It’s Not Too Late!

City of Miami Gardens 2010 Census Update – In March the City of Miami Gardens kicked-off its Complete Count Census Initiative. With two City sponsored events and local promotions on several radio programs, the City has been hastily spreading the word about the importance of the census. Their hard work has begun to reap dividends. To date the City of Miami Gardens has achieved a 72% Mail “Participation” Rate, in line with the national average of 72%. However, there are still some who may have not completed their census forms.

Mayor Shirley Gibson and the City Council of Miami Gardens are strongly encouraging all of it residents, and businesses to participate in this initiative. This is the first time the City will have an opportunity to get an official count of all of its residents since being incorporated in 2003.

Recently, Mayor Shirley Gibson’s who also serves as the co-chair of Mayor Alvarez’s Complete Count Committee (CCC) enthusiastic efforts to promote Census Awareness in the City of Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County was applauded by T. Willard Fair, President of the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Urban League. “Mayor Shirley Gibson has taken the leadership in the City of Miami Gardens Census count and has worked closely with the Miami Urban League to get all of our Black folks counted.”

Mayor Gibson and the City Council are strongly encouraging its residence to reach out to family and friends to make sure they are counted in 2010.

On March 14, 2010 the City hosted its first initial Census Day at Tony’s Restaurant & Catering in the Cloverleaf Shopping plaza. Free food and entertainment was provided. Over xxx local residents stopped by to receive important information about the census and get answers to their questions regarding the important of Census.

Councilman Andre Williams was on hand to personally greet many of the locals and thank them for coming out to participate. On Sunday, March 28, 2010 the City held its main Census Day event at the Miami Gardens Shopping Plaza. 99 Jamz, Hot 105, Romance 106.7 and Radio Mega 1700AM all participated with live remotes to encourage people to come and complete their census form on site and receive prizes and giveaways.

“Our goal was to have residents take ownership of this year’s census. This is our census. This is our time to be heard,” said Antranette Pierre, Economic Development Manager and Census Project team member. In early May Census Enumerators will be visiting homes in all neighborhoods that have not returned their Census forms. Please be cooperative with the Census workers. They will only need a few minutes of your time to complete this form.

Remember that all Census Workers will identify themselves as Census Workers in the area. If you are unsure, ask for identification and the full name of the Census Worker. Mayor Shirley Gibson and the City Council strongly urge your support and participation in this initiative. For information about the 2010 Census call City Hall at (305) 622-8023.

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