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The 2016 Annual Demography Summit: A Recap

Dec 1, 2016 • Colorado State Demography Office

Each fall for the past 34 years, the State Demography Office has gathered data enthusiasts from across the state together for our Annual Demography Summit. While the name of the event has changed over time, the quality of the agenda and enthusiasm of the attendees has always been high!

Every year we release our population estimates, projections and economic forecasts at the Summit. Our team presents their data, methodology, and insights in a user-friendly, easy to understand manner. You don’t need to be a demographer or an economist to get a lot out of this event - you just need to be interested in data!

The rest of the day is then spent exploring a variety of issues that are important to our data users around the state. This year, for example, we had speakers sharing expertise on:

  • The upcoming 2020 Census and what communities should be thinking about right now
  • The factors impacting rural economic growth across Colorado
  • Legalized cannabis and its economic and demographic impact on the state

Since recreational cannabis became legal in Colorado, questions about it have been pouring into our office. In fact, it’s one of the topics we get the most questions on, so it made sense to include it as a main topic in our Summit. Our speakers included:

  • Cathy Lacy, Regional Director, US Census Bureau
  • Barbara Brohl, Executive Director of the Department of Revenue
  • Andrew Freedman, Colorado Director of Marijuana Coordination
  • Adam Orens, Founding Partner, Marijuana Policy Group
  • Jessica Ostermick, Director of Research and Analysis, CBRE

The afternoon flew by as our speakers covered issues ranging from regulating a brand new industry, to changes in the commercial real estate market brought on by massive cannabis growing operations, to the overall social, demographic and economic impacts of legalized recreational cannabis.

Sound interesting? Sorry you missed it? Well good news! Because the Summit was livestreamed and we have all the presentations online available for viewing along with copies of their slides and all the handouts attendees received.

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