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July 25, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Social Impact Bonds: A New Financing Model for Social Change
Michael Eggleston, Director of Business Development & Innovation for Parents as Teachers
Imagine a person, who we’ll call George, is leaving prison for the 3rd time.  He just served one year for a low-level crime and is reentering society with minimal family support....To read the full story click here.

In This Issue


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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!

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8/3: 24:1 First Fridays Series St. Vincent Greenway
8/4: Commnity Development Carnival
8/4: Ranger-Led Bike Tour
8/15: Farmworks: A New Urban Solution

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St. Louis

  • St. Louis County Consolidated Plan Update- On Augusts 6th at 6:30, St. Louis County will hold a public hearing for input on proposed community development activities for the 2013 Consolidated Plan Update.  For more information click here.
  • The Pruitt Igoe Myth- UMSL and the Public Policy Research Center will host the Pruitt-Igoe Myth walking tour and film screening on July 26.  Experience what was once a marvel through the former residents' eyes.  For more information click here.
  • Fifth-Third Bank eBus St. Louis Tour- Fifth-Third Bank will travel the city of St. Louis offering financial education and much more starting July 24. For ebus locations and more information click here.
  • St. Louis County Council considers Foreclosure Mediation- Councilwoman Hazel Erby addresses foreclosure issue through proposed bill that would require lenders in St. Louis County to give homeowners time to go into housing mediation before being foreclosed.For more information click here.

  • HUD Accepting Applications for Entities to Purchase Troubled Mortgages- The Distressed Assest Stabilization Program makes efforts to help cities hardest hit by foreclosure crisis.  For more information click here. 
  • The Beige Book Released- The Beige Book provides a summary on current economic conditions of each Federal Reserve District. To read the entire commentary in pdf form click here.
  • 2013 THUD Appropriations Approved by House-  House approves THUD Appropriations bill with no support of the Livable and Sustainable Communities programs.  For more detail on funding levels click here

Training and Workshops

  • Great Streets Workshop- East-West Gateway to host Great Streets Worshop on July 27 from 1-4pm.  For more information click here.
  • Community Development Academy- The Community Development Academy, a University of Missouri extension program, is offering two community empowerment courses in September, with scholarship opportunities available.  For more details click here
  • Evaluation and Quality Improvement for Nonprofit Organizations- The Nonprofit Services Center offers this four day certificate program to help nonprofits learn practical approaches to evaluating their programs and work towards quality improvement. To apply click here.  
  • The Basics of Volunteer Resource Management- Nonprofit Service Center to hold volunteer managemnet training on September 20 at the Tri-County YMCA of the Ozarks. Training will offer tools to manage volunteers for better services to constituents.  For more information click here.
  • Junior Boards: How to Start Them and How to Best Utilize Them- UMSL offers workshop to organizations on the value of junior boards, the roles they can fill and their contribution to governing board members. For more information and registration click here.
  • Building Vibrant Partnerships- UMSL and Washington University hosts August 1st event focused on building and enhancing community, university, and non-profit relationships.  For the flyer click here and to register click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • 2012 Responsible Banks, Strong Communities Conference- National Community Investment Fund hosts Strong Communities conference on Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  For more information click here.
  • Predicting Market Demands for Food Retailing- Opportunity Finance Network hosts webinar on using a Huff analysis to understand demand for food retailing on July 31 and will discuss the amount of market share gained by opening a new store at any given location.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 Data Driven Conference- Community Research Partners hosts Data Driven conference on September 28 discussing the importance of data in creating opportunity.  For more information click here.
  • Farmworks: An Urban Solution- Livable St. Louis Network event on August 15 to showcase urban farming/social impact intiative on North St. Louis Riverfront. For more information click here.
  • Effective Land Banking Strategies for Different Housing Markets- Connecting Communities presents webinar on August 1 exploring effective land banking operations.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 National Housing Forum- The National Association of Realtors to host housing forum on Oct. 10-11 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • 2012 Public School Improvement Project- Lowe's Toolbox for Education is now accepting applications for fall 2012 public school improvement project.  For more information click here.
  • Home Ownership Grant Program-  Wells Fargo offers finanical resources to organizations educating low-to moderate-income communitites on homebuying, pre and post purchasing counseling, first time homebuyer counseling and foreclosure/prevention counseling. The submission deadline is August 1st. For more information click here.
  • Great Streets Initiative, Round 2- East West Gateway searches for new applicants for the Great Streets Initiative which seeks to empower communities to advocate for improved street design. For more on this story click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Planning Specialist- St. Louis County seeks a senior level urban professional planning specialist within its Comprehensive Planning Department.  The deadline to apply is July 27.  For more information click here.
  • ReStore Associate- Habitat for Humanity St. Louis seeks a ReStore Associate to handle operations, donation processing and customer service.  For more job details click here.
  • Community Affairs Specialist- The FDIC seeks an individual to be responsible for promoting compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Fair Housing Act. The deadline to apply is July 27th. To apply click here.


  • Out of Reach: Rental Affordability 2012 - This infographic compares the ratio of monthly income earned at minimum wage to the income needed to rent a 2-bedroom apartment in the top 100 metropolitan cities. See where St. Louis ranks!  For the full publication click here.
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