Much of the information shared in this article comes directly from the Census 2010 website (www.2010census.org). I hope if you have time you will take a moment to go there and check it out for yourself or if you wish to speak to someone at the Census Bureau call 1-800-923-8282.
There seems to be a lot of talk out in cyberspace about not filling out your census forms due to misinformation about the way this information will be used. It is vitally important that you fill out your census information and send it in as soon as possible.
By giving the Census an exact count of how many people reside in our community we will form the basis for many important but often overlooked political, economic, and social decisions that are made that end up affecting our daily lives. These figures will help insure that our future needs are fairly met.
That's why it's so important that you fill in the form and mail it in as soon as possible. Census information affects the numbers of seats our state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. People from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.
At Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation we use the figures when writing grants, for labor shed analysis, and many other documents that we write and provide to help achieve continued growth in Cherokee County.
When you do the math, it's easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for our communities and our County. Better infrastructure, more services and a brighter tomorrow for everyone. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like:
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Federal law protects your identity and the information you give to the Census. "No one can get access to census data. It is rock solid secure."-- James T. Christy, Los Angeles Regional Office Director, U.S. Census Bureau.
The Census depends on your cooperation and trust, and promise to protect the confidentiality of your information. Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information and violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act reinforce these protections. Private information is never published.
It is against the law to disclose or publish any of the following information: names , addresses including GPS coordinates , Social Security numbers and telephone numbers.
The Census uses your information to produce statistics. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. All Census Bureau employees take the oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
We hope that this information will help you to better understand how the Census works and encourages you to do your part in making the figures accurate.
For more information please contact Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation at 712-225-5739 or email us at email@example.com.