ASHEVILLE,Navigational Sciences, a developer of advanced geographic information system information (GIS) applications and solutions, is expanding its operations to Asheville.

The company said it would hire 12 people and investment $2 million in equipment for the technical operations center.

Navigational Sciences is based in Charleston, SC. Some of its investors are based in Western North Carolina.

Eric Dobson, the company’s president, said Asheville was selected for the new center for reasons such as access to digital infrastructure, quality of life and support services offered by the economic development group Advantage West and its related organizations, the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and the Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network.

“We plan to open a major operations center in Asheville that, as our business grows, will create high quality, technology jobs,” Dobson said in a statement. “Western North Carolina is an exciting place making great strides in technology, and we view it as the ideal location for an entrepreneurial business such as ours. We already have local ties, because of the success we’ve found in raising local investment dollars through the Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network.”

AdvantageWest recruited the company, which received a $25,000 incentive package fro the group and Buncombe County.

“This is a big day for us,” said Jim Roberts, the executive director of the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network. “If we can attract and grow this kind of company to western North Carolina, we’ll transform our economy and create new opportunities for our future.”