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Meeting in Alexandria will discuss 2010 census

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The Minnesota Demographic Center's 2010 Census Team began visiting more than 20 communities across the state March 26 to discuss opportunities that will help ensure a complete count in the U.S. census on April 1, 2010.

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The town hall meetings, which will take place throughout spring and summer, will include a presentation on organizing local Complete Count Committees.

The town hall meeting in Alexandria is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. at Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway.

A decade ago, nearly 300 such committees in Minnesota helped inform people about the importance of completing and returning their census forms. The hour-long meetings will also include ample time for questions and answers.

Complete Count Committees are appointed by the mayor or other elected official and include leaders from the business, education, faith, media, non-profit, ethnic and other communities. These volunteer committees work together on community events such as festivals, parades, meetings and other activities to keep Minnesota first in the nation in responding to the census.

The 2010 census is critical for Minnesota, which is at risk of losing one of its eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to census officials.

Census information is also the foundation of equal representation in the state Legislature and determines the allocation of more than $300 billion in federal funding for everything from education to transportation.

The business community also uses census information for planning, marketing, labor force projections and more. Additionally, the census will employ an estimated 8,000 Minnesotans throughout the process.

For more information about Census 2010 in Minnesota, visit www.mn2010census.org/ on the Internet or contact Ryan Dolan at (651) 201-2479 or ryan.dolan@state.mn.us, or Barbara Ronningen at (651) 201-2473 or barbara.ronningen@state.mn.us.

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