Local Complete Count Committees
What are Local Complete Count Committees?
Local Complete Count Committees (LCCCs) are organized groups of community members that work towards ensuring everyone in their community is counted once, only once, and in the right place. LCCCs are homegrown from the community and made up of a variety of people, from local elected officials, trusted voices, community organizers, business leaders, religious leaders, and everyday people.
A diverse LCCC helps to bring a wider variety of ideas to the table on how to encourage everyone from different groups to complete their 2020 Census form.
What do Local Complete Count Committees do?
The group should work overall to increase the self-response rate of people in their area. They can create promotional materials to share with folks in the community that share information on the why there is a Census, the privacy and security of the information shared with the U.S. Census Bureau, and the benefits completing the 2020 Census can bring to your community over the next decade.
For the 2020 Census, LCCCs have the opportunity to work with the state of Georgia and other organizations to ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census. We will be helping with outreach materials for everyday people and hard-to-count populations, activities for children and education, and marketing materials that can be used locally.
Your Role as a Local Complete Count Committee
A local complete count committee (LCCC) is a committee used to help educate and spread awareness about an upcoming census. These committees should be made up of leaders and trusted voices within the community who represent a wide spectrum of groups and networks. It is especially important to include organizations that can assist with educating and identifying hard-to-count populations.
Who should create an LCCC?
Any organization or group that wants to coordinate efforts to educate and inform the public about the upcoming 2020 Census. While there are no restrictions on who can form a LCCC, in the past most have been formed by government groups. During the 2010 Census, there were 77 county, 22 joint county- city, 20 city, 53 higher education, 11 ethnic groups, and 7 other organizations that formed LCCCs.
What’s the process for creating an LCCC?
Although there is no formally required process, many governments have passed a resolution to create the committee. The government entity leading the charge in creating the committee can invite elected officials and local leaders to participate in the committee. Sample resolutions, meeting agendas, and invitations are enclosed.
What’s the structure of an LCCC?
The LCCC should include representatives from a wide range of organizations, groups, and trusted voices that have connections within the community. There are no size requirements as to how small or how large the committee must be. The LCCC should have a chairman to direct the work of the committee and to serve as a liaison to the Census Bureau. The committee should also have subcommittees to focus on outreach efforts to different segments of the community.
Who should be a member of the LCCC?
This question will change from community to community, but in general your county needs to include people who have wide networks, are seen as leaders in the community, and who are considered to be a trusted voice. To get the best census results you need to cast a wide net to ensure that there’s a variety of organizations represented. Examples of groups to include are as follows:
- County/city leaders
- K-12 school leaders
- University/technical colleges
- Local chambers/local business organizations
- Community groups
- Nonprofit groups
- Faith leaders
- Civic organizations
- Ethnic organizations
- Minority organizations
- Newspaper/tv station/media
Georgia Family Connection and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce are urging their members in every county to participate in LCCCs formed in their communities.
What does the LCCC need to do?
First, the LCCC needs to get organized and develop a plan for outreach efforts within the community. It is recommended that the LCCC invite a representative of the Census Bureau to the initial kickoff meeting to provide information and guidance.
Once established, the main objective of the committee will be to educate the public about the census and to identify areas or communities where additional efforts may be needed. There are many tools available to help your committee analyze previous census efforts and participation in your county. These include historic census data, response rates, hard to count maps by region, congressional district, county, and census tract. You can find links to these tools in the other resources section of this toolkit.
Is grant funding available for my LCCC?
There is currently no grant funding available from the state or federal government. However, there are nonprofit groups that have either received grant funding or have grant funding available for outreach efforts regarding specific audiences. Georgia Family Connection has provided outreach funding to many of their collaboratives throughout the state. Check with your local family connection collaborative as well as other nonprofits within your community to determine if there is a way that your county can partner or benefit from this funding.