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A Complete Count Committee for the upcoming 2020 Census is in the process of being formed in Grady County.
Under the leadership of Grady County clerk John White, an initial meeting with local leaders was held Thursday at the Grady County Courthouse.
Local officials met with Thad Wright and Cicily Florence, who are both partnership specialists with the U.S. Census Bureau.
Census forms will begin to go out in the mail in March and through local promotion spearheaded by the Complete Count Committee, Census officials and local leaders hope to improve on the 17-21 percent response rate from the 2010 Census.
Wright is planning to make a presentation to the Grady County Commission at the board’s Aug. 20 meeting and have the commission authorize a resolution creating a local Complete Count Committee.
White is soliciting participation from the Grady County School System, the cities of Cairo and Whigham, the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, local religious leaders and other civic leaders in the effort.
A followup meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the VanLandingham Center.
In addition to White at the initial meeting last week were Grady County Schools superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard, Grady County Family Connections executive director Nola Daughtry, and Messenger editor and publisher Randolph H. Wind.
According to Census officials, making sure all residents are counted could result in $2,000 in federal funding per resident per year for 10 years in Grady County.
The U.S. Census is also looking for temporary workers in Grady County. Officials said upwards of 100 positions are needed to be filled and pay is $14.50 per hour plus mileage.
Anyone interested in working with the 2020 Census should contact White at 229-377-1512 and he can forward interested parties to the proper contacts with the Census Bureau.
“The impact of the Census is big bucks and we definitely need the money,” White said.