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Jersey City Municipal Budget Forum - Community Education Event !

Civic JC and City Council President Rolando Lavarro present:

A Jersey City Municipal Budget Forum

This will be your opportunity to learn from the experts about Jersey City’s finances and how your tax dollars are being spent.

Please rsvp to Eventbrite link listed in this announcement -

Sustainable JC has been asked to collaborate on this and we are presenting a segment called 'Budgeting For Sustainability' with guest speaker Kevin Lyons from Rutgers Business School.  Our goal this year is to establish the business case for sustainability and climate change planning for Jersey City and will also host a follow-up event to this forum at our June 3rd Monthly Meeting with Kevin Lyons and colleagues from Open JC, so stay tuned.

Procurement and strategic investment policies that focus on leveraging quality of life opportunities, are key toward making Jersey City a more sustainable place to live and work.  How we  CREATE AND REINVEST SAVINGS, while generating green economy jobs, robust business activity AND improving the health of our City, will be discussed.

A fabulous group of presenters have been convened for the community's benefit, so don't just come for the donuts !  Do come early and hopefully you can join us for the duration.  Here's what is planned :

• 'Primer on Municipal Budgets'; Marc Pfeiffer, Tom Banker

• Open JC's 'Budget Made (more) Simple'; Catherine Mulbrandon, Anna Lukasiak

• SJC's 'Budgeting For Sustainability' Kevin Lyons

• JC Tax Abatement Program; Brigid D'Souza, Jon Wharton, Jon Whiten

Special Note and good prep to visit these links before you come :

Open JC - open data initiative for Jersey City; they have dug in deep to begin a visualization schema to better understand the budget; The value of the project is for it's visualization & making data available in spreadsheets; in addition to visualization, everyone can download the raw data and draw their own conclusions.- on the top menu, check out other budget visualizations, including funding & 2013 budget.

  main budget page:

There is also the Sunlight Foundation post that provides more background info:

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  • Ashwani V.

    We CAN change the way Jersey City works. But only if we choose to "follow the money...!" and change the Budget.

    May 9, 2014

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