2020 Census: Organizing for a Complete Count


The 2020 Census is less than one year away—now is the time to get your city ready!

The 2020 Census will determine how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn, guide the distribution of federal and state money, and give cities and the state data to help shape important policy decisions.

In early 2019, the League is partnering with state and local government organizations to bring you census training workshops covering basics to advanced planning:

Census 101: What Is the Census and Why Should I Care?
This half-day session from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. is meant for those who are new to census planning. You will discover basic information about the importance and impact of the census, who is involved, and how it impacts individuals, local, and state government. The content is modeled after the census prep workshops delivered by Susan Brower, the state demographer, in 2018.

Census 201: Strategies for Effective Census Outreach
This half-day afternoon session from 1-3:30 p.m. is meant for those who have completed the Census 101 session, or those who have done the 2018 census prep workshop AND are interested in identifying tangible steps to ensure a fair and accurate count through Complete Count Committee outreach. This session includes new content meant to complement the work from the 2018 workshops and/or Census 101 session above.

At the end of the workshop, you will have worked toward developing creative, collaborative solutions that will help your city reach groups that are hard to count. You will also leave with best practices, data tools, and concrete strategies you can use to promote a complete and accurate 2020 Census.

Register for this workshop to:

  • Build connections and collaborations between organizations and individuals committed to a successful 2020 Census
  • Develop ideas to create stronger awareness and outreach with your residents
  • Identify commitments and timelines to build momentum and achieve outcomes
  • Access 2020 Census planning tools and resources

Start getting ready for the 2020 Census now with these other League resources:

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: Mayors, Councilmembers, City Administrators/Managers, Clerks, and others charged with community development and outreach

Registration Fee: FREE
Please note: This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. Lunch is not provided for this workshop.

Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 9 a.m.)

Feb. 20—Mountain Iron
Northeast Service Cooperative
5525 Emerald Avenue (view map)
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Feb. 27—Thief River Falls
Northwest Service Cooperative
114 1st Street W (view map)
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Feb. 28—Fergus Falls
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
1001 E Mount Faith (view map)
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

March 6—North Mankato
South Central Services Co-Op
2075 Lookout Dr. (view map)
North Mankato, MN 56003

March 7—Rochester
Southeast Service Cooperative and Wood Lake Meeting Center
210 Woodlake Drive SE (view map)
Rochester, MN 55904

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 & Wood Lake Meeting Center, the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, and University of Minnesota Extension.

Logo image for census workshop partners.