Winter 2011-2012 REMI Training Series

Winter 2011-2012 REMI Training Series

REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) is proud to announce our six-session, online training series for winter 2011 and 2012. These sessions will highlight new features for 2012, underutilized nuances to the model interface, economic modeling features, and some of our methodologies and assumptions. While these sessions are designed for experienced REMI users, newer users and interested parties should still find plenty of insightful things to learn about PI+, TranSight, and Tax-PI. Additionally, prior to each session, we will distribute a handout detailing the content of the session (in order to enhance users’ level of involvement).

We offer each session with multiple date options, and the webinars each last approximately one hour. While participants need not attend all the sessions, we strongly encourage you to do so. We offer all presentations free of charge at 2:00 p.m. EST through our WebEx online conferencing system

Please use the following links to register:

Weekly Session Title Tuesday at 2:00 pm (EST) Thursday at 2:00 pm (EST)
Session 1: Introduction to Training Series November 1 November 3
This session will introduce the training series and its content, as well as offering a refresher course on PI+ and its model structure. In addition, we will discuss the models’ inputs, potential user inputs, outputs, and the comprehensive types of regional economic simulations possible inside of the REMI framework.
Session 2: Software Training and Tips November 15 November 17
This session will aim to improve user productivity by describing a number of software tips and interface tricks with PI+. This includes the calculator, the spreader tool, importing workbooks, exporting policy variables, and our models’ full integration with graphical packages, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Session 3: Special Features; What’s New for 2012? November 29 December 1
This session will update users on the new features and interface improvements for PI+ v. 1.3 for 2012. This includes graphical updates and new ways to view results. We will also spend some time on underused features in the model, like the detailed translator variables, custom industries, BizDev, and DevSight.
Session 4: TranSight and Travel Demand Integration December 13 December 15
This session will focus on our transportation model, TranSight, and its integration with travel demand models and their exported data. We will look at how TranSight takes VMT, VHT, and trips to do benefit-cost analysis (BCA), as well as how it changes the transportation network, labor/commodity access, productivity, and economic performance.
Session 5: Model Assumptions, Data Sources, and Featured Equations December 27 December 29
This session will detail some of the internal workings and equations of the model. This includes a presentation on the data sources for the REMI models and a description of how they forecast key economic metrics. These will include economic migration, state and local government spending, competitiveness, and any requested figures.
Session 6: Show ‘n’ Tell; Conclusion to Series January 10 January 12
This session will conclude the training and offer time to answer user-submitted questions for a general audience. Moreover, we will provide the answers to a conceptual “quiz” from the handouts of the earlier sessions on how to approach analysis of certain economic policies through simulations in the REMI family of models.