Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Community participation needed

Census and Google want to hear from you

Many of us move to Goochland to be left alone. We hunker down in our homes, be they starter castles or doublewides and commune with nature, or whatever.

Every once in a while, though, it is mutually beneficial to join others for the good of the community.

Two matters need your participation now.

The first is a countywide initiative to convince Google that Goochland is the place that it should bless with ultra hi-speed internet. To let Google know you want them to bring blazing fast broadband to Goochland, go to the county website and follow the instructions in the center of the page. The deadline is soon, so please do it now.

What are our chances of being selected? Well, it’s a little like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket. (Apologies to those on my blog notification list, you saw this a few days ago. Thanks for your response.)

The next item is the US Census. Yes, another decade has rolled. Please make sure that you fill out the forms you should have gotten in the mail and return them.

In 2000 Goochland’s rate of census participation was 72 percent. We can do better than that this year. Census data is the basis for all sorts of things from electoral redistricting to distribution of federal funds. (Let’s get as much of that money we all send to Washington back in Goochland.

Census representatives will be present in the County Administration Building from March 19 to April 19, 2:00pm to 5:00pm. They will be located on the main floor near the Board of Supervisors meeting room. Signs will be up, directing citizens to their table for any census questions, concerns, paperwork completion, etc.

This coming Saturday, March 27, the county will be holding an ecycling event from 10 to 2 at the Fairground Building near the Courthouse Commons Shopping Center in Courthouse Village. Clean out your closets and bring your old computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets, including televisions and multi function copiers. For a complete list see the county website or contact Leigh Dunn at 556-5850 or

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I can see it now, This is when the Libertarians start that their rights are infringed upon, by providing information of how many people live in their homes. Nevermind the benefits that it has in an accurate account for public safety and the school systems.