2016 Annual New Mexico Data Users Conference to add New Mexico Decennial Focus Group

October 14, 2016

The Data Bank at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) invites you to attend its eighteenth Annual Data Users Conference on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center.

This year the afternoon will feature an additional breakout to focus on New Mexico’s preparations for the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will be sending representatives from the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) and Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) program to inform participants of these programs and how participation by the state will ensure a complete count in 2020. Then the working group New Mexico Decennial Focus Group a Geospatial Advisory Committee (GAC) Subcommittee will hold a round table discussion on the issues facing NM and it’s interactions with the Census Bureau in preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census. These two sessions will be open to both conference attendees and the public. To those who are just interested in Decennial Focus Group please RSVP with the Data Bank at 277-3038.

The conference plenary session will feature Census Bureau speakers on new tools for data retrieval, Census Business Builder and 2020 Decennial preparations. Additionally, Robert Rhatigan of UNM Geospatial Population Studies will discuss annual population estimates and projections for the state of New Mexico.

The luncheon speaker will be BBER’s director Jeff Mitchell.  Jeff will present a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook boldly right after the elections.

The conference breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics which should be of interest to business and U.S. Census data users alike. There are two speakers who will cover Foreign Trade Data. The first from the Economic Indicators Division of the US Census Bureau to cover statistics collected by the bureau under title 13 on all goods valued at more than $2,500 shipped out of the country. The second, Steve Beleu, a knowledgeable national trainer on foreign trade data will cover other federal government sources of export data. Businesses interested in exporting goods should find this information valuable. Other speakers will cover topics on RGIS mapping, American Fact Finder, and Labor Market Information. A full list of speakers is available at the NM Data Users Conference page.

Early Registration is $55 per person. Registration after November 2nd is $65 and registration the day of the conference is $75.  Registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and a buffet luncheon.  For more information and a draft agenda, visit: NM Data Users Conference  or call (505) 277-3038.