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Tuesday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Can Crowdfunding Save Local Government Budgets?

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There are countless local government projects that are not completed due to lack of funding. These are projects like building new parks, renovating neighborhood pools and adding bike lanes - projects that governments want to take on and citizens want to invest in, but often can't.
For decades, we have seen citizens host neighborhood barbecues to raise money to save a park or library - projects that can only happen through government and citizens partnering together. But what do these barbecues look like in the 21st century and what does it look like when vastly more projects have a chance of being funded?
Crowdfunding platforms focused on funding local government projects are sprouting up in the U.S. and abroad, giving citizens a direct say in where government spends their money for the first time in history. This panel will discuss the successes and failures of these startups and will answer the tough questions facing these new business models.
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Story Bellows

Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban MechanicsCity of PhiladelphiaStory Bellows joined the City of Philadelphia in April of 2012 as Co-Director of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. The new office is a civic idea and innovation incubator, which develops innovative approaches... Read More →
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Rodrigo Davies

Policy AdvisorSpacehiveRodrigo is a Policy Advisor to Spacehive, the UK's first crowdfunding platform for public space projects. He is currently based in Cambridge, MA, as a Research Assistant at MIT's Center for Civic Media, where his work focuses on tech-enabled civic engagement... Read More →
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Eric Engelman

Principal Dir of Innovation & ResearchLeSar Development Consultants

Tuesday March 12, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB

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