Onorato, Ravenstahl Announce Complete Count Committee for 2010 Census

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Mayor Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced the formation of a City-County Complete Count Committee (CCC), consisting of leaders and volunteers from across the region to assist with ensuring an accurate 2010 Census.

The goals of the CCC are to increase the level of participation in the 2010 Census by creating
awareness of the importance of counting every single resident and to increase the mail back
response rate.  “Our goal for the 2010 Census is 100 percent participation,” said Onorato. “The count
determines the funding Allegheny County receives for roads, bridges, and essential human
service programs.”  For the 2000 Census, 71 percent of people living in Allegheny County and 61 percent of City of Pittsburgh residents returned their forms.

“With the statistics from the 2010 Census being used to determine congressional representation
and allocate federal funding, it is critical that we ensure that every City of Pittsburgh resident is
counted,” said Ravenstahl. “This Complete Count Committee will play a key role in helping us
successfully meet the challenge. The population of our region is become increasingly more
diverse, and it is up to us to identify creative strategies for reaching everyone so they are
included in the 2010 Census. I thank the volunteers who have agreed to assist us with this
important work.”