July 1, 2016

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County gearing up for 2010 census

MEDINA — County officials are preparing for the upcoming 2010 census, which will be mailed out in mid-March.

The Medina County Department of Planning Services is putting together a committee to raise awareness of the census in the community and its importance in obtaining grants and other funding, Director Patrice Theken said Thursday.

“It’s really important to get a complete count,” Theken said. “Grants and different kinds of funding that the community applies for often depend upon population numbers and other information on the census.”

About $300 billion in federal funding is distributed to state and local communities every year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Planning Services and other county agencies will hold an informational meeting on the census for county residents 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. Speakers, refreshments and giveaways will be part of the meeting.

“A lot of people think ‘this doesn’t have anything to do with me,’ but it does because you take advantage of grant funds without even knowing it, as far as road improvements and highway improvements go,” Theken said.

She added census employment opportunities are available by visiting www.2010censusjobs.gov or calling (866) 861-2010.

Positions include census taker, crew leaders and assistants, as well as clerks and recruiters.

The 2010 census survey will be shorter than the 2000 census, with only 10 questions, including gender, race, ethnicity, relationship status and whether the head of the household owns or rents.

It is the shortest survey since the census was first taken in 1790, according to the Census Bureau.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.