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Clean Air Coalition organizer headed to White House Tuesday for conference

Buffalo and Western New York will be represented at a conference on participatory budgeting Tuesday in the White House, hosted by the Democracy Fund and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Natasha Soto, community organizer for the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, will be among the dozens of research and policy experts, as will as representatives from government and community organizations. The Buffalo Mayor’s Office also was invited.

Participatory budgeting is a process in which members of the community get to decide how to spend part of a public budget. Buffalo last year allocated $150,000 to be used for participatory budgeting. Masten District residents will get to vote next month on which projects they think should be funded through the program.