What You Need to Know for the 2020 Census: Organizing for a Complete Count

Please note: Registration is through the Association of Minnesota Counties. The League of Minnesota Cities is partnering with several state and local government organizations to co-sponsor this event, as listed at the bottom of this page.

Media box image for the 2018 census workshops.2020 might seem far away, but the 2020 Census is just around the corner! Discover why the census is important and the impact it will have on Minnesota communities during census planning workshops coming to a city near you starting in January.

A complete, accurate census count will ensure your community has the maximum visibility and voice in the coming decade. Hear from Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower about how local governments will play a role throughout the upcoming census. During this workshop, you’ll also learn what a Complete Count Committee is and the best strategy for organizing one in your community.

Sit down with local government colleagues from your area as you explore who is involved in the 2020 Census and the different roles the Census Bureau, MN State Demographic Center, and local governments will play throughout the census. You’ll get hands on experience with sample activities as you develop strategies that will lead to a successful census for your community.

Attend this workshop to:

  • Understand your city’s role with the upcoming census
  • Learn about Complete Count Committees and how to create one with city and county partners
  • Identify what your city needs to start working on now and develop a timeline
  • Access census planning tools and resources
  • Have the opportunity to connect with other local government officials and discuss the 2020 Census
  • Get concrete best practices, tools, and action ideas to mobilize every resident in your jurisdiction to be counted

Read more about Complete Count Committees (pdf)

Presenter: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer, MN State Demographic Center
Susan Brower is the Minnesota state demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the state demographer in February 2012. She regularly talks with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities connected to the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration, and rural population changes. Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Audience: This workshop is open to all local government officials, including city administrators, managers, councilmembers, and others charged with community development and outreach

Registration Fee: FREE
Please note: Lunch is not provided for this workshop

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Check-in begins at 9:30)

March 7—Thief River Falls
Northwest Service Cooperative
114 1st St W (view map)
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

March 8—Fergus Falls
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
1001 E Mount Faith (view map)
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

March 21—Mountain Iron
Northeast Service Cooperative
5525 Emerald Ave (view map)
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

April 11—Marshall
Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative
1420 E College Dr (view map)
Marshall, MN 56258

April 12—Mankato
University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office
1961 Premier Dr, Suite 110 (view map)
Mankato, MN 56001

The League of Minnesota Cities is co-sponsoring this event with Association of Minnesota Counties, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, the Minnesota Association of Townships, the Minnesota School Boards Association, the National Joint Powers Alliance, the Northeast Service Cooperative, the Northwest Service Cooperative, Resource Training & Solutions, the Southeast Service Cooperative, the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, and University of Minnesota Extension.

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