ZoomProspector closed beta shows a lot of potential

I got to take a look at ZoomProspector’s closed beta, and I have to say that I’m thoroughly impressed if it’s going where I think it’s going.
Here’s the thing. In the world of information brokering, demographic data is extremely important since not only does it allow historical trending to predict where the economics of an area is going, but it also allows you to determine population densities, shopping patterns, and all sorts of interesting data. Just based on what people make in a city can really be helpful in changing the environment itself, especially for “economic developers”.
For those that have been involved in economic development, they’ll know that shooting blindly into the dark is one way to throw money into a river when there’s no planning involved. Locally, we’d know this information as the McKinsey Report of 2000. This mashup with the GIS data alongside demographic data with Google Maps shows not only what and where, but it also gives a vantage point from what locales are in direct competition with you for jobs, communities, housing, and so forth.
Now ZoomProspector allows you to do all of this data online at the touch of your fingertips. I’m unsure if there will be a price involved at some point but it definitely is probably worthwhile from a city’s economic development perspective if the sources of data are reliable and there is a lot of it in the database.
From a business growth perspective, there is many things that can be achieved through this information resource and depending on how they sell it to the governments (my suspicion is through a subscription based model) on more pertinent data, it can really get into the nitty gritty of graphs and charts to show all sorts of fun stuff. I’m definitely hoping that this sticks around since I can think of a number of things I can use this for to help out my local community.