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District 9 Success Stories: North Long Beach Takes PB to Harvard

Release Date: 2016-05-27

This past week, Councilmember Richardson was invited to speak on the District 9 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Initiative at the 2016 Participatory Budgeting Conference held in Boston at Harvard University

Joined by District 9 PB Delegates, the group was able to learn from other cities who have implemented PB, and share the successes of the Long Beach process. 

"It was a humbling experience to sit in a room with individuals representing not only cities but nations that have embraced participatory budgeting as a gold standard for community empowerment. Our entire Long Beach delegation was able to see first hand what PB can become with the necessary investment both financially and socially from communities, non-profits and governmental agencies," said Joni Ricks Oddie of DeForest Park Neighborhood Association, who traveled to Boston for the conference. 

Thank you to all who attended the conference and represented D9 so well!