Montgomery County committee meets to discuss 2020 U.S. Census

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Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort, at the head of table, and the Complete Count Committee discuss plans and strategies for community outreach, in advance of the 2020 U.S. census, in Fonda, at the Montgomery County Business Development Center office Feb. 13. (Photo submitted)

FONDA — Representatives from dozens of organizations throughout Montgomery County met in Fonda on Feb. 13 to discuss the role they will play in the upcoming 2020 U.S. census, as part of a Complete Count Committee.

The Montgomery County Business Development Center is a Census Data Affiliate of the state and currently putting a plan in place to make sure that every Montgomery County resident is counted. The county’s CCC consists of county Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort, representatives from municipalities within the county and many non-profits, including Centro Civico, Office for Aging, St. Mary’s Healthcare, Fulmont Community Action Agency, and many others.

The goal of the CCC is to provide outreach to all sectors of the county’s population and educate residents on how important an accurate count is. The flow of federal money to the state and county, as well as state and federal representation are based on population counts, making an accurate count imperative. The state will provide grant money to Montgomery County for census outreach programs, of which 75 percent will go to approved non-for-profits, who are willing to partner with the county to help with the count. For more information on the census, contact the MCBDC at (518) 853-8334.

By Kerry Minor

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