As the first ward-based participatory budgeting experiment in the United States, the Participatory Budgeting Initiative in Chicago's 49th Ward began in November of 2009 with the goal of directly allocating a portion of the Alderman’s capital budget for the 49th Ward by residents. Citizens gathered to discuss, deliberate, and vote into implementation projects totaling $1.3 million dollars. Forming six themed committees of 16-20 residents each, the participants created 36 proposals to better the Ward’s infrastructure.
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This case study was written by Sandy Heierbacher, Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), in 2001 as part of a consultancy for the Center for Disease Control's National Immunization Program.
The Mayor's Youth Summit was a large deliberative event composed of Seattle-area youth held on April 8th, 2010, at the Seattle City Hall and sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office and Office of Education. It was the culminating event of the first phase of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's 2010 Youth and Families Initiative. This Initiative consists of four decision-making phases that will help set the City of Seattle's priorities for the money that will be potentially be received from the Families and Education Levy, which will be on the ballot in 2011.
On June 26th, 2010 AmericaSpeaks held a National Town Meeting in 58 cities around the United States called Our Budget, Our Economy, where 3,500 Americans discussed possible solutions to America’s long term fiscal challenges.