Maryland 2020 Census Champions: Nominate Someone in Your Community!

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by John Watson, IV, Census Outreach Coordinator with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Darryl Boffman, Executive Director of Public Affairs, and his team at the Frederick County Public Schools, are Maryland’s most recently named Census Champions. 

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) launched its Census Champions program in early June. It recognizes members of the community who are going above and beyond working within their jurisdictions to spread awareness of the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. To date seventeen champions have been named! 

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The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Planning Collaborate on Compatible Use

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By Sarah Lipkin-Sularz, Southern Maryland Regional Planner 

The State of Maryland, influenced by its proximity to the nation’s capital, has a long military history and is fortunate to host 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations. These bases support the overall operations of the nation’s military and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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Census 2020: News and Next Steps

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, with Kristin R. Fleckenstein, Director of Public Affairs, and Alfred P. Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center

What’s New in Census Outreach?

Even as the landscape of COVID-19 protective measures continues to evolve and the state moves toward reopening, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is adapting to the pandemic to ensure that every Marylander is counted by:

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Maryland Department of Planning’s School Enrollment Projections

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Alfred P. Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center with Michael Bayer, AICP, Manager of Infrastructure and Development

Maryland’s public school enrollment increased in 2019 by 11,319 (1.3%); this increase was the highest in the last 11 years (see Chart 1). Statewide, public-school enrollment has grown by 57,174 or 7.3 percent between 2009 and 2019. With gains over the last 11 years, Maryland’s 2019 public school enrollment of 876,810 is its highest since 1976.   

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Maryland Census 2020: Challenges and Adaptations

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Planning Works to Assure a Complete Count Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

by Kristin R. Fleckenstein, Director of Public Affairs
with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

During these uncertain and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has found ways to adapt traditional, in-person census outreach efforts to engage the public and communities across the state. The goal of the 2020 Census is to ensure as complete a census count as possible of all Marylanders, while also recognizing the extraordinary circumstances of “stay-at-home” orders and social distancing and keeping Census workers, volunteers, and the public safe. Continue reading