Episode 037: Seth Piccirillo on participatory budgeting in Niagara Falls, NY
Piccirillo, Director of Niagara Falls Community Development, discusses the benefits of participatory budgeting
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What is the value in allowing citizens to vote on budgeted parks-related projects? A stronger sense of community, greater use of place, among other benefits believes Seth Piccirillo, Director of Niagara Falls Community Development.
In 2017, Niagara Falls Community Development spearheaded its PB 360 program, which refers to the city's participatory budget of $360,000, the amount allocated for proposed projects within the program.
PB 360 was launched to receive feedback from residents, which the city believes are the best source for deciding which projects should be funded.
"Residents are the experts on the neighborhoods," says Piccirillo. "They see it every hour of the day and there's no one better suited to make decisions about what goes into public parks or what goes into neighborhoods than the residents that live in them."
Niagara Falls Community Development believes initial results of the PB 360 program were so positive that they plan to expand the program to placemaking projects in 2018.
You can listen to my conversation with Seth Piccirillo below.
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