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Two clients in Greater Washington set their sights on boosting economic development…

Could Metropolitan Washington Win Amazon HQ2?

The time frame was short, and the stakes were extremely high. would soon be choosing a location for its new headquarters, and more than 200 cities and regions were trying to lure the business giant to them.
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Montgomery County’s Powerful Story—Powerfully Told

Montgomery County, Maryland has a great story to tell … but it needed to be told in a dynamic new way. That was the goal of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) when they asked us to tell the County’s story through data-driven maps. They trusted us to highlight the most compelling metrics that sustain and grow business success in the County.
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Datastory empowers economic development agencies to help their communities shine. Economic developers can easily say what is true and unique about their state, county, city, or town. Datastory helps you find the story and tell it in a way that differentiates your community from others.

Using location analytics, we reveal opportunities that match businesses with communities. We create portals that share localized data about demographics, traffic, and tax incentives to developers and investors. We help our clients author Datastories that engage prospects and tell the story about what is and what will be in the community.

Many times, economic development agencies struggle with getting data and maps from government sources. We know how to bridge that gap.

When helpful data exists, we translate “GIS tech-speak” to be relevant to businesses. When good data doesn’t yet exist, we deploy tools that help our clients collect what’s needed from the field.

Positioning your community is about presenting data and a compelling story. This is what Datastory does.

We Help Economic Development Clients Ask & Answer Questions Like These

Public Relations Director

What’s the most compelling way to highlight my jurisdiction?
Engage prospects and differentiate your opportunities with Story Maps.

Executive Director

How can I convey what “will be” in the future?
Author maps that reveal the future by showing plans and virtual scenes of future development.


Where is the best source of data about my jurisdiction?
Create a portal that establishes you as the authoritative source of data for prospects.

Urban Planner

What’s the best use for this development opportunity?
Discover what each site “wants to be” based on the data for that market.

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