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Measuring and Enhancing Services Data and Information Conference U.S. Department of Commerce Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Overview:  The Measuring and Enhancing Services Trade Data and Information Conference is a kickoff event for the Department of Commerce's initiative to collect and disseminate the data and information needed to enable services industries to make better informed business decisions.  The conference will feature innovative new approaches to collection and dissemination of data and information from public and private sources.  By initiating a public-private dialog on services data innovation and the measurement of services production and trade, this conference supports the competitiveness of U.S. services industries in a challenging and dynamic global trading environment.

Where:  This conference will take place in the main auditorium of the U.S. Department of Commerce building, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. We anticipate approximately
100-200 participants.

Who:  Invited speakers include well-known policy leaders from the Bureau of Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and private sector innovators in the services information arena.

Goals:  This conference will serve as the foundation event to a much larger initiative to narrow the gap between the rich and timely data and information available in the manufacturing sector with the far less specific and timely information available in the services arena.  Participant input will be used to formulate an action plan going forward to tackle this important issue and improve the competitiveness of U.S. services industries.