StateBook International®

The Definitive Site for Site Selection

Frequently Asked Questions

About StateBook

What is StateBook?

StateBook International is the first proprietary online site selection marketplace that enables economic development organizations to showcase their community, Region and State. StateBook dramatically improves the process of site selection by aggregating editorial and objective data from economic development organizations throughout the United States in one centralized, searchable location. Site Selectors and Corporations have the ability to confidentially access, search, compare, and save results on information critical to site selection decisions for each economic development organization microsite.

Do I need an account to use StateBook?

All StateBook users need to create a free account. This account will give you access to a Dashboard where you can change your account information.

Where does StateBook collect its StateBook Stats data and how frequently is it updated?

Our data comes from government and private sources. StateBook data updates are dependent on the update schedule of the source material.  Each data point on StateBook lists a source and date, just click on the “i” and the source information will display.    

What level of data is available for each StateBook microsite?

StateBook provides aggregated data down to the county level.  If your EDO represents a city, the data will display for the county in which your city resides.  StateBook EDO members can add their own editorial data to their microsites to best present their specific community. StateBook also provides geosites with data at the County and MSA level.    


What is a StateBook Microsite?

Each economic development organization (EDO) in the United States is offered a microsite on StateBook to share information about their region. If you don't see your organization, you may add it free of charge by scrolling to the bottom of the search results.  

Why should an EDO become a member of StateBook?

StateBook connects EDOs through a technology platform with dynamic features and aggregated data. Each EDO microsite has the ability to be viewed, searched and compared by site selectors and corporations.  Once an EDO becomes a StateBook member, the StateBooks stats and EDO entered editorial would be viewable to site selectors. StateBook membership includes the ability to add unlimited information to your EDO site thereby enhancing visibility for searches and comparisons for your community.  StateBook International provides members with the maximum ability to successfully compete in a target rich environment for new jobs and new investment.  

Why add customized information to your StateBook microsite?

Approximately 90 percent of site selection decisions are made online before a site selector ever contacts an EDO.  StateBook membership allows EDOs to make their respective microsite more dynamic and robust and to clearly communicate the value and opportunities for investment within their community that is not completely evident in the objective data aggregated by StateBook.  EDO members also have the ability to add comments on each data point allowing site selectors to gain better insight to your community 

How much does a StateBook microsite cost?

A basic microsite is free to each EDO. A paid StateBook membership allows EDOs to add their own editorial data to their microsites and to add comments to StateBook Stats. Site selectors and companies will also be able to view and compare your EDO's StateBook Stats. Having a dynamic and robust microsite that clearly communicates the value and opportunities for investment within each community. To join as a paid EDO member of StateBook, please contact us at 845-383-1991 or

How do I claim my EDO's microsite?

  1. In the upper right corner of the website register for an individual account.
  2. Once you verify your email, search for your EDO name using the search box at the top of any page
  3. Click on your EDO name in the drop down list.  If you do not see your EDO, click “Add Your EDO” at the bottom of the list and fill out the form. 
  4. On your EDO microsite page, click “Claim this site” in the blue box in the left hand column, and follow the on-screen instructions.  (If you created your EDO you do not need to do this). Only one person may claim the microsite.  
  5. Once claimed, the admin may invite additional people to be a member of the microsite.  Navigate to the "Members" tab on your dashboard and click the "Invite" button on the top right.  Once an individual has accepted the invitation the admin may assign permission levels.

How do I edit my EDO microsite?

 Navigate to your microsite page (click the drop down arrow next to your user name or search for your EDO in the search bar) and click on "Edit View". The Backend CMS appears for each tab (and sometimes multiple tabs within a tab). 

  • To edit click the pencil (unpublished material will have a red bar)
  • Add additional information to comment bubbles in StateBook Stats
  • You may add additional sections on each tab to customize your microsite: General Section, Testimonial and Ranks & Awards
  • On the Case Study tab you may add a local case study
  • To publish for public view click the up arrow and the bar turns green
  • To view published material click Public view
  • To remove from public view click the icon with the x next to publish
  • Add links by click on the link icon in the text editor
  • Upload jpgs to augment your text. 
  • Top and Targeted Industries (Overview tab) and Largest Employers (Industries tab) all have forms to fill out that add your information to the map to be used as a filter.  To add Largest Employers or Top and Targeted Industries click the + button.  
  • To add a local incentive, click the Add a Section button at the top of the page and select Incentive

How do I access the compare page?

Become a paid EDO member to view communities side by side and compare data and statistics that are important to your community.  As a paid member you will also have access to StateBook's robust tools to create meaningful reports. To become a paid EDO member contact StateBook at or call 845-383-1991

How do I add properties to Sites & Buildings?

It is very easy to add a property to Sites & Buildings

  1. Navigate to your dashboard
  2. Select Sites & Buildings on the left hand side
  3. Once the menu drops down - select Sites & Buildings
  4. Click “Create Listing"

How do I add new users and manage membership to my EDO?

The EDO Admin has the ability to invite additional people to become an admin, editor or data user on the EDO microsite.  Once an individual is invited through the membership tab and accepts the invitation they will be able to edit the microsite and/or have access to the compare page and data.

Manage Membership:

  1. Navigate to the Dashboard
  2. Click on your microsite name in the bar on the left-hand side
  3. Click on "Members" tab
  4. To add a new member, click on "Invite Member" and add the email addresses of the individuals you would like to invite.  Emails are sent when you click invite.
  5. Once the recipient clicks the link in the email they will be associated with your microsite.
  6. The account admin will be able to assign permission levels, manage members, resend invites and remove users

How do I add a link to my microsite?

To add a link to a new page create a hyperlink by highlighting a portion of your text and clicking on the "link" icon in the text editor.  Once the window opens, paste the destination url in the box and click add.  To remove a link, highlight the text that contains the link and click the scissor icon.  The page will open in a new tab. 

How do I change my logo?

1. Next to your user name in the upper right hand corner - click the drop down arrow and select "dashboard"
2.On the left hand side scroll down the gray bars until you see your EDO  listed and click open the arrow.
3. Click on Organization Profile (You must be an administrator of your EDO to access the Organization Profile page)
4. The logo upload is on the upper right hand side of the page

Advertiser FAQ

What are all of the advertisement options on StateBook International?

StateBook offers advertisements on every microsite and for each and every category within a microsite. StateBook currently offers display ads, contextual ads, real estate ads and business listings. Available land and buildings can be featured and each advertisement can be customized to maximize exposure and opportunity. Click here to see the detailed list of StateBook advertisements.

How do I add a Sites & Buildings Listing

  1. Sign into your Statebook Account
  2. Navigate to your dashboard (upper right-hand corner of any page)
  3. Select Sites & Buildings from the left-hand menu on the dashboard (click into the drop down)
  4. Click “Create Listing” and follow the widget
  5. StateBook will publish the listing

Site Selector FAQ

How do I use StateBook?

Users may confidentially search and compare locations by county, MSA or EDO, and create detailed reports using StateBook's data aggregated from dozens of reliable, independent, third-party databases. Our powerful, interactive GIS Map enables you to easily access and filter thousands of data points to identify locations that best meet your parameters.

Search & Filter

Select from more than 60,000 data points to filter to the communities that meet your business's specific needs.  Identify EDOs and visit their microsites to learn more about the communities you are interested in. 


View communities side by side to compare data and statistics you care about. Use our robust tools to create meaningful reports.  

Subscribe to access Compare and build custom Reports

Become a paid subscriber to access StateBook’s robust comparison and reporting tools. StateBook’s Compare pages enable you to compare our more than 20,000 data points across communities, use the data to create customized reports and more.

Is my information confidential?

All information is confidential.  StateBook will not disclose any member’s personal information.

Compare Page

How many regions can I compare?

You may compare up to three regions.  If an EDO is not a member of StateBook please compare your desired community using the related County or MSA.

How do I access the data?

Select and click a data tab. Use the check boxes to select data points that are of interest to you, then click the My Summary tab to see your selections compiled in a customized report.

What information is on the "My Summary" tab?

All data points you select using the check boxes in each data tab are summarized on the "My Summary" tab. Your selections on this tab may be saved as a Template or a Report, or exported as an excel document. You may also print your reports from this tab.

How do I clear my selections, print and export my reports?

Clear Button: Use this to clear regions and/or data points so you can add new ones or start over.

Print Preview Button: Preview the information in the My Summary Tab as a report. Print as a pdf.

Export Button: Export the information in the My Summary tab to xls or xlsx.


How do I save templates and reports?

Save Button: Both Templates and Reports may be associated with an overall Project. (To create a Project, type a Project name and click save or pick from previously saved Projects.)·        

Template: Select data points from the various tabs and save them as a template to save you work creating future reports. Saved templates are accessible here or in your dashboard, which is found by clicking your name in the top right corner of the screen.

Report:  Save your selected regions and data points as a Report to be printed or saved as a pdf or as an excel spreadsheet.

What is the Regions Folder?

The regions folder allows you to access custom regions created on the map and use them as a region in compare.

What is a Project?

You may name a Project (i.e., Project Maverick) and then save Templates and Reports within your Project. Think of the “Project” as the file folder that will hold all associated templates, reports and regions. Projects are accessible by clicking the “Project” button and in your dashboard, which is found by clicking your name in the top right corner of the screen.