2015 South Dakota Demography Conference

"Forecasting the Rural/Urban Divide in South Dakota"

with special Focus on the Economy event and Reservation to Rapid City talk!

October 7-9, 2015

Hosted in the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Surbeck Center in Rapid City

Discover South Dakota by the numbers! This year's conference offered 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 highlighted 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 focused on strategies for finding and working with data for strategic planning, policymaking and grantwriting.

To access documents and resources from the 2015 South Dakota Demography Conference, please view this resource guide.


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Focus on the Economy:

Trends Shaping the Future of the Black Hills and South Dakota

October 8th, 2015 from 8:00am to 1:30pm

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.

Dr. Eric John Abrahamson of the South Dakota Dashboard and Dr. Ryan Sougstad of Augustana College will highlight trends in the Rapid City and Sioux Falls metro economies based on newly released federal data.

Barbara Garcia of the City of Rapid City and South Dakota Dashboard staff will look at incomes and prosperity indicators.

State demographer Dr. Weiwei Zhang will provide an overview of the U.S. Census Bureau’s new Business Builder Tool.

Join us for this half-day event on Thursday, October 8 from 8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

From Reservation to Rapid City

October 9th, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Native Americans often account for a greater share of the daily population of Rapid City than US Census numbers would indicate. But how much more?

How does mobility within the Native community affect businesses, schools, health care and policing?

USD Political Scientist  Dr. Richard Braunstein will talk about race and Rapid City as part of the South Dakota Demography Conference. Join us for this luncheon event on Friday, October 9 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This event was a joint venture organized by staff from the South Dakota Dashboard and South Dakota State University's Rural Life and Census Data Center. Event space is sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.


525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-0058   [email protected]