Public Engagement to Believe In

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Session Time: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
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Effective public engagement goes beyond website surveys, required public meetings, and ongoing conversations with interest groups. Governments, through the capital planning and budgeting process, allocate funding to invest in initiatives, projects, and services that can have a profound impact on the communities they serve. For an effective process, public engagement is not only a legal mandate, it is a necessity for identifying needs, understanding the complex social, environmental, and demographic factors in play, and being responsive to stakeholders. In this session, speakers will present case studies of how enhanced public engagement improved the decisions they made. Each case study will identify lessons learned on how to implement effective strategies for "real" public engagement.

Here are the links to the videos mentioned by the speakers:

Next Generation Democracy -

Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting -

Mecklenburg County Budget Update February 27, 2020 -

Executive Director
Participatory Budgeting Project
Budget Manager
Mecklenburg County
Enterprise Management Analyst
Mecklenburg County