Friday, October 9, 2009

#Gary hopes to boost 2010 census count :: Lake County :: Post-Tribune

Gary hopes to boost 2010 census count :: Lake County :: Post-Tribune: "GARY -- The city is trying to raise awareness of the big count ahead.
Taking advantage of Thursday's crowd of people who came through to gain township assistance, the Gary Community Complete County Committee discussed the necessity for residents to fill out the U.S. Census questionnaire they will receive in the mail next year.

Census talk: Jerry Weaver of Gary, who volunteered to collect census information for 2010, talks with Doretta Jenkins, from Gary Housing, during the kickoff at the Calumet Township Trustee's Office. Leslie Adkins/Post-Tribune

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For more information on the 2010 U.S. Census, visit
To ask about working for the 2010 Census, visit or call (866) 861-2010. Venus Cobb, a U.S. Census Bureau Team Leader for Indiana, said the 2010 questionnaire will arrive in the mail during February and March.

'On April 1, we will all be accounted for and it will result in more federal funds for our community for the next 10 years. We will allocate $300 billion (nationwide) a year for the next 10 years ... but only if we fill out those questionnaires,' she said.

Cobb said one of the reasons the committee is pushing the 2010 census campaign is because during the last U.S. Census in 2000, only 50 percent of the city's population filled out the census forms, reducing federal funds."

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