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User Conferences on the
1997 Economic Census

The Census Bureau is conducting conferences for data users on the 1997 Economic Census in more than two dozen cities during 1999 and 2000.

Schedule of future conferences

Just-released local data will be featured in each conference.


An illustrative program follows:

  • 8:15- 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00- 9:40 Recent Trends and Uses of Economic Census Data
    • Early findings; how nearby states' economies compare to national economy; scope of the Census; how data were collected; how businesses use the data; how government agencies use the data.
  • 9:40-10:20 North American Industry Classification System
    • Introduction to the new NAICS system and its effects on the data; why the SIC was replaced; how are NAICS and SIC different; bridging between NAICS and SIC.
  • 10:20-10:40 Break
  • 10:40-11:20 1997 Economic Census Products
    • Redesigning census products for the information age; types of reports; how CD-ROM, Internet, and print products compare; release schedules.
  • 11:20-12:00 Working with Economic Census Data
    • Accessing data on CD-ROM and on the web; comparability issues in assembling time series data; reference materials; sources of assistance.

  • 1:00-4:15 Census 2000 Update and Products

Each presentation includes an illustrated lecture by a nationally known expert, followed by opportunities for questions and answers. Handouts include data for the local area to the extent available at the time.

For more information

To express interest in hosting or promoting one of the conferences, contact Paul Zeisset at 301-457-4151 or the Information Services Specialist in your nearest Census Regional Office. Once conference arrangements have been set, this page will link to more specific registration information.

If you are unable to attend one of our conferences, or would like to incorporate census materials in your own presentations, you may wish to download the slides and narrative.