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Tempe’s Complete Count Committee appointed for 2020 U.S. Census
Tempe, AZ – The City of Tempe is gearing up to count all residents in the 2020 U.S. Census and now has selected the team of community members who will help guide the effort.
The City Council has approved 32 appointments for volunteer positions on the city’s 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count Committee. Many people who live and work in Tempe applied and 32 were selected for their perspectives and expertise in reaching various audiences.
Mayor Mark Mitchell expressed gratitude for all the applicants and for the upcoming services of the Tempe Complete Count Committee.
“There is so much riding on getting an accurate count of Tempe residents,” he said. “Our numbers will directly impact the amount of federal funds we can receive for the needs of our community. Funding for housing assistance, transportation projects and so much more depends on Census results.”
Tempe joins other cities and towns in Arizona and around the country that have formed Complete Count Committees to help get the most accurate counts of their residents. Each group contains a wide spectrum of people who will work until approximately mid-2020 to create public awareness of the Census and encourage response to it. Census Day is April 1, 2020.
The Census Bureau recommends that cities form Complete Count Committees to organize both the strategy and execution of their outreach and promotional efforts. Among other activities, committees should examine their 2010 Census data to strategize about outreach in geographic areas of low response as well as among populations with lower response rates.
Tempe’s Complete Count Committee will operate under the direction of volunteer co-chairs Elizabeth Cling and Joaquin Rios. The group will meet at regular intervals starting later this year. The appointments expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Tempe’s committee members are:
Gary J. Brennan
Elizabeth Cling, co-chair
Anthony W. Contente-Cuomo
Myrale JoAn Cooks
Megan E. Costa, Ph.D.
Amanda Lee Faustini
Jana Lynn Granillo
Ron M. Jackson
Linda J. Knutson, M.Ed.
Shereen Lerner, Ph.D.
John Michael Linda
Candyce C. Lindsay
Robert J. Miller, Ph.D.
Joaquin Rios, co-chair
Selianna R. Robles
Mary Beth Spielberg
Roy M. Tatem, Jr.
More information about Tempe’s participation in the census is at www.tempe.gov/census.
Nikki Ripley, Communication and Media Relations Manager, 480-350-8846
Marie Chapple Camacho, Public Information Officer, 480-848-6899