Press release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners:
Allen County Commissioners Partner with U.S. Census Bureau
Citizens encouraged to participate in 2010 Census
(February 16, 2010) The Allen County Board of Commissioners is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
“As public servants of Allen County, the Commissioners are dedicated to ensuring everyone understands the importance of participating in the 2010 Census,” said Linda Bloom, president of the board. “We are excited to partner with the Census Bureau on this initiative and committed to helping increase overall participation in 2010.”
The partnership will involve sharing important information about the census in Allen County and encouraging people to complete and mail back their 2010 Census forms. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Leaders use this data to guide planning decisions on where to build new roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers, schools and more. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“With the help of our 2010 Census partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater chance of reaching everyone in the United States, than if we were to attempt this monumental task alone,” said Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau. “Through their unique roles in their individual communities, elected officials can help deliver the 2010 Census message to every corner of the nation.”
More than 140,000 organizations supported Census 2000 as partners, including community and faith-based organizations, schools, state, local and tribal governments, media, businesses and others.
Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010; households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person.
Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
For more information about the 2010 Census, visit 2010census.gov.