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  • Ashanti F. Martinez

The Latest News from Councilman Tom Dernoga's Office: August 2019

2020 Census Prince George's County

Every ten years, the United States Census counts every resident in the U.S. The outcome of the Census directly impacts Prince George’s County residents through congressional representation; Electoral College apportionment; business and economic development; and federally funded programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Participation from every Prince Georgian is critical to ensure an accurate census count. If undercounted, our county is at risk of losing an estimated $18,250 per person of potential funds and resources for the county over a ten-year period. Learn more on the county’s efforts to have a complete count at If you would like to be a part of the District 1 2020 Census Complete Count Outreach Team, please send an email to

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

In April, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to survey the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) site in Beltsville for facility relocation. In accordance with the Farm Bill, BEP and USDA, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will study the BARC parcel’s potential for siting the BEP’s new production facility. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this study will include evaluating potential ecological, cultural, water, public health and safety, traffic, and other effects associated with the proposed construction. The survey team anticipates directly engaging members of the local community, officials, and other stakeholders to solicit their input for these evaluations later this year, early in the NEPA process, to ensure the public is involved in the assessment process. We are in touch with our federal partners and monitoring this development closely due its impact on Powder Mill Road traffic conditions (MD 212) and the quality of life for Beltsville residents.

Dinosaur Park Open House

Discover an ancient world right in Prince George's County! Paleontologists and educators will display fossils, casts, and models of Astrodon johnstoni, Maryland's state dinosaur, along with other 112 million-year-old creatures found at Dinosaur Park. Weather permitting, visitors help search for new fossils and make discoveries that will be preserved with their names for all time! This event is FREE and open to the public Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 12 noon to 4 pm, 13100 Mid-Atlantic Blvd. in Laurel.

National Night Out

Please join your neighbors for National Night Out at the Prince George’s County Police District VI Station, 4321 Sellman Rd. in Beltsville, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 6. My office will be hosting a table and welcomes you to stop by!

Save the Date

The Prince George's County Fair will be held September 5–8 at Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro. You can find more information at

Please keep in touch by emailing or calling .301.952.3887. Se habla Español. For invitations and community events you would like share with us, please email with details. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1.

Photo Caption: Councilmember Dernoga with June 26 Business Round Table attendees.

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