Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs, and promoting economic growth.
An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. An under-counted population may lead to a significant decline in federal funding flowing to county governments or county residents.
At the MACo Winter Conference session, “2020 Census: The Foundation for Our Future,” attendees will learn about state and local resources and best practices to promote a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
2020 Census: The Foundation for Our Future
Description: The US Census plays an essential role in American democracy. Most fundamentally, it ensures that communities get the right representation in government. Less obviously, it plays a critical role in distributing hundreds of billions of federal dollars for a wide range of public services – including education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. With the 2020 Census just around the corner, the time to prepare is now. In this session, learn best practices, community engagement strategies, and data tools for increasing response rates and ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
- Rob McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
- The Honorable Deni Tavares, Council Member, Prince George’s County
- Sevetra Peoples, Office of the County Executive, Baltimore County
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019; 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” will be held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.
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