Gearing up for the 2020 Census
Together We Count
The census opens March 12, and can be completed online at www.2020census.gov. Those not completing the census by April 1 will be visited at home by Census Bureau workers. Being counted in the census is as important as voting. Data collected is used to allocate funding, resources, and political representation.
The local Census 2020 outreach efforts, led by 16 governmental bodies and bolstered by 250 local entities and individuals, is pursuing creative ways to attract the interest of our “hard to reach” populations. Called A2PCCC for “Aspen to Parachute Complete Count Committee,” these leaders hail from business, institutions, governmental entities, media, nonprofits and chambers. They have identified seniors, seasonal workers, those without post office boxes, accessory dwelling residents, employee-unit residents, children and Latinos as populations that require additional awareness of census facts plus innovative ideas to incentivize them to participate.
Research has revealed that parents can be confused about whether they should count their children. To combat that perception, the A2PCCC committee is collaborating with the Roaring Fork Schools to help inform students and families about the importance of the census and making sure everyone is counted.