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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Annual Pennsylvania Data User Conference

I received an announcement from the Pennsylvania State Data Center today about an upcoming conference September 20 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey. According to their release, the conference is "Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for the latest research and developments in demographic data."

"The annual, day-long event," the release continues, "includes multiple breakout and training sessions designed to inform data users of the most up-to-date technologies and procedures for locating and utilizing Pennsylvania data. Experts will address many topics ranging from information resources to public policy implications and economic/community development issues.
The conference is also an opportunity for those attending to become familiar with the American Community Survey (ACS), a major part of the Census Bureau’s re-engineered 2010 census plan. ACS, which has already begun a phased rollout, will replace the census long form currently collected every 10 years and will provide yearly socio-economic data.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Martin Shields, director of the Center for Economic and Community Development and assistant professor of agricultural and regional economics at Penn State. Dr. Shields will discuss Update on PA: The Road to 2005, The Economy, Jobs, Income, Population, and Forecasts. This publication is the 17th in an annual series intended as a ready reference for business, banks, development groups, public officials, educators, and concerned citizens.
The opening speaker, Dr. Linda Jacobsen, is Director of Domestic Programs at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C. The bureau is a leader in providing timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications. Dr. Jacobsen will discuss an upcoming bulletin that the Population Reference Bureau is publishing on the American Community Survey.
Breakout sessions will include: agricultural statistics, the 2002 Economic Census, and the current population survey of rural Pennsylvania. Additional sessions will explain to data users the different sources available to help locate elusive data from past censuses and provide an in-depth analysis of migration data.
For registration and information, visit the web at"


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