Whether you are born and bred or a recent transplant, we all love Chicago. This love has driven the Young Pros of Chicago to dig in to see what makes this city tick. We are excited to invite you to our summer event featuring the best research and analytics professionals from different city staples. This #SummertimeChi-themed event will have drinks, snacks, and feature case studies from David Czechowski (Director, Sr. Economist, Research & Analysis for Choose Chicago) and Rob Paral (the Chicago Data Guy). Come by after work to see how these groups use research and data to make this city great and keep us coming back for more!
Rob Paral will provide an overview of the shifting dynamics of Chicago population that are important to understand for anyone working with communities, markets, political campaigns and other efforts that require knowledge of how the area is trending. The talk will include census data and its different formats, projecting population estimates into the future, and sources of data on human needs.
Rob Paral is a demographic and public policy consultant. His specialties include immigrant, Latino and Asian populations, community needs for health and human service programs, and Midwestern demographic change.
As Principal of Rob Paral and Associates, Rob has assisted more than 100 different human service, advocacy and philanthropic organizations in understanding the communities they are trying to serve. He works with large-scale data and geographic information systems technology to develop both national and highly localized portraits of human needs and contributions among low-income and immigrant populations.
Rob Paral is a nonresident fellow in the Global Cities program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was the Senior Research Associate of the Washington, DC office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and was Research Director of the Latino Institute of Chicago. He has been a fellow or adjunct of the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University, DePaul University Sociology Department, and the American Immigration Council in Washington, DC. He blogs on Chicago demography at ChicagoDataGuy.com.
Tracking the Chicago Tourist – by David Czechowski (Director, Sr. Economist, Research & Analysis for Choose Chicago)
Dave will provide a state of the industry overview offering insight into how Choose Chicago, Chicago’s Destination Marketing Organization, blends external and internal research sources and platforms to monitor, profile, target, and measure tourists and overall trends in Chicago’s tourism sector.
David Czechowski is Director, Sr. Economist – Research & Analysis for Choose Chicago. Supporting Chooses’ goal of increasing domestic and international visitation to the city, his team provides market research covering domestic and international tourism performance, event impact analysis, hotel analytics, and forecasts to the Chicago hotel community, city and state government, media channels, McCormick Place, and Choose Chicago partners.
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