The Washington County Economic Development Council has a new face in the form of Tania Zeisler, who has been brought on board as the organization’s first research associate.
Zeisler, a native of Alexandria, Va., will primarily be utilizing geographic information systems as part of the council’s ongoing efforts to recruit more business to the area.
“I’ll be doing a lot of GIS work to promote economic development and try to locate businesses at locations where they’ll do well,” she said.
GIS is a key component to making maps, analyzing property, utilities, topography and demographics.
Government agencies are beginning to use GIS more and more, and Zeisler said she is happy to come to a new community where she can use her skills to promote economic development.
“I’m really excited to move to the area and really become a part of the community. Since it is a new position, it kind of reaffirms that GIS is really up and coming and hopefully it can really help the area,” she said.
Zeisler recently graduated from Virginia Tech, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in geography.
Before deciding to go the GIS route, she studied chemistry. After finding out more about GIS and how more entities are utilizing it, she decided it would be a good career field to study.
“You can apply it to lots of different things, so I’ve really enjoyed being able to apply it to different disciplines and different types of problems,” she said.
Economic Development Council Interim CEO Mitch Miller said Zeisler’s addition to the team will be extraordinarily helpful as the council works to bring more investment to the area.
“That’s going to be a key task she’s going to look at and she’s going to analyze sites throughout this county and look at everything from proximity to infrastructure to the way the site lays, and that’s where you use GIS to be able to do that,” he said.