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March 21, 2012

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The 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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St. Louis
  • Murphy Park in Market Watch- A recent article in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch website points to the succes of Murphy Park's mixed-income housing development in St. Louis. Read full article here.
  • $1.6 Million to Lemay Development Corporation- St. Louis County Port Authority has granted $1,600,000 to Lemay Development Corporation. The grant, which is part of the Port Authority's community reinvestment fund, was generated through revenue from leasing the former National Lead site to Pinnacle Entertainment. Read full story here.
  • 24:1 Initiative Mentioned in Evidence Matters- Beyond Housing's 24:1 Initiative is mentioned in HUD's Evidence Matters article on building capacity for local economic development. Click here to read the publication.  

  • National Community Development Week- As part of National Community Development Week, which takes place April 8-14, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) is asking local governments and CDCs to invite congressional members to tour their CDBG and HOME-funded projects. For more information, click here.

Training and Workshops

  • RHCDA holds Sustainable Building of Affordable Housing Training- This training will touch on topics such as green building standards and sustainable housing development in low-income areas in St. Louis.  The training is meant for community development professionals, neighborhood leaders, and any others interested in building sustainable communities. The training is on March 28. For More information visit RHCDA's Website
  • 2012 St.Louis Opportunities in Franchising- The 2012 St. Louis Opportunities in Franchising is a workshop for minorities and women on developing the basic skills for becoming a franchisee. The event is hosted by the International Franchise Association, St. Louis Devlopment Corporation, and Harris-Stowe State University Anheuser Busch School of Business. For full information view the event flyer.
  • Courses on Community Development- The Community Development Academy of the University of Missouri Extension is offering two courses, March 26-30. The courses are Building Communities From The Grassroots and Empowering Communities for the Future. More information on these course can be found at the Community Development Academy website.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Constant Contact Non-Profit Seminar- Constant Contact is hosting two non-profit seminars specially tailored to using email and social media marketing to grow support, membership, volunteerism and donations for non-profit groups. The seminars are free. Click here for more information.
  • Strategic Use of Data for Transforming Community Investment- The Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Cleveland and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors will present this audioconference as part of the Fed's 2012 Connecting Communities moderated audioconference series. Participants will explore creative uses of data and technology to promote public and private investment in transitional communities as well as those areas with significant strengths and assets but also declining housing values and population. For more information, please visit the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' website.
  • Dreaming for Change- In recognition of National Fair Housing Month, St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency is hosting their 6th annual fair housing celebration on Wednesday, April 4. See event flyer.
  • EHOC's Regional Fair Housing Conference- On April 20, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Coucil (EHOC) will hold their 15th annual Regional Fair Housing Conference on Friday, April 20. This daylong event will include workshops, keynote speakers, and education on fair housing issues in the St. Louis region. For more information, visit EHOC's website.
  • Financing Permanent Housing to End Homelessness- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will host a free live webinar at 1:00 pm on April 25th on bank finance for the development of permanent supportive hsouing for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Whats Working in St. Louis Neighborhoods- April 4th at noon two local community development corporations discuss their youth and summer programs. Come hear what North Grand Neighborhood Services and Emerson Park Development Corporation are offering for their neighborhood youth. For details click here.


    If you're interested in sponsoring our conference, please contact Brittany Voth at

Funding Opportunities

  • HUD 2012 Notices- HUD has announced the availability of funds for Choice neighborhood Implementation Program and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Plannng Grants. Find additional grant information and full funding list here. For more information on Choice Neighborhoods, click here.
  • Roadmaps to Health Community Grants- The Roadmaps to Heath grants will support communities implement system changes to adress social and economic factors that strongly influence health outcomes in their communities including education, employment, and safety. For more information click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Trailnet- Trailnet is looking for consultants to work on public relations, graphic design, and media outreach to develop bicycle awareness and encouragement media campaigns. Work with the consultant is expected to last three months. The deadline to submit is 5 PM, April 6. For more information, click here.

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