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June 15, 2009

GCS Research has delivered a "first-of-a-kind" web portal for economic developers across the State of Montana. Working closely with ESRI and their Business Analyst ArcWeb Services enterprise package, GCS integrated statewide business marketing and demographic information into a robust, geospatially driven application portal for the entire State of Montana.

Known as Montana Means Business, the web application utilizes ArcGIS 9.3 technology, custom ASP.NET applications, and newly engineered Google Maps services to provide a host of reporting and analytical tools. Designed as an enterprise solution, Montana Means Business is a network based approach to GIS enabled applications. Reporting services are hosted and maintained by ESRI, mapping and imagery services are comingled with the State of Montana GIS servers, and Google Map services are consumed into a unified application portal designed to assist economic development officers in pursuing local, regional, and statewide initiatives of relevance to specific projects.

Early prototypes of Montana Means Business were utilized to assist one economic development corporation in successfully communicating key geographic, demographic, and marketing information to a large firm looking to establish a major presence in the State of Montana. Gaining access to the Montana Means Business information resources played a key role in securing the interest of the national party and achieving one of the biggest business recruitment success stories in the State of Montana history.