President Dr. Bruce introduced Doug Hassett, a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, Los Angeles Regional Census Center, as our speaker this day.
Doug was born in Kansas City and lived there until he was 19. His family migrated west to Los Angeles then Sedona, Arizona and then back to California.  He has been a La Quinta resident since 1992.  He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1982 and has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Business in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Doug and his wife Cindy have been married 29 years and they have one daughter, Katelyn, currently attending Grand Canyon University. Straight A's and on the Presidents list.  Prior to Working for the US Census Bureau he was the owner and CEO of a security company in Palm Desert.  The company was in operation for 18 years, providing high end security surveillance, access control and ID systems for commercial businesses, health care and educational facilities and several military installations.  He sold the business in 2014. [Courtesy Doug Hassett]
 
Doug enlightened us all as to the history and purpose of the U.S. Census.  While everyone sort of knows what it is, it was amazing to learn some of the history behind it, as well as its purpose and other facts and details related to the process.  For example the U.S. Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2 and that the U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790 (Started by Thomas Jefferson).  Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year and the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.  Doug shared with us that each citizen is worth $2,000.00 in terms of grant monies made available to individual communities… in fact $700 billion annually comes back in the form of these grants.  The information collected in the census is also private.  By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.  The 2020 Census will be the first census since 1790 that may be completed by email, phone or letter.  Doug made an excellent presentation!  To learn more about the 2020 US Census please go to: www.2020census.gov.