City asks for help with 2010 census

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

JUNEAU - The city is asking for Juneau residents' help making sure every Juneau resident is counted in the 2010 census.

It is forming a Complete Count Committee, which will partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to encourage Juneau residents to return the by-mail census questionnaire that they will receive prior to Census Day, April 1, 2010.

"A complete count of our population is vital to the city and borough. Our representation in the legislature and our share of federal and state spending is determined by the census results. During the last census, in 2000, only 60 percent of residents returned their questionnaires. We hope to improve the return rate this year," City Manager Rod Swope said Thursday in a press release.

The co-chairs of the Complete Count Committee are Katherine Eldemar, Assistant to the President and CEO of SEALASKA, and Bob Doll, Juneau Assembly Member. The committee lists among its members thus far Senator Dennis Egan, Representatives Beth Kerttula and Cathy Munoz, the United Way of Southeast Alaska, the Juneau Central Labor Council and the City and Borough of Juneau. Additional organizational participation is encouraged.

The kickoff meeting for the Complete Count Committee will be Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., City Hall room 224. Interested organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to attend.

Deputy City Manager Kim Kiefer is the central point of contact for the Complete Count Committee. She can be reached at 586-5240.

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