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8:00 am
Registration Open
Room: Foyer
8:45 am
Welcome with Emcee, Kurtis Karn
Room: Orchid/Lilac
9:15 am

Keynote Panel: The Role of Cities in North Dakota
  • Dr. Dave Flynn, Professor & Chair, Department Economics & Finance Department, College of Business & Public Administration, University of North Dakota
  • Jodi Bruns, Area Extension Specialist, NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota State University
  • Brad Gibbens, Deputy Director, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota
  • Kevin Iverson, Manager, Census Office, North Dakota Department of Commerce
In a global market where digital disruption allows people the ability to live and work where they choose, it intensifies the need for economic diversification and creates ever-changing workforce requirements. Governor Burgum’s Main Street Initiative encourages community led action based on today’s environment and information. This session will examine how information such as demographic, economic, employment and health trends can impact North Dakota’s cities and discuss strategies to support community growth. City leaders need to be cognizant of the changing roles they play to ensure a course of success in their communities, surrounding rural areas and neighboring towns.
Room: Orchid/Lilac
10:15 am
Networking Break
Room: Foyer
10:30 am


Breakout Sessions
  • Generational Diversity in Workplace and Community – Dr. Rachelle Vettern, NDSU Extension Service
    It is common for community members to work and volunteer in environments with persons from three or four generations. Understanding generational characteristics and research can help individuals address co-workers’ and community member’s needs more effectively. This workshop will provide information on the generations and how to use this knowledge to benefit all when working, learning and volunteering together.
    Room: Rose
  • Census Data Tools Measuring America - David Schuler, U.S. Department of Commerce
    The U.S. Census Bureau does more than the once every 10-year census count for apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about some of the many products the Bureau produces to measure how American’s live the other nine years of the decade. This session will touch on how to access and link to demographic, socio-economic, employment and business data. The session will also address the numerous web-based tools the Bureau makes available at no cost to the public.
    Room: Tulip
  • Health Disparities and Data Considerations of American Indian Populations – Dr. Melanie Nadeau, NDSU, American Indian Public Health Resource Center
    In this session, attendees will gain an increase in understanding the health disparities commonly seen among American Indians in North Dakota and the factors that impact health. This session will begin by providing attendees with a brief overview of North Dakota Tribal Nations followed by a snapshot of the current disparities that can be seen with publicly available data. This session will cover the social determinants of health that drive these disparities and data considerations unique to American Indian Tribal Nations when making health, education, community or business development decisions. 
    Room: Lily
  • Census Business Builder 2.3 - Andy Hait, U.S. Census Bureau
    The U.S. Census Bureau provides a wealth of demographic and business data that entrepreneurs and planners can use in their work, but using this data can often be challenging if you don't know where to look. This session will provide an overview and live demo of the Census Business Builder (CBB) suite of tools that are designed specifically for these users. CBB provides easy access to key demographic, business, and other data in a simple map-based interface.  Updated in December 2017, version 2.3 adds new data and features that users have been asking for, including Quarterly Workforce Indicators (labor force) data and new GIS mapping tools. The demo will follow real use-cases, so please bring a data challenge you face in your work that you'd be willing to share with the group.
    Room: Iris
11:35 am


Breakout Sessions
  • Preparing for Census 2020 - Alan Organ, U.S. Census Bureau, and Kevin Iverson, Census Office/ND Department of Commerce
    The 2020 Census is coming and North Dakota has much to gain. Come and learn what your community needs to do now to get ready. This session will provide an early overview of 2020 Census innovations, timeline, specific challenges for North Dakota, the opening of an Area Census Office (ACO) in Bismarck and Community Partnership and Engagement program outreach plans.
    Room: Tulip
  • Using Demographics to Plan for Your Community's Future - Jodi Bruns, NDSU Extension Service Communities develop strategic plans for several reasons. Utilizing data to plan for the future of a community can ensure community leaders are on the right track. Jodi Bruns will share examples of how data was utilized to develop community and a regional plan that led to successful initiatives.
    Room: Rose
  • Demographics and Taxes - Dr. Dave Flynn, UND
    In 1716 when Christopher Bullock wrote “Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” there has been a recognition of the connections between demographics and taxes. In this session, we examine recent trends in mortality, fertility, and migration and the impacts on the tax collections and the distribution in North Dakota.
    Room: Lily
  • Using Data to Identify Community Health Needs & Drive Action- Lynette Dickson, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health and Karen Odegaard, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
    The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) illustrates what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making them sick. It brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. The Center for Rural Health works hand-in-hand with North Dakota communities to use data from CHR&R and other sources to identify needs and the actions they’ll take to address those needs.
    Room: Iris
12:35 pm
Room: Orchid/Lilac
1:00 pm

Keynote: Using Census Bureau Demographic and Economic Data to Spur Economic Development - Andy Hait, U.S. Census Bureau

The mission of every economic development group is to guide smart decisions that serve the residents and businesses in their area. While these groups would love to attract the one large corporate employer to their area, smart business growth often involves promoting the smaller and medium-sized businesses that help define the character of our communities. This session will explore the demographic and business data from the U.S. Census Bureau and how it can be used to fuel these development and investment decisions. While understanding the potential customers of a business is certainly important, understanding the existing businesses in an area is often overlooked. The monthly, quarterly, and annual business data available from Census will be explored. These data pieces can help identify business gaps. Also understand how the self-employed persons is impacting the business community on a nationwide and local level.
Room: Orchid/Lilac
2:00 pm

Poster Session & Networking

Researchers throughout North Dakota will present posters detailing recent and ongoing research in demographics with special attention to research related to North Dakota in a variety of fields. Poster topics will showcase work, related but not limited to population characteristics; the use of socio‚Äźeconomic and demographic data; data collection and use related to economy, health, education, housing, workforce, etc.; and use of tools that facilitate data access and use.
Room: Foyer
2:45 pm



Breakout Sessions
  • Opioid Epidemic Impact on North Dakota Panel - Dr. Tracy Miller, ND Department of Health, Dr. Monica Mayer, MHA Nation, Michael Dulitz, Grand Forks Public Health, Robyn Litke Sall, Fargo Cass Public Health
    Data indicates that the opioid abuse epidemic is relevant in North Dakota. A state data overview will be provided along with how the epidemic has impacted the communities of Fargo, Grand Forks and Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation. Community representatives will also discuss how they put data into action.
    Room: Orchid/Lilac
  • Preparing Census Data for Use in Tableau - David Schuler, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Today’s information users need data that is readily available, relevant and can be visualized. The Census Bureau’s data can be easily formatted to charts or maps using a wide variety of variables, cohorts and geographers. Using Tableau Public allows the user to visualize and share these data in images that tells the story of how a community lives, works and grows.
    Room: Rose
  • Find your North with North Dakota Compass - Kendra Erickson-Dockter & Ina Cernusca, North Dakota Compass/NDSU
    Most people agree that it is better to use data for decision making than to rely on personal instincts, but knowing where to start may not always be easy. North Dakota Compass (ND Compass), a statewide data-rich website, offers reliable, accurate and unbiased data and resources, instrumental for grant writing, community assessments, program and strategic planning, and more. ND Compass provides demographic information; data trends in a variety of topic areas; breakdowns by age, race, gender, income, and geographic location; and geographic data profiles to compare communities in North Dakota. This presentation will provide an overview of ND Compass’ data and tools and will include examples on how data on ND Compass inspired community members and leaders take action to advance their goals and positively impact their communities.
    Room: Lily
  • Accessing Census Microdata - Kevin Iverson, Census Office/ND Department of Commerce
    For most data users the Census Bureau’s summary files are all they need. For power data users, the Census Bureau provides access to the millions of annually collected individual responses from the American Community Survey in various formats. This approach allows far greater flexibility than the summary files. This session explores options for obtaining and analyzing these data as well as limitations the analyst should be aware of beforehand.
    Room: Tulip
3:45 pm
Conference Wrap-up
Room: Orchid/Lilac
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