Winter 2014 Newsletter

White House Shows Support for Participatory Budgeting

In December, the White House announced major plans to promote participatory budgeting as a citizen tool in local communities as part of its second Open Government National Action Plan. IPCE would like to extend its congratulations to the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) and its Chicago-based initiative, PB Chicago, for their hard work in helping this process gather steam across the U.S.

According to the newest Action Plan, the Obama Administration will collaborate with organizations, non-profits, philanthropies, and interested cities in order to create tools and best practices for project implementation, and to educate communities and raise awareness on the purpose of participatory budgeting and its benefits.

Chicago is home to the first example of participatory budgeting in the United States, with Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th Ward introducing the process in 2009. Currently, three Chicago wards—the 22nd, 45th, and 49th—are using the process, which has since spread to New York City, San Francisco, and Vallejo, CA. UIC's Great Cities Institute (GCI), PBP, and several city-wide and community-based organizations have partnered to implement PB in Chicago wards so that thousands of local residents can decide how to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money. IPCE is a proud supporter of the PB Chicago initiative.

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