Wednesday, April 18 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Party in the ReferenceUSA

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ReferenceUSA is a subscription database containing detailed directory information on millions of US, Canadian, and international businesses, as well as residential and consumer data. This powerful resource can be used for location analysis, allowing us to answer important questions. Where are the restaurants, gas stations, grain bins, daycare centers, or liquor stores? Are there patterns that we can observe when business locations are mapped alongside consumer demographic data? How does the presence of a particular type of business impact the surrounding geographic area?

Come learn how this resource, freely available to all State of Montana employees, can be combined with GIS tools to make decisions on topics such as healthcare, commerce, tourism, safety, or simply where to go for lunch.


Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards is the Outreach and Electronic Resources Librarian for the Montana State Library. Prior to joining the State Library, she worked in public libraries in Southern California and taught English in Japan. Jessica holds an Master of Library and Information Science from... Read More →

Erin Fashoway

Erin Fashoway is the State of Montana GIS Coordinator with the Montana State Library. She received her B.A. in Geography from Bowling Green State University and Masters of City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. A member of MAGIP since 2006, and serving as President... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Governor Room