The Data Bank at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) invites you to attend its 18th Annual Data Users Conference on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center.

Over the years, the Data Users Conference has become a valued learning experience for businesses, government agencies, service organizations, information providers, and students. Attendees should be prepared for a data-filled day.

This year, the afternoon will feature an additional breakout session 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.

The working group New Mexico Decennial Focus Group, the 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 Nov. 2 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.

BBER is working with Central New Mexico Community College Small Business Development Center to hold the conference at the CNM Workforce Training Center, which is just off of I-25. Take the Alameda exit and head west to San Mateo Blvd., turning north to Eagle Rock Avenue (Google map). This venue allows for some breakouts to be in a hands-on computer lab.