For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2000
and State Commitment Increases Census Participation
Georgia Leaders Tell Census Monitoring Board
- The members of the bipartisan U.S. Census Monitoring Board today heard from
leaders representing community and faith-based organizations, elected officials,
government and corporate leaders detail their efforts to ensure greater census
participation among the diverse and growing population of Georgia. Their comments
came during a public hearing held by the Board to gather information on innovative
programs and activities that improved the census count at the local and state
from the hearing in Atlanta will be used in a future report to Congress by
the Board, which was established by Congress in 1997 to monitor the preparation
and implementation of the 2000 decennial census. The Board is comprised of
eight members - four appointed by Congress and four by the President. The
hearing was held at the Georgia Capitol Education Center in Atlanta and hosted
by Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox whose office coordinated Census 2000
activities for Governor Roy Barnes and the state. It featured presentations
by a variety of officials representing local and state governments, community
organizations, and the corporate sector involved in Census 2000 activities
in the cities of Atlanta, Dalton, Valdosta and the state of Georgia.
by these leaders from throughout Georgia provide an excellent example of local,
state and community leaders working together to meet the challenges of counting
a diverse and growing population," said J. Kenneth Blackwell, Co-Chair for
the Congressional Members of the Board. "The innovative programs and activities
they implemented can serve as a model for other communities and states throughout
the country for the next census."
affirms the importance of community partnerships to a successful census effort,"
said Gilbert F. Casellas, Co-Chair for the Presidential members of the Board.
"Both the state of Georgia and local communities throughout the state made
firm commitments to a successful census, and their efforts appear to have
the work of the numerous faith-based and community-based organizations, government
and business leaders, local Chambers and the many others who helped Georgia
achieve one of the best census efforts in the country," said Atlanta attorney
Joe D. Whitley, a Congressional Member of the Board.
presentations at Monday's hearings included: The Honorable Cathy Cox, Georgia
Secretary of State; Jim Holmes, Atlanta Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau;
Tracy-Ann Nelson, Office of Georgia Governor Roy Barnes; Lani Wong, Asian
American Coalition; Josephine Tan, Georgia Power; Jacqueline Thomas-Rosier,
Mexican-American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF); Luz Roman, Fulton-Atlanta
Community Action Authority.
included: Gloria Carithers, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Myrna Ballard, Valdosta
Chamber of Commerce; Phyllis Stephens, Dalton-Whitfield County Chamber of
Commerce; Rafael Sanhueza-Bazaes, Centro Latino, Inc. of Dalton; the Reverend
Timothy McDonald, First Iconium Baptist Church; and Linda Meggers, Georgia
Institute of Technology.