Gov. John Carney signed Executive Order 23 on Sept. 4, which created the Governor’s Complete Count Commission to assist with the 2020 Census.

A recommendation of the U.S. Census Bureau, State Complete Count Commissions will help raise awareness and encourage full participation from Delawareans and make sure everyone is counted.

Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long will chair the commission. Its membership will be comprised of individuals representing various sectors including state and local government, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, underrepresented populations and businesses. The commission will provide a report to the governor by Jan. 1, 2020, outlining recommendations and strategies for maximizing participation in the 24th decennial census in 2020.

“It’s important that all Delawareans are counted in the next census, to ensure that all available resources are reaching residents in our state who need them most,” said Carney. “This commission will specifically help identify and reach populations that have historically been difficult to count, including young children, non-English speakers, renters and homeless Delawareans. Thank you to Lt. Gov. Hall-Long for taking the lead on this important effort.”

“I am honored to Chair Delaware’s State Complete Count Commission,” said Hall-Long. “Reaching those ‘hard to count’ populations is especially important. Census data is used for so many things from determining the number of congressional seats a state has to the amount of federal dollars a state receives for highways, schools and health care just to name a few. That’s why it’s crucial we count everyone in Delaware.”

More than $600 billion is disbursed from more than 300 federal programs based upon census-generated figures, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.