Tomberlin’s Take: The U.S. Census Counts When It Comes To Alabama’s Economic Development

| February 2, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Michael Tomberlin

Being counted really counts.

The next official U.S. census is still a year away, but it’s already on the minds of Alabama leaders who worry the state may not get accurately counted.

It was on the mind of Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield this week when he addressed state economic developers at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s 2019 Winter Conference.

Why is this an economic development issue?

Because federal funds for everything from education and workforce development to fire protection and healthcare funding can be affected by population counts from the census. It also could mean Alabama loses a seat in Congress.

To read the full article, please visit the Alabama NewsCenter website.

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