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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

August 20, 2014.

FROM THE FIELD

We Need to Build a Stronger Community Economic Development System in St. Louis County

By Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy, University of Missouri St. Louis, and Karl Guenther, Community Development Specialist, University of Missouri St. Louis
The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man, by a white police officer ignited the turmoil in Ferguson.  But the fuel that is sustaining the peaceful protests and violent outbursts was produced by longstanding racial and economic inequalities that have plagued Ferguson and many other communities in North St. Louis County for decades.  St. Louis County needs to do more to create neighborhoods of opportunity and connection for all.  To build better neighborhoods, St. Louis County needs to build a stronger community economic development system. - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/we-need-to-build-a-stronger-community-economic-development-system-in-st-louis-county/#sthash.PvkV7r3Y.dpuf
The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man, by a white police officer ignited the turmoil in Ferguson.  But the fuel that is sustaining the peaceful protests and violent outbursts was produced by longstanding racial and economic inequalities that have plagued Ferguson and many other communities in North St. Louis County for decades.  St. Louis County needs to do more to create neighborhoods of opportunity and connection for all.  To build better neighborhoods, St. Louis County needs to build a stronger community economic development system. - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/we-need-to-build-a-stronger-community-economic-development-system-in-st-louis-county/#sthash.PvkV7r3Y.dpuf


The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man, by a white police officer ignited the turmoil in Ferguson.  But the fuel that is sustaining the peaceful protests and violent outbursts was produced by longstanding racial and economic inequalities that have plagued Ferguson and many other communities in North St. Louis County for decades.  St. Louis County needs to do more to create neighborhoods of opportunity and connection for all.  To build better neighborhoods, St. Louis County needs to build a stronger community economic development system.

For the full article click here.
 

Restaurant Owners In Ferguson Unite, Seek To Return To Sense Of Normalcy
The restaurants along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson's "Ferguson Citywalk" have created a sense of vibrancy in the community in recent years. This article by St. Louis Public Radio describes how residents of the Ferguson community have come out to support these businesses. For the full story, click here

This Is Ferguson: Residents And Business Owners Tell Us About Their City
In this article from St. Louis Public Radion, local business owners, urban farmers, and Ferguson residents share why, in spite of negative coverage on national news, they are "Ferguson Proud." For the full story, click here

Wash U set to open Loop Project
The Lofts at Washington University is ready to open on the Loop with new dorms, a grocery store and an all night diner.
The Lofts are the result of years of planning by Washington University, designers, and local businesses. For the full story, click here.

How Can St. Louis Improve Biking, Walking Access?
St. Louis Public Radio's "St. Louis On The Air" discussed the efforts of Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenways to make St. Louis more accessible to different modes of transit. The Neighborhood Greenways project and Complete Streets are just two projects that are a part of that effort. For more information, click here.


Cyclists seek 2nd cross-state trail in Missouri
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Missouri State Parks system are proposing a new bike trail that would stretch nearly 400 miles between St. Louis and Kansas City. The idea for the project has been built off of community efforts in Belle, Eldon, Gerald and Owensville, Missouri. For the full story, click here.


Anheuser-Busch makes annual commitment to downtown St. Louis organization
Anheuser-Busch has decided to make a $15,000 annual contribution to the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, an organization devoted to creating a vibrant community downtown. For the full story, click here.

US Bank closes on financing for Arcade Building Rehab
Using New Markets Tax Credits and other state and federal tax credits, US Bank will invest over $77 million to rehab the historic Arcade building in downtown St. Louis. For the full story, click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Advancing Sustainable Community Development Seminar
Rise will host the Advancing Sustainable Community Development
seminar on August 22 at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center.  Attendees will learn how to identify key elements in designing a successful social venture, understand the role of enterprise development in reducing poverty and more. For more information, click here.

Fair Housing Conference
The Civil Rights Enforcement Agency will host this conference to inform attendants on fair housing laws and issues on September 5 at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center. For more information click here and for registration information click here.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Improving the Pedestrian Experience Workshop
Trailnet is hosting a free workshop on improving the pedestrian experience on Wednesday August 27 beginning at 8am. The event will be held downtown, at the Laclede Group Conference Center. To register, click here


Neighborhood Leadership Academy
UMSL's Neighborhood Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its 2014 Fall Session.  The Academy offers 10 courses over a three month period in a variety of subjects pertaining to improving communities. For more information, click here.

Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning Course
The University of Missouri St. Louis is hosting courses on the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning between October 8 and December 3. Participants will receive UMSL's Chancellor's Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning. For more information, click here.


Community Development Academy
The University of Missouri Extension is offering a five-day course on best practices, networking, and instruction for community developers. The course runs from September 22 through September 26. For more information, click here.


Capacity Building Workshop
Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis hosts a series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations discussing a wide range of relevant topics.  For more information click here.

EVENTS

WHO WE ARE

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!

Self Help Ownership Program
HUD is accepting applications for the Self Help Ownership Program (SHOP) from organizations who facilitate and encourage innovative home ownership opportunities.  For more information, click here.

KaBOOM! Playground Grant
KaBoom! is accepting applications for a Build it with KaBOOM! Grant. Grantees will receive planning assistance from KaBOOM! as well as the help of 200 volunteers to construct a playground in one day. For more information click here, and for the RFP form, click here.


Reinvest North County Fund
North County Incorporated is accepting applications through September 15 for funding for businesses affected by the civil unrest in the Ferguson, Jennings, or Dellwood areas. For more information, click here, and for the application, click here.


Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant. Money from this grant will be used for research and technical support for efforts in cleaning up and reusing brownfield sites. For more information, click here.

Free Energy Audits
The Missouri Interfaith Power and Light and the US Green Building Council are offering free energy audits for 8-12 congregations within the the organizations' operational areas. For further information about this opportunity, click here

Marketplace of Ideas
The Incarnate Word Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Marketplace of Ideas. Applicant winners will receive $5,000 to support the funding of their projects. For more information, click here.
Economic Development Director
The City of Berkeley seeks an Economic Development Director responsible for creating and implementing programs that foster economic growth and sustainability within the City.  For a detailed job description, click here.

Community and Environmental Planner
Heartlands Conservancy is seeking a Community and Environmental Planner to assist them as they identify and implement potential projects that protect natural resources in southwestern Illinois. For further information, click here.

Database Manager
Beyond Housing is a seeking a database manager responsible for managing the e-Tapestry database, data entry, data analysis, training and development. For a more detailed job description, click here.
Pushing the Community Reinvestment Act into Unchartered Territory
Governing Magazine published this article on the barriers community developers are facing in broadening projects invested in by banks through Community Reinvestment Act obligations. In spite of such barriers, some communities are beginning to see CRA funding for a wider variety of investments than just affordable housing. For the full publication, click here.
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