2020 Census: Do Your Part to Complete Your Form

The time has come to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire, and chances are you’ve already received a paper form and notice in the mail to fill out your form online from the U.S. Census Bureau. Everyone has responsibility to fill out and submit the form for their household.

Census efforts that promote the completion of the form, especially in hard-to-count communities, have been halted due to the recent spread of COVID-19. Businesses are needed now more than ever to help encourage more people to complete their census.

An accurate census count is crucial for Detroit and Michigan’s future, and here’s why:

State Representation and Funding Relies on the Census Count

The census helps determine how many seats each state is allotted in Congress, and the amount of funding the state receives. This amount will affect health care, education, and food programs that families and seniors depend on in Michigan. An inaccurate count risks losing a seat in Congress and decreasing the federal funding the state receives for these programs.

Each seat in Congress represents around 711,000 individuals. With other states growing rapidly, an undercount could mean that Michigan loses another seat. The state has previously lost five seats in the last 50 years and ensuring an accurate count can help prevent this from happening again.

How to Fill Out the Census in 10 Minutes or Less

Individuals should know that their census information is completely confidential and protected by law.

This means that responses will not and cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement, state agencies, courts, taxing authority, etc.

For the first time, respondents can submit their census answers online. They can also fill out the census in person at public libraries, community centers, and other agencies. For those who received the form by mail, simply fill it out and send it back.

Your Business Can Help Spread the Word

Businesses can help ensure an accurate census count by encouraging customers, employees, and the general public to complete the questionnaire. Achieving an accurate count is imperative to a thriving economy and requires assistance from both the public and private sectors. Your business can help by:

  1. Encourage employees to complete their census questionnaires.
  2. Share messages promoting the census with customers.
  3. Promote the impact of the census using social and digital media through company communication channels.
  4. Create short videos promoting the census with influencers from your organization.
  5. Use your platform to debunk false information.
  6. Engage in local, regional, and statewide efforts

View the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2020 Census Business Engagement Toolkit to learn more about how your business can help.

Duggan Urges Participation in Census, Celebrates GM Plant

January 29, 2020

The Detroit News 

Christine Ferretti

Detroit— Mayor Mike Duggan is continuing his call for residents to step forward this spring and be counted in the 2020 Census, a response that sets the city’s long-term trajectory.

“Our representation, our funding for the next decade matters,” Duggan said. “We’re saying to everybody, ‘fill it out honestly.’ And where you sleep at night April 1, don’t be afraid to say ‘I’m a Detroiter.'”

The mayor covered the importance of the Census turnout, neighborhood revitalization and General Motor Co.’s newly announced plans for Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly during a 30-minute talk with Dennis Archer Jr. at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference on Wednesday at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Detroit is in the midst of an aggressive $1.7 million campaign to boost response rates.

In 2010, only 64% of households submitted their forms prior to the U.S. Census Bureau sending out doorknockers, the lowest of any major city.

Duggan estimated the poor response cost the city about $300 million over the last decade, and he said Wednesday that the average person who isn’t counted amounts to a loss of about $18,000 to schools and other programs.

The mayor also celebrated plans formally unveiled this week by GM for a $2.2 billion plan at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. The site last year had been targeted for closure but instead will become the automaker’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.

Duggan said Wednesday that automakers are making a big bet on the cars of the future and he urged General Motors CEO Mary Barra to do that here.

“GM absolutely believes in the future,” Duggan told Archer. “I am just really pleased with the fact that they changed course and they made the investment here.”

Duggan, a Democrat, also discussed the importance of the upcoming presidential election and said he’s “campaigning hard” for Vice President Joe Biden.

There have only been two times in the last 50 years, he said, when there was a Democrat in Lansing and Washington, D.C. That type of alignment would allow for a meaningful urban agenda.

“If we could get that alignment,” he said, “the next term as mayor could be a historic time.”

The Duggan administration also is continuing its push to create more vibrant neighborhood districts.

The mayor gave an overview of the $17 million streetscape improvements along the Avenue of Fashion. The project to widen the sidewalks, add bike lanes and improve a 1.5-mile stretch of roadway began in May and wasn’t without construction pains for businesses.

“We put $17 million into that streetscape … this is the kind of city we’re trying to build,” he said.

View the original article here

Mayor Duggan: Detroit Depends on 2020 Census and Growth of Neighborhoods

Mayor Mike Duggan stopped by the 2020 Detroit Policy Conference for a conversation with Conference Chair and CEO of Ignition Media Group Dennis W. Archer Jr. before heading to Lansing to watch Gov. Gretchen Whitmer give her second annual State of the State address. Duggan talked General Motor Co.’s recent announcement, Detroit’s neighborhoods, and the 2020 census during his interview with Archer. 

The pair discussed the change in direction for General Motors with the reveal of its $2.2 billion investment in its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, to create 2,200 jobs, a turnaround from its plant closings that took place last year. Duggan shared that he spoke to General Motors CEO Mary Barra on the phone during news of the closings and told her that he thought the company needed to make an investment somewhere, even with the risk involved. 

“You are going to have to make a big bet on the cars in future automated vehicles that come in,” Duggan reiterated from his phone conversation with Barra. “It’s going to be a scary, risky time for General Motors. Why wouldn’t you want it in the city of Detroit where you’ve been headquarters a hundred years?” 

Duggan said he was pleased when General Motors changed course and made the investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, its first all-electric devoted plant set to build the autonomous Cruise Origin shuttle and an all-electric pickup. These technologies guarantee reduced gas emissions and accidents on the road, Duggan noted.  

Along with the influence of corporate investment in the city, Duggan also emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship in its neighborhoods, and how Detroit can better foster businesses just starting out. 

“We’ve got FCA, we’ve got Ford, we’ve got GM with billion-dollar investments in thousands of jobs, but what about the entrepreneur?” asked Duggan. “Particularly the African American entrepreneur from the city of Detroit.” 

There was once a time where the city’s neighborhoods had shopping districts that people could walk or bike to, Duggan recalled, adding that he wants to continue building vibrant commercial districts. 

“In the last 12 months 13 new businesses have opened – every one of them black owned.” 

While Detroit’s success is dependent on the health of its neighborhoods, it is also reliant on Detroiters themselves. With estimates that Detroit was undercounted in the 2010 census by around 30,000 people, ensuring an accurate count for 2020 is a top priority. Undercounting Detroit means losing money for school lunches, Medicaid, development programs, and more. 

“The minority undercount is very real, which means that our community has to have that much more effort,” Duggan added. “You need trust across the city.” 

Thank you to MotorCity Casino Hotel for sponsoring this session.

Read more about this session on Fox 2 Detroit and The Detroit News.