State Representative Rosa Rebimbas today joined state and local officials at the opening of the Waterbury regional office for the 2010 Census. Rebimbas delivered the keynote remarks at the event and cut the ribbon officially opening the office.
Officials in attendance included David Noone, manager of the Census office, Middlebury First Selectman Thomas Gormley, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Secretary of State Susan Byseiwicz. The office is located at 199 Park Road Extension, Garden Level, Suite D in Middlebury.
Rebimbas noted that accurate Census data is critical to maintaining proper federal funding levels to the state. “As a state representative, my colleagues and I, and other elected officials strive to represent the residents of our individual districts,” she said. “In order for us to have equal representation on the federal level, in Congress, we must know the number of people that reside in our state. Just as important is the fact, that $400 billion in federal funds are distributed every year to states and communities based in part on the census population data. It is crucial for us to preserve the Federal Funding we receive for a variety of programs. The census data can also provide a wealth of information that can be used by states and municipalities. It provides information on the socioeconomic and demographic status’ of the American people.”
The office services 27 towns: Beacon Falls, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Easton, Meriden, Middlebury, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Fairfield, Newtown, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Southbury, Southington, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, Weston, Wolcott and Woodbury.
The United State has conducted a Census every ten years since 1790, and the 2010 Census will be the 23rd one conducted since the ratification of the U. S. Constitution. The questionnaire for the Census is ten quick questions. All residents are required to complete the form.
For more information vist www.census.gov.