By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles Chamber of Commerce (Information and Flyer):
Needles, California: A meeting regarding the 2020 Census is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 inside the Giggling Cactus restaurant.
Officials from the United States Census Bureau will be discussing the 2020 Census and how the community can help.
Local officials say the Census brings valuable federal dollars to schools, the city, local services in Needles, California and representation in the state and Federal legislatures.
Local officials as well as members of the Needles Chamber of Commerce will be attending the short meeting inside Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway, just south of Interstate 40.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
More information as well as to apply to work for the 2020 Census can be found on their website at: