Charleston, W.Va. – The United States Census Bureau today honored West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant with an award recognizing her commitment to motivate the public to complete and return the census form.
In addition to making West Virginians aware of the upcoming midterm elections in 2010, Secretary
Tennant also regularly encouraged people to fill out their census forms.
She said it was vitally important that West Virginians fill out the forms because representation in Congress and federal funding for projects like roads and schools is based on population.
The plaque presented to Secretary Tennant recognized her as a valued partner in inspiring participation in the 2010 Census.
“It’s our civic duty,” Secretary Tennant said. “I always talked about the importance of filling out the census forms just like I talked about the importance of voting. There are so many things tied to the census
that its value cannot be overstated.”
In a letter to Secretary Tennant Census Regional Director Dwight P. Dean said, “The 2010 Census data will help your organization, community, and government make strategically and fiscally sound decisions to stimulate and sustain economic development and growth, and improve the quality of life in every neighborhood.”
For more information about the 2010 United States Census, go to www.census.gov