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MAT Staff December 12, 2017

What You Need to Know for the 2020 Census: Organizing for a Complete Count Workshop

Census 2020: Seminars to help counties Insure a complete count.

It may seem hard to believe, but it’s already time to begin planning for the 2020 Census. Census Day is April 1, 2020, and counties and local governments need to begin organizing to insure that everybody in their jurisdictions gets counted.

AMC, along with the League of Minnesota Cities, the MN School Boards Association, MN Association of Townships and service cooperatives across the state have scheduled a series of nine regional seminars that covers what local governments need to do to insure a complete count.

There’s a lot that rides on Census data. Even one missed person could mean as much as $1,530 in lost federal funding each year of the decade in health, transportation, housing and education programs. It’s also used to apportion congressional districts, to draw county board and city council districts, and to help guide governments decisions.

The seminars will cover how to set up local “complete count committees,” a new concept in Minnesota, but one that has been in place for years in many other states. They are volunteer partnerships of local governments and key players – businesses, civic groups, faith communities, schools, cultural associations and interested citizens. Their job is to identify hard-to-count populations, and to develop and execute strategies for getting them counted in the 2020 Census.

The aim of the seminars is to give participants the data tools, best practices and a plan for promoting an accurate count in each area.

Registration Details: Free of charge, but registration is required.
Check-in window begins at 9:30 a.m.
Session time: 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

2020 Census Flyer: Organizing for a Complete Count
Regional Seminars Flyers Complete Count Committees
Complete Count Committee Flyer