Sunday, April 25, 2010
Stressing the importance of an accurate Census count, Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Representative Kathy Manderino, and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. visited a Shoprite in West Philadelphia Friday to underscore the way an accurate count can affect private sector investments and bring businesses to underserved neighborhoods.
Said Mayor Nutter, "“I am confident that if every Philadelphian is counted in the 2010 Census, not only will we secure our fair share of federal resources for economic development, we will be able to attract more new businesses like Brown’s Shoprite in our neighborhoods."
Councilman Jones added that private sector jobs, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores, rely on Census data to determine where markets and stores should be located and what products are needed and desired in certain areas.
Congressman Fattah said that beginning May 1, census workers would be visiting residents who did not fill out questionnaires, especially in North and West Philadelphia.
Said Rep. Manderino, "“Good census information is one of the best — and least expensive — ways for businesses to match what they offer with what the community around them needs."
By Cary Gaul and Michael Bixler, Group 15, City Government Agencies
Posted by Cary Gaul at 11:51 PM