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1 The Road to the 2010 Census Somonica L. Green Assistant Regional Director June 18, 2008 NC SDC Meeting

2 2 Why take a Census? Appropriation of funds Apportionment of Congress

3 3 What are the Goals for 2010 Census? Less Costly Use Technology more Efficiently Improve Maps & Address Lists Deliver Data on A More Timely Basis (ACS)

4 4 How do we Take a Census? Develop/Update Address List and Maps. Deliver Census Questionnaires to Addresses by Mail or in Person. Receive completed Questionnaires by mail. Follow-up with Households that do not Return the Questionnaire.

5 5 Part 1 – Building a List of Addresses Address List from Census 2000 Updates from the US Postal Service Partnership with Local Governments –LUCA –Boundaries Address Canvassing Operation

6 6 Part 1 – Building a List of Addresses Address Canvassing: Spring/Summer 2009 Census Taker will verify the location and information for every address in the U.S. Use Handheld Computers – GPS Technology An Estimated 5,000 Workers in NC

7 7 Part 2 – The Population Count Our Guiding Principles –Its Safe –Its Easy –Its Important

8 8 Part 2 – The Population Count Its Safe! –Answers are protected by law! –Title 13 of the United States Code –Penalty – Up To 5 Years in Prison, or $250,000 fine for violations, or both –The Core of our Ability to Build Trust

9 9 Part 2 – The Population Count Its Easy! –Mail Census Questionnaires in February / March 2010 –Short Form – 10 Questions, 10 Minutes –A New Mail Strategy –Bilingual Mail Forms (English/Spanish)

10 10 Part 2 – The Population Count Its Important! –Apportion the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives –Appropriate $300 billion in federal funds to states and communities every year –Redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils, and voting districts

11 11 Part 2 – The Population Count Following Up on Non Responses –Summer 2010 –Send a Census Taker to the door –Estimated 700,000 Workers Nationwide –More than 20,000 Census Workers in NC

12 12 Part 2 – The Population Count Other Living Situations – Special Procedures –Military Bases / College Dorms –Prisons –RV Parks, Campgrounds, Marinas, etc. –People Experiencing Homelessness –Remote / Rural Areas, Areas with Delivery Problems

13 13 Timeline of Key Activities Calendar Year 2008 Open Regional Census Center Open Early Local Census Office 15 in Charlotte 5-state region 5 in NC – Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Greenville Hire and train Key Staff

14 14 Timeline of Key Activities Calendar Year 2008

15 15 Timeline of Key Activities Calendar Year 2009 Open Remaining Local Census Offices 37 in Charlotte 5-state region 8-10 in North Carolina Address Canvassing Adjudication of LUCA Appeals Recruit/Recruit/Recruit

16 16 Timeline of Key Activities Calendar Year 2010 Counts Delivered to the President Questionnaires Mailed or Delivered Census Day – April 1, 2010 Group Quarters Enumeration Follow-up to Non-Responding Households

17 17 Checking Our Work Extensive Quality Assurance Operations Independent Assessments Closely Monitored Internally and Externally

18 18 Whats Different in 2010 Short Form Only Use of Hand-held Computers (AC only) Second Mailing of Questionnaires

19 19 American Community Survey: (aka Census Long Form) Produces more current data at various levels Large, monthly, sample survey Began nationally in 2005 Provides more current characteristics data

20 20 Our Key Challenges Recruiting! –Capable Managers that Represent the Community –Trusted Voices to Educate and Motivate –Enough Qualified Applicants for the 70,000+ jobs in the Charlotte Region Participation –Building Trust –Motivating Cooperation

21 21 Communicating these Principles Communications Campaign –Paid Advertising –Local promotional efforts Complete Count Committees –Local initiatives to promote the Census –Organized Independently Partnership and Data Services Program –Grassroots efforts to reach the hardest to count communities

22 22 Supporting Your Community Consider Involvement in a Complete Count Committee Emphasize the Importance of Census Participation

23 23 Supporting Your Community Questions about Jobs? Toll Free Number: 1 – 888 – 222 – 4936 Questions / Concerns about the Census? Regional Census Center main number: (704)

24 24 Questions


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