Mayor Joe Ganim, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Congressman Jim Himes, State Rep. Chris Rosario on Thursday were joined by other city and state officials at the East Side library branch to kick off the “Bridgeport Counts” campaign for the U.S. 2020 Census. See video above.
Statement from Bysiewicz:
“Governor Lamont and I are focused on economic growth and the 2020 Census will play an important role in that regard because businesses look to census data when determining future locations. We want every person to be counted but in order to achieve that we need cities and towns to prepare as well. Every community faces its own unique challenges in achieving an accurate count for the census so it’s critical that municipalities create local complete count committees. I applaud the City of Bridgeport for being a leader in this effort by launching their committee today. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be traveling across the state working with our members of congress to encourage every town and city–no matter the size–to form their own complete count committee.”
Statement from Rosario:
“As co-chair of the CT Census Committee, I am pleased that I will be playing a major role as there is nothing more important than an accurate census count for the equitable distribution of government resources. This is important because many times people are afraid of responding to the census–so this will be a one-on-one effort with the people most trusted in our neighborhoods. I take this responsibility very seriously and I am committed to working hard for as accurate a count as possible.”