February Friday Forum Explains Importance of 2020 Census

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Urban planner Kristine Solseng will cover census basics and its impact on Contra Costa County in her Feb. 7 talk.

    The timely topic, “What Can We Learn From the Upcoming Census?” will be presented by Kristine Solseng, principal planner for Contra Costa County, by First Friday Forum (FFF) Feb. 7. 
    “Every 10 years the U.S. census bureau conducts a full and complete count of every person living in the United States. This important count is enshrined in the Constitution as the basis for our representative democracy. The count is also used to determine federal funding allocations and provides important data for planning, policy and businesses,” says Solseng.
    An overview of the 2020 Census and its importance, how the county is working with various collaborators to ensure there is a complete count and how the 2020 Census is different from past decennial censuses, will be featured in Solseng’s presentation.  
    A proud Minnesotan, Solseng attended the University of Oregon where she graduated with a degree in planning, public policy and management. Currently, her work centers on community outreach to ensure Contra Costa County has a full and complete count in the upcoming census. 
    The count will determine political representation, federal funding levels, and provide critical demographic data until 2030.
    Solseng says she enjoys her work at the intersection of community, data sciences and creativity. After nearly two decades as an urban planner, she says she has been involved in nearly every component of community building including financing, developing strategic plans, community outreach, project management, data analysis and policy development. 
    With a strong commitment to community engagement, Solseng says she strives to educate the public about complex issues using mapping, inforgraphics and staff reports.
    “We are pleased that a local community planner will be a presenter and available to answers questions concerning the census and its implications for those of us who live in Contra Costa County,” says Nancy Whyte, member of the First Friday Forum team. 
    The talk takes place 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette.  Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

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