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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

June 26, 2013


But We Could Do Even More

By Mark Abbott, Director the Harris Stowe State University Center for Neighborhood Affairs 

It is still assumed that only community initiatives that result in publications are the only ones worth doing, that service learning has to be confined to semester long projects, and that community work has to pay for itself even if the fees are substantially lower than what the private sector would command.  

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The Community Builders Exchange will not publish on its normal biweekly schedule due to the Independence Day Holiday.  Our schedule will resume on July 24th. Thank you and have a safe holiday!!!

Credit Union Offers Small Business Program to Business Owners in Forest Park South East
Choices Federal Credit Union operates a micro-loan program for businesses entering into Forest Park South East and existing businesses in the area. For more on this story click here. 

City-County Economic Development Partnership is Underway
The St. Louis County Council has agreed to combine some city and county responsibilities of the two jurisdiction's economic development agencies to increase entrepreneurship, job creation and business development.  For the full story click here. 

Finalist of PXSTL Competition are one Step Closer, Public gets Opportunity to Meet-and Greet  
Grand Center has three finalist competing to transform a vacant lot that will serve as community engagement tool.  On July 30th the public can hear presentations from finalists, ask questions and enjoy some great food from area food trucks.  For more on this story click here.

CMT's TAP to Discuss the Potential for a Metrolink Station at Cortex 
Members of Citizens for Modern Transit along with other stakeholders hosted a technical assistance panel discussion on June 13th to answer important questions regarding the benefit of a metrolink station at Cortex, potential for growth and the impact it will have on residents in the surrounding communities. For the full story click here. 

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Make New Market Tax Credits Permanent
Senators Blunt and Rockefeller along with others introduced a bill to make permanent the New Market Tax Credits program that attempts to drive economic investment into low income communities. For the full story click here

Harvard's 2013 State of the Nation's Housing Report Release
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University releases their 2013 report on the Nation's Housing today. Tune for the live webinar at 11 am Central Time. For the report and webinar click here


2013 National Housing Conference
The Center for Housing Policy hosts the 2013 Solutions Conference in Atlanta, GA., September 16th-18th. The year's focus is on the potential for collaborative efforts for policymakers, administrators and practitioners to assist residents with housing challenges and develop sustainable communities.  For more information click here.

Building Sustainable Microbusiness Webinar
Friedman Associates offers this free webinar with speakers Shawn Winkler-Rios, Executive Director of eDev, and Marsha Bailey, CEO of Women's Economic Ventures, will share their expertise of building sustainable businesses.  For more information click here.



Off the Charts: Data and the Arts as a Tool for Social Change
The Regional Arts Commission and RHCDA will host this free workshop on July 19 from 8am-1:30pm discussing ways to evaluate data, find resources to discover data and how the arts can make data more available.  For  more information click here.

Affordable Housing and Mixed-Income Community Management 
The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University will offer this certificate program discussing successful property management skills and strategies for sustainable growth, beginning August 12.  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!

Economic Development Assistance Programs
This program provides funds to assist programming for implementing economic development strategies and increase economic opportunities in distressed communities. For more information click here.

Park Central Development Executive Director
Park Central Development is seeking an Executive Director. Resume and cover letter are due June 30th. For information click here.

Director of Planning and Development/Assistant City Administrator
The City of Brentwood seeks a director of planning and development/assistant city administrator that is responsible for overseeing and guiding the plans of the the planning and development department along with ensuring that the goals of the City are efficiently accomplished.  For more on this position click here.

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America
Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube wrote this thought provoking book on the reality of metropolitan poverty in American. In St. Louis from 2000 to 2011, poverty went up 62.5% in the County and was relatively stable in the City.  For more information on how to access the book and to read the 1st chapter, click here.  To get more data on St. Louis click here.

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