Whereas, the next Decennial Census will be taken in the year 2010, and political representation to the United States House of Representatives, state legislatures and local governments is determined by the Decennial Census, and the County of Mason recognizes the equal importance of each resident in the 2010 Census count; and,
Whereas, the County of Mason has agreed to be one of 39,000 government entities in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau; and,
Whereas, the County of Mason understands that its primary role in this partnership is to formulate a COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE that should include, but is not limited to the following sub-committees: Government, Education, Media, Faith-Based/Religion, Community-based Organization, Business, and Recruiting; and,
Whereas, the role of the Government sub-committee is to bridge all gaps between the community and the Census Bureau on geographic matters, outreach activities, and information centers; and,
Whereas, the role of Education sub-committee is to create census awareness programs for pre-kindergarten to college age students, coalesce with educational institutions, distribute Census Bureau Education programs, and to encourage parents and college students to apply for Census jobs; and,
Whereas, the role of the Media sub-committee is to utilize all aspects (print and electronic) of its industry to inform, motivate, and educate the city's residents in the necessity and importance of their rapid response and 100% participation in the 2010 Census; and,
Whereas, the role of Faith-Based/Religion sub-committee is to form a cross denominational coalition for the dissemination of Census information, inclusion of special announcements in church bulletins and sermons, hosting of Census awareness activities, and circulation of Census job opening bulletins; and,
Whereas, the role of the Community-based Organizations sub-committee is to make the community aware of the many ways Census data is used to obtain funding for essential community services and programs; and,
Whereas, the role of the Business sub-committee is to encourage all area businesses to advertise the 2010 Census message in sales advertisements, promotional materials and displays, and to sponsor 2010 Census community awareness activities; and,
Whereas the Recruiting sub-committee is to receive and disseminate to all segments of the community, information regarding the availability of Census jobs in the local area;
Now, therefore, I, Jerry Bearden, County Judge of Mason hereby proclaim the 2010 Census as a top priority for all elected and appointed officials, and encourage full support and participation of this community in achieving an accurate and complete count through the formulation of a COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE.
Signed this 20 day of April, in the year 2009.
Mason County Judge