Sending Office: Honorable Timothy J. Walz
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Counting for Dollars: A Study of Census-Guided Financial Assistance to Rural Areas

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Room 1302, Longworth House Office Building


Refreshments will be served

Dear Colleague:

The results of the 2020 decennial census are expected to determine the allocation of more than $8.5 trillion in federal funds over the next decade, which will have a significant impact on Rural America. A new study by the Counting for Dollars Project, led
by Professor Andrew Reamer at George Washington University, uncovers the extent to which financial assistance programs will rely on this data to distribute federal monies and how its accuracy will impact the geographic distribution of funds. Furthermore, the
rural supplement to this study looks at how census data guides six USDA rural assistance programs that distribute more than $31 billion a year to states, localities and households in rural areas. This information will be incredibly helpful in understanding
their dependency on federal assistance.

Join the Congressional Rural Caucus for a discussion on the findings of the report, stakeholder perspectives regarding 2020 Census funding challenges and opportunities, and the significance of the top funded programs for rural America.


Dr. Andrew Reamer, George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy

Howard Fienberg, VP Advocacy for the Insights Association and Co-Director of The Census Project

Arthur Scott, Associate Legislative Director and Political Outreach Manager, National Association of Counties



Timothy J. Walz Collin C. Peterson
Member of Congress Member of Congress