Over the past year, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) staff has worked hard to develop new visualizations and ways of providing data to BBER customers utilizing the website.

Recently, BBER launched its new site, which features many of its publications and research, a blog, subscribers section and most importantly, a data section. The website re-development initiative is twofold, first, to update BBER’s branding look and second, to provide more effective ways of displaying NM socioeconomic data.

The visualizations are aimed at providing a more accurate understanding of the social and economic conditions in NM. Most of the data visualizations are accompanied by downloadable data. Thus, helping BBER users access the datasets that they need.

Some of the visualizations and datasets available at launch include statewide, counties, incorporated places, tribal areas, colonias maps and comparative statistics. Other areas of interest are; a NM School District visualization that displays 2014 Assessed Valuations, Mill Levy Rates, and School Enrollment; and a Census Area Reference Maps which includes Census Tract Maps 2009 – 2015.

 In conjunction with the revamped website, BBER has launched both Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/BBERUNM, and Twitter pages, https://twitter.com/unm_bber, to provide New Mexico data users with timely, data-oriented insights on the New Mexico economy, Census Bureau releases and policy questions.

In the near future, BBER plans to provide more items from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and to develop a more robust subscriber’s area.