Metropolitan Planning Council released a blog highlighting the Calumet Connect project and the work of GCI staff Jackson Morsey and Jack Rocha to engage residents, businesses, and community organizations in bringing more resources to the Southeast Side.
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Steel Mills Gone, South Chicago Looks To Revitalize Its Downtown
A DNAinfo Chicago story highlights efforts to revitalize the Commercial Avenue business district in South Chicago and cites the local chamber of commerce's partnership with Great Cities Institute.
When development comes, Commercial Ave. wants to be ready
Great Cities Institute's planning process for Commercial Avenue in South Chicago is mentioned in article that quotes Dan Lira, executive director of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce.
GCI releases PB Chicago 2013-2014 Evaluation Report
Community residents in three wards participated in this year’s Participatory Budgeting cycle: the 22nd Ward (Alderman Rick Muñoz), the 45th Ward (Alderman John Arena) and the 49th Ward (Alderman Joe Moore).
PB Chicago featured in documentary funded by MacArthur Foundation
Chicago filmmaker Ines Sommer has been working on a documentary, called Count Me In, on the participatory budgeting process in Chicago, a movement that has been coordinated by GCI's own Thea Crum and Maria Hadden of The Participatory Budgeting Project.
GCI’s Thea Crum to speak at Participatory Budgeting Conference
GCI's own Thea Crum will be speaking about PB Chicago's experiences in opening PB processes up to different types of public budgets on a panel called, "Democratizing New Pots of Money: Federal CDBG, TIF, Public Housing & Settlement Money."
GCI represented at White House Convening
GCI's Thea Crum was invited to “Promoting Innovation in Civic Engagement: Exploring Community‐Led Participatory Budgeting in the United States,” a convening at The White House on May 13th, 2014.
Planning Magazine: Giving Residents a Say in City Spending
Rachel Weber, GCI fellow and associate professor of urban planning and policy, was quoted in Planning Magazine on the value of participatory budgeting, in which residents have a direct say in choosing tax-funded projects. Weber led GCI's support of participatory budgeting in four Chicago wards.
PB endorsed in the 2nd US Open Government National Action Plan
The United States released its Second Open Government National Action Plan endorsing Participatory Budgeting as one of its goals for creating a more open government.
PB Chicago receives support from Chicago Community Trust
We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Community Trust has renewed their support for the Participatory Budgeting Chicago initiative for the 2013-2014 cycle.