The first meeting of the Complete the Count Committee brought community leaders from throughout the state together to work on a strategy for the 2010 census.
If the numbers don’t support it, Missouri stands the chance of losing a U-S Congressional seat.
Director of Administration Kelvin Simmons says the coveted spot in Congress isn’t the only thing at stake … Missouri’s census numbers determine federal funding for the next ten years. The federal return of tax dollars equals about a thousand dollars per person per year.
A few changes should streamline the process. For the first time, Census canvassers will have hand-held computers to instantly update the database. Good news to heads of household filling out the forms, there are only ten questions to answer.
Simmons says the Complete the Count Committee is working on ways to reach everyone, even if it’s through Facebook or Twitter. Employees will be walking the streets and working with food banks to make sure the homeless are counted. Whatever it takes to get the message out to all Missourians how important it is they are counted.
The last census saw a 69 percent turnout …. the committee hopes to do better this time.
Each year, more than 300 billion federal dollars is distributed to state and local governments, community organizations and health care providers. The funding includes money for schools, hospitals, roads and disaster relief.
Missouri Statewide 2010 complete Count Committee Members:
Jane Brown, Federal Prosecutor, Kansas City
Scott Burnett, Jackson County Legislator, Kansas City
Adolfo Castillo, Consultant, Joplin
Kathy Chinn, Farm Owner/Operator, Clarence
Anna Crosslin, International Institute of St. Louis, St. Louis
Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive, St. Louis
Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive, St. Charles
Gwen Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City
Doug Hermes, Community Development Consultant, Liberty
Matt Hesser, Missouri State Demographer, Jefferson City
Ed Hillhouse, Franklin County Presiding Commissioner, Lake Ozark
Mike McMillan, City of St. Louis License Collector, St. Louis
Robbie Myers, Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff
Claudio Perez-Korinko, International Marketing, Kansas City
John Peterson, Rolla Community Development Director, Rolla
Don Reimal, Mayor of Independence, Independence
Jorge Riopedre, CarisMedia Inc., St. Louis
Anita Russel, NAACP-Kansas City, Kansas City
Brenda Shields, United Way fo Greater St. Joseph, St. Joseph
Kelvin Simmons, Missouri Office of Administration, Columbia
Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, St. Louis
R.T. Turner, Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner, St. Joseph
Dennis Wood, Missouri State Representative, Kimberling City