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City and county tap officials to serve on Census subcommittees


October 20, 2009

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have established six subcommittees and named 24 co-chairs as part of the 2010 Complete Count Committee (CCC).

The CCC is a grassroots initiative to encourage all residents to participate in the decennial census. The subcommittees will develop and implement strategies that help to increase the return rate of census questionnaires and reduce the undercount.

The subcommittees and co-chairs are:

Labor & Business Subcommittee

• Victor Diaz, CEO, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

• Barbara McNees, President, Great Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

• Frederic B. Sargent, President, SGT LLC

• Jack Shea, President, Allegheny County Labor Council

Community-Based Human Services Organizations Subcommittee

• Richard C. Frech, Director, Mercy Mental Retardation Services

• Virginia Jurofcik, Executive Director, LifeSpan

• Dick Skrinjar, Assistant Director, Department of Parks & Recreation SeniorInterests, City of Pittsburgh

• Adrienne Walnoha, Executive Director, Community Human Services

Faith- Based Organizations Subcommittee

• Bishop Otis Carswell, Potter's House Ministries

• Reverend Dr. James Earl Garmon Sr., Trinity Baptist Church

• Rabbi James A. Gibson, Temple Sinai

• Maureen Lally-Green, Director, Office of Church Relations, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Diversity Subcommittee

• Pedro Bretz, International community member

• Esther Bush, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

• Andrew Pugh, Executive Director, Welcome Center

• Lucy Spruill, Director of Public Policy & Community Relations, UCP/CLASS

Education Subcommittee

• Dr. JoAnne Burley, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education

• Dr. Linda Hippert, Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3

• Dr. Alex Johnson, President, Community College of Allegheny County

• Craig Kwiecinski, Director of Marketing & Communications, Pittsburgh Public Schools (as of Nov. 2009)

Governance & Community Leadership Subcommittee

• Aggie Brose, Deputy Director, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation

• Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director, Local Government Academy

• The Honorable Phillip Krivacek, Mayor, City of Duquesne

• John M. Wallace Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, and Senior Pastor, Bible Center Church

"These community leaders and their volunteer committee members will help us reach deeply into all communities to encourage every resident to complete the 2010 Census questionnaire," said Mr. Ravenstahl. "A complete count of all our residents is the only way to ensure we receive the congressional representation and federal funding this region deserves."

"Our goal is 100 percent participation in the 2010 Census," said Mr. Onorato. "These community leaders and their cadre of volunteer committee members are lending their time, talent, creativity, networks and resources to this important effort to ensure that Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh have the most successful Census ever."

This summer Mr. Onorato and Mr. Ravenstahl named Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steeler and president of the Best of the Batch Foundation, as honorary chairman of the Complete Count Committee. The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and current partner of Duane Morris LLP, and Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett, senior pastor for Ebenezer Baptist Church, were named co-chairs of the Complete Count Committee.

The U.S. Census requires a population and housing count every 10 years. The effort employs some of the most sophisticated technical and operational tools available, as well as a workforce of 1.4 million temporary employees to count every man, woman and child. Census results are the basis for congressional representation, as well as the distribution of federal, state and local funds totaling more than $400 billion annually. Census Day is April 1, 2010.

For additional information, visit http://www.census2010count


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