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City to participate in National Census Day April 1

Portrait of America Road Tour to stop at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center

City leaders and department representatives, along with members of the Kansas City Complete Count Committee, will be on hand when the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour rolls into Kansas City on National Census Day, Thursday, April 1. The community is encouraged to attend this fun and exciting event at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As part of the event, City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser and members of the City Council will discuss the importance of the 2010 Census at 11:30 a.m. The Kansas City Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Section and a Kansas City Fire Department apparatus also will be on hand. In addition, the KCPD helicopter is scheduled to land at approximately 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Multicultural dancers and story-tellers will perform throughout the event and free lunches will be available.

The Portrait of America Road Tour features 13 decorated vehicles, traveling more than 150,000 miles in 1,547 tour days. It is one of the largest civic outreach and awareness campaign in U.S. history, stopping and exhibiting at more than 1,000 events nationwide. From local parades and festivals to major sporting events, the road tour is motivating America’s growing and increasingly diverse population to complete and mail back the 10-question Census form.

The road tour offers an educational, engaging and interactive experience that brings the benefits of the 2010 Census to life. It will make the census personal and relevant to those who attend. Participants in the road tour will be able to record their own stories on a Portrait of America kiosk to share why the Census will make a difference to their communities; fill in a larger-than-life 10-question Census questionnaire with the actual questions from the 2010 survey; learn about the unique history of the Census, the process by which people are counted, why an accurate count is so critical to the nation, how to participate and where to get assistance in completing the form. Free Census goodies, prizes and surprises also will be available.

The 2010 Portrait of America Road Tour can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Flickr. The vehicles also can be tracked throughout the country on the interactive map.

Census data is used to allocate the 435 seats in Congress, and directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments and non-profit organizations serving communities. The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of just 10 questions which take about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.

Those interested in working for the U.S. Census Bureau should call 1-866-861-2010 to find out how to apply for temporary jobs working on the 2010 Census.

Media inquiries about the 2010 Census should be directed to Emmett Morris, Kansas City Regional Census Center, (816) 994-2113,

Other public inquiries regarding the 2010 Census should be directed to the following local Census Bureau contacts: Tham Vo, (816) 804-5754; and Eddie Hall, (816) 518-7303.

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit or


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