NEWARK, Del. – The New Castle Census Office is open and encouraging Delawareans to prepare for the 2010 Census by engaging their communities to participate in the decennial count.
More than fifty people braved the wintry weather to attend the open house event February 3. The day began at 10 am with a performance by a Concord High School Barbershop Quartet and a ceremony featuring U.S. Representative Michael Castle (R-DE), Delaware Representative Joseph Miró (R-District 22), and Delaware State Data Center Director Michael Mahaffie.
Following the formal program, managers conducted tours of the office and demonstrations of the hand-held computers to be used in the upcoming Address Canvassing operation in April. This technology is among the ways that the 2010 Census is building upon the success of the previous census. The hand-held computers are equipped with global positioning systems to validate the addresses of every household. The Census Bureau will use these updated addresses when mailing or delivering questionnaires in 2010.
Philadelphia Deputy Director Theodore Roman reflects, “The level of enthusiasm at the opening of the New Castle Census Office was energizing. There are years of preparation before the 2010 Census, and this is the first step in a series of efforts in Delaware to ensure a successful and accurate count.”
Congressman Castle stated, “The 2010 Census is vitally important because it gives the federal government a way to look at our population and determine who will get federal dollars- this includes funding for poverty programs, education, health programs, and the building of highways and more. For this reason, it is important that we count everybody. We have had a good relationship with the Philadelphia Census Bureau in the past and I look forward to continuing