Central Austin Edition - March 2020

CENTRAL AUSTIN EDITION

VOLUME 12, ISSUE 5  MARCH 26APRIL 29, 2020

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For the rst time in more than a generation, March 2020 came andwent without South by Southwest Con- ference & Festivals, Austin’s famed tech and cultural event that draws hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the world. Locally, the 10-day stretch of SXSW is more than a celebratory festival—it has proven to be an essential nancial asset to the community, now lost in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Initially, several local busi- nesses and laborers said the nancial hardship of los- ing SXSWwas a weight too heavy to bear. The virus has since escalated into anational and local emergency and diminished large swaths of the service economy in Austin and across the country. Like many U.S. cities, Austin’s government has restricted gather- ings of more than 10 people, closed dine-in services at all bars and restaurants, and urged people towork from home to help mitigate the spread of the virus. U.S. President Donald Trump said such measures could last until mid-summer. CONTINUED ON 34 COVID19 fallout forces local businesses into ght for their futures BY JACK FLAGLER AND CHRISTOPHER NEELY

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BY EMMA FREER AND ALI LINAN An inaccuratecount in2010 lost Texasbillions, aectinggovernments, schoolsandbusinesses

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for the U.S. Census Bureau. The distributed census is condential and anonymous, he added. The results are then used to determine federal funding allocations, government representation at the federal and local levels, and corporate decisions, all of which could have major impacts on residents, Loveday said. “These funds come to the state of Texas for pro- grams, but they also trickle down all the way to the local level,” Loveday said.

Texas lost an estimated $3.59 billion in federal funding due to an undercount in the 2010 census, pushing local municipalities and nonprots to rev up participation in the coming census, according to census data. The census is a constitutionally mandated sur- vey that is taken every 10 years to count each person where he or she lives on April 1. The rst census took place in 1790 and is only used for data-gathering pur- poses, said Douglas Loveday, senior media specialist

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