As COVID-19 disrupts city budgets and public engagement strategies, how can governments involve community stakeholders in making tough decisions together? Participatory budgeting (PB) is one example of an equitable approach to civic participation that has funded transportation projects in thousands of communities across the globe, including a growing number of major and mid-sized North American cities. This webinar highlights stories from NACTO member agency staff who have implemented PB to guide investments in street design, public space, and transit.
Conversations in this webinar cover basic concepts of participatory budgeting, equitable public participation, and how these differ from and/or complement conventional planning processes such as hearings, visioning sessions, charettes, etc. Presenters also discuss how PB can help cities better meet local, state, and federal mandates for public participation in planning processes. This webinar aims to provide viewers tactics for diversifying public participation beyond the “usual suspects” that can be applied to any budget or transportation planning process, even in these socially-distant times.