WHEREAS the U.S. Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to conduct a count of the population and provides a historic opportunity to help shape the foundation of our society and play an active role in American democracy; and
WHEREAS Hennepin County is committed to ensuring every resident is counted; and
WHEREAS federal and state funding is allocated to communities, and decisions are made on matters of national and local importance based, in part, on census data and housing; and
WHEREAS census data helps determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is necessary for the an accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and city councils and voting districts; and
WHEREAS information from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey are vital tools for economic development and increased employment; and
WHEREAS the information collected by the census is confidential and protected by law; and
WHEREAS a united voice from business, government, community-based and faith-based organizations, educators, media and others will enable the 2020 Census message to reach more of our residents.