The Pine Bluff Complete Count (U.S. Census) Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

The event will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Business Support Incubator, 615 S. Main St.

Participants will discuss the U.S. Census and its importance, jobs and volunteer opportunities, according to the news release.

“Pine Bluff Complete Count Committee (PBCCC) is a volunteer committee established by the local government to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census,” according to the release. “CCC’s serve as state and local ‘census ambassador’ groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the 2020 Census. The success of the census depends on community involvement at every level. The U.S. Census Bureau cannot conduct the 2020 Census alone.”

Why the Census Matters to Cities, and Towns:

“It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries,” according to the release. “Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021. Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.”

The census impacts the funding a city will receive over the next 10 years.

“When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail,” according to the release.

“In order for the City of Pine Bluff to be successful on April 1, 2020, it will take the community working together to achieve this all-important goal,” according to the release. “Let’s make sure that we are counted.”

Details:Mary Liddell, Complete Count Chairwoman, or 870-643-2383.