The Bryan Aquatic Center (BAC) will reopen to patrons on a limited basis beginning July 6. The BAC will open to guests at least 18 years and older to participate in lap swimming and certain programs only; there will be no recreational pool use at this time.
For the past several months, you’ve inevitably seen us request that everyone fill out the 2020 Census. But you may be asking, “What’s in it for me?”
Here are six ways you can directly benefit by filling out the census:
- Congressional and local representation: The results of this one-in-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. That means if you aren’t counted, Bryan, Brazos County and Texas may receive less representation on a national level. Census population numbers also assist local leaders in developing state and city representation districts.
- Educational funding: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program, the National School Lunch Program and grants that support teachers and special education. These programs are instrumental in ensuring that Bryan’s children have the best education possible.
- Highway planning and construction: Looking to ease traffic in B-CS? Everyone being counted ensures that transportation planners have accurate data to gauge how many roads are needed and where.
- Food and housing assistance: When emergencies happen, federal assistance can help keep you on your feet. Programs such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP and others are distributed using census data.
- Local assistance programs: In Bryan, much of our federal funding comes through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Through the CDBG, Bryan has provided assistance to homebuyers and homeowners and more recently to businesses and renters who have been affected by COVID-19.
- New stores and restaurants: Business owners often rely on census data to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories and offices and which products and services to offer.
Right now, only about 55% of Bryan’s households have responded to the census. So, if you haven’t already filled out your 2020 Census, it’s not too late! Head to my2020census.gov to ensure that every member of your household is counted.