The 13th annual New Mexico Data Users Conference will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:45 a.m. at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE. Registration will be located near Ballroom C. The conference presented annually by UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), will feature speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau, NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions, City of Albuquerque, and two UNM groups including Geospatial and Population Studies and BBER.

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.

The conference has a plenary session, nine breakout sessions and luncheon presentations. This year's event features a presentation by Tom Mesenbourg, Census Bureau Deputy director, on current and future developments at the Census Bureau, including FY 2012 budget status, organizational initiatives, lessons learned from the 2010 Census and implications for the next Census, and highlights from the Bureau's diverse programs and products. Plenary sessions will also include a discussion of New Mexico demographic patterns and trends using census data, and upcoming Census Bureau product releases.

Breakout sessions include two presentations on the new American FactFinder2 Web site, one for beginner to intermediate data users and another for advanced users. There will also be presentations on school enrollment population projections, the American Community Survey, Census Bureau governments data, Census Bureau race and Hispanic ethnicity data, three content-heavy Web sites (a tour of Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and BBER sites), OnTheMap (an interactive Web site to help analyze commuter patterns and worker concentrations), and the importance of data and assumptions in local government revenue forecasting.

Jeff Mitchell, BBER senior research scientist, and Jack Baker, UNM Geospatial and Population Studies, will be the featured luncheon speakers. Mitchell will present a review of New Mexico's recent economic performance and a short-term economic outlook. Baker will discuss a novel process for gathering local inputs for population estimation.

Conference registration is $50 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.

For more information contact, Karma Shore (505) 277-8300 or e-mail, and or Kevin Kargacin (505) 277-3038 or e-mail,

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