Minneapolis Regional Chamber President & CEO appointed to co-chair Minnesota Complete Count Committee
MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis Regional Chamber President and CEO, Jonathan Weinhagen, has been appointed by Governor Dayton to co-chair the Minnesota Complete Count Committee. The committee will be charged with leading statewide efforts to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Other members of the committee include former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Blandin Foundation CEO Kathy Annette, and Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman. They will work to eliminate barriers to participation in the Census as well as develop strategies that encourage complete participation among all populations.
The upcoming Census is an important one for the state of Minnesota. While the population across the state has been growing, it has been at a slower rate than other midwestern states. This puts Minnesota at risk of losing one of its eight Congressional seats in the Congressional reapportionment which occurs after every Census.
“This committee is crucial to the future success of our state and of our region,” said Weinhagen. “With a Congressional seat at risk, it is important now more than ever that we show how strong Minnesota is. That is why we must begin our work now to identify challenges and draft solutions to ensure that every resident is able to participate in 2020.”
The full committee is expected to be composed of roughly 75 to 100 members from culturally, geographically and philosophically diverse groups. The members will include those from the business, civic and education communities, the non-profit sector, and a variety of governments. The committee’s first meeting will be held on July 25, 2018.
About the Minneapolis Regional Chamber
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber, with more than 1,400 members, is the region’s leading advocate to improve our economy and quality of life. The Chamber brings people and organizations together around issues that matter to our economic competitiveness, including workforce development, education, transit and housing. Through a unified voice, the Chamber conveys the needs and priorities of our region to decision-makers and urges action to constantly improve our standing.
Devan Finn, Communications Manager