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After years of planning it is time to conduct the 2020 census. The census takes place every 10 years and the data gathered in the census shapes the next decade in the city, state, and entire nation. Minnesota receives $15 billion a year from the federal government based on census data. That is $2,800 per person. Participating in the census is vital and in Blaine a complete count will go a long way to ensuring the completion of many high priority projects.
Infrastructure improvements on Highway 65 are a high priority for all Blaine residents and businesses. Each year Minnesota receives $76 million in transportation grants from the federal government. Census data is used as one factor in determining which projects receive grant dollars. The funding formula for Highway 65 improvements will include federal dollars and complete census data for Blaine could improve the city’s standing in the grant selection process.
Commercial and retail developers use census data to determine where to develop and build. A complete census count in Blaine is important to grow the local economy with more jobs. Many residents desire more options of places to shop or dine in Blaine and a complete census count will help in driving more of these types of businesses to Blaine.