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County Executive Launches Census 2010 Kick-Off Campaign

Courtesy of Prince George€s County | 10/21/2009, 8:27 p.m.

Prince George€s County Executive Jack Johnson and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) kicked-off a spirited Prince George€s County€s Census 2010 campaign on Mon., Oct. 19 at the Prince George€s Ballroom in Landover, Md.

€During every family reunion, my cousin, who is the historian of our family adds another page to our family€s story. It is because of census data that she has been able to weave centuries of our heritage together,€ Johnson said.

€Today€s standing room only attendance is exactly the formula we need to get the word out that Census 2010 is coming to our resident€s mailboxes. In order for our communities to reap the benefits we so well deserve, you must participate and fill out your census survey.€

Johnson has approved the formation of a Complete Count Committee (CCC) to ensure every resident of Prince George€s County is counted in the 2010 Census. CCC is a group of community leaders appointed by the County Executive for the purpose of developing and implementing a comprehensive 2010 census awareness campaign in partnership with the United States Census Bureau to help promote census awareness and encourage participation.

The M-NCPPC is the repository of census data for the county. This ceremonial event included Sen. David Harrington (47th Legislative District), who served as the event€s master of ceremony and reiterated the vital importance of the census.
Sam Parker, Chair of the M-NCPPC and Chair of the Prince George€s County€s official Complete Count Committee along Prince George€s County Council Chair Marilyn Bland and United States Census Regional Director, Fernando Armstrong were among the roster of speakers.

€The census is like a snapshot that helps define who we are as a county. Data about changes in your community are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the elderly, where to build new roads and schools, or where to locate job training centers,€ Parker said.

Over the next several months, committee members and a host of volunteers will participate in many events encouraging resident participation in Census 2010. In keeping with overall United States Census goals, special emphasis will be placed on reaching out to hard-to-count populations in the county.

Bland said that participating in the census is €safe, easy and a civic responsibility.€
€Your responses are protected by law (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9). All Census Bureau employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, a fine €" or both €" for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household,€ Armstrong said.

Johnson concluded the event with a challenge to the Complete Count Committee.

€A decade ago we had a 68 percent county-wide 2000 Census response. This year€s goal is to increase that number by 10 percent or more.€