Community members, businesses, non-profits, and churches are invited to participate in a countywide workshop this month, to learn how they can help ensure a complete 2020 Census count.

The Census Solutions Workshop is designed to bring diverse people and organizations together to find solutions to reaching hard-to-count populations. This event is co-sponsored by the Cochise County Census Complete Count Committee, The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Cochise College, Small Business Development Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

With just six months remaining before Census Day – April 1, 2020 – the community is encouraged to participate in outreach efforts to ensure everybody is counted in the nationwide survey, held every 10 years. Hard-to-count populations include the elderly, children aged 0-5, low-income families, military members, rural communities, and non-English speakers.

Many federally funded community initiatives, such as healthcare and housing, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) nutritional program, foster care, school lunch programs, and highway construction, are dependent on an accurate count. Census population counts also determine the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives, and legislative districts are redrawn to account for population shifts.

The Census Solutions Workshop, which will also include an overview of the Census, will be held on October 24 at the Cochise College Community Room, 901 Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. The workshop is free and open to all County residents and organizations.

RSVPs are required as seating is limited. Participants can register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=bsuw9jcab&oeidk=a07egmj515bd77b4148 or email Rachel Norton at nortonr@cochise.edu or call (520) 515-5478.

Anyone with questions about the workshop should contact Amanda Baillie, Cochise County Public Information Officer, at abaillie@cochise.az.gov or (520) 432-9214.

The public is also invited to complete a short, pre-workshop survey to help determine the needs of the community by clicking http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egmfmvu1k0ydzkc3/start

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