Calling the Census a county-wide priority, Sarpy County Commissioners today appointed Michelle Y. Andahl to serve as Executive Chair of the county's Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.
Local governments across the country form Complete Count Committees to plan and implement outreach efforts to publicize the importance of the Census, with particular focus on traditionally undercounted populations.
"In addition to determining how many federal and state legislative representatives we have, the Census figures play a huge role in determining how federal funds are distributed," said Commissioner Don Kelly. "Any individual not counted is a loss of potential funding for the county. As a Board, we're committed to a complete and accurate Census count, and I know that under Michelle Andahl's guidance we'll get that."
Andahl has 25 years experience leading grassroots and community marketing campaigns on the local, statewide and national level. Her role as Election Commissioner gives her a unique working knowledge of Sarpy County's population distribution and the challenges of counting every resident.
"I'm incredibly honored to lead this important countywide effort and excited to begin recruiting key community partners and business leaders to serve on Census 2020 Complete Count Committee," Andahl said.
Members of the committee will be named in the coming weeks.