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New Jersey State Data Center Advisory Committee Notes

Meeting Location: Atlantic County Office Building
Minutes
August 31, 2004

Attendees:
Steering Committee for 2004-05 Present:
Robert Lindaw, Atlantic County Department of Regional Planning & Development
Bill Mead, Gloucester County Planning Division
Elizabeth Newton, Passaic County Planning Board
Keith Miller, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Susan Weber, New Jersey Department of Transportation
Beverly Railsback, New Jersey State Library, U.S. Documents Office
Warren Barclay, New Jersey Department of Personnel

New Jersey State Data Center (NJSDC), NJDOLWD Present:
Frank Ferdetta
Leonard Preston

Quorum: Quorum was not established.

Amendments to the Agenda:
None

Acceptance of the March 04, 2004 Minutes:
Because Quorum was not established, the minutes were not accepted. The
committee will review the minutes at the next meeting.

Welcome and Introductions:
Leonard Preston introduced himself to the attendees and explained that he would be
fulfilling David Joye’s responsibilities in the New Jersey State Data Center and looked
forward to working with everyone on the committee.

Review of June 8, 2004 State Data Center Network Meeting:
The results from comment card responses from the June Network Meeting at Mercer
Community College were reviewed. There were 31 responses from 57 attendees.
Overall the speakers were rated good to excellent. The conference facilities and
accessibility to the location were rated excellent. Suggestions were made to improve
accessibility by providing public transportation information to the location from the
Hamilton train station. Possibilities included reaching out to the facilities manager
for assistance in this area. Suggestions were also made to include more lunch
offerings.

Planning for December 2, 2004 State Data Center Conference:
Len reviewed proposed themes for the December State Data Center Conference.
1. Population and Employment Growth in New Jersey Cities – Potential for Smart
Growth Strategies.
2. Fast Growing Population Segments in New Jersey
3. Open Space, Land Use Planning and Smart Growth in the Garden State.

Len indicated that the first theme seemed to be the most likely to be accepted and
then asked the attendees for their thoughts and suggestions for additional themes
and speakers. Sue Weber questioned if the first theme was used in a previous
conference. Frank Ferdetta replied that two years ago we had a conference with a
similar but different theme. A suggested variation of one of the proposed themes
was “Smart Growth and Sustainable Economic Growth: Perfect Together?” - The
conference could be split with half about Smart Growth and half about Sustainable
Economic Growth, with a notable plenary speaker to tie them both together. Which
one takes place when would be contingent upon the availability of Jim & Joe. Bill
Mead added that Smart Growth covers many aspects such as State Plan (Smart
Growth) and Brownfields which are more data sensitive topics. Warren Barclay
suggested the Mega Box vs. Mom and Pop store. Right now in Lawrence Township
they are protesting a proposed Wal-Mart. Bill Mead noted that this is what is known
as the “Main Street Program” or how Mom & Pop stores can survive with Wal-Mart.

The attendees suggested the morning session could be a panel discussion made up
of speakers representing different smart growth issues. We could have a speaker
from the Office of Smart Growth (Robin Murray, Deputy Director), of their
Brownfields section (Fran Hoffman, Brownfields Program Director, Office of Smart
Growth), Department of Community Affairs - Main Street Program (Jef Buehler),
Highlands Commission (Robin Murray could maybe refer a speaker for this area),
Storm Water Management- DEP (Bruce Friedman or Matt Klewin), New Jersey
Conservation Foundation (Michele Byers, Director), Transit Village – Development
around Train Stations (Monica Etz, Transit Village Coordinator, Statewide Planning
and Ken Snapp and Vivien Baker at NJ Transit) and someone from an Independent
Citizens group like the Sierra Club. Another suggestion for a topic involved how to
relate to the new generation of workers who are more mobile vs. the current
generation which is less mobile and pension focused and the Survivor Syndrome –
how to do more with less.

It was also suggested that we have Jim Hughes and Joe Seneca speak in the
afternoon because last year they kept the attendance higher through the afternoon
sessions. One of the topics they could speak about could be sustainable economic
growth. Everyone agreed after Hughes and Seneca there should be a Census panel
covering four areas: 2002 Economic Census, American Community Survey, Planning
for the 2010 Census and Local Employer Dynamics. It was suggested that having
specific workshops in the afternoon makes it easier to leave.

The conference will held at the Marriott Lafayette Yard in Trenton. There were also a
number of suggestions on expanding the mailing list. Warren suggested that the
Office of Smart Growth may have an address list that could help. He also indicated
that he has possession of affirmative action and Human Resource Officers mailing
lists. Attendees also indicated that DVRPC and the WIBs may have mailing lists that
would be of interest. Keith added that he has access to a Brownfields mailing list. It
was also agreed that we should start telling people that December 2nd is the date.
Invitations or electronic versions of brochures should be .pdf files in full color or
black and white. [Electronic invitations could also be embedded in emails in e-
newsletter format that should be both HTML and Text Only submissions.]

Census Program Updates:
American Community Survey- Web Data Server – Access Instructions
(Len, Frank), Release of 2003 Data. Handouts were given to
attendees showing how to access 2003 ACS data on the Census
Bureau’s Web Data Server (WDS). Those affiliates who have signed
confidentiality agreements will be able to view embargoed data.
Warren pointed out that he did not receive an access logon. Frank
Ferdetta indicated that the State Data Center was the only State
agency that had access to the WDS. Warren requested that State
agencies in the network be granted access to the WDS. Bill Mead
requested that it be verified that he signed a confidentiality
agreement.
2002 Economic Census Data Release- (Len), Handouts were provided
showing how to access 2002 Economic Census data from the American
Factfinder site. National data is currently available with State data
being released on a flow basis over the next year.
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_progra
m=ECN&_lang=en
ACS Ramp Up Delay- (Len), A Memo from the Customer Liaison Office
explaining the ramp up delay to full implementation of the American
Community Survey, scheduled to begin in July 2004. The delay is due
to uncertainties in the appropriations for fiscal year 2005. The delay
will not have an effect on the current program or impact the ACS
estimates for 2004.
Local Employment Dynamics (LED)-(Len), Building upon the LED
presentation shown at the June network meeting, a new presentation
showcasing additional examples of how LED data can be used examine
subjects such as summer youth employment, the aging of NJ’s
workforce and non-traditional jobs for women was shown to the
attendees. The intent of this presentation is to have our field analysts
show this to their respective WIB to foster discussion on how we can
best make use of LED data to suit their data needs.
New LED Input Request Templates-(Len), A short presentation was
given showcasing two new LED data request templates. One template
designed for WIBs showing top industries ranked by variables such as
employment, new hires, growth in hiring, job creation, average
monthly earning for all workers, average monthly earnings for new
hires and growth in average monthly earnings. The other template
designed for employers shows data about the workforce such as
employee distribution by age and sex, turnover and retention rates by
age and sex, employee average monthly earnings, new employee
average monthly earnings and trends in average monthly earnings.
Both templates allow the user to obtain data at the state, county, and
industry level. Bill Mead made a suggestion to add the ability to look
at median data (i.e. median monthly earnings)

Nominations for Advisory Committee Vacancies:

Warren voiced concern that nominations should take into consideration
regional/geographical representation. In the library vacancy, for example, we were
lacking representation from a southern NJ library. For the county vacancy, we
lacked representation from Northern NJ County. Bill Mead and Bob Lindaw are to
come up with suggestions.

Warren made a suggestion to add a full Advisory Committee list to the state data
center network contact list in addition to the asterisk indicators in the directory. This
way we do not have to search through the entire directory to find all the committee
members.
Set next Advisory Committee Date and Place:
The date for the next Advisory Committee Meeting was not set. Bob Lindaw will
announce a date and time at a later date.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.