1997 Economic Census
Geographic Area Series
Issued December 1999
U.S. Department ofCommerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Many persons participated in the various
activities of the 1997 Economic Census for
the Retail Trade sector.
Service Sector Statistics Division prepared
this report. Bobby E. Russell, Assistant
Chief for Census Programs, was respon-
sible for the overall planning, manage-
ment, and coordination. Planning and
implementation were under the direction
of Fay Dorsett, Chief, Retail Census
Branch, assisted by Thomas G. Dassel,
Peter H. Lee, Maria P. Ray, and M.
Yvonne Wade. Primary staff assistance
was provided by Sean M. Anthony,
Nicole C. Carrigan, Kasey L.
Dickenson, Darrell S. Dow, Charlene B.
Harris, Ronald J. MacKenzie, Veronica
R. Morgan, Deborah S. Newton, J.
Robert Nusz, Barbara T. Parlett,
Jeremy R. Stash, Pamela L. Stumler,
Anna M. Stump, Paula M. Thompson,
and Keeley H. Voor.
Mathematical and statistical techniques as
well as the coverage operations were pro-
vided by Carl A. Konschnik, Assistant
Chief for Research and Methodology,
assisted by Carol S. King, Chief, Statisti-
cal Methods Branch, and Jock R. Black,
Chief, Program Research and Development
Branch, with staff assistance from Maria
C. Cruz and David L. Kinyon.
The Economic Planning and Coordination
Division provided overall planning and
review of many operations and the com-
puter processing procedures. Shirin A.
Ahmed, Assistant Chief for Post-Collection
Processing, was responsible for edit proce-
dures and designing the interactive ana-
lytical software. Design and specifications
were prepared under the supervision of
Dennis L. Shoemaker, Chief, Census
Processing Branch, assisted by John D.
Ward. Primary staff assistance was pro-
vided by Sonya P. Curcio, Richard W.
Graham, and Cheryl E. Merkle. The
Economic Product Team, with primary
contributions from Andrew W. Hait and
Jennifer E. Lins, was responsible for the
development of the system to disseminate