State College Borough Joins Nationwide Group for Advocacy Efforts
The Borough is asking residents to sign on letter to federal representatives.
State College, PA – The Borough of State College has joined a core group of university and college towns from around the nation to make U.S. House and Senate Leadership aware of the unique impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on college/university towns 2020 Census counts and local economies. This core group consists of the International City/County Management Association; International Town/Gown Association; National League of Cities; Athens, Ohio; Ames, Iowa; Ithaca, New York; and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In late-April a letter describing the current situation was sent to U.S. House and Senate Leadership.
An excerpt from that letter is included below.
Chair Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member Jordan:
As America experiences the harsh economic consequences of COVID-19, university and college towns also face another significant consequence: a Census undercount that could impact community quality of life for the next decade. We ask for your support to maintain an accurate 2020 Census count and help these communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the country in many ways, and university communities feel those impacts acutely: students are not allowed to return to their rooms, apartments and homes, and many are falling behind on their rent to local landlords; small businesses throughout college towns are hurting; and academic, theatre, arts, sporting and other events that bring visitors to these communities have been cancelled. However, no economic costs may be greater to these towns than taking the Census count in the midst of this pandemic.
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To support and personalize this initiative, the National League of Cities set up an online, editable letter to Congress: https://nlc.quorum.us/campaign/25995/.
We appreciate your assistance in ensuring this important message is heard.
Learn more about the 2020 Census and complete the census at https://2020census.gov/.