We’ve posted about “participatory budgeting” in previous posts – now the the City of Greensboro, North Carolina has joined the ranks of cities that see PB as a great way to have a positive impact on civic engagement.
…In a process known as participatory budgeting, each of the city’s five districts is getting $100,000 to implement neighborhood improvement ideas from residents.
Currently, officials from the Participatory Budget Project, a nonprofit contracted by the city to implement the system, are collecting ideas at community forums, also known as “assemblies…
According to councilmember Reeder, the city is willing to take “as many ideas as they want to give us…” and that this particular initiative “…allows the community members to communicate directly on how the portion of the public funds are going to be spent.”
While many cities across the country have used participatory budgeting, Greensboro is the first city in the south to use it. You can read more here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.