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Census 2020: National Census Day Arrives, But COVID-19 Is Pushing Back Some Key Dates

Apr 1, 2020

Today is the national reference point for the 2020 Census.  The national population count takes place every ten years, and this is the first in which most of the count is to be done online.  But, COVID-19 arrived and has muddied the process a bit.  Teresa Gillotti is director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss local Census efforts and potential impacts in this latest edition of  "Census 2020."


Teresa Gillotti, director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.
Credit Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The United States census is more than a population head count.  It is a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores.  With the outbreak of Coronavirus and the manner in which it has impacted both essential and non-essential services, the count has never been more important. 

In this edition of Ccensus 2020, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair calls upon Teresa Gillotti, director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, to explain the real and potential impacts of the Census.

RESOURCES:

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Washtenaw County Census-2020

2020 Census Research, Operation Plans and Oversight

Census 101

Washtenaw County COVID-19 Updates

My Census 2020 (or call 844-330-2020)

Washtenaw Small Business Emergency Relief Fund

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