Exactly one year to the day from the 2020 Census the first meeting of the 2020 Maryland Complete Count Committee (CCC) was held.
The meeting kicked off with a presentation and training from the U.S. Census Bureau on the importance of the census, the need to get the message out so that every Marylander is counted, and the gameplan for getting it all done over the course of this next year.
A lot of resources and planning are riding on ensuring there is a complete count. Census data is used for distribution of federal funding; government and community services and programming; business investments; and reapportionment and redistricting, just to name a few broad areas. Approximately $650 billion will be reallocated to communities across the nation based on the 2020 census count. Maryland loses almost $2,000 per person annually for every person not counted.
Additionally, the 2020 Census Grant Panel has reviewed 40 applications and awarded over $4 million in funds to local government and organizations to help with outreach to hard to count communities. The remaining funds will be reallocated to the CCC to help achieve its goals.
Ten counties were awarded funds from the panel:
- Anne Arundel: $45,000
- Baltimore City: $250,000
- Baltimore County: $250,000
- Carroll: $40,000
- Frederick: $80,000
- Harford: $133,310
- Howard: $150,240
- Montgomery: $581,700
- Prince George’s: $244,208
- Washington: $15,000
The 2020 CCC, was formed by executive order to help the state prepare and mobilize for the 2020 decennial census. The committee is charged with developing and implementing an outreach plan to build partnerships and coordination with local governments and other organizations across the state. The goal is to help the state achieve a full and accurate count in the 2020 census.
Members of the CCC include nonprofit leaders, elected officials, state agency heads, and county and municipal government representatives. MACo is represented on the committee by Patrick Murray, Chief of Staff, Baltimore County.
For more information on the 2020 Census and the CCC, visit the new Maryland census website at www.census.maryland.gov.
2020 Maryland Complete Count Committee Holds First Meeting One Year in Advance of Census Day (Maryland Department of Planning)
36 Recipients to Receive Nearly $4.1 Million for Census Outreach (Maryland Department of Planning)