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					                      Supporting the
                        2010 Census:
                       A Toolkit for the Highest
                               Elected Officials




Issued October 2009
Form D-3294
ContentS
The Census and this Toolkit ..........................................................3


A Partner Quick-Start Guide ........................................................4


Available Resources .......................................................................5


The Impact of the 2010 Census ..................................................12


The Census in Schools Program.................................................14


Responding to 2010 Census Inquiries ......................................16


Complete Count Committees .....................................................18


Connecting Your Constituents with 2010 Census Jobs.......20


Announcing Your Support of the 2010 Census ......................21


Promoting the 2010 Census in Speeches and Interviews .....23


More Ways to Support the 2010 Census .................................24


Regional Census Center Contact Information .......................26
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THE CENSUS AND THIS ToolkIT




      Mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted every 10 years, the census is one
      of the largest efforts our government undertakes. Data from the census are used to
      reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting
      of state and local governments. Census data also help to determine how more
      than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local
      governments for services that affect local communities.

      More than 130 million addresses across the nation will receive a census form in March
      2010 and it is vital that everyone is counted. While most people in this country
      are aware of the census, many are not familiar with the timing or the process. For
      example, many do not know that completing and returning their form is the most
      efficient way to participate, or that census workers must visit every household that
      does not return a census form.




               The U.S. Census Bureau needs your help to promote
               the benefits of the census to your local community and
               encourage your constituents to participate. As the highest
               elected official in your jurisdiction, your title and official
               authority open unique opportunities and vehicles to educate
               the public and raise awareness about the 2010 Census.




      We have created this toolkit to help you and your staff communicate effectively
      with your constituents and spread the word about the 2010 Census. On the
      following pages you will find engagement and promotional ideas, information on
      initiatives, descriptions of available resources and contact information for your
      Regional Census Center.
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A PArtner QUICK-StArt GUIDe

Thank you for helping the Census Bureau raise awareness and encourage participation
in the 2010 Census. You want your constituents to be accurately represented and your
community to be eligible for funding needed for a brighter future. You want to know,
what should I do now?

It’s simple. Here – at a glance – are the four main steps you should take.


               Announce your support.
               Issue a proclamation, reach out to other elected officials, and use
               existing communications vehicles such as Web sites and newsletters
               to announce your support for and provide information about the
               2010 Census. (See page 21.)


               Champion the 2010 Census in speeches and media opportunities.
               Use media interviews, public events or public service announcements to
               talk about the census, explain its benefits, provide information about jobs
               and encourage participation. (See page 23.)


               Promote 2010 Census initiatives.
               Encourage school districts to teach their students about the census
               through the Census in Schools program. (See pages 14-15.) Create or join a
               Complete Count Committee, work with other community leaders to raise
               awareness of the 2010 Census, and inform constituents about 2010 Census
               jobs. (See pages 18-20.)


               Answer constituents’ questions and provide information.
               Effectively respond to inquiries about the 2010 Census and available jobs.
               Also, proactively provide information by hanging posters in government
               offices and placing information on government Web sites or road and
               highway signs. (See page 16.)


 A steady stream of communications and events through Census Day (April 1, 2010) will
 be critical to educate your constituents about the census and motivate them to take
 part. Your efforts will be supplemented by other public awareness initiatives, including
 paid advertising, public relations and online/interactive tools and resources. Together,
 these efforts will surround your community with messages about the 2010 Census.


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                                                                                                                    eleCTed offiCials
                                                      The U.S. Census Bureau
                                                      is issuing a call to action for
                                                      every resident of our nation:
                                                   “Be CounTed in 2010.”

 The Census: a snapshot



                                                                                                                                        2010 Census fact sheet for elected officials
  \     What: The census is a count of everyone residing in the                       The 2010 Census
        United States.                                                                is imporTanT.
  \     Who: All U.S. residents must be counted—people of all races
        and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.                            It determines the
                                                                                      distribution of
  \     When: Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses
                                                                                      more than $400


                                                                                                                                        This fact sheet, specific to elected officials, includes information about
        should represent the household as it exists on this day. More
        detailed socioeconomic information will be collected annually                 billion annually of
        from a small percentage of the population through the                         government funding
        American Community Survey.                                                    for critical community
  \     Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census                         services. It generates
        once every 10 years. The census will show state population                    thousands of jobs


                                                                                                                                        partnering with the Census Bureau. Share it with internal audiences
        counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of                      across the country.
        Representatives.                                                              And it impacts your
  \     How: Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to                     voice in Congress.
        households via U.S. mail in March 2010; many households
        will receive a replacement questionnaire in early April.



                                                                                                                                        when discussing the 2010 Census. The fact sheet is available as a
        Census workers also will visit households that do not return
        questionnaires.
                                                                                      You Can make a
                                                                                      differenCe.
 a Complete Count: The importance of Census data
                                                                                      As an influential elected


                                                                                                                                        separate electronic file in this toolkit.
  \     Every year, the federal government can allocate more than
        $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on                     official, you can raise
        census data.                                                                  awareness of and
  \     Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job                      encourage participation
        training centers, schools and more.                                           in this historic event.
  \     Census data are used to determine the need for additional                     By doing so, you can
        social services, block grants and other grant programs                        help your constituents
        essential to many communities.                                                receive their fair share
  \     Census data inform a diverse range of local initiatives, from                 of federal funds, census
        justifying the need for an after-school program to designating                jobs and congressional
        urban revitalization areas.                                                   representation.

 2010 Census Questionnaire: Quick, easy
 and Confidential
  \     With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is
        one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes just
        10 minutes to complete.
  \     By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s
        census questionnaire responses with anyone, including
        other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.




                                                                                                                                                                                                               QUESTIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                               MINUTES
                                                                                                                                                                                              TO DEFINE WHO WE ARE AS A NATION

                                                                                                                                                                                         The Census: A Snapshot                                                   CENSUS HISTORY
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   What: The census is a count of everyone residing in the
                                                                                                                                                                                              United States.                                                      The first census took place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in 1790 to determine the
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Who: All U.S. residents must be counted—both citizens and
                                                                                                                                                                                              non citizens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  number of seats each state




                                                                                  2010 Census fact sheet for the general public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  would have in the U.S. House
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   When: You will receive your questionnaire in March 2010 either      of Representatives. The census
                                                                                                                                                                                              by U.S. mail or hand delivery. Some people in remote areas will
                                                                                                                                                                                              be counted in person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  also was created to gain a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  better understanding of where
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every    people lived and to establish
                                                                                                                                                                                              10 years to count the population and determine the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  patterns of settlement as the



             This fact sheet outlines basic facts about the census and the many
                                                                                                                                                                                              seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nation grew.
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   How: Households should complete and mail back their
                                                                                                                                                                                              questionnaires upon receipt. Households that do not respond
                                                                                                                                                                                              may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census
                                                                                                                                                                                              takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to
                                                                                                                                                                                              take a count in person.                                             ABOUT THE

             uses of census data. Share this information with your constituents.                                                                                                         A Complete Count:
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Importance of Census Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CENSUS BUREAU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Census Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was established in 1902.



            The fact sheet is available as a separate electronic file in this toolkit.
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Every year, the federal government allocates more than $400         Today, in addition to
                                                                                                                                                                                              billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data.   administering the census
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Census data are used to determine locations for retail stores,      of population and housing,
                                                                                                                                                                                              schools, hospitals, new housing developments and other              the Census Bureau conducts
                                                                                                                                                                                              community facilities.                                               more than 200 annual surveys,
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Census data determine boundaries for state and local legislative    including the American
                                                                                                                                                                                              and congressional districts.                                        Community Survey, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Current Population Survey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and economic censuses
                                                                                                                                                                                         2010 Census Questionnaire:                                               every five years.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Easy, Important and Safe
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes
                                                                                                                                                                                              approximately 10 minutes to complete. Households are asked
                                                                                                                                                                                              to provide key demographic information, including: whether a
                                                                                                                                                                                              housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence;                   We move
                                                                                                                                                                                              and the names, genders, ages and races of others living in
                                                                                                                                                                                              the household.                                                                   forward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               when you
                                                                                                                                                                                          \   By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s
                                                                                                                                                                                              responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and                      send it back.
                                                                                                                                                                                              law enforcement entities.




      The Census in Schools program: It’s About Us



                                                                                                                                        Census in Schools program fact sheet
      The U.S. Census Bureau has created a Census in Schools program called 2010 Census: It’s About Us.
      The program will provide educators with resources to teach the nation’s students about the importance
      of the census so children can help deliver this message to their families. The program will engage
      America’s youth to help ensure every child and every household member is counted in 2010.




      Who will the Census in Schools program reach?
      The program will reach the following audiences within the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico,
      U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa:
                                                                                                                                        This fact sheet covers the Census in Schools program, which
                                                                                                                                        provides educators with resources to teach the nation’s students about
        \   Every public, private and tribal school,               \   Teachers
            through printed and Web-based materials                \   Households with school-age children
        \   Home schools, through Web-based materials              \   Educational organizations
        \   Students in kindergarten through 12th grade




                                                                                                                                        the census. The fact sheet is available as a separate electronic file in
        \   School administrators



      What does the Census in Schools program offer educators
      and students?
        \   Age-specific educational materials for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Materials
            include: maps displaying population counts and other demographic information; and lesson plans
            grouped by grade and correlated to national standards for math, geography and language arts.
            Materials that integrate census information with social studies and community participation also will
                                                                                                                                        this toolkit.
            be available.

        \   Kits for principals containing maps, a Census in Schools program brochure, information about online
            lessons, quick-start teaching guides and family take-home kits.

        \   Online resources for teachers, including lesson plans, family take-home kits, event ideas and census
            data to teach students and their families about the census’ role in U.S. history, current events and
            more. The interactive, user-friendly Census in Schools Web site features memory games, word finds,
            state facts, coloring pages, research project ideas and more.

        \   Opportunities to discuss and practice civic responsibility through five 15-minute lessons, available
            online, during a Census in Schools Week celebration.




                A complete And AccurAte count
                IS In oUr hAndS.




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                                             2010 Census
                                             Constituent FAQs
                                                                                                                               2010 Census constituent FAQs
                      1. When will the census forms be delivered?
                      The form package, which will consist of the initial form, a cover letter and a
                      return envelope, will be delivered between March 15 and March 17, 2010, in
                      areas where the United States Postal Service delivers the census forms for
                      the U.S. Census Bureau. Census Bureau workers will deliver forms between
                                                                                                                               This list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) serves as a quick
                                                                                                                               reference for a wide range of questions constituents may ask about
                      March 1 and April 30, 2010, in all other areas.


                      2. Who should fill out the census form?
                      The person who owns or rents the house, apartment, or mobile home
                      should complete the form on behalf of everyone living in the residence


                                                                                                                               the 2010 Census. A more extensive database of questions is available
                      by April 1, 2010, including relatives and nonrelatives. If the owner or renter
                      lives somewhere else, start with any adult living at the address. The person
                      filling out the form should include information about all household members
                      (including himself/herself and infants) who live and sleep at the address most
                      of the time. The person also should include people who are staying there on


                                                                                                                               at 2010census.gov. The constituent FAQs is available as a separate
                      April 1, 2010, who have no permanent place to stay. The Census Bureau is
                      required by the U.S. Constitution to count everyone in this country, regardless
                      of immigration or citizenship status.


                      3. What should I do after I get the form?
                      Fill out the form in blue or black ink and mail it back in the enclosed, postage-
                      paid envelope as soon as possible.
                                                                                                                               electronic file in this toolkit.
                      4. What if I lost my return envelope?
                      If your postage-paid envelope is lost or missing from your package, mail your
                      completed form to:
                              U.S. Census Bureau
                              National Processing Center
                              1201 East 10th Street
                              Jeffersonville, IN 47132


                      5. How will the 2010 Census differ from previous censuses?
                      In 2010, every residence will receive a short form of just 10 questions.
                      More detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through
                      the decennial census is being asked annually of a small percentage of the
                      population through the American Community Survey. To learn more about
                      the American Community Survey, visit www.census.gov/acs.
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                                                                                     U.S. Department of Commerce
Issued October 2009                                                              Economics and Statistics Administration
Form D-3294                                                                                        U. S . CENSUS BUREAU




                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2010 Census
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jobs FAQs


                                                                                                                                            2010 Census jobs FAQs                                  1. How can I apply for a job for the 2010 Census?
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Call the toll-free Jobs Line at 866-861-2010, or, if you require a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Teletext Device for the Deaf (TDD) program, call the federal relay service
                                                                                                                                                                                                   at 866-783-2010. The U.S. Census Bureau hires locally for 2010 Census



                         The FAQs listed here address temporary 2010 Census jobs. For
                                                                                                                                                                                                   temporary jobs that offer flexible hours and competitive pay. Peak recruiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                   will take place October 2009 – March 2010. Go to 2010censusjobs.gov for
                                                                                                                                                                                                   more information.


                                                                                                                                                                                                   2. What jobs are available?



                         the most current and complete information about 2010 Census
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please contact your Regional Census Center to discuss specific job
                                                                                                                                                                                                   opportunities. In general, the types of jobs that may be available are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Census takers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Census takers (also known as enumerators) generally work in their


                            jobs, constituents should visit 2010censusjobs.gov. The jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                              own neighborhoods and communities. Hours vary and do not
                                                                                                                                                                                                              exceed 40 hours per week. Most census taker operations involve
                                                                                                                                                                                                              personal interviews with respondents, which may require census
                                                                                                                                                                                                              takers to work evenings and weekends, when people are typically
                                                                                                                                                                                                              at home. Assignments usually last five to 10 weeks.


                             FAQs is available as a separate electronic file in this toolkit.                                                                                                                 Responsibilities include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  y   Explaining the purpose of the census to respondents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  y   Conducting interviews with respondents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  y   Recording responses on paper forms


                                                                                                                                                                                                          \   Crew leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crew leaders work in the field — training, supervising and reviewing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the work of census takers on their team or crew. Crew leaders work
                                                                                                                                                                                                              varied hours to be able to meet with their crews, meaning they
                                                                                                                                                                                                              must be available days, evenings and weekends. Crew leaders do
                                                                                                                                                                                                              not exceed 40 hours per week and assignments generally last five
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to 10 weeks.




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                                                                                                                                                                            Issued October 2009                                                                Economics and Statistics Administration
                                                                                                                                                                            Form D-3294                                                                                          U. S . CENSUS BUREAU




                                                                                                                               Web resources
                                                                                                                               Post the sample Web site copy, Web banners and Web images to your
                                                                                                                               official Web site or blog, or use them on social networking sites to
                                                                                                                               help raise awareness of the 2010 Census. Web banners and buttons
                                                                                                                               are available as separate electronic files in this toolkit.




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                                                           Raising Awareness:
                                                           Leveraging Town Hall Meetings and
                                                           Television Appearances                                                          Tips to leverage town hall meetings
                              As you know, town hall meetings and television appearances,
                              including cable access programs, are effective channels for
                                                                                                                                           and television appearances
                                                                                                                                           Available as a separate electronic file in this toolkit, this document
                              reaching your constituents with important messages. Following are
                              suggestions and talking points for leveraging these opportunities
                              to generate increased awareness of the 2010 Census and motivate
                              constituents to complete and mail back their census forms by



                                                                                                                                           provides tips and talking points to help you incorporate information
                              April 1, 2010 – Census Day.


                              To Get Started, Develop an Action Plan and Timeline
                              When developing your action plan, the Operational Milestone Timeline and



                                                                                                                                           about the 2010 Census into local town hall meetings. It also includes
                              18-month Calendar may be helpful resources (both are available as separate
                              electronic files in this toolkit). By anchoring your town hall meeting or program
                              to a milestone, you can easily identify a theme and focus your messages.


                              Town Hall and Television Appearance Format Ideas



                                                                                                                                           information to help you facilitate interviews and incorporate census
                                \      Panel discussion. Coordinate a panel with U.S. Census Bureau
                                       representatives and community members to:

                                         y   discuss the importance of the 2010 Census.
                                             inform participants/viewers about how census data are used to make


                                                                                                                                           information into messages for local cable access shows and other
                                         y

                                             communities better places to live, work and worship, etc.
                                         y   dispel any concerns or misconceptions about the census.
                                         y   provide tangible examples of how to get involved and support the
                                             upcoming census (i.e. Complete Count Committees).

                                       A panel format is applicable for town hall meetings, television programs
                                       or cable access shows.                                                                              television appearances.
                                       Panel participants could include Complete Count Committee
                                       representatives, active community, social service and faith-based
                                       leaders and/or a Census Bureau Regional Census Center contact.



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                                                                                              U.S. Department of Commerce
Issued October 2009                                                                       Economics and Statistics Administration
Form D-3294                                                                                                 U. S . CENSUS BUREAU




                                                                                                                                                                                                          A Toolkit for the Highest Elected Officials
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Public Service Announcements


                                                                                                                                                                                              Promoting the 2010 Census through Public Service Announcements




                                                                                                                                                  Public service announcements
                                                                                                                                                                                              Public service announcements (PSAs) are free, non-commercial spots on radio or
                                                                                                                                                                                              television designed to alert the community about a program or issue vital to the public
                                                                                                                                                                                              interest. The highest elected officials should leverage their local popularity and regional
                                                                                                                                                                                              influence and record PSAs to explain the impact of census data on the local community,
                                                                                                                                                                                              raise awareness of the 2010 Census and encourage participation. Elected officials, or staff
                                                                                                                                                                                              from the communications team, should contact station directors at local outlets to discuss



                              Public service announcements are an easy and effective way to
                                                                                                                                                                                              stations’ individual PSA recording and airing policy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              To help with efforts, below are some sample PSA scripts.

                                                                                                                                                                                              :15 PSA script



                             reach your constituents. Available as a separate electronic file in
                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi, I’m <<insert name>> and I need your help in shaping our community’s future by
                                                                                                                                                                                              participating in the 2010 Census. Census data will determine representation at all levels of
                                                                                                                                                                                              government as well as locations for new schools, hospitals and roads. Learn more by
                                                                                                                                                                                              visiting 2010census.gov.




                                this toolkit, this document contains sample scripts of varying
                                                                                                                                                                                              :30 PSA script
                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi, I’m <<insert name>> and I need your help in shaping our community’s future by
                                                                                                                                                                                              participating in the 2010 Census. More than 130 million addresses across the nation will
                                                                                                                                                                                              receive a short, 10-question census form in March 2010. By completing and returning the
                                                                                                                                                                                              form, you will help determine how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is



                             duration. Customize the content as you see fit and work with the
                                                                                                                                                                                              distributed to state, local, and tribal governments. Data collected helps determine locations
                                                                                                                                                                                              for new schools, hospitals and roads and will determine how we are represented at all
                                                                                                                                                                                              levels of government. Learn more by visiting 2010census.gov.

                                                                                                                                                                                              :45 PSA script



                                                       media to record and air one or all three.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi, I’m <<insert name>> and I need your help in shaping our community’s future by
                                                                                                                                                                                              participating in an historic event, the 2010 Census. Census data directly affect how more
                                                                                                                                                                                              than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local, and tribal
                                                                                                                                                                                              governments, and will impact the quality of life in our community. Additionally, census data
                                                                                                                                                                                              determine which schools receive funding for improvements; where new hospitals and
                                                                                                                                                                                              roads will be built; and how we are represented at all levels of government. More than 130
                                                                                                                                                                                              million addresses across the nation will receive a short, 10-question census form in March
                                                                                                                                                                                              2010. Everyone in the United States must be counted – both citizens and noncitizens.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Help your community. Participate in the census. Learn more by visiting 2010census.gov.
                                                                                                                                                                                                




         JAN ’09 - APR ’09    MAY ’09 - JAN ’10                      FEB ’10                             MAR ’10                        APR ’10   MAY ’10   JUN ’10   JUL ’10 - DEC ’10




                                         NOV ’09
                                    2010 Census Web site
                                    launched




                                                                                                                                           2010 Census operational milestone timeline
                                                                                                                                           This timeline highlights key dates for the 2010 Census, including
                                                                                                                                           timelines for 2010 Census form distribution, Census Day and others.
                                                                                                                                           The operational milestone timeline is available as a separate electronic
                                                                                                                                           file in this toolkit.


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 Key 2010 Census dates
 July 2009
 Address canvassing completed




                                                                                                                              18-month calendar for 2010 Census partners
 August 2009
 Census in Schools materials arrive
 in schools


 OctOber 2009 – April 2010
 Census worker recruitment underway




                                                                                                                              This printable calendar runs from July 2009 through December 2010.
 NOvember 2009
 New 2010 Census Web site launch


 FebruAry 2010 – April 2010
 Questionnaire Assistance Centers and
 Be Counted sites open to answer questions




                                                                                                                              It includes key census dates and suggestions for what partners can
 mArch 2010
 United States Postal Service (USPS)
 delivers census questionnaires




            April 1, 2010



                                                                                                                              do to get involved. Hang it in your office, lobby or other areas to raise
            CENSUS DAy
            Send your questionnaire back!




 mAy 2010 – July 2010




                                                                                                                              awareness of important census dates and events. The calendar is
 Census takers follow up with households
 that did not return questionnaires


 December 31, 2010
 U.S. Census Bureau delivers apportionment
 counts to the President




                                                   2010census.gov
                                                                                                                              available as a separate electronic file in this toolkit.
                                             Get InVOLVed! HeRe’s HOW:

     Announce partnership with                 Use 2010 Census drop-in articles       Provide space for 2010 Census
     Census Bureau                             in mailings                            Be Counted sites and Questionnaire
                                                                                      Assistance Centers
     Access free communications                Link to/from 2010census.gov
     resources online                                                                 Discuss the importance of 2010 Census
                                               Display/distribute 2010 Census         participation
     Establish/join a Complete Count           promotional materials
     Committee                                                                        Encourage completion/return of
                                               Plan event around mailout of census    questionnaires
     Support Census in Schools program         questionnaires




                                                                                                                                                                                              A Toolkit for the Highest Elected Officials
                                                                                                                                                                                              Partnership Announcement Newsletter Copy


                                                                                                                                                                                 <<Elected Official>> Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                 Census




                                                                                                                                                     Newsletter copy
                                                                                                                                                                                 <<ELECTED OFFICIAL>> is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help achieve a
                                                                                                                                                                                 complete and accurate count of our population as part of the 2010 Census. Conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                 every 10 years, the census defines who we are as a nation. It guides critical decisions on
                                                                                                                                                                                 the national, state and local levels and provides insight into population, state, local and
                                                                                                                                                                                 tribal government funding and more.




 This copy can be used to announce your partnership with the Census
                                                                                                                                                                                 Census data affect us all, which means achieving a complete and accurate count is
                                                                                                                                                                                 essential. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state,
                                                                                                                                                                                 local and tribal governments based on census data. These data also help determine
                                                                                                                                                                                 congressional representation and guide local decision-makers on where to build new
                                                                                                                                                                                 roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers, schools and more.



Bureau in internal and external communications. It is sample copy only
                                                                                                                                                                                 In the coming months, I’ll continue to share information with you about upcoming census
                                                                                                                                                                                 events, including those in our community. I’ll also share information about key dates for
                                                                                                                                                                                 the 2010 Census, including:

                                                                                                                                                                                 [Include local- or office-specific information and events as well.]


and can be customized to include your messages and to address staff                                                                                                                   •

                                                                                                                                                                                      •
                                                                                                                                                                                          October 2009 – April 2010: Job recruitment underway for census workers.

                                                                                                                                                                                          March 2010: 2010 Census forms delivered or mailed.




  and others with whom you work. The copy is available as a separate
                                                                                                                                                                                      •   March – July 2010: Complete Count Committee activities take place.

                                                                                                                                                                                      •   April 1, 2010: Census Day. Responses to the census form should include
                                                                                                                                                                                          everyone living at that address.




                                         electronic file in this toolkit.
                                                                                                                                                                                      •   May – July 2010: Census workers visit households that did not mail back forms to
                                                                                                                                                                                          take a count in person.

                                                                                                                                                                                      •   Dec. 31, 2010: Census Bureau presents the 2010 apportionment counts to the
                                                                                                                                                                                          President of the United States.

                                                                                                                                                                                 As a Census Bureau partner, I am committed to helping achieve a complete and accurate
                                                                                                                                                                                 count of our growing and changing population in 2010. Watch for additional details in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 coming months or visit 2010census.gov to learn more.
                                                                                                                                                                                   




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            For more information about the 2010 Census, visit www.2010census.gov


            If applicable,
            place your logo
            here




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                                                                                                          Customizable news release
                       A Toolkit for the Highest Elected Officials
                       News Release




                                                                                                          This news release can be used to publicly announce your partnership
                         <<ELECTED OFFICIAL>> partners with the U.S. Census Bureau
                         to achieve a complete and accurate count for the 2010 Census
                                 Citizens encouraged to participate in 2010 Census

             <<Month, Day, Year>>—<<ELECTED OFFICIAL>> today announced <<he/she>> is



                                                                                                          with the Census Bureau. It can be posted to Web sites, distributed
             partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to achieve a complete and accurate count of the
             U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau
             to increase participation in the 2010 Census.

             <<SAMPLE QUOTE>> “As someone elected to serve <<state/district>>, I am dedicated
             to ensuring everyone understands the importance of participating in the 2010 Census,”


                                                                                                          via wire services, or shared with internal and external audiences.
             said <<ELECTED OFFICIAL>>. “I am excited to partner with the Census Bureau on this
             exciting initiative and committed to helping increase overall participation in 2010.”
             <<SAMPLE QUOTE>>

             The partnership will involve sharing important information about the census in



                                                                                                          Feel free to write your own quote, but the quote from the Census
             <<state/district>> and encouraging people to complete and mail back their 2010 Census
             forms. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state,
             local and tribal governments based on census data. Leaders use this data to guide
             planning decisions on where to build new roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers,
             schools and more. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the



                                                                                                          Bureau Director cannot be adjusted. The news release is available as
             U.S. House of Representatives.

             “With the help of our 2010 Census partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater
             chance of reaching everyone in the United States, than if we were to attempt this
             monumental task alone,” said Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau. “Through
             their unique roles in their individual communities, elected officials can help deliver the


                                                                                                          a separate electronic file in this toolkit.
             2010 Census message to every corner of the nation.”

             More than 140,000 organizations supported Census 2000 as partners, including
             community- and faith-based organizations, schools, state, local and tribal governments,
             media, businesses and others.

             Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households in March 2010; households
             should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit
             households that do not return forms to take a count in person.

             Information shared with the Census Bureau is completely confidential. By law, the
             Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal
             agencies and law enforcement entities.

             For more information about the 2010 Census, visit 2010census.gov.

                                                         -X-




                                                                                                                                                                 2010 Census Partner Proclamation                                         Insert Partner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Logo Here


                                                                                                                                                           WHEREAS an accurate census count is vital to our community and residents’ well-being by helping
                                                                                                                                                           planners determine where to locate schools, day care centers, roads and public transportation,
                                                                                                                                                           hospitals and other facilities, and achieving an accurate and complete count of the nation’s growing
                                                                                                                                                           and changing population;
                                                                                                                                                           WHEREAS more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to states and
                                                                                                                                                           communities based, in part, on census data;
                                                                                                                                                           WHEREAS census data help determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of



                                                                                                                     Partnership proclamation
                                                                                                                                                           Representatives and often is used for the redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils and
                                                                                                                                                           voting districts;
                                                                                                                                                           WHEREAS the 2010 Census creates jobs that stimulate economic growth and increase employment;
                                                                                                                                                           WHEREAS the information collected by the census is confidential and protected by law;




                                                  Consider proclaiming your role as a Census Bureau partner.                                               Now, therefore, we PROCLAIM that
                                                                                                                                                           is committed to partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help ensure a full and accurate count in
                                                                                                                                                           2010.




                                                  Use this document in ceremonies, events and other official
                                                                                                                                                           As a 2010 Census partner, we will:
                                                                                                                                                               1. Support the goals and ideals for the 2010 Census and disseminate 2010 Census information to
                                                                                                                                                                  encourage those in our community to participate.
                                                                                                                                                               2. Encourage people in our community to place an emphasis on the 2010 Census and participate



                                                 announcements. The proclamation is available as a separate
                                                                                                                                                                  in events and initiatives that will raise overall awareness and ensure a full and accurate census.
                                                                                                                                                               3. Support census takers as they help our community complete an accurate count.
                                                                                                                                                               4. Create or seek opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded groups in our community
                                                                                                                                                                  by participating in Complete Count Committees and/or utilizing high-profile, trusted voices to
                                                                                                                                                                  advocate on behalf of the 2010 Census.


                                                                                 electronic file in this toolkit.                                                            Signed this      day of             , in the year 20   .



                                                                                                                                                                             Signature


                                                                                                                                                                             Title


                                                                                                                                                                             Organization Name




                                                                                                                                                           Form D-3257 (E)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2010census.gov




                      2010 Census Partnership Certificate




                                                                                                          Partnership certificate
                      <<Organization Name>>                                                               Customize and hang this certificate in lobbies, offices or other
                                                                                                          facilities, and post it to your Web site to acknowledge your role as
        commits to being an official partner of the 2010 Census, because of
        the importance of the census to the country and local communities.
                     The 2010 Census will affect political representation, the allocation of
                   billions of dollars in government funding and decisions on where to build
                                                                                                          a Census Bureau partner. The certificate is available as a separate
                                                                                                          electronic file in this toolkit.
                                     new roads, hospitals, schools and more.




            Signature                                          Signature
            <<Name>>                                           <<Name>>
            <<Title>>                                          <<Title>>
            <<Organization Name>>                              U.S. Census Bureau
            <<Date>>                                           <<Date>>



 Form D-3253 (E)




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                                                                                                                                                   Awareness poster
                                                                                                                                                   This poster is the first in a unique series designed to build awareness of
                                                                                                                                                   and encourage participation in the 2010 Census. Contact your Regional
                                                                                                                                                   Census Center to obtain a printed version measuring 16” X 20” or
                                                                                                                                                   download and print the version available as a separate electronic file in
                                                                                                                                                   this toolkit. Display the poster in your office, lobby or other high-traffic
                                                                                                                                                   areas to create awareness of the coming census.
                                        QUEstIoNs. MINUtEs.
           MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MAKE HIstoRy.
               Your census form will arrive in March 2010. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
               By answering 10 simple questions, you can help improve our schools, roads, hospitals, job-training
               programs, public transportation and much more.
                                                                                                 2010census.gov




                                                                                                                                                                                                     paint a new portrait of america.

                                                                                                                                                                             Action poster
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Complete and return your Census form.




         This poster is the second in a unique series designed to build
awareness of and encourage participation in the 2010 Census. Contact
  your Regional Census Center to obtain a printed version measuring
   16” X 20” or download and print the version available as a separate
   electronic file in this toolkit. Display the poster in your office, lobby
    or other high-traffic areas to inspire everyone to “take action” and
                                            participate in the 2010 Census.                                                                                                                                                      Jobs. Roads. Hospitals. scHools.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Help youR community get wHat it needs foR tHe next 10 yeaRs.




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households starting in March 2010. By answering 10 simple questions you can help
                                                                                                                                                                                                         improve your schools, hospitals, job training programs, public transportation and much more. Take time to make a difference by
                                                                                                                                                                                                         completing and returning your form.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2010census.gov




                                                                                                                    Complete your 2010 Census
                                                                                                                  form when it arrives in March.
                                                                                                            By law, your responses are safe and
                                                                                                                 cannot be shared with anyone.




  Counting is our job.
                                                                                                                                                   Confidentiality poster
                                                                                                                                                   This poster assures elected officials, employees, members or
 Keeping your answers
 confidential
 is our solemn oath.
                                                                                                                                                   individuals served by your constituency that the census form
                                                                                                                                                   responses are safe, secure and confidential. Contact your Regional
                                                                                                                                                   Census Center to obtain a printed version measuring 16” X 20” or
                                                                                                                                                   download and print the version available as a separate electronic file in
                                                                                                                                                   this toolkit. Display this poster in offices, employee workrooms, lobbies
                                                                                                                                                   or other high-traffic areas.
           All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.
           The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both. Your personal
           information cannot be shared with the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau
           of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency or any other government agency. Not even the President of the United States.

           Participate in the 2010 Census and improve life in your community.




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                                    The Founding Fathers built our nation on
                                    Liberty, Justice and Fair Representation.


                                          The census is the
                                                                                                                                       Political representation poster
                                       cornerstone
                                       of AmericAn                                                                                     This poster highlights the impact of census data on political
                                        democrAcy.
                                                                                                                                       representation across the nation. Use it to help constituents
                                                                                                                                       understand that by participating in the census, they can ensure
                                                                                                                                       their voice is heard in tribal, state and local government. Display
                                                                                                                                       this poster in your office, lobby or other high-traffic areas, or bring
                                                                                                                                       it to town hall meetings and events. Contact your Regional Census
                                   Make your voice heard in all levels of government.
                                   PaRTiciPaTe in The 2010 census.                                                                    Center to obtain a printed version measuring 16” X 20” or download
                                                                                                                                       and print the version available as a separate electronic
                                                                                                                                       file in this toolkit.
      Every 10 years, we count the population to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and ensure proper district
      representation in state and local governments. Census data also help determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are
      distributed each year to the states and communities you serve. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers
      with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.

                                                                                                                 2010census.gov




                                                                                                                                                                      Would life in your community be better if:




                                                                                      How people are counted brochure
                                                                                                                                                                            You had access to new hospitals and senior centers or
                                                                                                                                                                            enhanced health care services for ill or aging family members?

                                                                                                                                                                            Your children could learn in new or improved schools or
                                                                                                                                                                            child-care centers?                                                      We move forward when you send it back.
                                                                                                                                                                            Your commute to work were safer and less congested thanks to
                                                                                                                                                                            better roads or expanded public transportation options?              Make a difference in your community and be counted in 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                            Your local emergency services providers had up-to-date maps to               Complete and return your 2010 Census form.




 This brochure describes the process by which the Census
                                                                                                                                                                            ensure faster response in a crisis?

                                                                                                                                                                            Your local markets could better deliver goods and services to
                                                                                                                                                                            your community?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To learn more, visit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2010census.gov                                   The 2010 Census:

Bureau counts everyone in the United States. The brochure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How People
                                                                                                                                                                               The 2010 Census will be a snapshot of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are Counted
                                                                                                                                                                             nation’s population – capturing our changing
                                                                                                                                                                          and diverse America in a fleeting moment in time.



      is available as a separate electronic file in this toolkit.
                                                                                                                                                                            But this historic event will do more than tell us
                                                                                                                                                                               who we are as a nation today. It will affect

                                                                                                                                                                              Your community’s future.
                                                                                                                                                                          Your country’s future. Your future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “By participating in the 2010 Census we will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    providing a footprint to future generations that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   help them understand the world that we live in today.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        – Ancestry.com


                                                                                                                                                                      The federal government distributes more than $400 billion annually to
                                                                                                                                                                      state, local and tribal governments based on census data. One of the
                                                                                                                                                                      shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions
                                                                                                                                                                      and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Completing your census form is
                                                                                                                                                                      easy, important and safe. Your participation is vital.



                                                                                                                                                                      By participating in the census, you can help create a
                                                                                                                                                                      better future for you and those important to you.




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tHe ImPACt of tHe 2010 CenSUS

       When the census was written into the U.S. Constitution, it was a uniquely
       American instrument of political empowerment. Thomas Jefferson and
       James Madison are widely regarded by historians as most responsible for
       converting the census into a tool for representative government. Today, the
       census ensures that the governed are fairly and equitably represented at all
       levels, including across state and local governments.




States and Local Communities

The census provides an accurate count of the
population for apportionment of the U.S. House
of Representatives and subsequent redistricting
of legislative bodies in the states and at the local
level. Consider these additional ways the census
affects state and local communities:

  \\   Every year, the federal government
       distributes more than $400 billion to states
       and communities based on census data.
       Access federal funding information
       (down to the local level) online at
       www.census.gov/govs/cffr/.

  \\   Census data about how our communities           \\   Since the Supreme Court’s 1964 decision
       are changing are crucial to many planning            in Reynolds v. Sims, which required that all
       decisions – such as neighborhood                     state legislative bodies be apportioned on
       improvements, emergency preparedness                 the basis of “one person, one vote,” census
       and disaster recovery, public health,                data have been used by most states to
       education, transportation, senior services           reapportion their legislatures.
       and much more.
                                                       \\   The 2010 Census will bring jobs to local
  \\   Census data aid in the decision-making               communities. About 1.4 million temporary
       process for the administration of countless          workers throughout the next year are
       government programs that guide state                 needed to fill a variety of census positions
       and local economic development, such                 across the country.
       as determining priorities for investment in
       public infrastructure and identifying the
       needs of major metropolitan areas.



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tHe ImPACt of tHe 2010 CenSUS

easy, Important and Safe
                                                       Regional Census Centers
Participation in the census is easy, important and
safe. The Census Bureau has strict confidentiality     Regional Census Centers can be your
provisions in place to ensure the data                 resource for the 2010 Census. A full list
respondents entrust to it are protected. By law,       of regional offices is available online at
the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’            2010census.gov/partners and at the end
answers with anyone, including other federal           of this toolkit.
agencies and law enforcement entities. All
Census Bureau employees take the oath of               Local Census Offices
nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect
                                                       By the end of 2009, 499 Local Census
the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for
                                                       Offices (Stateside, Puerto Rico and Island
unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or
                                                       Areas) will be open and fully functional.
imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
                                                       Please contact your Regional Census Center
                                                       to learn more about the Local Census
Participation in the census is vital and required by
                                                       Offices in your area and to find out how you
law. Just as people are required to respond to
                                                       can support their efforts.
jury duty, obtain a driver’s license in order to
drive, pay their taxes and report their income,
they also have the obligation to respond to            Governor Liaisons
the decennial census. Courts are authorized
                                                       Governor liaisons for the 2010 Census
to impose a fine of up to $5,000 for failure to
                                                       are listed here: www.census.gov/sdc/www/
respond. However, the Census Bureau views
                                                       liaisons.html.
this approach as a last resort. Rather than
emphasizing or seeking the imposition of
penalties, we encourage response by explaining
the importance of the questions we ask and
how the information benefits the community.




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tHe CenSUS In SCHooLS ProGrAm

 The “Census in Schools – It’s About Us” program strives to
 increase awareness of the 2010 Census and the use of census data
 in the nation’s classrooms. Children are powerful voices in their
 homes, so the Census Bureau wants to partner with educators
 to reach students to make sure every child and every family is
 counted in the 2010 Census. Educators are trusted voices in their
 communities and can help deliver the 2010 Census message to
 students across the nation.



How the Census bureau is Connecting with Students

The program consists of:

  \\   Lesson plans and other                          \\   Grade-specific educational materials
       classroom materials                                  for students in K-12 and for adults enrolled
       Through the Census in Schools program,               in stateside English Language classes
       educators have access to information,                Materials include maps displaying
       lesson plans and event ideas to teach                population counts and other demographic
       students and their families about the role           information, and lesson plans grouped by
       of the census in U.S. history, current events        grade and correlated to national standards
       and more.                                            for math, geography and language arts.
                                                            Materials that integrate census information
  \\   Nationwide reach                                     with social studies and community
       The Census in Schools program                        participation will also be available.
       includes materials for all educators,
       parents and K-12 students in public,            \\   Printed materials
       charter, private, parochial and tribal               Each principal in the United States,
       schools in the United States, Washington,            including Puerto Rico and the island areas,
       D.C., Puerto Rico, American Samoa,                   will receive 10 wall maps and 10 quick-start
       Guam, the Commonwealth of the                        teaching guides as well as packets of take-
       Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S.                home materials. All of these items are also
       Virgin Islands. We will also reach adults            available online at www.census.gov/schools.
       who are enrolled in stateside English
       Language classes.                               \\   Extended reach through partnering
                                                            The Census Bureau will inform the
  \\   Online availability                                  educational community about the
       All of the Census in Schools program                 Census in Schools program by
       information and materials, including games,          establishing partnerships with national
       lesson plans and online activities, are              educational organizations.
       available online at www.census.gov/schools.


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tHe CenSUS In SCHooLS ProGrAm




Promoting the Census through Census in Schools

Census data not only impact funding for schools and educational programs, but also can impact
community programs and services upon which many schools rely. Work with school districts to help
them understand the importance of sharing census information with their students and direct them
to implement Census in Schools program activities. You can:


  \\   Familiarize yourself with the Census in         \\   Start a “Census Champions” program
       Schools program and engage educators                 that brings together principals and other
       and administrators in your area. Use the             administrators to serve as champions of
       Census in Schools outreach letter in this            the Census in Schools program within their
       toolkit to connect with education leaders.           own institutions.

  \\   Sponsor and participate in Census in            \\   Direct local educators and administrators
       Schools forums to direct local educators             to reach out to their Regional Census
       and administrators to use the Census in              Center for materials and additional
       Schools lessons as an extension of their             information about the 2010 Census.
       current curriculum.

                                                     Please refer to the Census in Schools fact sheet
  \\   Incorporate Census in Schools messaging
                                                     in this toolkit, and visit www.census.gov/schools
       and information into existing speaking
                                                     for more information.
       engagements and presentations, stressing
       the importance of a complete and accurate
       count for district funding. Refer to the
       Census in Schools sample speech in this
       toolkit for talking points and messaging.




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reSPonDInG to 2010 CenSUS InQUIrIeS

Provide Accurate Information                       Brief background on the census:

                                                     \\   As part of the census, everyone in the
More than 130 million addresses across the
                                                          United States must be counted. This
nation will receive a census form in March
                                                          includes people of all ages, races, ethnic
2010, including those in your state, district or
                                                          groups, citizens and noncitizens.
local community. As the census nears, or as
households begin receiving their forms, you may
                                                     \\   The U.S. Constitution requires a national
receive 2010 Census inquiries from constituents
                                                          census once every 10 years for the
or colleagues. They may simply be curious about
                                                          purposes of reapportioning the U.S. House
the 2010 Census, but, as with any issue, they
                                                          of Representatives.
also may be upset or confused. It is important
you know how to respond to these inquiries with
                                                     \\   The next census is in 2010.
accurate and appropriate information about the
census and its uses.
                                                     \\   One of the shortest census forms in history,
                                                          the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions
                                                          and takes only 10 minutes to complete.

                                                     \\   By law, the Census Bureau cannot share
                                                          respondents’ answers with anyone,
                                                          including other federal agencies and law
                                                          enforcement entities. All Census Bureau
                                                          employees take the oath of nondisclosure
                                                          and are sworn for life to protect the
                                                          confidentiality of the data. The penalty
                                                          for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to
                                                          $250,000 or imprisonment for up to five
                                                          years, or both.


  •	   Use resources in this toolkit to answer       \\   Every year, the federal government
       questions.                                         distributes more than $400 billion to state,
                                                          local and tribal governments based on
  •	   Direct people to 2010census.gov and                census data.
       2010censusjobs.gov.
                                                     \\   Census data guide local government
  •	   Display printed materials in common
                                                          decisions regarding which services to
       areas and at events.
                                                          provide and where to build new roads,
                                                          hospitals, senior centers, schools and more.




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reSPonDInG to 2010 CenSUS InQUIrIeS

How Should You respond?

1.    Respond to the question or concern based on       2.   If you receive questions related to the
      information in the:                                    2010 Census that you cannot answer, please
                                                             refer individuals to the Partnership and Data
                                                             Services Program staff at the Regional Census
     \\   2010 Census fact sheet for the
                                                             Center. Contact information can be found at:
          general public
                                                             2010census.gov/partners and at the end of
          This two-sided document provides a
                                                             this toolkit.
          high-level overview of the 2010 Census,
          along with key dates and a brief frequently
          asked questions (FAQs) section. You can
          use this document to answer questions, or
          provide hard copies to constituents who
          visit your office to ask questions.

     \\   2010 Census constituent FAQs
          This document is designed to serve as
          a quick reference for a wide range of
          questions constituents may ask about the
          2010 Census. A more extensive database of
          questions is available on 2010census.gov.
                                                              We urge you to look through all of these
     \\   2010 Census jobs FAQs                                 materials to become familiar with the
          This document focuses solely on questions              2010 Census. You also may view the
          about temporary 2010 Census jobs. For                   2010 Census fact sheet for elected
          the most current and complete information           officials and browse 2010census.gov and
          about 2010 Census jobs, constituents               2010censusjobs.gov for more information.
          should visit 2010censusjobs.gov.




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ComPLete CoUnt CommItteeS


   “The Complete Count Committee turned out to be an excellent way to reach all
   segments of the community and educate them about the census. Our efforts
   resulted in a mail-back response that was higher than anyone had anticipated.”

   —Albert Pritchett, chairman, Complete Count Committee, Cook County, Ill.




What is a Complete Count Committee?                State CCCs

A Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a team         The governor of the state typically creates the
of tribal, state, local and community leaders      state CCC and appoints individuals to serve as
that develops and implements a locally-based       members of the committee. The state CCC is
outreach and awareness campaign to increase        usually chaired by an individual designated by
awareness of the 2010 Census in a particular       the governor, such as the governor’s liaison or
community. CCCs serve as “census ambassadors,”     staff from the state data center. State CCCs tend
promoting the census to everyone in their          to be large with between 20 to 100 members.
local areas, especially to those hard-to-count     State CCCs have a strong understanding of the
populations, to ensure that everyone is counted.   economic impact of a complete count and are
                                                   highly-motivated to develop comprehensive,
CCCs provide a vehicle for nurturing a             statewide outreach campaigns that:
cooperative effort between local governments,
                                                     \\   Encourage municipal governments to
communities and the Census Bureau. By forming
                                                          form CCCs.
CCCs, tribal, state and local governments and
community organizations can help the Census
                                                     \\   Raise awareness of the census throughout
Bureau obtain a complete count in 2010.
                                                          the state.

Most CCCs are established by the highest-
                                                     \\   Motivate every household in the state to
elected government official in the area and are
                                                          participate in the census by completing the
voluntary. The committees work best when they
                                                          census form thoroughly and returning in a
are comprised of community representatives
                                                          timely manner.
from government agencies, education,
community- and faith-based organizations,
                                                     \\   Increase the state’s mail-response rate.
media and businesses.




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ComPLete CoUnt CommItteeS
Local CCCs                                          Successful CCCs

Tribal / state / local / community CCCs             Nationwide, there were nearly 12,000 CCCs
are formed by the highest elected official          formed during Census 2000, most of which were
in a jurisdiction, such as the mayor, county        local government committees. The No. 1 lesson
commissioner, tribal leader or regional chairman.   learned was to do the best possible with the
The highest elected official generally appoints     resources available. Here are some suggested
a chair of the CCC and may appoint others to        strategies that will contribute to a successful CCC:
serve as members of the committee. As with state
                                                      \\   Allocate state funds for implementation of
CCCs, members should be diverse and represent
                                                           the CCC.
a cross-section of the community, including
representatives from education, media, business       \\   Develop an action plan.
or religious organizations. Most local government
                                                      \\   Assign staff to work with the CCC or the
CCCs are of small to medium size, depending on
                                                           joint committee.
the jurisdiction.
                                                      \\   Set clear, achievable goals and objectives.
Again, similar to the state CCC, local government
                                                      \\   Identify targets (populations or areas) for
CCCs are tasked with creating an awareness
                                                           aggressive outreach through:
campaign to encourage complete participation
in the census. Local governments that lack the
                                                           y\   Direct community outreach – touching
staff and other resources to create their own CCC
                                                                as many people as possible through
may join other governments or municipalities in
                                                                swap meets, sporting events, festivals,
forming a joint committee.
                                                                parades, etc.

For more information on CCCs refer to the                  y\   Strategic partnerships with counties,
Complete Count Committee Training Manual                        schools, state agencies and community-
located on the “Partner With Us” section of                     based organizations.
2010census.gov or contact the Partnership
                                                           y\   A media campaign with a catchy slogan.
Data Services Program staff at your Regional
                                                                For example, California’s state CCC
Census Center.
                                                                used the slogan, “California, You Count!”
                                                                in 2000.
  The Complete Count Committee included
                                                      \\   Coordinate activities with local CCCs
  every segment of our community. Some
                                                           throughout the state.
  of the activities we incorporated in our
  CCC campaign were so successful in                  \\   Develop a 2010 Web site for state CCCs
  bringing everyone together that we have                  with links to the Census Bureau Web site.
  continued them as annual festivals. The
                                                      \\   Create promotional materials and items
  CCC was indeed a strategy for building our
                                                           for populations or areas identified as
  community and learning more about our
                                                           key audiences.
  immigrant populations.
                                                      \\   Create events in key areas where none exist.
  — Graham Richard, mayor, Fort Wayne, Ind.


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ConneCtInG YoUr ConStItUentS WItH
2010 CenSUS JobS

 The 2010 Census will bring jobs to local communities. About 1.4 million temporary workers are
 needed to fill a variety of census positions across the country. Community members can apply to
 earn competitive weekly pay and be part of an historic opportunity to serve their communities.



Hiring Locally

 \\   The Census Bureau will make every effort       \\   Peak recruiting will take place between
      to hire within communities and select               October 2009 and March 2010. Local
      candidates at the local level. Locally-based        Census Offices will recruit an additional
      workers know their communities best and             3.1 million applicants in all counties
      often have much in common with others               throughout the nation.
      living there. This helps achieve a complete
      and accurate count and also contributes
      to local economies. To hire locally more
      effectively, the Census Bureau will seek
      the direct involvement of state and local
      officials to help spread the word about the
      availability of census jobs.

 \\   Language skills are especially sought
      in many areas. In certain areas of the
      country, fluency in a second language
      will be important to assure an accurate
      count of the population. The Census
      Bureau will hire individuals who have the
                                                                How to apply for a job
      language proficiencies needed to interact
                                                                with the 2010 Census:
      successfully with local respondents in
      these locations.                                        Applicants may call the toll-free
                                                                Jobs Line at 866-861-2010 or
 \\   The first round of recruitment began in                     visit 2010censusjobs.gov,
      October 2008 and continued through                      where descriptions of available
      February 2009. Regional Census Centers                  positions, application forms and
      and Local Census Offices recruited and                   information on how to contact
      tested approximately 700,000 applicants                Local Census Offices are available.
      for 140,000 address canvassing field
      operation jobs.




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AnnoUnCInG YoUr SUPPort of tHe 2010 CenSUS

Use multiple Communications Channels

Keep your constituents and the media up-to-date on the 2010 Census by:

  \\   Issuing a news release announcing your            \\   Sharing information on a social networking
       support of the 2010 Census. Refer to the               site, such as Facebook, and linking back
       sample news release in this toolkit and                to 2010census.gov. Use the Web banners
       customize it to fit your needs. Share the              and images available in this toolkit, or
       release with statewide or local media                  customize and post the sample text below:
       and conduct interviews to discuss
       the importance of the 2010 Census to                   y\   The 2010 Census is easy, important and
       constituents in your state or district.                     safe. It will impact funding for roads,
                                                                   schools, hospitals and more in our state/
  \\   Posting 2010 Census information on                          district. More than 130 million addresses
       official Web sites and blogs. Additional                    across the nation will receive a census
       ideas include:                                              form in March 2010. Complete and
                                                                   return your form upon receipt. We can’t
       y\   Link to 2010census.gov and                             move forward until you mail it back. Visit
            2010censusjobs.gov using the Web                       2010census.gov to learn more.
            banners and images available in
                                                              y\   The 2010 Census is fast approaching.
            this toolkit.
                                                                   It’s easy, important and safe. Your
       y\   Post photos from 2010 Census                           participation is vital. Census data
            events and other activities in your state,             directly affect how more than $400
            county or city.                                        billion per year in federal funding is
                                                                   distributed to state, local and tribal
       y\   Provide links to the 2010 Census
                                                                   governments. Complete and return
            newsroom, which showcases media
                                                                   your 2010 Census form. Be counted. Be
            highlights from the outreach effort.
                                                                   heard. Visit 2010census.gov to
                                                                   learn more.




       Do you have a blog or
       Twitter account?

       If not, consider starting one.
       More constituents are online
       than ever before.




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AnnoUnCInG YoUr SUPPort of tHe 2010 CenSUS

 \\   Using Twitter to send “tweets”                      Distribute April – July 2010:
      about the 2010 Census to your readers.
                                                          y\   Did you send back your census form?
      Refer to the sample tweets below for
                                                               It’s not too late. Complete and return
      ways to get started. You also can draft
                                                               your form today. Questions? Visit
      your own tweets about the 2010 Census
                                                               2010census.gov.
      to raise awareness, ease fears and
      encourage participation.
                                                          y\   Census workers will soon visit addresses
                                                               that didn’t return their census forms.
      Distribute August 2009 – January 2010:
                                                               Please answer their questions. More info:
                                                               2010census.gov.
      y\   2010 Census is approaching! Your
           census form arrives March 2010. Help
           our community. Complete and return        \\   Including 2010 Census information in
           your form. Visit 2010census.gov.               a printed or electronic newsletter. Use
                                                          the customizable newsletter copy in this
      y\   Support the 2010 Census. Impact                toolkit and tailor it for your needs.
           funding for our community by
           completing your form when it arrives in   \\   Leveraging town hall meetings and
           March. More info: 2010census.gov.              television appearances to help raise
                                                          awareness and encourage participation
      Distribute February – April 2010:                   in the 2010 Census. Encourage cabinet
                                                          members, secretaries, directors and other
      y\   Your census form arrives March 2010.           officials to do the same. If you host a
           Participating in the census is easy,           regular television show, or conduct radio
           important and safe. Return your form           addresses, invite a regional director from
           today. Visit 2010census.gov.                   a Regional Census Center to discuss key
                                                          facts and dates about the census, or
      y\   Don’t forget: complete your census             incorporate this information into interviews
           form this month. An accurate count             you conduct. Refer to the Raising
           of our population impacts funding for          Awareness: Leveraging Town Hall Meetings
           important local programs.                      and Local Cable Access Appearances
                                                          document in this toolkit.
      y\   Just mailed back my census form.
           Don’t forget to complete and return       \\   Including an automatic e-mail footer note
           yours. Visit 2010census.gov for more           about the 2010 Census on every e-mail
           information.                                   sent from your office, as well as official
                                                          agencies and departments. Footers should
                                                          include a 2010 Census logo and link to
                                                          2010census.gov.




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PromotInG tHe 2010 CenSUS In SPeeCHeS
AnD IntervIeWS

be voCAL AnD USe KeY meSSAGeS

The more vocal state and local officials are about the 2010 Census, the better. Any speech or
interview with the media is an opportunity to help increase participation in the 2010 Census. Because
you know your constituents best, we look to you to be advocates of the 2010 Census.


  \\   Census data determine representation              \\   One of the shortest census forms in
       in all forms of government, including:                 history, the 2010 Census form asks 10
       the number of seats each state will have               questions and takes only 10 minutes to
       in the U.S. House of Representatives;                  complete. Households are asked to provide
       the boundaries for state and local                     key demographic information, including:
       legislative and congressional districts; and           whether a housing unit is rented or owned;
       state-by-state distribution of Electoral               the address of the residence; and the
       College votes.                                         names, genders, ages and races of others
                                                              living in the household.
  \\   Every year, the federal government
       distributes more than $400 billion to             \\   By law, the Census Bureau cannot share
       state, local and tribal governments based              respondents’ answers with anyone,
       on census data. These funds can support                including other federal agencies and law
       community services, such as school lunch               enforcement entities. All Census Bureau
       programs and senior centers, and new                   employees take an oath of nondisclosure
       construction, such as highways                         and are sworn for life to protect the
       and hospitals.                                         confidentiality of the data. The penalty
                                                              for unlawful disclosure is a fine up to
                                                              $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five
                                                              years, or both.


Also, be aware of key 2010 Census-related operational milestones (refer to the 2010 Census
operational milestone timeline included in this toolkit).



                                                                          Did you know that many
                                                                          people are unfamiliar with
                                                                          the census or unaware that
                                                                          one is taking place in 2010?
                                                                          Elected officials and their
                                                                          staff can be key sources of
                                                                          information.




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more WAYS to SUPPort tHe 2010 CenSUS




What else Can You Do?

 \\   Hold town hall meetings or other events.         \\   Make arrangements to donate space.
      Conduct town hall meetings or other                   Donated space can be used for Be Counted
      events to encourage census participation.             sites and Questionnaire Assistance Centers
      Use them as a venue to show Census                    or for testing and training census employees.
      Bureau-provided videos and to hand out
      fact sheets and other informational pieces       \\   Produce public service announcements
      about the census.                                     (PSAs). Announcements can be aired on
                                                            local television and radio stations and
 \\   Familiarize yourself with the Census in               published in print media. Refer to the
      Schools program. The Census in Schools                sample PSA scripts in this toolkit.
      program strives to increase awareness of
      the Census Bureau’s activities and the use       \\   Participate in the opening of Local Census
      of census data in classrooms. Refer                   Offices. Participate in the opening of Local
      to the Census in Schools fact sheet in this           Census Offices and other Census Bureau
      toolkit for more information.                         media events scheduled in your area.

 \\   Distribute 2010 Census materials. Share the      \\   Participate in the 2010 Census
      general public fact sheet in this toolkit with        Response Rate Feedback Program. Issue
      constituents at local events and when out             a challenge to a counterpart to see whose
      in the community. Contact your Regional               constituents can achieve specified response-
      Census Center (contact information                    rate improvement goals. To make the
      available at the end of this toolkit) or visit        challenge media-worthy, promise a creative
      2010census.gov for more information                   prize, such as cooking a meal for your
      about available materials.                            counterpart or serving as a mascot in your
                                                            challenger’s parade.




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more WAYS to SUPPort tHe 2010 CenSUS


 \\   Work with state/local agencies and                   \\   Launch a state / local official 2010 Census
      departments to increase awareness and                     Web site. The site should include information
      engage hard-to-reach audiences. Create                    about jobs, news releases, CCCs, census
      a message document to share with all                      events, outreach materials, FAQs, Local
      agencies and departments to ensure                        Census Offices and Regional Census Centers
      consistent messaging. For example:                        contact information, etc. The site should also
                                                                link to 2010census.gov.
      y\   Include the census participation message
           in all license renewal notices (professional,   \\   Come up with your own ideas for achieving
           driver, hunting, etc.).                              a complete count. We encourage you to
                                                                go beyond our suggestions and be a true
      y\   Engage the Department of Transportation
                                                                advocate for the 2010 Census in whatever
           to display census messages at tolls,
                                                                ways you see fit.
           highway signs, etc.

      y\   Coordinate with the Department
           of Treasury to print census reminder
           messages on all paychecks for
           state / local government employees,
           unemployment recipients, disability
           checks, etc.

      y\   Direct the Department of Environmental
           Protection to distribute census fliers and
           pamphlets to all state parks.




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reGIonAL CenSUS Center ContACt InformAtIon
     AK

                                                                                                 Boston
                        WA                                                                       Region
                                                                                                             ME
                                        MT     ND
                        Seattle                                                       Detroit          VT
                   OR   Region                             MN
                                                                                      Region            NH
                                  ID
                                               SD                    WI                              NY MA
                                                                                                        RI
                                                                                                        CT
                                        WY                                       MI
                 CA                                         IA                                  PA   NJ       New York Region
                                                NE
                         NV                                           Chicago         OH          MD
                                   UT
                                                                      Region                                 Philadelphia
                                                                                                       DE
                              Denver Region                            IL   IN             WV                  Region
                                                     KS     MO                                  VA
                                          CO                                                            DC
                                                Kansas City                      KY
                                                                                      Charlotte
                                                  Region                               Region NC
                                                                            TN
                                  AZ    NM            OK        AR                          SC
                                                                                      GA
          Los Angeles                                                       AL
                                                TX                     MS
            Region                                                               Atlanta
                                               Dallas Region                     Region
                                                                 LA
                                                                                            FL

                                                                                                        Puerto Rico


     Atlanta                                                                Detroit
     Phone: 404-865-1119                                                    Phone: 313-396-5144
     Web: census.gov/atlanta                                                Web: census.gov/detroit
     Regional director: George Grandy, Jr.                                  Regional director: Dwight P. Dean

     boston                                                                 Kansas City
     Phone: 617-223-3800                                                    Phone: 816-994-2100
     Web: census.gov/boston                                                 Web: census.gov/kansascity
     Regional director: Kathleen Ludgate                                    Regional director: Dennis R. Johnson

     Charlotte                                                              Los Angeles
     Phone: 704-936-4269                                                    Phone: 818-717-6787
     Web: census.gov/charlotte                                              Web: census.gov/losangeles
     Regional director: William Wayne Hatcher                               Regional director: James Christy

     Chicago                                                                new York
     Phone: 312-454-2714                                                    Phone: 212-356-3263
     Web: census.gov/chicago                                                Web: census.gov/newyork
     Regional director: Stanley D. Moore                                    Regional director: Lester A. Farthing

     Dallas                                                                 Philadelphia
     Phone: 512-864-4855                                                    Phone: 215-717-1060
     Web: census.gov/dallas                                                 Web: census.gov/philadelphia
     Regional director: Gabriel A. Sanchez                                  Regional director: Fernando E. Armstrong

     Denver                                                                 Seattle
     Phone: 720-475-3677                                                    Phone: 425-908-3002
     Web: census.gov/denver                                                 Web: census.gov/seattle
     Regional director: Cathy L. Illian                                     Regional director: Ralph J. Lee



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