The 14th Annual New Mexico Data Users Conference will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:45 a.m. at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center located at 1634 University Blvd. NE. Registration will be located near Ballroom C. 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 Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), NM Voices for Children, and two UNM groups – Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) and BBER.

The conference will include a plenary session, nine breakout sessions and luncheon presentations. Plenary sessions will include a discussion of the upcoming 2012 Economic Census, recent and upcoming Census Bureau product releases, and SHARE New Mexico—a collaborative website that provides socioeconomic data, organizational information on service providers and funders, and a digital library of studies relevant to community development.

Breakout sessions include a presentation on the basics of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the 2010 Census and an overview of data access through the American FactFinder (AFF) web site. Another session will cover advanced features of AFF. There will also be presentations on Colonia population estimation and spatial regression modeling for elementary school student performance, both applications of GIS/geographic-based data. Additional sessions will cover Census Bureau economic statistics, the KIDS COUNT Data Center web site, online economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, interactive labor market data on the NMDWS LASER web site, and a presentation by MRCOG speakers on a strategy to address future congestion in the ABQ area that integrates land use plans with transportation plans.

Dr. Jeff Mitchell (BBER) and Dr. Jack Baker (GPS) will be the luncheon speakers. Mitchell will present a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook, while Baker will present the expanded scope of GPS population estimates, including new census tract estimates, and related methodological research and database development.

The conference will 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 $55 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 (505) 277-8300.

BBER Contacts
Karma Shore (505) 277-8300; e-mail: kshore@unm.edu
Kevin Kargacin (505) 277-3038; e-mail: kargacin@unm.edu
Bureau of Business and Economic Research
MSC06 3510
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Media contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; email: scarr@unm.edu