Organization Name: Casper Complete Count Committee (Casper BEE Counted)
Headquarters: Casper, Wyoming
About: Casper is the second-largest city in Wyoming, and residents from many of the surrounding areas rely on public transportation to get into and around the city. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Casper has ensured that public transit remains available and safe. Recently, transit passengers were greeted with warm smiles from BUZZ, the Casper 2020 Census mascot, who stopped by to encourage riders to fill out their census form.
The Casper Complete Count Committee has been planning activities since its members were trained in June 2018. Led by City of Casper Community Development Director Liz Becher, the committee includes representatives from Natrona County, the town of Mills, and Casper's businesses, nonprofits, media, schools, and Rotary Club. The committee—and BUZZ the census bee—have informed community members about the importance of the census at local events from ice-skating and park cleanup to Rotary Club and city council meetings.
In addition to appearances from BUZZ, the Casper Complete Count Committee got Wyoming K2TV to incorporate census trivia into their Good Morning Wyoming news broadcast.
"The City of Casper, Wyoming, began their 2020 Census preparations in May 2018. We pulled together a group of 40 individuals from the community, personally selected for their area of focus/sphere of influence. We asked if the city could 'count' on them in our census kickoff meeting. The individuals represented the main community areas outlined in the Complete Count Committee Training Manual, and we looked for fun personalities. … We chose a bumblebee mascot, who we named BUZZ, to share the buzz about the census, to 'bee' counted. We set up his own Facebook page and in no time, he had a following."
—Liz Becher, Community Development Director for the City of Casper