On June 24, 2009, I was asked to speak to a meeting of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce, along with Senator Luz Robles. At the meeting, I spoke about the importance of the census and making sure all are part of the count.
The 2010 Census will have one of the shortest census questionnaires in the history of our country, taking only 10 minutes to complete. Questions are name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether the householder owns or rents his/her home. Quick and Simple.
An accurate Census count matters to us in Utah. Federal and State government use census information to determine where to spend more than $300 billion in federal funds annually. Information is gathered to determine how to allocate spending for such things as new schools, libraries, public buildings, highway safety and public transportation systems, new roads and bridges, police and fire departments, and many other projects.
Community organizations use census information to develop social service programs, community action projects, senior lunch programs and child-care centers. The numbers help businesses identify where to locate factories, shopping centers, movie theaters, banks and offices–activities that often lead to new jobs.
One way community leaders (state, local, and tribal governments) can assist in helping make sure there is an accurate count is to register for the Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) program to update the Census Bureau’s address information for their communities. Another way to assist with the count is to participate in a Complete Count Committee.
So remember, be sure you are part of the Count on Census Day which is April 1, 2010. It is important to all of us in Utah.
For more information about the census, please visit this link: http://www.census.gov/2010census.