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Community Development

Green spaces, well-planned roads, recreation, and affordable housing—these features attract people to a community. Planners, economic developers, and urban designers depend on the smart maps and spatial analytics in Esri's ArcGIS software to find the best ways to deliver what people want—a high quality of life and sustainable growth.


Ease traffic and accelerate business growth.

In Johns Creek, Georgia, the city makes data publicly available to enhance the lives of citizens. By sharing public works updates, such as road closures, in the traffic and navigation app Waze, the city helps drivers avoid delays. Using GIS software to give businesses access to data encourages them to develop apps, find new sites, and create services.

Guide growth

Use maps and analysis to guide open space, housing, infrastructure, and industry policies.

Plan sustainably

Model and compare natural and built infrastructure plans for resiliency and prosperity.

Improve quality of life

Understand the movement of people, goods, and services to inform development decisions.

Engage citizens

Use smart maps to gather input and share ideas with citizens and business leaders.

Specialized Apps

Esri CityEngine

Transform static data into 3D models to see projects from every angle, assess feasibility, and avoid costly mistakes.

Learn more about Esri CityEngine

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS

Manage the entire planning process—data, site suitability, comparisons, and reporting—in one place. Access your planning dashboard anywhere, anytime.

Learn more about GeoPlanner for ArcGIS

ArcGIS Business Analyst

Get data-driven maps and reports that show why your community is the best place to start or grow a business.

Learn more about ArcGIS Business Analyst for economic development

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