Coffee, Donuts and GIS Workshop – April 2, 2011

The Connecticut GIS User to User Network is offering a free workshop for those interested in learning more about GIS software and applications on April 2, 2011 from 8:30am-12:30pm at Central Connecticut State University. This half-day workshop will include presentations from Connecticut GIS professionals with a focus on GIS Basics including applications, data, hardware, software and people.

During this workshop, there will be breakout sessions with hands-on demonstrations focused on five application areas:

  • Environment
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Municipal Information Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Non-Profits

This workshop is targeted at individuals with some interest GIS, so if you are new to GIS and want to learn more be sure to register for this free workshop! Registration is capped at 100 people so be sure to register at:

For more information contact Dr. John Harmon (CCSU Geography Emeritus –

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Outside The Neatline Author to Join as Contributor

Jeff Dunn, one of the founding authors of Outside the Neatline has been invited to join as a contributing author.  This is exciting news as is the leader in reporting the cutting edge of technology, trends and events in the geospatial realm. posts news items, hosts regular columns, and podcasts featuring interviews with leaders and innovators in the broad field of Geography.  Please consider adding to your list of reliable sources of Geospatial news and information and to keep an eye out for Jeff’s’ posts!

Jeff will remain a regular contributer to Outside the Neatline.

Census Bureau Reports the Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased at Triple the National Rate

From The US Census Bureau Newsroom:

Census Bureau Reports the Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased at Triple the National Rate

     From 2002 to 2007, the number of black-owned businesses increased by 60.5 percent to 1.9 million, more than triple the national rate of 18.0 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. Over the same period, receipts generated by black-owned businesses increased 55.1 percent to $137.5 billion.
     “Black-owned businesses continued to be one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, showing rapid growth in both the number of businesses and total sales during this time period,” said Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg.
    These new data come from the Survey of Business Owners: Black-Owned Businesses: 2007. The survey provides detailed information every five years for black-owned businesses, including the number of firms, sales and receipts, number of paid employees and annual payroll.
    Data are presented by geographic area (nation, state, county, city and metro area), industry and size of business. Preliminary national and state data were released in July 2010.
    In 2007, nearly four in 10 black-owned businesses operated in the health care and social assistance; and repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services sectors. The retail trade and health care and social assistance sectors accounted for 27.4 percent of black-owned business revenue.
    Among states, New York had 204,032 black-owned businesses and accounted for 10.6 percent of the nation’s black-owned businesses, followed by Georgia, with 183,874 black-owned businesses (9.6 percent) and Florida, with 181,437 (9.4 percent).
    Among counties, Cook, Ill., had the most black-owned businesses, with 83,733, accounting for 4.4 percent of all the nation’s black-owned businesses. Los Angeles followed with 59,680 (3.1 percent) and Kings, N.Y., with 52,705 businesses (2.7 percent).
    Among cities, New York had the most black-owned businesses, with 154,929 (8.1 percent of all the nation’s black-owned businesses), followed by Chicago, with 58,631 (3.1 percent), Houston, with 33,062 (1.7 percent) and Detroit, with 32,490 (1.7 percent).
    Other highlights:
  • Of the 1.9 million black-owned businesses in 2007, 106,824 had paid employees, an increase of 13.0 percent from 2002. These businesses employed 921,032 people, an increase of 22.2 percent; their payrolls totaled $23.9 billion, an increase of 36.3 percent. Receipts from black-owned employer businesses totaled $98.9 billion, an increase of 50.2 percent from 2002.
  • In 2007, 1.8 million black-owned businesses had no paid employees, an increase of 64.5 percent from 2002. These nonemployer businesses’ receipts totaled $38.6 billion, an increase of 69.0 percent.
  • The number of black-owned businesses with receipts of $1 million or more increased by 35.4 percent to 14,507 between 2002 and 2007.
    The Survey of Business Owners defines black-owned businesses as firms in which blacks or African-Americans own 51 percent or more of the equity, interest or stock of the business. Additional reports from the survey highlighting other minority- and veteran-owned businesses will be issued over the next year. Subsequently, separate publications will be issued highlighting additional characteristics of all businesses and their owners.
The Survey of Business Owners is conducted every five years as part of the economic census. The 2007 survey collected data from a sample of more than 2.3 million businesses. Data collected in a sample survey are subject to sampling variability, as well as nonsampling errors. Sources of nonsampling errors include errors of response, nonreporting and coverage. More details concerning the SBO survey design, methodology and data limitations can be found at

2009 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey – US Census Bureau

From the US Census Bureau Newsroom:

2009 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey

These data, based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System, estimate business spending in 2009 for new and used structures and equipment at the sector level, as well as for three-digit and selected four-digit industries. These data are an important input for federal agencies constructing composite national economic measures, such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ estimates of private-fixed investment, a major component of gross domestic product; the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ estimates of capital stocks for productivity analysis; and the Federal Reserve Board’s Flow of Funds accounts. The data also provide the business community with a relevant, timely and accurate measure of current business conditions. (Scheduled for release Feb. 10.) Internet address: 

UConn’s New Storrs Campus Map

A few weeks ago, the University of Connecticut released a new web-based Storrs campus map which utilizes the Google Maps API. This new interface allows you to search by building name, building code, and includes categorical listings of campus buildings. Check out this new map at:

This map was developed by University Communications here at UConn and you can add this map to your website by visiting UConn Webtools page.

Census To Release State Level Population Estimates

From the U.S. Census Bureau Newsroom:

State Population Estimates: April 1, 2010

The Census Bureau is releasing a preliminary set of April 1, 2010, estimates of total population for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. An Internet table will show the estimates in comparison with official April 1, 2010, Census counts released in December 2010. The estimates are based on the 2000 Census and were prepared using the current estimates methodology without knowledge of 2010 Census results. An additional Internet table will show preliminary estimates of the July 1 populations for each year since the 2000 Census. Internet address: