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City and County Urge Community to Send in Their Census Forms

The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are once again partnering with community organizations to encourage a complete count for Census 2010 in the community. The media and interested members of the community are invited to join Mayor Dave Norris and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chairman Anne Mallek and members of the nonprofit community to show how quick, easy and safe it is to be counted as they fill out actual census questionnaires. The event will be held on Thursday, March 18th at 10am at CitySpace downtown. They will be joined by representatives from the US Census Bureau and members of the Complete Count Committee ahead of National Census Day on Thursday April 1st. This event will feature a formal challenge by the Mayor and Board Chair to kick off a friendly rivalry between the two jurisdictions to compete for the highest questionnaire return total. A mural commemorating the challenge will be unveiled at the Free Expression Wall on City Hall Plaza before this kickoff ceremony.

Why is the Census important?
Every year more than 300 billion in federal funds are awarded to States and communities based on Census data adding up to over 3 trillion dollars over a 10 yr period!

How can the results of the Census effect local decisions?
Census information helps citizens and their elected officials decide where roads, new schools, and other community facilities will be built. The Census also helps our local businesses make informed operating decisions to service our community better.

Will there be a local impact on jobs in our area?
Over the next year Census will employ hundreds of local temporary workers.

What is the goal of next year’s Census?
The Census is held every 10 years and its goal is to make sure that every person is counted once, only once and in the right place. This includes people of all ages and races, citizens and noncitizens alike. All personal information collected by the Census bureau is confidential for 72 years.

For more information on the 2010 Census:

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