March 8, 2018 – Bi-State data services staff hosted a free workshop on Thursday, March 8, 2018 for local governmental entities who’ve registered to participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. Twelve staff from various cities in the Bi-State region learned about the decennial Census, why the LUCA is important, how to develop a strategy for reviewing addresses in their community, and preparing and submitting their LUCA response. The workshop was conducted by a Census Bureau geographer. Digital and paper response methods were covered.
LUCA is an opportunity for local governments to compare their address list with the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF) to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Census address list that will be used in 2020 Census operations. Governments that participate in LUCA help ensure an accurate decennial census count for their communities. An accurate count helps the federal government annually allocate more than $675 billion across 26 federal agencies for tribal, state, and local government programs and services to help plan for future needs.