Economic effects of 2010 Census to be discussed at chamber luncheon
Posted 07 - 23 - 2009
NACOGDOCHES - United States Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Gina B. Moers will discuss the upcoming census, and how it can bring economic growth to Nacogdoches during the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon. The event is noon to 1 p.m. on July 24 at Hotel Fredonia.

“All Nacogdoches citizens, including SFA students, city and county residents should respond to the 2010 Census,” Moers said. “The presentation will explain why it is so important that all be counted, how the census will directly affect local businesses, and what citizens can do to help.”

According to Nacogdoches City Planner Larissa L. Philpot, the census can help stimulate the Nacogdoches economy and help the city.

“Companies and developers investigating Nacogdoches for new development utilize census statistics to get a feel for the community,” Philpot said. “Census demographic statistics show potential developers how much money the citizens of Nacogdoches have to spend, and can give a general idea on the types of developments that can be supported by the community.”

According to the Census Bureau every year more than $300 billion in federal funds is awarded to states and communities based on census data. That is more than $3 trillion in a 10-year period.

To help educate the community about the importance of the census and the safety of filling out the forms, a Complete Count Committee may be formed, according to Philpot. The committee is open to volunteers, and will become active later this year, Philpot said.

Prior to the Census Bureau, Moers was employed by an international non-profit organization, Mercy Ships, as a grants manager. Moers earned a BBA and an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler . Moers was born and reared in East Texas and now lives in Tyler .

At the luncheon, First Bank & Trust East Texas will sponsor a $50 drawing for all who attend, and a $250 incentive drawing for chamber members only. The luncheon is $16 and attendees must RSVP in advance. For more information, contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 560-5533 or go to www.nacogdoches.org.

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