Registration is now open for the 3rd annual South Dakota Demography Conference October 7-9, 2015 in Rapid City! The conference is hosted by the South Dakota Dashboard and the SDSU Rural Life and Census Data Center on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Campus. This year’s conference focus is on “Forecasting the Rural/Urban Divide in South Dakota” with a special mini-conference on South Dakota’s Economy. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Revenue, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development, SDSU, USD, and the South Dakota Dashboard.
About the hosts:
The South Dakota Dashboard is an online community information service that provides people with reliable, up-to-date trend data on South Dakota. In addition to providing statewide content online, they provide a limited amount of free technical assistance and training to many local nonprofits, governments, researchers, and community organizations, as well as to the general public. SD Dashboard is also available on a fee-for-service basis to help with larger data projects, report writing, needs assessments, and assistance with grant proposals or reports.
The SDSU Rural Life and Census Data Center assists people in successfully accessing census data for effective decision making. They also take on special projects for organizations that have special data needs, develop projects and seek additional funding to provide more and better data to the citizens and communities of South Dakota, and provide training to help people more effectively use the census data and presentations about their findings using the data.
About the Keynote Speakers:
The Keynote Speaker for Thursday’s Luncheon is Dr. Ken Beauchemin, Assistant Vice President and Policy Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who will analyze the economic health of metropolitan areas in the Northern Great Plains.
Also on Thursday, state demographer Dr. Weiwei Zhang will provide an overview of South Dakota’s changing population.
Friday’s Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Richard Braunstein, professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota, who has recently completed a study of race and policing in Rapid City.
About the Conference:
According to the events page: “This year’s conference offers a wide-ranging conversation about the future of South Dakota, with a special mini-conference on the state of South Dakota’s economy on Thursday morning. Presentations highlight changes taking place in various sectors including health, education, and the economy with crosscutting plenary sessions on larger themes such as poverty, racial disparities, and economic growth. Hands on workshops will focus on strategies for finding and working with data for strategic planning, policy-making, and grant-writing.
You can learn more about the conference and register to attend at the “events page” link above. If you have any questions, Callie Tysdal is the event coordinator for this year’s Demography Conference. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (605) 716-0058.