FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maryland Complete Count Committee Holds Meeting at Odenton Regional Library

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Maryland Complete Count Committee Holds Meeting at Odenton Regional Library

Meeting Showcases Maryland Libraries’
Census Efforts as Committee Develops Plan
to Count Every Maryland Resident

(July 9, 2019) Annapolis, MD -- With the 2020 census less than nine months away, the Maryland Complete Count Committee (CCC) today held their fourth meeting at the Odenton Regional Library as the state continues preparations for the decennial census. The Maryland CCC includes nonprofit leaders, elected officials, state agency heads and county and municipal government representatives.

The 2020 decennial census is required by law to count every person in the United States. Census information is used to distribute billions in federal funds for programs and services, reapportionment for Congress and local legislative districts, and for important local economic development and planning decisions. The census is confidential and protected by federal law.

Census Day is April 1, 2020 - the date where every person living in the U.S. is asked to fill out and submit their census forms by mail and for the first time ever, online or by phone.

Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2019.03 in February 2019 directing the Maryland CCC to assist the state in achieving a full and accurate count in the 2020 decennial census. The CCC is developing and implementing an engagement and outreach plan to build partnerships and coordinate with local governments and other organizations throughout Maryland.

“The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has been preparing for the 2020 census for more than two years and the once-every-ten-years census process has a tremendous impact on the state’s ability to plan for Maryland’s future,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord.

The U.S. Census Bureau urges the formation of CCCs at the state, jurisdictional and municipal level to organize census efforts.  To date, every county has formed a CCC.

Maryland CCC Co-chairs Walkiria Pool and Lilly Castillo stressed the importance of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to counting every Maryland resident.  “We are grateful for the efforts of our partners throughout the state and are committed to leaving no Marylander uncounted.  The census is about making sure our families and our communities can grow and thrive.”

"Maryland public libraries are trusted organizations and community hubs,” said State Librarian Irene Padilla. “Maryland's libraries support a complete count with comprehensive programming and outreach, connecting with families through targeted outreach for undercounted 'birth through five' populations, hosting job fairs for employment with the Census Bureau and keeping customers informed online and in the library branches." 

Planning serves as the state’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, and works closely with the CCC on administrative, staffing and budgetary purposes.

For every Marylander uncounted, it is estimated to cost the state more than $18,250 per person in unaccessed federal funds, which provide critical funding for programs including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, school construction, emergency preparedness and transportation projects.

The CCC meets at least quarterly until March 31, 2020, and will provide an interim report to Governor Hogan by Dec. 31, 2019, with a final report summarizing the activities and suggested improvements by Sept. 30, 2020.To learn more about Maryland’s census efforts, please visit, send an email to, or via social media on Twitter @MDCensus2020.

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