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MEDIA RELEASE
January 26, 2010

Contact:  LaKesha Mosley/lmosley@susla.edu/318.670.6682/6472   

2010 U.S. CENSUS ROAD SHOW visits Shreveport

Shreveport, LA – 2010 U.S. Census Road Show will visit the Shreveport area on Thursday, January 28th, on the main campus of SUSLA, 3050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.   In attendance will be The Honorable Cedric B. Glover the Mayor of Shreveport, area elected officials, representatives of Northwest Louisiana community and faith-based organizations, local businesses owners, and representatives from local churches and schools. This general public is invited to attend.

Background: The 2010 U. S. Census Portrait of America Road Show’s visit to Shreveport is part of a historical cross-country interactive experience designed to increase awareness and encourage participation in the nation's once-a-decade population count.

The event seeks to motivate America's growing and increasingly diverse population to complete and mail back the 10-question census form.  The forms will arrive in mailboxes March 15-17.

The Road Show seeks to educate and empower every person living across our country to take part and participate in the 2010 U. S. Census. Attendees at the Road Show will learn about the census, how it affects their local communities and even share their personal stories about why the census is important to them at interactive kiosks and exhibits.

Why the Census is important to Shreveport.  The 2010 U.S Census helps to ensure that Shreveport receives its fair share of political representation and government funding. Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to local, state and tribal governments – that’s $4 trillion over a 10-year period. Data about how our community is changing is crucial to many planning decisions – such as neighborhood improvements, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, public health, education, transportation, senior services and much more, including:                                                                 

  • Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools and more.
  • Census data are used to determine the need for additional social services, block grants and other grant programs essential to many communities.
  • Census data inform a diverse range of local initiatives, from justifying the need for an after-school program to designating urban revitalization areas.
  • With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes just 10 minutes to complete.  (First Census was taken in 1790.)

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities.  Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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