August 7, 2020
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: Last week, while most people in South Florida experienced the first “in the times of COVID” hurricane preparation, the folks at SpaceX were trying to bring two Americans back to earth safely. With the first water landing in 45 years and with the two astronauts being healthy and safe, SpaceX continues to prove that NASA’s desire to be a Low Earth orbit space customer rather than a space agency is a solid decision. It was very nice to see that some truly important scientific work is still being done while the rest of the world is going crazy.
Looking ahead: With [Director of the United States Census Bureau] Steven Dillingham’s statement last week about delivering a complete and accurate 2020 Census count, the next several weeks are going to be critical. Census workers visiting populations that haven’t self-reported are going into high gear and the date for the end of data collection hasn’t changed from Sept 30. Mobile applications on tablets and phones are pushing efficiency, but we need to assist them. With a national response rate of 63.1% and a statewide response rate of 60.1%, the current 58.4% response rate isn’t going to work. We’ll lose our fair share of important dollars.