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Updated March 29, 2016

8:00 am                Registration Opens
8:45 am                Welcome
                                Al Anderson, ND Department of Commerce Commissioner

9:00 am               Demographics in North Dakota Panel
                                Kevin Iverson, ND Census Office
                                Kendra Erickson-Dockter, ND Compass
                                Dave Flynn, UND, Department of Economics & Finance

10:00 am              "North Dakota's Diversifying Economy"
                                Governor Jack Dalrymple

10:30 am              Using Census Bureau Data in a Business Plan
  Andy Hait, U.S. Census Bureau

This workshop will provide an overview of key Census Bureau demographic and economic programs, and how the information from these programs can be used by entrepreneurs and small business owners in business plans and loan application. Local area data for North Dakota will be discussed that can help businesses better understand their customers and market as well as their competitors and industry. The workshop will feature a brand new tool called Census Business Builder that makes it easy for users to access these key data, following a real-life scenario of an entrepreneur who's interested in opening their first business.

11:30 am                Lunch

12:15 pm               Information to Impact
  Paul Mattessich, Ph. D., Wilder Research

Paul will motivate attendees to use data in decision making and planning; to make a difference in their communities and in the people who live there. Starting with data, he will illustrate how demographics can help improve quality of life for communities across the state. He will share several key ingredients that build trust among community leaders, public officials, news media, and others, while encouraging attendees to use sound, reliable information in the decision making process. Paul will demonstrate how to best move from information to impact and how the state can utilize demographic indicators to enrich the lives of its community members.

1:15 pm                Concurrent Sessions

  • Population & Business Types Across the State, Dave Flynn, University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration
  • Community Development, Lynette Flage, NDSU Extension Service
  • Population Projections, Kevin Iverson, ND Census Office

2:15 pm                Break

2:30 pm                Concurrent Sessions

  • Oil & Migration in Counties, Dave Flynn, UND College of Business & Public Administration
  • Critical Social Gap Overview: Birth Through Early Adulthood, Karen Olson, ND Kids Count & Ina Cernusca, ND Compass
  • American Fact Finder, Kim Davis, U.S. Census Bureau

3:30 pm                "2020 Census Now and Into the Future"
  Jennifer J. Kim, Ph. D., U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the Internet, telephone or traditional paper questionnaires, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy and safe for all to participate. This presentation will provide an overview of our current plans for the 2020 Census and where we are headed in the next few years.

4:30 pm                Closing Remarks


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