Thursday, July 29, 2010

Census Support Pays Off

Lilah Gael, U.S. Census Bureau, presented a Certificate of Appreciaton of the Chamber for its support of the constitutionally-mandated 2010 U.S. Census.

The U.S. Census data always results in an information-rich result that businesses use for marketing and location decisions. This data will form the basis for research and projections for the next decade. Additionally, the Census count will result in a reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as state House and Senate redistricting. Local governments often bolster their federal fund requests and allocations with Census data.

Gary Brackett, representing the Chamber, received the Certificate. The Chamber provided facilities for training of local Census workers and included the Census information in its several communications products for many months. Gael said, there was a 9% increased response rate from Pierce County and "it could not have been done without the Chamber."

Brackett noted that Washington State is on the cusp of gaining a new (10th) Congressional House seat, so every citizen counted makes that opportunity and increased Congressional power more likely. Final Census numbers will be submitted to the President in December and be available for a rolling release in 2011.

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