Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Census 2010 and Dallas, Texas

Recently, Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano was named Vice Chair to the National 2010 Census Committee.
Please take a look at this link.

In Dallas, and in every other city, town, hamlet and rural location, taking part in the census is critical to our democracy and to the well-being of our communities.

Consider just how census data is used:

--Decision making at all levels of government.

--Drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts.

--Attracting new businesses to state and local areas.

--Distributing billions in federal funds and even more in state funds.

--Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population.

--Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and the location of other health services.

--Forecasting future housing needs for all segments of the population.

--Directing funds for services for people in poverty.

--Designing public safety strategies.

--Development of rural areas.

--Analyzing local trends.

--Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters.

--Developing assistance programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

--Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance.

--Delivering goods and services to local markets.

--Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly, or children.

--Planning future government services.

--Planning investments and evaluating financial risk.

--Publishing economic and statistical reports about the United States and its people.

--Facilitating scientific research.

--Developing “intelligent” maps for government and business.

--Providing proof of age, relationship, or residence certificates provided by the Census Bureau.

--Distributing medical research.

--Reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives.

--Planning and researching for media as backup for news stories.

--Providing evidence in litigation involving land use, voting rights, and equal opportunity.

--Drawing school district boundaries.

--Planning budgets for government at all levels.

--Spotting trends in the economic well-being of the nation.

--Planning for public transportation services.

--Planning health and educational services for people with disabilities.

--Establishing fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices.

--Directing services to children and adults with limited English language proficiency.

--Planning urban land use.

--Planning outreach strategies.

--Understanding labor supply.

--Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases.

--Analyzing military potential.

--Making business decisions.

--Understanding consumer needs.

--Planning for congregations.

--Locating factory sites and distribution centers.

--Distributing catalogs and developing direct mail pieces.

--Setting a standard for creating both public and private sector surveys.

--Evaluating programs in different geographic areas.

--Providing genealogical research.

--Planning for school projects.

--Developing adult education programs.

--Researching historical subject areas.

--Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.

Plan now to get involved by promoting the census in your sphere of influence.


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