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To raise awareness of its data collection activities, the Census Bureau is celebrating its 100th anniversary by creating a Centennial Events Planner that lists close to 100 trade shows and conferences it will attend throughout the year.

The bureau will be on hand at these events with information and demonstrations to teach businesses and political organizations how to access and understand census data more easily. “If people don't know what's available, they can't use the data,� says George Selby, manager of the promotions and exhibits at the marketing services office. “The 100th anniversary is a good reason to spread the word about what we do.�

Managers from various bureau departments aim to teach trade show attendees how to use the agency's products. For example, at the National Association of Home Builders in Atlanta last month, the bureau brought print material and CD-ROMs that were packed with statistics related specifically to housing, from various surveys, such as the decennial census and the economic census. Later in February, bureau representatives attended the National Congress of American Indians, and they brought facts relating specifically to Native Americans.

Bureau managers also provided on-the-spot training in how to use data, including how to tailor the census information to specific needs by customizing tabulations.

To invite the Census Bureau representatives to a conference in 2003, contact the marketing services office at (301) 457-4081. The Centennial Events Planner is not yet available to the public but is expected to be accessible on their Web site this month. Log on to


Although the first census was taken in 1790, it wasn't until 1902 that the Census Office was officially established within the Department of the Interior. A year later, it became the Census Bureau in the new Department of Commerce and Labor. Here is a partial listing of events in which the Census Bureau will participate in the next two months.

Understanding Federal Statistics Seminar 11-14 College Park, MD
Computers in Libraries 13-15 Washington, DC
Public Library Association 12-16 Phoenix, AZ
National Association for Bilingual Education 21-23 Philadelphia, PA
State Data Center Regional Meeting 20-22 Denver, CO
March CONEXPO 19-23 Las Vegas, NV
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education 21-25 Washington, DC
American Society for Public Administration 23-26 Phoenix, AZ
National Indian Education Association 24-26 Washington, DC
National Indian Health Board 26-28 Washington, DC
IPC Printed Circuits Show 1-5 Anaheim, CA
National Association of Government Communicators 3-5 Arlington, VA
National Forum of Black Public Administrators 6-10 Portland, OR
April American Planning Association 13-17 Chicago, IL
Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations 18-20 Arlington, VA
Spring Depository Library Conference 21-24 Mobile, AL
National Conference of Black Mayors 24-27 Jackson, MS
National Organization of Black County Officials 24-28 Biloxi, MS
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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