U.S. Chamber Backs Census Bureau's Effort to Accurately Count Nation's Population

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:00pm

Data is Essential for Businesses Making Investment, Operational Decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced its partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau today in order to accurately count the number and location of all the people living within the nation's borders before Census Day, April 1, 2010.

"This kind of data makes for good government but it is also essential for businesses making investment and operational decisions," said Dr. Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber. "Businesses use the demographic and economic data to locate retail stores and facilities, to plan marketing campaigns, delineate markets and a host of other uses."

The Census data determines the boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. More than $4 trillion in federal and state funds will be allocated over the next decade to help fund schools, hospitals, and other important public infrastructure improvements, based, in part, on Census data.

"Census data helps define who we are as a nation and inform critical decisions at the national, state, and local level," Regalia said. "It is vital that this year's count be as accurate and complete as possible and the Chamber strongly urges all Americans to complete and return their form before Census Day."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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