The Friends of the Maricopa Public Library became an official partner 

with the US Census Bureau to communicate the importance of the Census 

in our community and to ensure a complete and accurate count.  More 

than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated 

to states and communities based in part on census data.  In Pinal 

County, that equates to approximately $1,300 per person. These funds 

support numerous programs. In addition, census data helps guide local 

decision-makers in important community planning efforts. The Friends 

are planning several Census awareness activities in order to help get 

the word out that "Maricopa Counts".

Photo caption:

Malena Barajas, US Census Parttnership Specialist and Paul Jepson, 

Assistant to the City Manager present a 2010 Census Partnership 

Certificate to Friends of the Maricopa Public Library, Brenda 

Campbell, Joyce Hollis, and Judy Babcock.