At Little Rock Summit, Arkansas Counts to Talk 2020 Census Strategy

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An initiative aimed at ensuring an accurate 2020 U.S. Census will hold a summit next week to discuss how to reach hard-to-count populations in Arkansas.

Hosted by Arkansas Counts, the event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at  Philander Smith College’s Kendall Center in Little Rock. Speakers include Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and Fort Smith Mayor George McGill.

The initiative said speakers will share guidance on how Arkansans can help with communications around the census, canvass neighborhoods, engage immigrant communities and set up accessibility sites.

“Arkansas Counts partners are well-suited to reach hard-to-count populations in our state,” said Kara Wilkins, coordinator of the initiative. “We are excited to share resources at the Census Summit about how we can work together to ensure a complete and accurate count for Arkansas.”

Arkansas Counts is led by four organizations: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy, Arkansas Public Policy Panel and Arkansas United. In 2019, the initiative provided $421,000 to 16 organizations to help encourage all Arkansans to participate in the census, with a focus on people of color, parents of children under five, the elderly, low- and moderate-income individuals, non-English speakers and rural residents.