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Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region

Location: Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Portland
Date/Time: April 14, 2018 – 9am to 3:30pm
Cost: Free, with lunch provided (child care & interpretation available upon request)

Hosts: Healthy Democracy and Rosewood Initiative
Co-Sponsors or Funders: City of Portland, City of Gresham, Oregon Community Foundation, Metro, Multnomah County

Participatory budgeting is one of the fastest-growing municipal democratic reforms in the world. In North America is has now spread to major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, Oakland, and Seattle. Participatory budgeting has also successfully emerged as a new way of governing in smaller towns and cities, from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Vallejo, California.

But what is Participatory Budgeting (PB), how does it work, and how is it different from other forms of governing? What are the potential benefits for increasing government accountability, making participation more meaningful and equitable, and building trust and community? What can we learn from other cities as we experiment with PB in the Portland metro region?

Join us 9am–3:30pm, April 14th, 2018 for "Bringing Participatory Budgeting to the Portland Region," a one-day community forum to explore these questions. We will learn from PB innovators with experience in Seattle, Oakland, and Boston and discuss the possibilities for our communities. This event is co-hosted by Healthy Democracy and the Rosewood Initiative and will occur at the Rosewood Initiative (SE 162nd & Stark). Funding for the event is provided by the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, the Oregon Community Foundation, and Metro.

The event is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required. Space is limited, so we ask participants to commit to the entire event – from 9am to 3:30pm, April 14 – and notify us of any cancellations as soon as possible.