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August 5, 2015


A New Stadium, A New Opportunity

By David Stiffler, Community Affairs Manager, Equifax

Stadium financing is controversial. The idea of the public shouldering considerable financial burden to attract or retain a single owner or wealthy group of investors remains distasteful to many.  Adding to negative public perception is the relative lack of examples where sports facility construction correlated to significant economic development for the surrounding communities. However, there is an effort underway in the Westside of Atlanta that offers more than just hope that stadium construction can be a catalytic driver of comprehensive community improvement - it offers a blueprint for strategic public/private collaboration. Equifax Inc. has been involved in that effort from the beginning.

To read the full story, click here.

We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at
2015 Better Neighborhood Awards
DeSales Community Housing is hosting "Night Out for Neighborhoods" on October 22 at Il Monastero. During the event, development projects that have made a difference in St. Louis will be honored with a "2015 Better Neighborhood Award." If you would like to nominate a project for this award, submit a nomination form to DeSales Community Housing by August 31. For more information, click here.

St. Louis County Community Development Public Hearing
St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is holding a public hearing on September 2 on the development of their Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2016-2020. For more information about this hearing, click here. You can also offer your input in an online survey on the county's website. To view that survey, click here.

Near North Side STL Choice Youth Council
The  Near North Side St. Louis Choice Initiative is starting a new youth council. The council's first meeting will be held Monday, August 24 at the Flance Early Learning Center. For more information, click here.

South City Kids Give Voice To Community Issues
On Saturday August 15, more than twelve kids met together at the Cherokee Performing Arts Center to discuss solutions to issues impacting their community. Kids join together once a month as part of a volunteer group known as 28 to Life, whose mission is to curb instances of violence and promote community conversations. To read more on this story, click here.

Business Owners Say: Don't Judge Ferguson on the Mistakes or Mishaps of a Few
One year after the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protesting and rioting along West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis Public Radio spoke with business owners and the Ferguson Community Development Coordinator, Dan Bish. While businesses and residents remain resilient, a lot has happened within the past year. Centene is opening a new building, Metro announced plans for a new transit facility, and plans for the Great Streets Initiative along West Florissant are advancing. To read the more on this story, click here.

A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools To Erase It
Almost a year after the death of Michael Brown, the New York Times published two articles on the concentration of housing choice vouchers in mostly minority and low-income communities in St. Louis and throughout the country. The articles point out that 3 of every 4 people who live in Section 8 housing live in North St. Louis County or North St. Louis City. To view a graphic on the concentration of housing vouchers in the city, click here. To read the story on St. Louis families who live in Section 8 housing, click here.

The Region is awash in black-white disparities, but good efforts are underway
In this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the editorial board opines that in spite of St. Louis' racial disparities, there are numerous efforts to promote equity in the region. Their editorial points to corporate efforts to boost jobs in high poverty areas, nonprofit efforts to address health disparities, and government efforts to support the social and emotional needs of people living in poverty. To read their editorial, click here.


Improving Heat Health Resilience Through Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design
On Wednesday, August, 19, the EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program will host a webinar on how communities can collaborate to diminish the 'heat island' effect in urban areas. For more information on this webinar and to register, click here.

Green Cities Challenge
Starting on August 27 and running through December, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and ONE STL will partner to host the Green Cities Challenge seminar series. These seminars will teach and consult cities on how to implement sustainable practices. For more information and to register, click here.

APBP Professional Development Seminar
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is hosting its Professional Development Seminar this year in St. Louis September 28 through October 1. Regular registration ends on September 15. For more information, click here.

2015 Alliance National Conference
This year's Alliance National Conference is being held in downtown St. Louis at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The conference spans three days from October 14 through October 16. Terrence Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine," is the event's keynote speaker. Included among this event's sponsors are two CBN members, Grace Hill Settlement House and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more information about this conference and to register, click here.

2015 SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

SLACO has announced it's 2015 Regional Neighborhood Conference will take place this year on November 14 at the Emerson Performance Center of Harris-Stowe State University. For more information about this year's conference, click here.


CDBG Administrative Workshop
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is hosting a two day workshop on the requirements of CDBG grants. The workshop will take place in Jefferson City on August 27 and 28. For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
Creating Whole Communities and the University of Missouri Extension are hosting the Neighborhood Leadership Academy this fall from September 3 through November 12. Through 10 sessions participants learn how to design and lead a community building project. For more information and to register for this training, click here.

Fundraising Institute
Next month, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting the Fundraising Institute to share best practices for fund development. This programs consists of five sessions starting on September 15 and ending September 18. For more information, click here.

Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting a workshop for volunteer managers interested in learning how to design fewer and more meaningful meetings. The workshop will take place September 25. For more information and to register, click here.

Civic Technology and Community Development Workshop
On September 25, CBN and Rise will host this workshop at the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex. The workshop will discuss ways in which technology can support community development work in the region. For more information, click here


August 20
Invest STL Applicant Showcase

August 21
RISE Up Festival

August 22
Candelight Dinner in the Garden

August 29
Festival of Nations

September 12
Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Better Block Exhibition

September 25
Skinker DeBaliviere- Movie Night!


The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

In this week's edition, we are sharing a map of the footprint of our CBN members overlaid with the Promise Zone boundary. To view this map, click here. To view maps highlighted in previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here.



The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

Safe Places to Play Grant
The US Soccer Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Safe Places to Play Program. This grant is awarded to programs that support soccer programs and soccer fields in urban areas. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by September 25. For more information, click here.

CCHD Community Development Grants
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced the availability of grant dollars for community development projects and organizations addressing poverty. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Pre-applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 1. For more information, click here.

DED Neighborhood Assistance Program
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)is accepting applications for Round 2 of its Neighborhood Assistance Program. Applications must be submitted to the DED by Friday, September 25. For more information and to apply, click here.

Ben and Jerry's Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Ben and Jerry's through its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 for nonprofit organizations working to determine solutions to community problems. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is October 15. For more information on this program, click here.

St. Louis County CDBG
St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is accepting applications for the FY16 round of CDBG funding. Applications are due by October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Strong Local Economies
The Surdna Foundation has funding available to provide support for minority owned businesses and to reduce barriers to economic mobility. To view more information and to apply for a Strong Local Economies Grant, click here.

Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation is now accepting applications for its Community Impact Grants. Grants are available for up to $5,000 for volunteer-based community improvement projects. For more information about this grant or to apply, click here.
SL-CDC Executive Director
The Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation (SL-CDC) is seeking an Executive Director. Applicants must have a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or a related field. Applications must be submitted by August 28. For more information, click here.

Call for Volunteers - Bike and Pedestrian Counts 2015
Trailnet is participating in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project this year on September 8th and 9th. The organization is looking for volunteers to count bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections throughout the region from 5pm to 7pm on either night. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Contractor for St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative
Rise is seeking a contractor to manage the St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative. The contract work will last between 18 and 24 months. For more information about this position, click here

Manager of Long-Range Planning
Metro is seeking a full-time Manager of Long-Range Planning to help plan and evaluate the maintenance and enhancement of the Metro system. For more information and to apply, click here.

Positions Available at SLEDP
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP) is seeking applicants for three positions: Assistant Vice President of Business Development and Workforce Innovation, Project Manager of Real Estate and Community Development and Recovery Coordinator. To view position descriptions and requirements, click here.

Positions Available at East-West Gateway
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking applications for two positions: a Corridor Planning Coordinator and a Long-Range Transportation Planner. For more information on these positions and to apply, click here.
Investing in People and Places for Upward Mobility
In the spring of 2015, two research publications were released highlighting the importance of place on childhood development and life outcomes, such as economic mobility. The publications were apart of a Harvard University research project called the Equality of Opportunity Project by Raj Chetty, Nethaniel Hendren and Lawrence Katz. Last month, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Katherine M. O'Regan, shared an Q&A online on how the research will impact HUD policies and practices. Through this Q&A, O'Regan suggests HUD will expand the Housing Choice Voucher program to give families more housing options and also expand efforts to improve neighborhoods themselves. To read her full response to the Equality of Opportunity Project, click here.
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