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The Census Bureau Must Meet—Even During a Pandemic

August 3, 2020  |  MeetingsToday.com

“Quorum was very receptive to civic mindfulness and helping us get the world out and assist us in our enumeration efforts"

Anthony Thornton, Field Operations Manager for the U.S. Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau doesn’t let a pandemic get in the way of its hallowed decennary duty every decade.

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One Census office handling the effort in Philadelphia—which has two offices in the city—selected Philadelphia’s Quorum for individual three-hour training sessions that each on-boarded 15 enumerators, which included filling out paperwork, team introductions and the issuing of devices they will use in the field.

The process will be replicated at Quorum on five additional days through August so the training can be done in batches of smaller groups in order to provide safe social distancing.

 

“Essentially, the census has to go on, and if we don’t have places to do this, the area is going to suffer very badly,” said Anthony Thornton, field operations manager for the U.S. Census Bureau, who helped organize and facilitate the meeting. “Due to the pandemic, there were many venues and locations that had originally agreed to help us, and while it was going on and some of the dates were lessening their quarantine and gathering restrictions, Quorum was one of the few locations that really stepped up to assist us in this area.”

 

“Quorum was very receptive to civic mindfulness and helping us get the world out and assist us in our enumeration efforts,” he added. “They are very aware that Philadelphia needs to be counted as best we can, and they were able to accommodate us.”

 

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