Countdown to 2020 Census

Speaking: 10/11/2019 9:45 AM

In just 20 weeks, households across Kentucky will begin receiving invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.  For the first time in history, people will be able to participate online, by phone, or by paper. The results of the census count will impact the quality of life in our state for the next decade, so it is imperative that we work together to ensure a complete and accurate count in every county of Kentucky.

Michelle Elison

Partnership Specialist, Kentucky Philadelphia Regional Census Center

Michelle Elison is a Partnership Specialist with the Philadelphia Regional Census Center of the U.S. Census Bureau. She is charged with improving participation in the 2020 Census by form-ing partnerships through Complete Count Committees in Kentucky.


Ms. Elison’s diverse career includes work with senior citizen communities, nonprofit organiza-tions, and government entities. After earning a history degree from the University of Kentucky, she spent several years employed throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. Upon returning to Kentucky, she pursued a graduate education from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and was later awarded the Lexington Herald-Leader Fellowship. She has worked for the Lexington Mayor's Office, Sister Cities International, and has held various positions at the University of Kentucky. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for Lexington's oldest nonprofit retirement home, Ashland Terrace.


Ms. Elison’s Census Bureau career began 19 years ago, when she first worked as an enumerator for the 2000 Census. She was later offered a permanent position by the Charlotte Regional Office as a Kentucky Field Representative for the American Community Survey. For the 2010 Census, she served as a Partnership Specialist and successfully coordinated outreach cam-paigns throughout central Kentucky. As a Kentucky Field Supervisor for the Philadelphia Re-gional Office, she spent several years managing the data collection efforts for multiple surveys conducted by the Census Bureau each month. This will be Ms. Elison’s third decennial census, and she is looking forward to helping Kentucky obtain a complete and accurate count in 2020.

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