Your voice in Congress and access to government aide is depending on an accurate 2010 U.S. Census.
And to make sure it's accurate, the Census Bureau wants to hire hundreds of Panhandle residents right now.
The U.S. Census Bureau is taking applications for temporary jobs that include verifying local addresses with a hand held computer, interviewing community residents, and working in local business offices.
300 billion dollars of government funding is going to be distributed to communities across the nation and local leaders say they want to make sure we get our fair share.
City of Amarillo Planning Director Kelly Shaw says, "We have a home buyers assistance program, and we have community development block grant funds that help with several different things in certain areas of town."
Those things include emergency services, disaster preparedness, transportation, and education.
The spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau Jenna Steormann says, "It affects every person's daily life even to where they are going to be putting up the next grocery store."
Shaw says if our census shows a growth in population, he expects more businesses and cultural events to come to Amarillo.
Shaw says, "Things to support a larger population would attract somebody to come to Amarillo and obviously if you are moving to a town with 50,000 people to a town of 200,000 people, there's probably going to be a lot more cultural activities things to do."
The temporary Census jobs pay between 8 and 19 dollars an hour.
To apply call 866-861-2010. The Census Bureau tells me they are especially in need of workers in rural communities.