As Rhode Islanders’ response rate to the critical 2020 Census lags behind the national average for the count now ending one month early on Sept. 30, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island Kids Count joined What’s Up Newp at 2 pm on Monday, September 21st to highlight the serious risks of what’s at stake should the Ocean State not provide an accurate count while also engaging all residents in a final 10-day Census push.

Counts are currently dramatically low in communities such as Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. Newport County’s current response to the 2020 Census trails its 2010 response.

The 2020 Census is not a partisan issue – an undercount fails the entire state and its people, undermining the allocation of billions of dollars for the next decade. Those most at-risk to be shortchanged are hard-to-reach communities like people of color, those with disabilities, young children, and immigrants and people living in rural areas. More than one-third of Rhode Island’s $9.9 billion annual budget is federal funding based on a complete and accurate count.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.