The Participatory Budgeting Project Visit to New Orleans

From December 13 to 15, Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) and the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) brought The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) to town. CBNO and NOCOG brought PBP experts Josh Lerner (New York) and Maria Hadden (Chicago) to New Orleans to share their knowledge of Participatory Budgeting. Over these three days, the PBP experts meet with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, NOCOG, and members of the public. This was a great learning experience for all involved.

On the evening of Wednesday, December 14, CBNO and NOCOG hosted a Participatory Budgeting Information Session with the PBP experts at Grace Episcopal Church in Mid-City. The public got to learn about how Participatory Budgeting works in places like New York and Chicago and other cities around the world. This was a very informative session. Here are some links with more information about the PBP and information they shared at the Wednesday evening information session…

PBP Website:

PB Powerpoint Presentation: NOLA PB presentation

PB New York Video:

PB Chicago Video:

Video from Wed, Dec 14 Meeting:

To contact the PBP email or call (347) 554-7357. If you are interested in learning more about Participatory Budgeting in New Orleans, please contact Nick Kindel at or (504) 267-4665.

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