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Census Round-up with Tom Joyner at SUSLA - Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Southern University at Shreveport and the Shreveport Federal Credit Union will host nationally syndicated radio talk show host Tom Joyner for National Census Day on Thursday, April 1. "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" will broadcast live from the main campus of SUSLA, 3050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 5 a.m. -  9 a.m.  The public is invited to come complete and mail-in their census form.

Why the Census is important to Shreveport.
The 2010 U.S Census helps to ensure that Shreveport receives its fair share of political representation and government funding. Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to local, state and tribal governments--that's $4 trillion over a 10-year period. Data about how our community is changing is crucial to many planning decisions--such as neighborhood improvements, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, public health, education, transportation, senior services and much more, including:

 - Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools and more.
 - Census data are used to determine the need for additional social services, block grants and other grant programs essential to many communities.
 - Census data inform a diverse range of local initiatives, from justifying the need for an after-school program to designating urban revitalization areas.
 - With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes just 10 minutes to complete.  (First Census was taken in 1790.)
Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.