2019 National Planning Conference

Census 2020: Update, Issues, and Planners

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198229

Location: 3020

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  • Awareness of Census 2020 operations at the local level that involve local planners, and awareness of state-level activities.
  • Understand the outcome of the citizenship lawsuit (in progress), and impact of Federal Government shutdown on the Census 2020 schedule.
  • Awareness of the historic context of censuses and how Census 2020 issues are not unique. Past censuses have also been controversial and are at the heart of political process.


Census 2020 is one year away, April 1, 2020. The citizenship question is the major issue, but there are a series of tasks and responsibilities of local and county planners over the next 18 months. The session speakers will present a Census 2020 operational update by Timothy Olson, Associate Director of Field Operations, U.S. Census Bureau. Marybel Batjer, Chair of the CA Complete Count Committee, will discuss the status of the citizenship question and state-level Census 2020 outreach activities. Dr. Margo Anderson will present a historic context, as the author of several census history books. Dr Chris Williamson will moderate and highlight the specific roles being asked of local and county planners in the coming 18 months. Then, the panel will take audience questions.


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Session Speakers

Timothy P. Olson
U.S. Census Bureau

David Tucker
California Complete County - Census 2020

Robert G. Lagomarsino, AICP
Lagomarsino Planning + Management
Sacramento, CA