The 2020 Census is just around the corner, and your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is working hard to advocate for a complete count in Bexar County. The San Antonio / Bexar County Complete Count Committee (Committee) hosted their quarterly meeting this week providing subcommittee chairs the opportunity to highlight the great work that is underway. Six subcommittees and four taskforces have been working since May to formulate strategies for how to reach target populations and get a complete count of all residents.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff kicked off the meeting by explaining how critical a complete count is for our community. While 25% of Bexar County residents are at risk of being undercounted in 2020, a complete count is key to making sure we get our fair share of representation and funding for education programs, transportation, public safety, healthcare and more.
President and CEO Richard Perez, co-chair of the Business and Labor Subcommittee presented an update on efforts to engage the business community. Just last week, your Chamber partnered with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, US Census Bureau, the City of San Antonio, and Bexar County to host a Train the Trainer event. The purpose of the event was to educate businesses on how to become census advocates. Five additional trainings will be conducted over the next couple of months. Perez mentioned the Chamber will be launching a website December 1 with a toolkit of resources for businesses and the greater community. A business challenge will be part of the effort, encouraging businesses large-and-small to get engaged. He highlighted businesses that have already committed to raising awareness and promoting the count with creative ways to educate employees, customers and members of the public. Valero Energy islaunching an employee incentives program, H-E-B is promoting the effort in all 321 Texas stores as well as producing a public service announcement that will play on social media channels, and the Spurs are setting up tables at events to promote census jobs, just to name a few. Perez also highlighted an op-ed he wrote in the San Antonio Express News, stating the business case for a complete count.
The meeting represents the last gathering before the Committee starts to fully engage the community in January about how to complete the form and the importance of a complete count. For more information, contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-229-2126 or visit SABexarCountMeIn.org.