Here is a letter from the steering committee (sent on behalf of the SDC network) requesting that Rural Statistical Areas become a standard Census Bureau summary level geography. Most of you are likely aware of the research partnership between the SDCs and the Census Bureau to evaluate the use and utility of 1-year ACS data for rural areas. A logical outcome of the research was to request that rural statistical areas become a standard geography for tabulation of ACS 1 year data. Over the last month or so, the steering committee has solicited feedback from many of you to fine tune the request. We appreciate the input that you provided and the steering committee would also like to thank Len Gaines of the New York State Data Center for his leadership and efforts on this letter of request.
Here is the response from the Census Bureau dated October 20, 2009.
In January, the Steering Committee sent the attached letter and partnership form to the director of the Census Bureau on behalf of the State Data Center program. The letter reaffirms the program’s partnership with Census Bureau and offers SDC support to efforts to promote the upcoming census by becoming a 2010 Census Partner. The partnership form lists the various ways in which SDC members might be involved in promotional activities but also clearly acknowledges that not all members can do all (or any) of the activities listed.
The partnership form covers the SDC program as a whole and as a national partner. SDC members can still sign their own individual partnership agreements and participate in state or local partnership activities. As in the past, there are many ways that SDCs get involved and we encourage you to do whatever you can to promote a successful 2010 Census.
The following letter was sent to the Census Bureau from the Steering Committee: