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The winning projects include: 

  1. Jordan High School Digital Marquee ($100,000)
  2. Solar Powered Lights at DeForest Park ($95,000)
  3. Security Cameras on corridors throughout the district ($100,000).

Councilmember Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

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Dear neighbor,  

Friday, we capped a weeklong public vote by announcing historic results from the Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting process.  

The winning projects include: 

  • Jordan High School Digital Marquee ($100,000) in 1st place with 1,552 votes. 
  • Solar Powered Lights at DeForest Park ($95,000) in 2nd place with 1,161 votes.
  • Security Cameras on corridors throughout the district ($100,000) in 3rd with 997 votes.

I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done together over the last 8 months.  Our community had the highest turnout percentage of any Participatory Budgeting process in North America. 

A total of 2,676 residents aged 14 and older voted on what to spend $250,000 of discretionary infrastructure funds on. The Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting process will now culminate with the implementation of the three winning projects and the increase of discretionary infrastructure funds from $250,000 to $295,000.

I want to thank all of the District 9 residents that voted or volunteered in this legendary process, especially all of those on the Empower Uptown Committee.  

 Councilmember Rex Richardson