Wiregrass 2020 Census Partnership
TIn a true show of partnership and collaboration between the City of Dothan, Houston County, Henry County, Geneva County, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, and the Wiregrass Foundation, these entities came together to join forces in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Census.
The partners have taken a proactive step toward Governor Kay Ivey’s goal of having a 90% local participation rate in the Census. During the 2010 Census, Houston and Geneva Counties produced a 73% local participation rate, while Henry County witnessed a 59% participation rate.
The partners pooled their resources and hired Lori Wilcoxon to serve as the 2020 Census Coordinator for the Wiregrass area. Ms. Wilcoxon will spearhead efforts throughout the Wiregrass area to encourage citizens to participate in the Census and to submit their Census forms to be included in the count. She will also work with civic organizations and community groups to help spread the word about the importance of participating in the Census.
Participation in the Census is critical for local governments in that the state of Alabama stands to receive $7.6 Billion in Federal funding for various programs and infrastructure updates. This sum equates to approximately $1,567 per Alabamian, so it is very important that all local citizens are counted.
Beyond the funding issue, there is also a representation issue in Washington, D.C. Alabama stands to lose a Congressional seat if the Census data comes in low. It’s incumbent on all of us to do our part and make sure that our 2020 Census accurately reflects our local populations.