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Date:
March 23, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7381
Kent Morgan, City-County Planning Department, 441-7491


CENSUS WORKERS SET TO CANVASS COMMUNITY

Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to cooperate with canvassing operations scheduled to start Thursday by U.S. Census Bureau. About 104 Census workers will walk and driving through Lincoln neighborhoods as part of the Bureau's address canvassing operations program. The canvassing effort is expected to take five to ten weeks and is part of the advance work leading up to the spring 2010 U.S. Census.

"Having a complete count of our community's population is absolutely vital to the future economic and social well-being of the City," said Mayor Beutler. "The City receives millions of dollars of public funds each year based on Census data. Local residents help themselves and their wallets by fully cooperating with the Bureau's efforts now and next spring."

Population figures from the Census will be used primarily for the redrawing of U.S. House of Representatives districts. The figures also will be used by the State and local jurisdictions to set new boundaries for all officials elected on a district basis. Census population figures are also used to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal and State funds.

The purpose of the national canvassing operations program is to verify that the mailing addresses for all dwelling units are in the Bureau's database to ensure a complete and accurate population count. The address information gathered will be used to mail Census survey forms to every American household in March 2010. The canvassers will use handheld computers and maps to verify and list all residential structures. They also will use GIS technology to collect GPS coordinates for each location.

All information collected by the Census is kept strictly confidential and cannot be shared with any other persons, institutions or agencies. Information on the 2010 Census can be obtained from the Bureau's Web site at www.census.gov. More information about the canvassing operation program can be obtained by calling the Lincoln Census office at 479-2320.


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