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Preparation begins for 2010 census

Preparation begins for 2010 census
Dr. Margret Toston of UT Martin is leading a committee of several staff members in order to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census Partnership Support Program. 
The U.S. Census Partnership Program is a proposal submitted to request funding to promote the Census on the UT Martin campus. 
Members of the committee include Toston, David Belote, Steve Vantrease, Louis Ragsdale and David Taylor. 
The committee is deciding which campus and citywide events will effectively promote Census participation among the students.
Many university students are unaware that they must be counted here in Martin, not in their hometown. 
According to the U.S. Census 2010 Web site, people are to be counted where they live and sleep for the majority of the year. 
This is important not only because it is required by law, but also, because the more residents a city holds, the more funding it will receive. 
For example, for every 1,000 people counted, $100,000 goes to that city’s budget for infrastructure, roads and other services.  
The campus committee has also been working closely with the cities’ committee members to avoid duplication of ideas.
“We would like to get the total amount of funding we request and maximize the number of people that participate,” said Taylor. 
Upon receipt of such funding, the committee plans to purchase magnets, banners and other materials needed to successfully promote the census to the UT Martin students.  
The 2010 census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every U.S. household throughout February and March 2010. 
You must record accurate information of your household as of April 1, 2010. 
This date, is also the last day to submit your information.  The Census Bureau must count everyone and submit all state totals to the U.S. President by Dec. 31, 2010.   
Editor’s note: Martina Conley is a senior communications student at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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