Alabama Census Bowl launches among 32 counties statewide

Alabama Census Bowl launches among 32 counties statewide
The Alabama Census Bowl will run Sept. 2 - Sept. 30. (ADECA, Alabama Counts!)

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and Alabama Counts! announced today they will launch a census participation competition – the Alabama Census Bowl – on Sept. 2 among 32 counties throughout Alabama with low self-response rates.

The competition will last four weeks, ending Sept. 30, the final day that households across the state and nation can participate in the 2020 Census. Winning counties can receive up to $65,000 to benefit their public school systems.

Counties will compete in a March Madness-style, head-to-head challenge, with counties facing off against others in a weekly bracket system – with 16 counties in the East Bracket and 16 in the West Bracket. Only the counties with the biggest increase in self-response rates for that week will advance.

“We are close to the final buzzer on Census 2020, and the Alabama Census Bowl is an excellent way to drive our state’s self-response rate up — all while benefiting public schools,” said Kenneth Boswell, Alabama Counts! chairman and ADECA director.

Census Bowl winners will receive monetary rewards based on final event standings. Elite Eight runners-up will receive $20,000 each, Final Four runners-up will receive $30,000 each, second place will receive $45,000 and the overall Alabama Census Bowl champion will receive $65,000 to benefit its public-school systems. Prizes will be awarded in October 2020.

“This is a unique way for counties to raise money for their schools, which can help with programs and projects benefiting deserving Alabama students,” added Boswell. “The grants can be used toward things like new technology, supplies or materials for classrooms.”

Counties set to participate in the Sept. 2-30 Alabama Census Bowl include Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Cherokee, Choctaw, Conecuh, Coosa, Crenshaw, Clarke, Dallas, DeKalb, Greene, Hale, Henry, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox and Winston. The 32 counties selected were those with the lowest census self-response rates based on the July 24 data provided by the U.S Census Bureau.

For more information and to view the official bracket, please visit alabama2020census.com/census-bowl.

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