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Michigan Municipal League
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2019
Michigan Municipal League’s Kelly Warren Appointed to Census Complete Count Committee
ANN ARBOR, Mich. ― The Michigan Municipal League’s Kelly Warren has been appointed by Governor Whitmer to a new committee to lead the State of Michigan’s 2020 Census efforts.
Warren, director of membership and affiliate engagement for the League, will serve on the Census Complete Count Committee. Tuesday during an event in Southfield, Governor Whitmer appointed Warren and several others to the committee in signing Executive Order No. 2019-15. The federal government uses census data for funding and representation accuracy, and it is imperative that the count is as comprehensive as possible.
“This Committee is essential to making sure that Michigan has the resources and representation it needs,” Whitmer stated in a press release about the executive order. “The 2020 census count will dictate how much federal funding is allotted to Michigan for our schools, infrastructure, and how many Representatives we have in the United States House of Representatives. I am establishing a Census Committee so that Michigan will be prepared to organize, educate, and count our residents with accuracy.”
The executive order creates the 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee, which will be charged with providing public leadership, identifying barriers that may prevent a full count, create and implement an action plan to overcome recognized barriers, and identifying opportunities to coordinate with other entities working towards a complete count.
Warren is the League’s liaison for the 2020 census and has compiled and shared information regarding the census with our members since 2017. She said being appointed to the statewide committee is truly an honor.
“I’m excited to be appointed and to get to work helping make sure every Michigan resident is counted in the 2020 Census,” Warren said. “Having an accurate count is extremely important to Michigan communities because our municipalities rely and depend on the funding that is tied to population. We cannot have vibrant, successful communities if we don’t have accurate population counts.”
League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin said Warren is the perfect person to represent the League on the committee.
“Kelly’s knowledge of Michigan communities is vast and extensive, and she understands the challenges they are facing in getting accurate resident counts,” Gilmartin said. “We’re proud to have her serve on the committee on the League’s behalf and know she will do an excellent job.”
The 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee will be housed within the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and administered by members appointed by the governor representing a diverse group of Michiganders from various geographic, economic, racial, cultural, gender, and occupational backgrounds. It will consist of 63 members from numerous organizations and communities across the state of Michigan. View the Governor’s executive order here and official state press release that includes a list of the committee members here.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer will serve as the chairperson of the Committee and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist will serve as the vice-chairperson of the Committee.
For additional information, contact Matt Bach, the League’s director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and [email protected]
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