The Data Bank at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) hosts the 17th annual Data Users Conference on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center. The conference is New Mexico’s premier forum for both beginning and professional data users in the state and surrounding areas.

This year’s plenary session features Amadeo Shije from the Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Office. He will discuss new Census products, features of its American FactFinder Website and preparations that are already underway for the 2020 Decennial Census. Mike Ratcliffe with the Census Bureau Geography Division will focus on Census view of geography and all the innovations surrounding GIS. 

Speaking at this year’s luncheon are BBER’s director Jeff Mitchell and Robert Rhatigan from UNM Geospatial Population Studies (GPS).  Mitchell will present a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook. Rhatigan will speak about GPS’s new round of population estimates and New Mexico’s tri-annual population projections.

This year's conference breakouts will focus on business, education, GIS, Open Data and U.S. Census data. The conference will provide information about complex socioeconomic databases and how the data are applied in practical situations.

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.

The event will be held at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 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.

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