A Message from SLOCOG’s Executive Director

2020, you’ve challenged us.

As we welcome the summer months ahead, we also welcome the growth that these trying times can provide. To our partners, stakeholders and communities across the region, we hope you’ll join us in uniting to improve opportunities for businesses and citizens to easily access goods, jobs, services, and housing. This is what we mean when we say Rideshare is about “Getting There Together.”

To learn more about how you can help, please read the statement below from SLOCOG’s Executive Director (Rideshare’s parent agency).

Getting there together is Rideshare’s mantra. During this pandemic, we have seen so many individuals and groups stepping up to innovate, support, and commiserate together, offering a wealth of opportunities for virtual congregation and stepping up to help those in need.

While we at Rideshare and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) typically dedicate our time to initiatives that bring us all together to better connect our communities through transportation and help reduce single occupant vehicle trips in our region, we now ask you to take part in the 2020 Census and encourage others to take it as well. Together, these numbers determine SLO communities’ share of federal funding.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding each year, and provide data that will impact SLO communities over the next decade.

Lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results are also used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.

So take a moment and take the Census – it will not only benefit you, but it will benefit your neighbors, too.

Pete Rodgers, SLOCOG Executive Director