Stand Up & Be Counted
COVID-19 is here to stay it seems. While we continue to caution everyone to be vigilant and to continue social distancing, it is time to move on.
Do you know how important the 2020 census is to our community? The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide services, products, and support for our community.
I have heard from many of you that Bolivar needs an industry and that Bolivar needs factories. Industry and factory executives scour over census data to determine whether or not Bolivar can sustain their particular industry or factory.
Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, and roads. Every year, census data is critical information used to determine the distribution of those funds. Every state and federal grant that we submit asks for data from the latest census. In addition, much of that data is used to justify our community’s need for financial assistance to complete water and sewer infrastructure projects or to purchase critical life-saving equipment for our firefighters.
Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare, education programs such as Head Start, Pell grants, school breakfast and lunch programs, rural education programs, adult education programs, and preschool education. It also affects planning and funding for employment and training including programs for vocational rehabilitation and dislocated workers.
Libraries are also dependent on federal funding. A library is so much more than books. Our library provides services to the public, serves as an information center for the community, maintains genealogical and historical information, and provides technology access for those who have none.
The results of the census determine the number of seats that each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
All of these issues greatly affect our city and county. This is our opportunity to have a voice! This is our opportunity to shape the future of our community! #StandUpAndBeCounted
Mayor Julian A. McTizic, Sr.
We are so excited to be back with our business spotlight this month. May’s Business Spotlight is on Backwoods BBQ Bar & Grill. Backwoods BBQ Bar & Grill is located at 215 Country Club Lane in Bolivar. Backwoods BBQ is locally owned and operated by Chris and Courtney Allen.
Backwoods BBQ offers a spaciously cozy dining atmosphere inside the restaurant and an equally cozy outdoor patio! Menu options include appetizers, burgers, steaks, shrimp, crawfish, specialty items, and of course, barbecue. Cocktails and beer on draft are available at the bar. They also serve from their food truck located at 817 West Market Street next to Valero! Be sure to check out their page on Facebook!
The City of Bolivar wishes to thank Backwoods BBQ Bar & Grill, for the services it provides to our community and for its continued support of our local economy. #ShopLocal
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