LT. GOVERNOR BYSIEWICZ & CONGRESSMAN HIMES ANNOUNCE CONNECTICUT’S FIRST REGIONAL 2020 CENSUS MEETING IN NORWALK
(NORWALK, CT)—Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and Congressman Jim Himes today announced that Connecticut’s first regional 2020 Census meeting will take place in the Fourth Congressional District tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT. Government leaders, local businesses, non-profit organizations, faith groups, and members of the public are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about some of the challenges Connecticut communities face in achieving a complete count for the 2020 Census and how to address them.
Regional meetings are also being planned for the fall with members of congress in the first, second, third, and fifth congressional districts.
“The 2020 Census is fast approaching and we must do everything we can to ensure that Connecticut is the best counted state in the nation,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz. “Census data is used to determine nearly $11 billion federal funding to our state each year for programs and projects that our residents depend on. That’s why we must continue to educate and inform everyone in Connecticut that their participation in the Census is critical to the bottom line for every community. These regional meetings will give participants an opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences, and address the challenges they face, so everyone can begin to move forward with a plan that works for their individual communities.”
“With the next ten years of federal funding determined by this Census, it is imperative that all Connecticut residents complete the questionnaire,” Rep. Himes said. “We only have this one survey, this one chance, to make sure we get the proper funding for our schools, health centers, and countless programs and I am pleased that we have leaders from towns, cities, churches and many other institutions organizing to make sure every person in our community is counted.”
On February 4, 2019 Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz launched the Connecticut Complete Count Committee (CCCC) to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census. Nearly 20 percent of Connecticut communities are considered “hard-to-count” therefore, it is extremely important that everyone work to analyze previous census undercounts and recommend strategies to ensure a full count.
The Connecticut Complete Count Committee is an advisory panel of community leaders who represent diverse populations from across the state including elected officials, faith leaders, community health centers, chambers of commerce, community activists and heads of housing authorities. Similar to the state-wide committee, nearly 60 Local Complete Count Committees have been formed in cities and towns.
The 2020 Census will be the first time residents can fill out their census form online. They can also be completed via mail or phone. Many of Connecticut’s public libraries will be providing the resources necessary for residents to complete their census.