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50th Anniversary of Local U.S. Census Bureau Office

By wknapp | July 11th, 2008 | Comment?

The National Processing Center (NPC) of the U.S. Census Bureau celebrated its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The NPC opened in 1958 as a temporary holding facility for 1960 Census material and has grown to become one of the largest employers in the southern portion of Indiana. Hiring between 1,200 and 6,000 Hoosiers at any given time, the NPC building is the size of 18 football fields and its campus covers over 80 acres. The campus also includes one of three major Census Bureau Call Centers.

According to a June 26th press release from the Census Bureau, the NPC is expected to process over 60 million questionnaires for the 2010 Census.  In addition to federal statistics, the NPC also produces statistics for businesses, offers document imaging, and provides an Age Search Service, which searches confidential records when birth and/or death certificates are not available.

Processing Center (NPC): http://www.census.gov/npc/index.html

Census Bureau press release: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/miscellaneous/012158.html
Age Search Service: http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/agesearch.html

GOVERNOR’S FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ Weekly Wrap-up for last week reported that seven outstanding college graduates were chosen as 2008-2009 Governor’s fellows. Governor’s Fellows serve at several state agencies during the state’s fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. For biographies of this year’s fellows, please view the press release via Governor Daniels’ Home Page.

Governor’s Fellowship: http://www.in.gov/gov/3111.htm
Press release: http://www.in.gov/portal/news_events/24147.htm

GO TO THE EXPO!

Several state agencies will sponsor events at this year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration (July 10 through July 20) in downtown Indianapolis. The WTHR-TV 13 Employment Fair Seminars presented by WorkOne are free and open to the public on Monday, July 14th from 8:30am to 2:15pm in Indiana Convention Center, Room 113-115. To register for workshops, see the link below. The 20th annual Employment Opportunity Fair is also free and takes place Thursday, July 17, 2008 in the Convention Center 500 Ballroom. See the WTHR website for more information.

Encourage all patrons to attend the free opening night of the INShape Black & Minority Health Fair, sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. “Step up! Start living healthy,” on Thursday, July 17 from 4pm to 8pm in the Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D. A first come, first served bus service with nine pick-up/drop-off points in Indianapolis will be provided free of charge during the days of the health fair (Thursday, July 17 – Sunday, July 20).

Visit the Summer Celebration website for a full Calendar of Events. There is a charge for some events and concerts; and tickets are no longer available online. For ticket information, stop by the Indiana Black Expo office at 3145 North Meridian St. in Indianapolis and/or call (317) 925-2702.

Indiana Black Expo, Summer Celebration http://www.ibesummercelebration.com/
Employment Fair Seminars: http://www.ibesummercelebration.com/eventread.asp?eventid=14
Register: http://www.wthr.com/global/Story.asp?s=5067108
Black & Minority Health Fair: http://www.in.gov/isdh/23411.htm
2008: http://www.in.gov/isdh/23420.htm
Grand Opening: http://www.ibesummercelebration.com/eventread.asp?eventid=36
Bus Schedule: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/2008BusSchedule.pdf

UV SAFETY MONTH

July in Indiana is hot & muggy – the perfect time to hit the beach or swimming pool.  It is important, however, to remember to take adequate measures to prevent overexposure to the sun.  That is why July is UV Safety Month.  Originally started by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the purpose of this month is to educate citizens about the damage that ultraviolet (UV) rays can do to the eyes.  The AAO stresses the importance of wearing sunglasses and/or wide-brimmed hats in the summer to avoid eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration, damage to the cornea, and even cancerous growths on the eye. 

The eyes, of course, are not the only things at risk. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and heat stroke.  The National Weather Service (NWA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed the UV Index in order to help people determine which protective measures to take, whether it’s covering up with long-sleeves and sunscreen or avoiding the sun at certain times of day.  The EPA’s SunWise Program is designed to educate the public as to how communities and educators can help prevent overexposure to the sun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Save Your Skin and U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Skin Cancer websites provide many resources for educating the public about sun safety, especially the publications (in PDF), “Shade Planning for Schools” and “Sun Safety in Schools.” The Indiana State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Program also hosts a Be Safe in the Sun webpage with nine healthy habits for sun protection. What’s your Sun-Safety IQ? Take a quiz via the American Cancer Society’s Prevention and Early Detection website.

AAO, July is UV Safety Month: http://www.aao.org/aaoesite/eyemd/uv.cfm
EPA, UV Index: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html
SunWise Program: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/index.html
National Weather Service, Ultra Violet Radiation Awareness: http://www.weather.gov/os/uv/
FDA, Save Your Skin: http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/sun072407.html
CDC, Skin Cancer: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/
Indiana DOH, Be Safe in the Sun: http://www.in.gov/isdh/23923.htm
American Cancer Society, Sun-Safety IQ: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_7_1x_Take_the_Sun_Safety_Quiz.asp

DOING BUSINESS WITH STATE GOVERNMENT

According to the July 8th issue of the e-newsletter Inside Edge, published by Inside Indiana Business, the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana’s Minority Business Owners Council (MBOC) and the Southwestern Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will sponsor, “How to do Business with the State Government,” a free two-part seminar taking place Wednesday, July 23 in Evansville. For more details, please see the links below. To register for this event, please call Debbie Albin by Monday, July 21st at (812) 425.7232.

Seminar to Focus on Business with State Government, Inside Indiana Business: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=30301#middle
Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana: http://www.ccswin.com/
How to do business with the state government: http://www.ccswin.com/news/stateseminar.asp

by Katharine Springer, & Elisabeth O’Donnell

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