Infogroup is Giving Government Agencies Data That Could Help COVID-19 Response

Through a partnership with Esri, Dallas-based Infogroup is providing business data that could help communities recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

A new partnership between Dallas-based Infogroup and California-based Esri aims to give government agencies a better handle on COVID-19.

Infogroup provides data and real-time business intelligence solutions to enterprises, small businesses, nonprofits, and political organizations. In teaming up with Esri, a longtime partner, Infogroup will be using its services to help various entities better evaluate, respond, and recover from the global pandemic.

Infogroup will be providing Points of Interest business data, which cover 7 million businesses nationwide. Infogroup said its attributes include business type, ownership, and the number of employees. 

The intent is to improve insights on healthcare supply and economic effects—the data supports those responding to COVID-19, allowing them to make better decisions on business continuity and recovery.

“At a time when the reality for small and enterprise businesses alike is changing every day, we’re pleased to help communities get a more accurate picture of what’s needed on the ground at a hyperlocal level,” Infogroup CEO and Chairman Michael Iaccarino said in a statement. “Even during this time of disruption, Infogroup continues to update our business database in real time to supply our partners and customers with more accurate and reliable information.” 

The data will be available in Esri’s Disaster Response Hub. Infogroup said in a statement the support it will provide includes:

• the identification and location of essential businesses;
• analysis of neighborhood business clusters and types to quantify economic impact;
• modeling COVID-19 testing sites based on community demand and access;
• estimating local economic impacts, tax revenues, unemployment and sectors at risk; and
• assessing changes to business categories, consumer spending, and business vitality.

Esri is an international supplier of geographic information system software, location intelligence, and geodatabase management. The company was created to help its customers unlock the full potential of data.

 Esri said its partnership with Infogroup will help the U.S. move into the next stage of coronavirus response.

“Combining Infogroup’s data with Esri’s technologies and capabilities,” said Helen Thompson, global marketing strategy manager for real estate, banking, and insurance at Esri, “provides actionable insight and decision-making for communities and people that need them most.”

Go here for more information on the disaster response hub.

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