Thursday, September 3, 2009

State Launches New Web site to Promote 2010 Census

Missouri Office of Administration Release

The state's Complete Count Committee unveiled a new Web site today to draw attention to the upcoming census. The new site, provides information for the public. The site contains information about the importance of the census, what it means for Missouri and how to get involved.


Gov. Nixon established the Missouri Complete Count committee and has authorized the Office of Administration (OA), under Commissioner Kelvin Simmons direction, to heighten awareness of the 2010 census. The 26-member committee is comprised of community leaders from across the state that will be working together to ensure every Missourian is counted in the 2010 Census.


OA Commissioner Kelvin Simmons chairs the committee.  It is estimated that Missouri could lose $1.3 million over the next decade for every 100 citizens not counted in the 2010 census. The state also could lose a Congressional seat.  


According to Simmons, "this Web site provides all the information that Missourians will need about the census. It is critically important that everyone in Missouri is counted. This effort is an example of the state working with private entities to achieve our goal of counting everyone living in the state."


The committee members will devise the best ways to reach Missouri's hard-to-count populations and to educate all Missourians about the census. "We are looking to community members to carry the message that the census is easy, safe and important," said Dennis Johnson, director of the Kansas City regional office, which includes Missouri and five other states.


"More than $300 billion in federal spending is distributed to state and local governments, community organizations and health care providers every year based on census data."


The Web site includes sample census questionnaires, fact sheets and information on how to form local complete count committees. Existing local committees are asked to log on to the state site and list their information.  Those local committees also can list their events on the state committee's Web site.  Additionally, citizens can sign up to work on subcommittees of the statewide committee.  


For more information, please check out the new Web site,

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