Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

JANUARY 23, 2012


Fair Access to Financial Services: Our Community Responsibility

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is an important tool that can help ensure equal access to financial services for communities that are typically underserved by financial institutions, traditionally low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.

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What's Right with the Region Awards Reception
Focus St. Louis is hosting its 16th annual What's Right with the Region awards reception on May 9. This reception will award 20 outstanding community success stories within the St. Louis region. For more information and to nominate someone click here.

Mortgage Protection Rule to Protect Borrowers and Banks
The Ability to Repay rule, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attempts to implement a new loan category to reduce up front fees and limit borrowers debt. For more information click here.

Mayoral Candidate Forum
The Mayoral Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by CBN and the Partnership for Downtown, will host Francis Slay, Jimmie Matthews, Lewis Reed and James McNeely discussing their plans to make St. Louis City more sustainable. For more information click here.

Sustainable Land Lab Competition Making Good Use of Vacant Properties
Washington University's sustainability competition is seeing great potential in making use of vacancies in the City of St.Louis. There are 15 semifinalists to date and proposals range from a chess pocket park to a sun flower field. For more information click here.

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) Round Three Community Meetings
The third round of community meetings in the RPSD Community Planning Areas are underway. Click here for a list of meeting times and goals.

IDOT Receives Highest Environmental Award
The Illinois Department of Transportation received the Green Government Award which recognizes the government's efforts in education/outreach, transportation, efficiency and conservation. Congratulations IDOT! For more information click here.

East Alton Defense Housing Area Set for Redevelopment
The Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance is working with the East Alton Village to redevelop a former defense housing. Click here for more information.


12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
The New Partners for Smart Growth focuses on identifying strategies to create more sustainable regions. This conference will be held on February 7-9 at the Kansas City Convention Center. For more information on this conference click here.

Restoring Household Financial Stability Conference
The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank hosts, "Restoring Household Financial Stability After the Great Depression: Why Household Balance Sheets Matter," discussing the importance of balance sheets in increasing household financial stability and national economic growth. For more information click here.

Economics of Building Around Light Rail
CMT hosts February 6th luncheon on transit oriented development. Dena Belzer, president of Strategic Economics, will present. She specializes in connecting regional economic and demographic growth trends to real estate development activity and local policy initiatives. Click here to register online.


Nonprofit Facility Planning and Financing Workshop
UMSL offers this workshop providing tools on how to effectively plan a real estate development project and discuss key financing campaigns which is ideal for senior staff members. For more information click here.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy offers 10 sessions from Feb-May 2013 geared toward individuals actively involved in various aspects of community development. Registration begins February 5th. For a schedule of classes and registration information click here.

Volunteer Recruitment Workshop
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL offers this workshop on March 22 providing practical training and skills in volunteer management. For more information click here.

Human Resources Certificate Prep Course
UMSL offers this prep course to individuals seeking to take the PHR/SPHR certificate. For more information click here.

IRS Workshop for Nonprofit Sector
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership program offers training and legal advice from IRS tax representatives regarding important IRS regulations. For more information 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!

Challenge America Fast Track Grant
The National Endowment of Arts has funds available to engage the public and strengthen the community through the arts. For more information click here.

Community Engagement Manager
Beyond Housing seeks a 24:1 Community Engagement Manager who is community focused, has engagement experience and program management skills. For more information click here.

Grants/Program Manager
Citizens for Modern Transit seeks a grants/program manager who has experience with both public and private grant funding, development, fundraising and program management. For more information click here.

Housing Counselor
Lemay Housing Partnership Inc seeks a Housing Coordinator to assist pre and post homebuyers with information and skills to obtain and sustain homeownership. For more information, click here.

Program Director
Lemay Housing Partnership Inc. is looking for a program director to oversee three major program areas: home repair, homeowner education/counseling services, and residential development. For more information, click here.

Home Repair Program Manager
Lemay Housing Partnership seeks a home repair program manager to administer, coordinate, market, and do community relations for the home repair program. For more information, click here.

Transit Station Area Planning Consultant
St. Louis Development Corporation seeks a consulting firm with expertise in transit station area planning and development. Click here for more information and the request for proposal.

Neighborhood Improvement Consultant
Consultant sought to facilitate neighborhood improvement, combat deterioration, and develop economic opportunities through the Third Ward Housing Corporation (TWHC). Q and A meeting Monday, Jan. 28, 6 PM at 1400 Salisbury St, 63107. Qualifications due Monday, Feb. 11, 5 PM. Contact person is Doug Eller at (314) 484-3015.

Investing in What Works for America's Communities
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund offers this collection of essays from experts in numerous fields to present best practices in holistic transformational community change. Click here to download the book.

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