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Be counted: CENSUS ROAD TOUR VISITS SYRACUSE

Portrait of America Road Tour to Exhibit at Southwest Community Center and Carousel Center

WHAT: The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour will be making two stops in Syracuse to encourage members of the community to complete and return the census form this

March. The stop is part of a cross-country Road Tour in which participants will learn about the 2010 Census and the positive impact their participation can have on the local community. Census data are used to apportion seats in Congress, and directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments.

"Democracy" is one of 13 vehicles that the U.S. Census Bureau is deploying across the nation as part of its Portrait of America Road Tour.

EVENT DETAILS: Friday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Southwest Community Center, 401 South Avenue, Syracuse,

Saturday, Jan. 16,from noon to 4 p.m.

Carousel Center (near Brookstone), 9090 Carousel Center Drive, Syracuse

ON-SITE VISUALS:

Patrons can stop by the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour to:

Learn about the 2010 Census and understand the benefits a complete count can bring

to communities everywhere.

View a sample 2010 Census form and learn how the collected information is used.

Contribute stories and photos to the Portrait of America project to explain why "I count!"

and view messages from other road tour participants.

ABOUT THE 2010 CENSUS:

Southwest Community Center

Mr. Khalid Bey, Regional Coordinator, NY State Senate

Jesse Dowdell, Executive Director of the Southwest Community Center

Carousel Center

Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse

Jos (c) A. Rios, U.S. Census Bureau Media Specialist

617-223-3610, Boston.PDSP@census.gov

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to distribute congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each

year, and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of just 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the

information they provide.

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