Census BAS Workshops

A Free Training by US Census for the Boundary and Annexation Survey will be February 24 in Statesville and February 25 Goldsboro. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give the opening remarks.

North Carolina Secretary of State the Honorable Elaine F. Marshall in conjunction with the US Census Bureau, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the Governor’s Census Liaison Bob Coats are proud to announce that North Carolina has been selected to receive two 4-hour training sessions on the new free Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS).

While these workshops will primarily address the reporting of municipal boundaries for the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), GUPS will be used by US Census for reporting addresses, proposed redistricting blocks, etc for the foreseeable future.

The workshops will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM:

February 24, 2016  Statesville:
Iredell County Cooperative Extension
444 Bristol Drive Statesville, NC  28677

February 25, 2016  Goldsboro:
Wayne Community College
3000 Wayne Memorial Drive Goldsboro, NC 27534

Register by email: annexations@sosnc.gov  Ref- BAS Training

Registration Information required:

  •  Name of registrant,
  • Affiliated organization,
  • Email address,
  •  Phone number,
  • Session – Statesville or Goldsboro.

For questions: email- annexations@sosnc.gov or call John Bridgers at 919-807-2207

This workshop will address the three ways of reporting the Boundaries and Annexations to US Census, (1) with GUPS, (2) with GIS software, and (3) on paper.

Many of our smaller municipalities have limited resources to respond to the requirements of Census Bureau. These workshops will explain how to take advantage of available tools to make reporting to the Census Bureau easer.  There will also be a discussion on partnering with county governments for reporting.

A political boundary, whether it is state, county or municipal, forms the limit by which that government entity may exercise the power it has been granted by the General Assembly to that entity.  DOT Powel Bill funds, property taxes resulting from Department of Revenue assessed value on utility companies and public service companies – (State Board Assessed Properties), sales tax distribution, and Federal distribution of funds to local government are largely based on these political boundaries.

The accurate reporting of municipal boundaries is essential in determining monies due that municipality.  This workshop is one step to ensure that the municipalities for which you may be responsible for mapping or reporting to the US Census – whether at the county level or at the municipal level, get their fair share of funds.

If plan to attend one of the workshops please visit the BAS website prior to arrival to determine if there are boundary changes that should be reported for the 2016 BAS.  The Census Bureau’s representation of your boundaries is posted using shapefiles, paper maps as well as the TIGERweb application.    http://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/bas.html

As a participant, if you do have a change to report for your government unit(s) you can respond online indicating that you have changes to make, as well as how you wish to report those changes – either by GUPS, your own GIS, or through paper maps.


If there are no changes in the boundaries to report, it is equally important to report “NO CHANGES.”

A synopsis of the workshop follows:

Welcome, by The Honorable Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State

Secretary Marshall will personally welcome the attendees to the workshop and express the importance of accurate reporting of municipal boundaries to the US Census Bureau from a population standpoint, to voter redistricting, and to the distribution of state and federal funds.

Census Bureau Geographic Entities and Concepts Presentation

This presentation will give participants a general understanding of Census Bureau geography, including both legal and statistical areas. It is good background information for BAS participants as well as those that use census data.

Introduction to the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Presentation

This presentation will give participants a general overview of the BAS program. We’ll cover why the BAS is important, the schedule, participation methods, and other important information. We’ll also spend some time reviewing the BAS website.

Digital BAS Demonstration and Tutorial

We will demonstrate a couple of methods for creating and submitting BAS updates using ArcGIS. This will include the importance of topology, how to attribute changes properly, and submitting updates using the Secure Web Incoming Module (SWIM).

Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) Demonstration and Tutorial

We will demonstrate the new Census Bureau tool (GUPS) for submitting digital updates for geographic programs. We will walk participants through the tools available within GUPS as well as the process on how to create boundary and feature updates using GUPS.

Paper BAS Presentation and Tutorial (optional)

This presentation and tutorial will give participants the knowledge necessary to report BAS updates using paper maps. It will include information on how to properly annotate maps for various types of changes, including boundary and feature updates.


About richerichnc

Land Records Manager at NC Secretary of State. Past President (2009) and current Webmaster of the NC Property Mappers Association. B.A. Geography (minor International Studies) East Carolina University, 1996. Follow me on twitter: @richerichnc
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