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.
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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.
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).
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 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'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.
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.
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.
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.