Equity ARC November 2018

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6! Polls are open in Louisville from 6am to 6pm.

Don't know where to find your polling place? Find it at: http://www.jeffersoncountyclerk.org/WhereDoIVote/.

OMOV ideal collection event

Our Money Our Voice

If you had $75,000 to help improve your community, how would you use it? This is the $75,000 question Our Money Our Voice has been asking community residents of Districts 6 and 8 for the past 3 months.

Our Money Our Voice (OMOV) participatory budgeting (PB) arose out of a call from the My Dream For Lou Policy Summit in 2016. The Center for Health Equity within the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has partnered up with Council President David James (D6) and Councilman Brandon Coan (D8) to address community needs with real life solutions. OMOV is a pilot project to involve the community to make decisions about how part of the city budget will be used.

A 3-month Idea Collection phase gathered ideas from community residents on how funds should be used to help improve their neighborhood. Our Money Our Voice engaged residents in Districts 6 and 8 at events like the Garvin Gate Blues Festival in Old Louisville and pop-up events like CycLOUvia in the Highlands. There were over 250 ideas collected as well as 633 community residents reached directly. The next part of OMOV will be Proposal Development where volunteers work together to organize collected ideas and make real proposals to be placed on a ballot for community resident voting.

If you are enthusiastic about change, have a passion to work on special projects, have a knack for outreach, and want to shape how Metro Government organizes the projects it funds, there are two opportunities where your involvement is wanted and appreciated:  1) Open House on November 5 from 6pm to 8pm at 400 E. Gray St. to learn about Proposal Development, and 2) Community Scientist training on November 8 from 6pm-8pm at 400 E. Gray St. to detail the role of researching resident ideas and which projects are eligible for funding. Volunteers are needed to make OMOV a community success!

For more information, visit www.ourmoneyourvoice.com or contact Clayton Oeth at Clayton.Oeth@louisvilleky.gov.  


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