The State Data Center of Mississippi (a unit associated with the Center for Population Studies), in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts, held its annual meeting in Oxford on the campus of the University of Mississippi on October 20-21, 2011. Representatives from the 10 planning and development districts that cover the state come to learn about the latest news about Census information and where to access the data. Other topics and interests that address community and economic development were also covered during this year’s meeting.
Dr. Jonathan C. Winburn, Director of the Social Science Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi, was one of two guest speakers at the meeting. Dr. Winburn spoke about Regional Economic Impact Modeling with REMI, a program he is licensed to used to generate regional economic impact studies and reports for areas within the state of Mississippi. Dr. John J. Green, Director of the Center for Population Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi also spoke at the meeting. Dr. Green discussed the ways in which he uses population data in his work to conduct qualitative community studies.
Clifford P. Holley, State Data Center Manager and Research Associate at the Center for Population Studies, held a workshop about recent updates to the American Community Survey and on using the new American FactFinder. Mr. Holley also kept meeting attendees informed of the correct procedure and program in creating 2010 PUMA delineation for Mississippi and for disputes with the 2010 Census counts.