Event spurs local momentum for participatory budgeting

The event brought in experts to explain how it all works.
(Photo: Sarah Iannarone)

This story was written by Portlander Jim Labbe, a co-organizer of the event.

Last Saturday over 100 people from around the region gathered at the Rosewood Initiative in East Portland for an event that could have significant implications for government budgeting in the region — including the allocation of transportation funds.

The one day, “Community Forum: Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region” brought together diverse community leaders, elected officials, and local government staff to learn about participatory budgeting (PB) and explore its implementation in the region.

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