Census Summit: Get Out the Count


We Came Together, Now Let’s Get Out the Count in Arkansas

Together, we will ensure a complete and accurate 2020 U.S. Census count for Arkansas. At the Arkansas Counts Census Summit local complete count committee members, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, employers, and engaged residents came together to learn and share how to ensure every Arkansas resident is counted, especially hard-to-count populations. We discussed census-related:

  • Communication
  • Canvassing
  • Immigrant community engagement
  • Accessibility sites
  • 30-day countdown outreach

More information and resources are available below.

Census Summit Introduction

Welcome and Opening Remarks

About Mayor George McGill

Mayor McGill was elected mayor of Fort Smith on August 14, 2018, and was the first African American to ever run for mayor of the city. He previously served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, District 78, Fort Smith, Arkansas where he also served as Deputy Pro Tempora.

Fort Smith Mayor George McGill welcomed Summit attendees and made it clear: Arkansas counts, now let’s Get Out the Count for the 2020 U.S. Census. 

We Count: Inspiring Voices to Engage

Rev. Cory Anderson re-affirmed why the census matters in Arkansas. Census data will be used to bring nearly a billion dollars to communities across the state over the next decade. This is Arkansans’ opportunity to come together and achieve the monumental goal of an accurate and representative count.

About Rev. Cory Anderson

Cory is the chief innovation officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. He is a relentless collaborator. He builds and maintains local and national partnerships, launches bold initiatives, and strategizes to ensure the Foundation pursues equity for all Arkansans.

Census 2020 Facts

About Alison Wright

Alison Wright started working at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute after graduating from Texas A&M with a Master’s degree in Statistics. She enjoys looking at numbers and spends most of her day playing with data.

Alison Wright walked through what data tell us about the hard-to-count communities and what Arkansas can gain or lose based on the accuracy of the 2020 U.S. Census count.

Getting Out the Count in Arkansas: Panel Discussion

Community leaders from across Arkansas described how residents are using innovation and engagement strategies to Get Out the Count in a panel discussion moderated by Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy director

About Dr. Steve Cole

Dr. Cole is the chancellor of the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas. He began his career in education at Cossatot Community College in 1997 as a member of the business faculty.

About Jurena Storm

Jurena Storm communications and training manager for City of Fort Smith. A compassionate community leader . . . a concerned and engaged community member, Jurena is passionate about restoring and unifying her community.

About Steve Nipper

Steve Nipper is the chair of the City of Magnolia. Active in his community, he also serves as a member of the city council and the Magnolia Arts Center board, and he is vice president of the Magnolia Public School Foundation.

About Abby Hughes Holsclaw (moderator)

Abby Hughes Holsclaw is the director of Arkansas Impact Philanthropy. She is an independent consultant and founder of Proper Southern Strategies. She is focused on helping organizations build capacity and strategically accomplish their mission. Abby is also a Senior Director for the Asset Funders Network and the state coordinator for the Arkansas Asset Funders Network.

Comments from Governor Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.

Count Down to Census 2020: Getting Ready

Arkansas experts shared how to Get Out the Count. We encourage you to reach out to learn more and receive resources.

Reaching Hard-to-Count Residents through Outreach/Canvassing

Mireya Reith

Arkansas United, Executive Director – director@arkansasunited.org

Rosa Velázquez

Arkansas United, Lead Advocate – advocacy@arkansasunited.org

Kymara Seals

Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Policy Director – kymara@arpanel.org

Creating Census Support Sites

Kymara Seals

Arkansas State Library, Deputy Director – jennifer.chilcoat@arkansas.gov

Promoting Action through Marketing and Communications

Hilary Trudell

The Yarn, Founder and Executive Director – hjtrudell@theyarnstorytelling.com

Emily Gassman

Communications Director, Arkansas Foodbank – egassman@arkansasfoodbank.org

Reaching Kids under Five and Engaging Local Legislators

Rebecca Zimmermann

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families – rzimmermann@aradvocates.org



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