2020 Census: Be Counted

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The Detroit Regional Chamber is committed to helping the Detroit region get an accurate Census count across to help both business and government make better decisions and invest in our communities.

Why is an accurate Census count important to business and community?

Businesses rely on an accurate U.S. census. Census data is used to allocate taxpayer dollars effectively, and businesses use the data to inform decisions, such as where to locate new facilities.
An accurate count of the population of Detroit is critical to determining how many lawmakers the city gets in Lansing and Washington, D.C., and how much federal funding the city receives for programs that serve Detroiters every day, from nutrition and housing assistance to roads and schools, among many other things.
Historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of racial minorities, immigrants, young children and those living in poverty – “hard-to-count populations” – leading to inequality in political power, government funding, and private-sector investment for these communities.

The distribution of $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

WATCH: 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference session on statewide 2020 Census efforts.

Read the takeaways from this session.

The “Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign” and the “Be Counted Detroit 2020” campaign seek to mobilize nonprofits and partner with state and local government to encourage participation in the census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted.

Resources:

City of Detroit 2020 Census – How You Can Help

U.S. Census Promotional Materials and Guidelines

 

 

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