Data User Conference set for May 9

Data users from across the Commonwealth are set to gather at Penn State Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania State Data Center’s (PaSDC) 2017 Data User Conference on May 9.  The annual conference serves as Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for research and development in demographic data.

This year’s conference, “From Data to Discovery,” will focus on the use of data in community planning and development, data-based decision-making, and tools and techniques relevant to data users.

Keynote address, to be provided by Richard P. Vilello, Jr., deputy secretary for Community Affairs and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  Plenary address to be delivered by Dr. Kristofer "Bert" Bucklen, chief of Projections and Population Statistics, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Other speakers include:

  • Brian Wright, statistical support manager, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director, Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
  • Dr. Jennifer C. Gibbs, assistant professor of criminal justice, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Timothy Servinsky, Jr., project manager, Center for Survey Research, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Dr. Jonathan Lee, assistant professor of criminal justice, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Alfonso Yáñez Marillo, research analyst, Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University
  • Lise Levin, VP of Community Investment, York County Community Foundation
  • Elyse Pollick, community investment officer, York County Community Foundation
  • Kevin Eaton, GIS coordinator, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Hafer, research and evaluation analyst, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Paul Dioguardo, information technology generalist administrator, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Dr. Göktuğ Morçöl, professor of public policy and administration, Penn State Harrisburg

Sessions by researchers and state agency personnel will discuss a wide range of topics, such as criminal justice, population growth, and how varying levels of government use geographic information systems (GIS). The conference is also an opportunity for attendees to become familiar with various U.S. Census Bureau programs, including the 2020 Census Redistricting Program. As in previous years, the conference provides an excellent opportunity for data professionals to network and share information on Pennsylvania’s changing population, demographics, and economy.

Please call the Pennsylvania State Data Center at 717-948-6336 or visit the registration page for more information.

The PaSDC is the Commonwealth's official source for population and economic statistics and is housed at Penn State Harrisburg within the Institute of State and Regional Affairs. The center also serves as Pennsylvania's liaison to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of the Census and as representative to the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates and Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Projections. The PaSDC provides data products and services to business, academia, governments, non-profits and private citizens.