April 1, 2009
Re: Governor Helps League Kick-off Census 2010 Campaign
Today in Trenton, Governor Jon S. Corzine, joined League President, Mayor Tim McDonough of Hope Township, and Evesham Mayor and League Board Member Randy Brown, Chairman of our Census 2010 Awareness Committee, to launch the one-year countdown to the 2010 Census.
Mayor McDonough noted, “With the official Census Day just one year away, April 1, 2010, the State League of Municipalities, Governor Corzine and the US Census Bureau are launching today the beginning of a year long effort to get out the Count in New Jersey"
“Stand up and be counted,” Governor Corzine said. “The recent federal stimulus program that provided funding to states according to their population shows just how important it is that New Jersey receives its fair share based on an accurate count of every resident in the Garden State. In addition, the results of the 2010 Census will be used to distribute more than $300 billion dollars in federal funds each year to states and local communities. That’s why it’s so important that every New Jersey resident is counted in the upcoming 2010 Census”
The Governor thanked the League for taking the initiative in getting out and preparing for 2010 count.
“Municipal leaders understand the importance of the census and we encourage them to engage local civic, community and faith-based organizations to reach out to their constituencies to provide grass-roots support for a complete count in New Jersey,” the Governor said.
The New Jersey State Data Center has started its “NJ’s Counting on You” promotional campaign to raise awareness between now and the 2010 census date.
“The State Data Center is the lead agency in cooperation with the US Census Bureau to make sure that every New Jersey resident is counted,” said Labor Commissioner David J. Socolow. “Not only is counting every resident of extreme importance to our state, the Census 2010 could create thousands of jobs starting this year and through July, 2010. We urge job seekers to visit our One-Stop Career Centers to learn more about these opportunities.”
Lester Farthing, the Census Bureau’s New York Regional Director, commented, “The partnership and collaboration taking place now in 2009 with the Census Bureau, Governor Corzine and the NJ League of Municipalities will prove to be invaluable in reaching our goal of getting the most accurate count in 2010 for the State of New Jersey.”
The Census Bureau will hire thousands of individuals to assist with the 2010 Census. These positions range from clerical staff and enumerators to professional and managerial positions in the Local Census Offices and Census Information Centers. For more information on Census jobs, go to the nearest One-Stop Career Center, which can be found by visiting: www.nj.gov/labor or by calling the toll free number: 1-877-872-5627. Visit the 2010 Census website at: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs or call the Census toll-free jobs line at 1-866-861-2010.
Mayor Brown wrapped thing us, by emphasizing the importance of Mayors forming their own "Complete Count Committees." He, further, discussed what he has been doing locally in Evesham to promote jobs and develop strategies to mobilize local participation. He, finally, reminded the Press, “... that a complete census delivers benefits for the next ten years."
You will soon receive, from Mayor Brown and his Committee, important information on the next steps you can take to promote the success of this endeavor. You can also stay relevant on what the League’s 2010 Census Committee is doing on this consulting the League’s website (click here)
(Click here for Governor Corzine's Press Release)
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.