The State Data Center (SDC) Program is one of the Census Bureau's longest and most successful partnerships. The partnership between the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the island areas and the Census Bureau was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.
The SDC lead organization is appointed by the Governor of each state/commonwealth, Puerto Rico, island areas (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands) or the Mayor of the District of Columbia.
In 1988 the Business and Industry Data Center Program (BIDC) was added to meet the needs of local business communities for economic data. It provides businesses with education and access to Census Bureau data and products in addition to statistical resources.
Since their creation, the State Data Center and Business Industry Network, have provided access and education on Census Bureau data and products as well as other statistical resources to millions of data users.