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Minnesota aims for jump-start on 2020 census


"The only way Minnesota is going to get a good count is if we have an ... He'll be among staffers checking whether a vital Census Bureau database is up to date. If new homes went up in an old farm field or a commercial building was converted into rental ...


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The business community is also taking census planning seriouslyA roundtable last month drew more than 30 people from the private sector to discuss the job ahead Joan Naymark is director of MACS 2020, short for Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Naymark, a former Target Corpexecutive, said reliable information is key for retailers when deciding where to put stores and what to stock on shelvesThey're not alone, she said Alex Blenkush is in the Hennepin County geographic information systems office, seen here on Dec27, 2017He'll be working to verify addresses in a U.SCensus database to update residential lists ahead of the 2020 population count. Brian Bakst | MPR News "General contractors, retailers, the restaurant association, home builders -- you name it, everyone uses this information in some way or another," Naymark said"To identify their customers, where the country is going economically and in communities how people live, how they spend their time, how they move around." From his cubicle on the 18th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, Alex Blenkush expects to be busy with census duties this yearHe's a geographic information systems analyst for the county He'll be among staffers checking whether a vital Census Bureau database is up to dateIf new homes went up in an old farm field or a commercial building was converted into rental housing, the bureau needs to know thatThat work starts in February when census officials hand over data on hundreds of thousands of properties in the countySimilar data drops will be done across the country, touching off a scramble to make

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