The State of Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce recently selected GIS WebTech’s Recruit technology, becoming the latest economic development organization to choose GIS WebTech after a side-by-side comparison with legacy technologies.
Oklahoma’s choice of GIS WebTech’s Recruit technology follows recent selections by economic development organizations in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Texas — all in the last few months and all following side-by-side comparisons with legacy technologies. Our record growth has been driven, to a large degree, by customers switching from older apps that have failed to keep up with the fast pace of modern technology.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has a reputation for leadership in the use of technology in economic development, and the Department became one of GIS WebTech’s first clients when they selected an early version of Recruit in 2015. After working closely with GIS WebTech since then, the Department decided in 2020 to issue an RFP and conduct a new and rigorous comparison of available technologies.
“We were not surprised the Department wanted to see what options were available,” said Ron Bertasi, GIS WebTech CEO. “Our technology and our service are unmatched in the industry, and we encourage EDOs to compare Recruit to the older technologies that have served economic development with little innovation for years.”
After comparing Recruit to the older technologies, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce concluded that staying with the most advanced technology and the industry’s best service was an easy decision. In particular, the Department of Commerce valued a number of advanced features unavailable with legacy technologies:
- Customized drive times that take traffic into account
- Real-time access to the entire Esri data set
- Access to workforce data directly from the landing page
- Automated integration with Esri, allowing the Department to configure their own layers and include layers built in Esri by their government partner organizations
- Ability to show thousands of properties on the base map transparently, so as not to block other layers