Today, President Megan Green announced the first steps in what will be a robust public engagement process to determine how the Rams Settlement funds will be allocated.
Building on resolutions passed at the Board of Aldermen outlining a commitment to robust civic engagement (R 171 & R 48), the President’s office has partnered with the community engagement platform—CitizenLab—to facilitate and track the ongoing conversation between residents and city government. These resolutions also commit elected leaders to invest the funds—$250 million plus accruing interest—in a way that creates generational change.
Working with CitizenLab allows the Board to establish a true home base for all public engagement related to the Rams Settlement. An online survey will kick-off the process by asking residents to share the challenges they face living in St. Louis. Results from this survey will provide baseline data on residents’ priorities and serve as a guide as the process moves forward. The survey will be available through October 13, 2023.
Additionally, an Ideas Portal will allow residents and organizations to submit their ideas for how the Rams Settlement funds could be used. This forum will be open for the entirety of the community engagement process. “We encourage everyone to share their ideas and provide their feedback to help develop strong proposals for serious consideration by the Board of Alderman and the public,” says Cristina Garmendia, Policy Director to President Megan Green.
In addition to online engagement opportunities, the full Board of Aldermen will meet as a Committee of the Whole to hear from residents, community leaders and elected officials. Mayor Tishaura Jones and Comptroller Darlene Green have been invited to participate in these meetings via their seat and voice powers outlined in the St. Louis City Charter. Those meetings have been scheduled for September 25th at 6:00 pm, October 25th at 6:00 pm, and December 2nd at 11:00 am. Details on how the public can participate in these meetings is forthcoming.
“Intentional, meaningful engagement with the community is critical to ensuring these funds are used for equitable and innovative solutions to our city’s biggest problems,” says President Megan Green. “Equally important, this process offers a much needed opportunity for residents and local government to work together and rebuild trust.”
Board of Aldermen Public Engagement Hub
Rams Settlement Overview