Two new updates: Tremont Speaks has received an additional grant to be used for the general budget fund from Tremont Trek! There is now an additional $1,500 in the budget to be distributed based on YOUR input!! That brings the general fund up to $4,000 for Tremont Speaks Safety Improvements!

The Second Update is also really important and exciting. The Idea Summits have come and gone, and we have decided that we want to hear more from the neighborhood! We are continuing to conduct 1-on-1 and small group conversations, as well as focus groups to gather more feedback about possible safety initiatives from Tremont Speaks. If you are interested in participating in one of these, please reach out to Chad Biggers at cbiggers@nearwestsafety.org. Anyone who participates in a 1-on-1, small group, or focus group conversation will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! And if you already participated in a summit or conversation, you are already entered! We have also launched a survey to gather input as well! Click here to take the Tremont Speaks survey now! Guess what? If you take the survey you also get entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! And if you do both… You have a chance for both cards!

Don’t forget to check back for more updates.


TremontWest, in partnership with funding ArcelorMittal, announced the beginning of a new and exciting progect: Tremont Speaks! Tremont Speaks is what is known as a participatory budgeting project. In short, TremontWest has received funding to address your biggest safety concerns, and we need your help! While processes like these are all different, Tremont Speaks will consist of three phases.




Phase I: Ideas

Tremont, Duck Island, and Irishtown Bend residents have great ideas for creating a safer and more connected neighborhood. Two Idea Summits will be held in the community to learn more about the Tremont Speaks process and to envision what a safe community looks like. These visions will help residents across the neighborhood come together and create ideas for community based projects that will make Tremont, Duck Island, and Irishtown Bend a safe and connected community.

Phase II: Proposals and Voting

After the Idea Summits, participants will be given time to flesh out their ideas and develop functional plans that can be submitted. These proposals will be shared online and many places across the neighborhood so that everyone can have the opportunity to see and learn about them.

In the final week of Phase II, residents 14 and older will be invited and encouraged to vote on the projects they believe will have the biggest impact. There will be voting locations across the neighborhood at different points in time to make sure EVERYONE who wants to vote will have the opportunity.

Phase III: Implementation

The final phase is the Implementation of the winning projects. The projects will be funded based on the number of votes and the cost of the project. We will fund as many projects as we have the funds available. TremontWest will take the lead on working with the residents to make these projects a reality.