Planners Training Service One-Day Workshop

Working With Factfinder2 and You

Chicago • July 17, 2013

Advanced Training for Practicing Planners

Factfinder2 puts demographics from Census 2010 and the American Community Survey at your fingertips. But do you know how to pull the best stats from that vast pool of data?

Planners and the CensusGet a handle on at this new workshop for veteran planners and new professionals. Presenters Christopher Williamson, AICP, and Stephen Laue will guide you through the twists and turns of the Census Bureau's national statistical system. In just one day, you'll pick up the tools you need to sift through the ACS data and find the information you want.

Whether you're looking for neighborhood income or long-range population forecasts, this hands-on workshop will help you make sense of the census.

BONUS! Participants who register by July 10 will get a free copy of Williamson's PAS Report "Planners and the Census."

This workshop is cosponsored by the APA Illinois Chapter.

Pricing and registration information

You'll learn about:

  • Selecting census geography that most closely matches your area of focus
  • Cracking the code of federal government topics to find what you need
  • Picking the Census Bureau programs and products with the best statistics
  • Evaluating the quality of the data (Hint: some of it should be thrown back.)


8:30–9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.–noon

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Lunch (provided by APA)

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Lecture/Presentation/Planning Exercise

Certification Maintenance Credits

AICP members earn CM | 7.0 credits for participation in this one-day workshop. Partial credit is not available.


Christopher Williamson, AICPChristopher Williamson, AICP, teaches demography and planning at Cal State University Channel Islands. Previously, he was an assistant dean and researcher at the University of Southern California, where he taught geographic information science. A recognized expert on Census Bureau programs, he worked at the bureau in the 1980s as a survey statistician, speechwriter, and geographer. He currently serves as principal planner for the City of Oxnard, California.

Stephen Laue, an information services specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office, frequently conducts workshops and seminars on Census data products. He also serves as the primary Census liaison to government agencies in the area. Laue has supervised more than 25 local Special Censuses and trained local governments participating in partnership programs in the run-up to the 2010 Census.