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(Updated May 25, 2012)
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Monday, June 4, 2012 – Preconference Activities Begin

8:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Training Workshop 1:
Using Local Employment Dynamics for Economic & Workforce Development
Room: Grand Ballroom A/B

Instructors:
Heath Hayward, Geographer, LODES/OnTheMap, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau
Stephen Tibbets, Lead Data Analyst, QWI, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau
Erika McEntarfer, PhD, Lead Economist, LEHD Research, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau

Working together, the state Labor Market Information agencies and the Census Bureau have developed a very useful tool for analyzing the local workforce. The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program combines data already available from LMI and Census to provide information about local labor market conditions and the demographics of the workforce. Through data tools like the Quarterly Workforce Indicators and On-The-Map, researchers can access these data in order to provide a more robust understanding of your state and region's workforce. This session will provide you with a better understanding of what these data tools offer researchers, both currently and in the future. Instructors from the US Census Bureau will also offer advice and guidance about how you can use these tools to support your own research work.

8:30-8:45:  Welcome and Introduction to the Course

8:45-10:15:  QWI: Basic Concepts
An overview of the LEHD microdata and the employment, wage, and labor force dynamics concepts in QWI. (Many of these concepts are also used in OnTheMap)

10:15-10:30:  Break

10:30-11:45:  QWI Case Studies
Examples of how to construct custom aggregates, separation rates, differentiate hiring/job creation/churn

11:45-12:45:  Lunch

12:45-2:45:  LODES/OnTheMap
Overview of LODES data and OnTheMap data application, demonstrations of area profile and area comparison analyses, direction and destination analyses, and paired data analyses.

2:45-3:00:  Break

3:00-4:00:  Advanced Topics (QWI and OnTheMap)
Constructing a national benchmark, dealing with suppressions, data irregularities, understanding education estimates and understanding noise infusion and synthetic data.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 – Preconference Activities Continue

8:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Training Workshop 2:
Conducting Workforce Studies & Using Real-time LMI in Research
Room: Grand Ballroom A/B

Instructors:
Mark White, Vice President, Research, The Council for Community and Economic Research
Ron Kelly, Director, Workforce Research and Training, The Council for Community and Economic Research

"Real-time" Labor Market Information (LMI) represents an exciting new resource for identifying your region's in-demand jobs and skills, as well as those industries and companies that are actually hiring. This one-day seminar will explain what Real-time LMI is and how you can use it to support your research activities. Case studies will be presented of analysis using Real-time data. This training will also familiarize participants with these data through several exercises using tools provided by leading Real-time LMI vendors.

8:30-9:00:  Introductions and course agenda

9:00-10:00:  Basics of Real-Time Labor Market Information
What is it? How is it collected? How does it compare to other data sources? What can you do with it? What can't you do with it?

10:00-10:15:  Break

10:15-11:30:  Real-Time LMI Research Case Studies

  • 10:15-10:30 – New York State Empire State Development (Jim Held)
  • 10:30-10:45 – Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (June Shelp with Rebecca Rust)
  • 10:45-11:00 – Texas Workforce Commission (June Shelp with Mark Anderberg)
  • 11:00-11:15 – Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (Mark White)
  • 11:15-11:30 – Questions

11:30-12:30:  Lunch

12:30-3:45:  Exercises using Real-Time LMI

  • 12:30-1:15 – Burning Glass (Yustina Saleh)
  • 1:15-2:00 – EMSI (Chris Aberle and Brian Nuttbrock)
  • 2:00-2:15 – Break
  • 2:15-3:00 – Geographic Solutions (Tim Duffy)
  • 3:00-3:45 – The Conference Board (June Shelp)

3:45:  Follow up and Key Takeaways
Constructing a national benchmark, dealing with suppressions, data irregularities, understanding education estimates and understanding noise infusion and synthetic data.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Preconference Activities Continue

8:30 – 12:00 p.m.

State Economic Researchers' Roundtable
Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

Session Co-Leaders:
Mary Cerney, Research Manager, South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development
Mary Jo Waits, National Governors Association
Stephanie McGarrah, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research and Strategic Planning, North Carolina Dept. of Commerce
Jason El Koubi, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

Presentations and discussions will cover aligning economic and workforce development research, how economic development research shops are developing partnerships to support the resurgence of the manufacturing industry, the value and future of certification programs for economic development professionals, sites and communities, and an open forum discussion on topics of the day.
 
Session 1: Aligning Economic & Workforce Development
Session 2: Manufacturing Strategies – Supporting the Resurgence of Manufacturing in the U.S.
Session 3: Who is Certifying What?
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Regional Economic Researchers' Roundtable
Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

Session Co-Leaders:
Matthew Waldo, Vice President, Research & Analysis, Thomas P. Miller & Associates
Patricia Silverstein, President, Development Research Partners
Lesley Hirsch, Director, NYC Labor Market Information Service, Center for Urban Research, City University of New York Graduate Center
Patrick Jankowski, Vice President of Research, Greater Houston Partnership
Jim Futrell, Vice President, Market Research and Analysis, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

Researchers involved in multi-county regional economic and workforce development share best practices in data and research. Join our LinkedIn group to prepare for this session.
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8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Cost of Living Index Update and Planning Session
(Invitation Only for COLI Data Collectors)
Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

Facilitators:
Dean Frutiger, Project Manager – Cost of Living Index, Council for Regional and Economic Competitiveness, Arlington, VA

C2ER Cost of Living Index participants will receive an update on this venerable project. Participants can provide input and meet with program management. At this session, we will also discuss potential changes to the index, gain insights on key challenges and opportunities, and explore ideas for new data product opportunities.
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11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

C2ER Member Networking

CONFERENCE BEGINS

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Conference Activities

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Introduction and Keynote Address
Room: Grand Ballroom
Introduction: John Helms, Chair, C2ER Board
 
Keynote Address: Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett

Mayor Mick Cornett will welcome us to Oklahoma City and provide us with a brief overview of the great strides the entire region has made in rebuilding its downtown and restoring its economic strengths. Learn why Oklahoma City is leaner and keen to take on the world in the global competition for jobs and talent!
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Conference Overview: Jim Held, C2ER Conference Committee Chair and Joe Ward, LMI Forum Chair
 
Research Question of the Day: What's the Best Use of $1,000 to Purchase Data/Research?

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Economic Outlook:
Room: Grand Ballroom

Moderator:
John Helms, Chair, C2ER Board
Speaker:
Russell Evans, Executive Director and Research Economist, Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, Oklahoma City University

U.S. macro-economic outlook with an emphasis on the real estate market, regional variations, and the timeframe for the long-awaited recovery.
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3:00 – 3:20 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions:
(1) Research Leadership; (2) Research Practice;
(3) LMI Research

  1. Research Leadership — Move It or Lose It: Measuring Your Region's Transportation Strengths
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    Moderator:
    Marty Romitti, Director of Economic and Public Policy Research, UMass Donahue Institute
    Panelists:
    Terry Clower, Director, University of North Texas, Center for Economic Development and Research
    Alan Spell, Economic & Workforce Research Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development
    Billy Leung, Vice President, Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI)

    Getting from here to there is a prime concern for most businesses. But what is it that site selectors want to see when gauging the transportation networks of different regions? What makes a region's transportation network "world class"? This session looks at key transportation needs of different industries and the ways researchers can measure and present these assets.
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  2. Research Practice — What's the Best Use of $1,000 to Purchase Data/Research?
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    Facilitators:
    James Futrell, VP Market Research, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
    Eric Simundza, Product Manager, GIS Planning

    Research budgets are always tight and it is important to leverage limited resources to their maximum. This interactive session will take a look at some of the best resources available for those on a shoestring budget.
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  3. LMI Research — Addressing the Skills Gap: Is the Worker Shortage Real?
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    Moderator:
    Rebecca Rust, Labor Market Statistics Director, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
    Speaker:
    Steve Hine, Research Director, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

    It is commonly accepted that the U.S. suffers from a gap between the skills of its workers and those required for its jobs. But, is that true? This session will explore what we know about skills gaps, what we don't know, how we know, and what more we need to know.
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6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dutch Treat Networking Happy Hour

Thursday, June 7, 2012 – Conference Activities

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Back and Plenary Presentation
Room: Grand Ballroom
Organizing for Advocacy: Making the Case for Regional Economic Statistics

Moderator:
Ken Poole, PhD, Executive Director, Council for Community and Economic Research
Panelists:
Jason El Koubi, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Department of Economic Development
Tony Crumbley, Senior Vice President, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie McGarrah, Assistant Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
Patrick Jankowski, Vice President, Research, Greater Houston Partnership

Public statistics are critical tools for our jobs, and they are increasingly at risk in a time of limited Federal resources. Building support for these important public investments require that we monitor these trends, but it also may mean that we must take action in support of those statistical programs. How can we do so within the limits of our respective organizations? This discussion will focus on the challenges that public and nonprofit economic and workforce development organizations face in advocating for statistics and ideas for engaging internal support for the work that we do.
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Research Question of the Day: "What is the Best Free Data and Why?"

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Research Leadership — What Are 20 Indicators Everyone Should Know?
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    Speakers:
    Patrick Jankowski, Vice President, Research, Greater Houston Partnership
    Jenny Hsu, Manager, Research, Greater Houston Partnership
    Sara Rutledge, Senior Analyst, INVESCO Real Estate

    Data, data everywhere: The amount of data available, much of it free, can overwhelm even the most diligent of researchers. So, what's really important? What's accessible? Which sources can be used to tell the best story about your region? Join three seasoned researchers in reviewing which indicators they monitor to understand local market and economic trends.
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  2. Research Practice — Getting Organized to Optimize Your Data Storage, Web Presence, and "The Cloud"
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    Facilitator:
    Marlena Bandurski, Manager of Economic Research, Greater Des Moines Partnership
    Panelist:
    Lisa Franklin, Manager, Economic Development, KCP&L

    Researchers are increasingly managing vast quantities of information while supporting our organizations' presence on the web. In this roundtable discussion, participants will share creative ideas they have implemented or are exploring to tame data access issues and better manage their workload.
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  3. LMI Research — Business Relocation and Expansion Decisions: What Data Do Businesses Need, What Data Sources Do They Use?
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    Speakers:
    Meihui Bodane, Labor & Economic Analysis Division, NC Department of Commerce
    Joe Ward, Information Center Manager, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
    Ann Miller, Director of Marketing and Research, Ada Works

    This session will focus on the workforce information businesses need in making location and expansion decisions. How well can we show the availability of the particular kinds of workers new or expanding businesses are looking for? Non-traditional data sources as well as non-traditional uses of regular sources will be reviewed.
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  4. Triple Bottom Line Tool - Feedback Session #1 - By Invitation
    Room: W.B. Skirvin Suite

    Facilitator:
    Janet Hammer, PhD, Director, The Initiative on Triple Bottom Line Development, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University
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10:45 – 11:10 a.m.

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:20 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  1. Research Leadership — Energy and Its Role in Regional and Community Development
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    Moderator:
    Patricia Silverstein, President, Development Research Partners
    Speakers:
    James Roller, Manager of Corporate Development and Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
    Jesse Silverstein, Executive Director, Colorado Brownfields Foundation

    We all expect the lights to go on when we flip the switch, so we know the importance of energy. But, the energy industry can have larger impacts in our communities, from providing new construction, manufacturing, and research jobs to serving as a catalyst in community (re)development efforts. This session will discuss the many measurable and qualitative benefits of the energy industry in our communities.
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  2. Research Practice — What is the Best Free Data?
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    Facilitator:
    Tom Tveidt, Research Economist, SYNEVA Economics

    Discovered a new source for free data? What about a seldom used Federal dataset? Found a research use for social media? How about an innovative way to use one of the old standbys? Join us to share your discoveries and learn from others about some of the best free data out there. Participants are guaranteed to learn something new.
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  3. LMI Research — National Metrics for ACT Certified Work Ready Communities
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    Moderator:
    Joe Ward, Information Center Manager, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
    Speakers:
    Erina Green, Data Analyst, ACT, Inc.
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  4. Triple Bottom Line Tool - Feedback Session #2 - By Invitation
    Room: W.B. Skirvin Suite

    Facilitator:
    Janet Hammer, PhD, Director, The Initiative on Triple Bottom Line Development, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University
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12:30 – 1:50 p.m.

Keynote and Recognition Luncheon
Grand Ballroom
Awards Program

Master of Ceremonies:
Jim Futrell, Chair, C2ER Awards Committee
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The Decision Makers – Data as a Foundation for Action

Moderator:
Deidre Myers, Director, Research & Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Panelists:
Dave Lopez, Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, State of Oklahoma
Robin Roberts Krieger, Executive Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
David Myers, Executive Director, Ponca City Development Authority (Invited)

This moderated discussion of several key decision makers will explore how organizational leaders proactively influence their economic research agenda and the critical role that strong data plan in promoting community change.
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2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • Track 1 — Career Skills Identification and Forecasting Tools
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    2:00-3:15: Strategic Planning Applications for Labor Market Information
    Presenters:
    Chris Aberle, Customer Service Representative, EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Int.)
    Deidre Myers, Director, Research & Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

    Rapid economic change often necessitates revisions to existing long-term plans. Timely and flexible data is a key component of this process. This session will highlight two uses of labor market data for strategic planning in the state of Oklahoma. We will first look at the Department of Commerce's extensive use of EMSI's labor market and input-output data as they developed targeted industry clusters at the state level. We will then turn to the production of timely, geographically precise targeted industry lists for workforce development planning. Methods for reproducing similar analyses will be demonstrated throughout using EMSI's Analyst product.
    Sponsored by EMSI
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  • Track 2 — Supporting Business Development Research
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    2:00-3:15: Policy Analysis Tools to Support Business Development
    Presenters:
    Chris Cook, Assistant Economist, REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.)
    Alex Forrest, Assistant Planner, REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.)

    REMI will discuss examples of strategies to incentivize business development of key industries in regions across Oklahoma. We will evaluate the role of land-use regulations, tax-credit programs, and transportation investments in coordination with strategies for urbanization and redevelopment.
    Sponsored by REMI
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  • Track 3 — Responding to Data Needs
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    2:00-2:40: Understanding Data Users
    Presenter:
    Gary Crossley, Executive Director, Workforce Information Council, South Carolina

    During the past year, the Workforce Information Council, representing BLS and the state Labor Market Information Agencies, have been focused on better understanding data users and identifying approaches to improving the responsiveness of public data to user needs. This session focuses on the findings from that research and the efforts underway to gain additional feedback from labor market data users on their needs.
    2:40-3:15: Innovations in the State and Local Projections Process
    Presenter:
    Alexandra Hall, LMI Director, Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment

    A consortium of state labor market information agencies, the Projections Managing Partnership, has been working to improve the quality and accessibility of state and local employment projections. This session offers an opportunity to learn more about this effort and how users will benefit from recent public investments.
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  • Track 4 — Data Innovations
    Room: Crystal Room

    2:00-2:40: Technology Innovations to Support Data Dissemination
    Presenter:
    Tim Duffy, Central Regional Manager, Geographic Solutions

    Recent information technology innovations are changing the way data users receive data in more compelling and impactful forms, using infographics, data visualizations, and a variety of related web tools.
    Sponsored by Geographic Solutions.
    2:40-3:15: Business Intelligence to Support Economic and Workforce Development
    Presenter:
    Scott Lea, Account Executive, Infogroup

    Business listings are critical as a foundation for market intelligence gathering, but they are only the beginning of the process for understanding company needs. Increasingly, data mining tools are provide unusual insights into company competitive performance.
    Sponsored by InfoGroup.
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3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Breakout sessions:

  • Track 1 — Career Skills Identification and Forecasting Tools
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    3:45-5:00: Identifying Corporate Skill and Certification Requirements
    Presenters:
    Erica Dickinson, Product Specialist, Burning Glass
    Yustina Saleh, Director of Analytics & Strategic Research, Burning Glass

    New real-time data tools are available to help economic and workforce developers better understand business demands for skills and industry-recognized certifications.
    Sponsored by Burning Glass
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  • Track 2 — Supporting Business Development Research
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    3:45-4:25: Identifying Industry Targets
    Presenters:
    Tim Gray, Government Customer Manager, Dun & Bradstreet
    Chip Rogers, Director, Business Development, Dun & Bradstreet

    Business databases and supporting intelligence systems are increasingly important in helping economic and workforce developers to target companies for assistance.
    Sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet
    4:25-5:00: Regional Cluster Mapping Makes Industry Targeting Simple
    Presenter:
    Samantha Zyontz, Research Manager, Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness, Harvard Business School

    The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School has created a mapping tool for quickly summarizing key economic clusters in U.S. Regions.
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  • Track 3 — Responding to Data Needs
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    3:45-4:25: Integrated Economic and Demographic Profiles at Your Fingertips
    Presenter:
    Timothy Slaper, Director of Economic Analysis, Indiana Business Research Center

    Stats America, created by the Indiana Business and Research Center at Indiana University provides quick access to county and regional demographic/economic profiles.
    4:25-5:00: Tracking Business Dynamics
    Presenter:
    Dave Talan, Branch Chief, Business Employment Dynamics, Bureau of Labor Statistics

    BLS is generating data on job losses and gains and is conducting research on employment by type of firm. These data provide new insights into the function of the labor market.
    Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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  • Track 4 — Data Innovations
    Room: Crystal Room

    3:45-4:25: Do You Want An App for That?
    Presenter:
    Clark Smith, LocationOne Information Systems

    This session will demonstrate how LocationOne Information System (LOIS), a national economic development property database application, can be applied for demographic analysis and other research, including twelve demographic reports generated by ESRI. Participants need not be a LOIS subscriber to get the app. Presenters will also discuss other ways that your organization can create its own apps.
    Sponsored by LocationOne.
    4:25-5:00: Using the Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS II)
    Presenter:
    Ian Mead, Ph.D., Chief, Regional Product Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis

    BEA has focused on improving the information available on RIMS II best practices to help analysts make informed decisions when conducting economic impact studies. This session will highlight case studies developed for the forthcoming RIMS II User's Guide.
    Sponsored by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Reception Co-Sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber & Tulsa Metro Chamber
Oklahoma History Center (bus transportation provided)

Friday, June 8, 2012 – Conference Activities Continue

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast:
C2ER Membership Business Meeting
Room: Venetian 14th Floor

Presiding:
John Helms, Chair, C2ER Board
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9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Roundtables: Peer-Led Facilitated Discussion Sessions

  1. Research Leadership Exchange — Social Media as a Research Tool
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 1

    Facilitator:
    Deidre Myers, Director, Research & Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

    Communicating with clients and stakeholders is changing dramatically. Furthermore, interacting with your network is also changing. Groups are forming in virtual space that have insights about the industries that you are targeting, that have expertise in market intelligence gathering, and that can be helpful in the day-to-day support of your job. Which ones are the most valuable? How do you narrow your focus? How do you judge what is fact and what is public relations spin? This will be a collaborative conversation in which we learn from one another and share our tips.
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  2. Research Practice Exchange — Data on Infrastructure and Energy
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 2

    Facilitator:
    Jennifer Zeller, Director of Research, Georgia Power Company

    Many major projects need more improved GIS representations of infrastructure investments, including broadband, airports, and roadways. Many other projects are seeking to better understand the region's energy capacity and cost structure as well as the requirements for renewable resources. During this discussion, participants will consider trends in the requests for information that they receive and share how they are responding to these tough questions. What resources are you able to leverage and what data sources are proving most valuable?
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  3. Resource Tool Exchange — Key Workforce Challenges
    Room: Centennial Ballroom 3

    Facilitator:
    Graham Slater, Administrator for Research, Oregon Employment Department

    Analysts are constantly bombarded with data and information. How can we turn raw data into focused, relevant decision making tools for policymakers, legislators, business leaders, workforce boards, and other important customers? This session will discuss strategies for creating relevant and interesting information briefs that meet the needs of workforce decision makers.
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10:30 – 10:55 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session:
Regional Socioeconomic Statistics Update
Room: Grand Ballroom

Moderator:
Andrew Reamer, Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
Speakers:
Tom Mesenbourg, Deputy Director, Census Bureau
Thomas J. Nardone, Jr., Associate Commissioner for Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Joel Platt, Associate Director for Regional Economics, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Representatives from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis will provide updates on regional data programs and new initiatives. Take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback to Federal statistical agencies.
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1:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourns


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