The Data Bank at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) hosts its 17th Annual Data Users Conference on Thursday, Nov.19, at the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center.

The Annual Data Users Conference is New Mexico’s premier forum for both beginning and professional data users in the state and surrounding areas.

Due to other activities at the Census Bureau we have had a change in speakers. This year Barb LaFleur will be providing the Census Overview and a hands-on demo of the Census Business Development Tool. Mike Ratcliffe with the Census Bureau Geography Division will focus on Census view of geography and all the innovations surrounding GIS. The Census Public Data Sector session has been cancelled, but maybe rescheduled for a webinar later.

This year’s luncheon speakers will be BBER’s director Jeff Mitchell, and Robert Rhatigan from UNM Geospatial Population Studies. Mitchell presents a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook. Rhatigan presents GPS’s new round of population estimates and tri-annual population projections for the state of New Mexico.

The conference breakouts will focus on business, education, GIS, Open Data and U.S. Census data. Various researchers, labor force experts, education professionals, UNM and state agency personnel, and Census representatives will present topics that range from basic Census skills to occupation projections, accessing education data, and using Resource Geographic Information Systems mapping.

The conference will provide information about complex socioeconomic databases, and how the 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.

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.

Early Registration is $55 per person. Registration after Nov. 11 is $65 and registration the day of the conference is $70. Registration includes all conference materials, continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and a buffet luncheon.

For more information an agenda and updates, visit:  NM Data Users Conference  or call (505) 277-3038.