country with our software as a service technology,” said Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning.  “San Antonio joins the state of Texas in employing our ZoomProspector technology to attract, retain and grow business.”

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

About the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is a private, non-profit organization responsible for attracting new business and industry to San Antonio. The organization has been responsible for the recruitment of more than 360 companies that collectively employ nearly 95,000 San Antonians.  For more information, about the SAEDF please visit For more information about San Antonio’s business landscape, Like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @SanAntonioEDF.

A Model City for all America: San Antonio

San Antonio is a model city for the new face of America—a diverse, progressive and globally competitive city with a solid vision for national and international economic development. The City of San Antonio maintains a strong financial position with a “AAA” general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies.  The Milken Institute has ranked San Antonio No. 1 on its Best-Performing Cities list.  As the seventh-largest city in the United States, San Antonio is experiencing solid economic growth in 21st century industries such as bioscience and healthcare.  Biotech companies and healthcare systems in San Antonio contribute billions to the local economy. The Aerospace industry remains a dominant economic strength in San Antonio with the presence of several aviation and aerospace corporations, including the military.   The military has had a significant relationship with San Antonio for more than 200 years and is home to several military commands.  The city is also a cybersecurity hub; nationally recognized as a leader in the field of information security.  San Antonio is positioning itself to be at the forefront of the New Energy Economy in the United States, committed to investing and creating employment opportunities in green industries.  The travel industry also remains a consistent growing economy for the city, as millions of people visit San Antonio on a yearly basis.  For more information, visit

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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This entry was posted on July 25, 2012 by in Press Releases.

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