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Dear residents of King County:

Starting in March 2020, households across our region and across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census.

Simply put, your participation matters.

  • Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal and non-profit funding to counties and other local governments.

  • Census numbers determine how many representatives a state has in Congress.

  • A complete and accurate Census is paramount to equity, opportunity, and addressing the many issues faced by our region and the nation.

From now through mid-2020, King County will be working with partners to raise awareness of the importance of the Census and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all our residents. We want to do this in collaboration and partnership with every jurisdiction, organization, community member, or stakeholder that shares this vision.

This effort is already underway. On June 7, 2018, Executive Constantine announced that former Gov. Gary Locke will be the Honorary Chair of a community-led effort to ensure a complete, accurate Census count in 2020. Locke oversaw the 2010 Census while serving as Commerce Secretary during the Obama administration. Executive Constantine announced Gov. Locke's role at a strategy session King County organized to coordinate efforts by community organizations and philanthropies.

Launching in spring 2019, the Complete Count Committee will align the work of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, County government, and other sectors to connect with communities that have historically been underserved and undercounted, including people of color and people who earn a lower income.

We need your help. Please sign up for our Census 2020 listserv, send us your thoughts and suggestions, and join our effort to ensure everyone is counted during Census 2020!

Sincerely,

King County Executive Dow Constantine's signature

Dow Constantine
King County Executive

Apply for the Regional Census Fund
by May 15, 2019

Request for Proposals (RFP): 2020 Census Funding Opportunity

With the current availability of funds, our goal is to support an early launch to help organizations raise awareness about the census, make plans, coordinate efforts, and understand their community needs and gaps that need to be addressed for a full census count.

In this first round of funding (Spring 2019), applicants are encouraged to assess their readiness to plan, organize and implement activities and decide on one of the funding approaches below that is best suited for their capacity and commitment to undertake census efforts in their community.

Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/census/rfp

Former Ambassador to China, Gary Locke and King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine and other officials

First Name

Last Name

Title

Affiliation

Mohamed

Bakr

Commissioner

King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Josh

Brown

Executive Director

Puget Sound Regional Council

Ryan

Calkins

Port Commissioner

Port of Seattle

Ana Mari

Cauce

President

University of Washington

Cherry

Cayabyab

Consultant

WA Census Alliance

Dow

Constantine

County Executive

King County

Rod

Dembowski

Chair

King County Council

Jenny

Durkan

Mayor

City of Seattle

Alison

Eisinger

Executive Director

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Nicole

Grant

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

MLK Labor Council

Enoka

Herat

Police Practices and Immigration Counsel

ACLU WA

Eric

Holzapfel

Executive Director

Entre Hermanos

Debbie

Lacy

Executive Director and Founder

Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition

Gary

Locke

Former Governor

WA State

Patience

Malaba

Policy Manager

Housing Development Consortium

Paola

Maranan

Executive Director

Children's Alliance

Tony

Mestres

President and CEO

Seattle Foundation

De'Sean

Quinn

Councilmember

City of Tukwila/Sound Cities Association

Michael

Ramos

Executive Director

Church Council of Greater Seattle

Lisa

Rosenblum

Director

King County Library System

Racquel

Russell

Government Relations Director

Zillow

Robin

Sigo

Treasurer

Suquamish Tribe

Debra

Srebnik

Councilmember

City of Kenmore/Sound Cities Association

John

Taylor

Director

King County Department of Local Services

Amy

Wasser

Interim Executive Director

Washington Bus

John

Welch

Superintendent

PSESD

John Arthur

Wilson

Assessor

King County

Samantha

Young

Director of I-BEST and Civics Education

South King Council on Human Services/Renton Technical College

SuYoung

Yun

Program Manager

Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment

What's new?
What you need to know
Census Bureau Resources
Other Washington organizations
Other U.S. organizations

'There's so much at stake': Seattle-area officials announce $1 million fund ahead of 2020 census
The Seattle Times (April 1, 2019)

Executive Constantine announces former Gov. Gary Locke will chair the community-led effort to ensure a complete, accurate Census count in 2020
Executive news release, (June 7, 2018)
King County gears up to boost census despite citizenship question
KIRO7 News (June 7, 2018)
2020 Census strategy session held in White Center
White Center Now (June 7, 2018)
Seattle and Washington State join lawsuit over census citizenship question
Curbed, Seattle (April 3, 2018)

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Regional Census Fund to help community-based organizations prepare for the 2020 Census


King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres announce a Regional Census Fund to help community-based organizations prepare for the United States 2020 Census, which will be conducted one year from now: April 1, 2020.

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King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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