NC COUNTS COALITION AND PARTNERS STRATEGIZE TO DRIVE 2020 CENSUS PARTICIPATION WITH A STATEWIDE MEETING AND REGIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1. Who: N.C. Counts Coalition, the US Census Bureau, North Carolina’s Complete Count Commission, and the North Carolina Rural Center

2. What: Join NC Counts Coalition for a meeting on the state of the 2020 Census in North Carolina and where do we go from our current state

3. When and Where: June 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

via Zoom meeting click here to register

4. Why: This meeting will be an ideal opportunity to discuss the current state of the 2020 Census operations in North Carolina in a comprehensive way. The meeting will include moderated breakout sessions by region for an opportunity to engage with government organizations and nonprofits to exchange and brainstorm outreach tactics

Remarks and presentations by:

Stacey Carless Esq, Executive Director, NC Counts Coalition

Secretary Machelle Sanders, Secretary of the NC Department of Administration and Chair of NC Complete Count Commission

Laura McClettie, NC Partnership Coordinator, US Census Bureau

Carletta Singleton, Alabama Partnership Coordinator, US Census Bureau

Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Director, Carolina Demography of the UNC Population Center

Bob Coats, Governor’s Census Liaison, North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management

Brandy Bynum Dawson, Director of Advocacy, NC Rural Center

The panel will present from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Panelists will be available for questions from the media outlets at the conclusion of all presentations.

The meeting will go into breakout closed session at the conclusion of briefings.

How the Census impact North Carolina

The Census directly affects the allocation of $23.8 billion annually in federal resources to North Carolina. Additionally, it provides key decision-makers with the information they need to ensure that government resources are directed strategically to the state’s communities. Also, the Census ensures that communities are appropriately represented in the statehouse and in Congress. With an accurate 2020 Census count, North Carolina is projected to gain a seat in the House of Representatives, increasing its representation from 13 to 14 representatives.

The 2020 Census began in North Carolina on March 12, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 22, 2020, North Carolina has made slow steady gains in participating but still falls behind the national average.

- As of June 22, 2020, 57.9% of households had self-responded to the Census, below the national average of 61.6%

- North Carolina is ranked 34 out of 50 states and Washington DC – for Census self-response participation.

-The US Census Bureau has extended the deadline for participation to October 31, 2020.

About NC Counts Coalition:

NC Counts Coalition was established in 2017 to prepare North Carolina for the 2020 Census. The Coalition serves as a hub to facilitate cross-sector coordination among government, planning and community organizations, service providers, businesses, and others to achieve a complete and accurate Census count for North Carolina. For more information go to our website at www.nccensus.org