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See quarterly updates on all voter-approved projects. Completion dates are estimates. 

Program History

Overview

In October 2014, the Greensboro City Council approved a resolution authorizing support of Participatory Budgeting. Each of the five City Council districts was allocated $100,000 for PB projects, for a total of $500,000. 

Cycle 1 (Pilot) Fiscal Year 2015-2017

Overview

The FY 2015-16 PB Cycle 1 ran from September 2015 to May 2016 with 26 winning projects to be funded in FY 2016-17, which started July 1, 2016. Read this one-page overview of Cycle 1.

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More than 1,100 Greensboro residents age 14 and older voted in the City's first participatory budgeting (PB) process in April 2016. The five City Council district ballots included 46 projects based on ideas submitted by residents. Participation included representation from all five City Council districts and from diverse populations within our community. A Phase 1 Evaluation highlights key elements of participation.

Dozens of community volunteers spent hundreds of hours over six months to make this first participatory budgeting process a success. Volunteers served in many roles to help ensure the process was inclusive, transparent, and available to all community members. City staff worked closely with community volunteers to review and vet the project submissions. Well over 2,000 hours of staff time was given to support PB in Greensboro.

Process

In October 2014, the Greensboro City Council approved a resolution authorizing support of Participatory Budgeting for FY 2015-16. Funding for the administration and launch of the PB process was split between the City and the community, with $100,000 in matching funds from the City. Community match funding included grants from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Fund for Democratic Communities, as well as in-kind services and grants through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The City received professional assistance through a contract with the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), who hired two local on-site outreach coordinators to facilitate the process in our community.

Steering Committee was appointed by City Council from all five council districts to help develop a handbook (Spanish handbook) and process for Greensboro's Participatory Budgeting.

Idea Collection: November to December 2015. Neighborhood Assemblies and pop-up events were held throughout the community in the fall. At these meetings, community members generated and proposed initial project ideas to improve their communities. If you were not able to make it to an assembly, take a look at our neighborhood assembly presentation. Idea collection took place until mid-December.

Results: 1,098 residents engaged, 675 ideas generated on-line and at over 25 events.

Budget Proposals: December 2015 to March 2016. Volunteer budget delegates worked to develop these initial ideas into full project proposals, including meeting with City staff to determine project feasibility. Budget cycle1waynedelegate committees included:

• Arts & Culture
• Safety & Environment
• Parks & Recreation
• Streets, Sidewalks & Transportation
• Special Projects

All budget delegate committee meetings were open to the public.

Results: 40 Volunteer budget delegates and facilitators, 28 committee meetings, 2 staff meetings, 1 open house, 10-15 staff reviewers, 75 initial project proposals.

Community Expos: March to April 2016. Budget delegates presented project proposals back to the community during project expos. At each expo, residents learned what project proposals they would vote on and what the cost of each proposal was.

Results: 200 residents attended 10 expo events; 46 projects for the ballot.

Community Voting: April 2016. Residents of each district voted on their favorite project in their respective council districts. After voting, projects in each district were ranked by order of highest number of votes to lowest and the $100,000 per district will be allocated based on each district’s list. 

Results: 1,100 voters, 10 locations, 26 winning projects

Winning projects were submitted to the City Manager's Office for inclusion in the FY 2016-17 recommended budget that was voted on by City Council.

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Evaluation: May to November 2016. A research team, lead by UNCG, is conducting an evaluation of the process to include demographics of those who participated and suggested improvements to make PB better in the future. Read this executive summary of the research.

Project Implementation Updates

Cycle 2 Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Overview

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PB Cycle 2 began in spring 2017. The City Council funded the projects in Fiscal Year 2018-2019.

Idea Collection: The idea collection phase of PB Cycle 2 took place in April and May. Here are the results:

  • 388 - ideas submitted
  • 55 - outreach sessions held
  • 1907 - residents engaged

Voting: Budget Delegates vetted proposals and developed 41 ideas to put before voters. Voting was open from October 23 to November 17, with 1,199 people casting ballots and 25 winning projects. Here are the results:

Project Implementation