I'm at the Balch Springs City Council meeting to watch a special report from Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano who is a national spokesperson for the 2010 US Census.
We have created a series of seven committees to help raise awareness in the city for our local efforts. To effectively work our city, we agreed to have seen focused committees. They include:
- An Education Committee
- A Faith-based Committee
- A Media/Marketing Committee
- A City Government Committee
- A Business Committee
- A Recruiting Committee
- And a Hispanic-Community-Based Committee.
If you're interested in serving on one of these committees and live within the city of Balch Springs,feel
free to leave your name here in the comments section and we'll be in
touch with you pretty quickly. We have much to do before April and all
the help we can attract is quite welcomed.
Medrano was appointed in June 2009 by Sec. of Commerce Gary Locke and already is working on Census 2020. She is serving as a Vice Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau's Census Advisory Committee.
The Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Texas gained two Congressional seats as a result of the last census because of the increasing population. There could be two or three more Congressional seats in Texas as a result of the 2010 census. Census data determines annual funding allocations of $400 billion to states and cities.
In a growing community, it is critical that everyone gets counted, even newborns as it affects the federal funding allocations.
The city of Dallas put about $200,000 into Census awareness efforts. They have created a Complete Count Committee similar to the one we've created in Balch Springs. There is a special page created on the city of Dallas Web site. They contacted several organizations throughout the city of Dallas who have included the Dallas CCC link on their Web sites. They are working to ensure that all the experts in the Dallas community has information about the Census. They are working to raise their completion percentage from 70 percent to 75 percent. San Antonio reported that their key to the communities was faith-based committees.
The city has made arrangements with local printers to do some in-kind printing in Dallas and in various languages. City council members have committed to do at least one event in their district in the spring in 2010.
Dallas ISD has a curriculum to use in their schools. She encouraged press events and billboards and community events to promote the census are going to be beneficial. There is even a YouTube video on Dallas' census efforts.
US Census director Dr. Robert Groves recently was here in the Dallas area. Medrano rattled off a list of ways the city is promoting the census in Dallas. She also has an impressive powerpoint that outlines the city's efforts in Dallas.
There are partnership drives in Dallas set for January 2010. Census Sunday is slated for Feb. 14, 2010.
Census day at the Zoo will be held in March. Simultaneous We count walks will be held in Dallas in February.
The Census is important.
The Census is easy to fill out.
The Census is safe to fill out.
The information put on the Census form is confidential and private. It's illegal for the information to be shared. Not even the president of the United States can not even get the information for the next 72 years.
To the Dallas area, this affects where hospitals and schools are going to be built.