The 12th annual New Mexico Data Users Conference will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center. Sessions will begin in Ballroom C. The Continuing Education Conference Center is located at 1634 University Blvd., NE. The annual event is presented by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER).

This year's speakers are from the U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico Department of Health, N.M. Department of Workforce Solutions, Western New Mexico University, and two UNM groups including Geospatial and Population Studies, and BBER.

The conference will feature a plenary session, nine breakout sessions and luncheon presentations. Included are topics related to Census Bureau data and programs—2010 Census wrap up and product release schedule; the American Community Survey; upcoming major redesign of the American FactFinder web site; geographic programs; and using economic data in real-world applications.

Other sessions include 2009-2019 occupational forecasts; health statistics on the N.M. Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS); applications of county population projections in higher education strategic planning; and the importance of local-area population characteristics in predicting migration and estimating small-area populations.

BBER presenters will also conduct breakouts that include a session on women and the economy in 2010, and another session on basic applications of Census Bureau socioeconomic data and how to use the American FactFinder web site to access these data.

Dr. Larry Waldman, BBER senior economist, and Dr. Jack Baker, UNM Geospatial and Population Studies, will be the luncheon speakers. Waldman will present a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook. Baker will summarize the accomplishments of the UNM Geospatial and Population Studies group (formerly BBER's Population Estimates and Projections Program) in pre-2010 efforts to improve census counts and plans for post-2010 intercensal estimates.

The conference will also provide information about complex socioeconomic databases and a sense of how these data are applied in practical situations. Over the years, the Data Users Conference has become a valued learning experience for businesses, government agencies, service organizations, information providers and students.

Registration is $50 per person and includes all conference materials, continental breakfast, beverage breaks and a luncheon buffet. For more information and a registration form visit, Data Users Conference or call 277-8300.

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