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September 5, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

It's Time to Stop Wishing and Start Investing in St. Louis
By Katrina Sommer

Do you love living in the Central West End? Hanging out in the Grove? Taking a stroll down South Grand to grab dinner..... 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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The photo in this issue was brought to you by UMSL's Public Policy Research Center Photography Project.

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SLEHCRA Reports to the Community 
9/15: Finding Money For College Workshop
9/20: Beyond Housing: Community Rising 
9/27: Divas for a Cause

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  • Foreclosure Mediation Bill Passes-  Foreclosure mediation bill passes St. Louis County Council.  For more information click here. To hear Professor Todd Swanstrom discuss foreclosure mediation click here.  
  • St. Louis Housing Market Rebounds- Local real estate experts predict St. Louis housing market to recover if market continues on current trend.  For more information click here.
  • Bank of America Awards Six Homeowner Retention Grants to local nonprofits- CBN members, Beyond Housing, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, RHCDA, and Rebuilding Together St. Louis, were among the six receipients of the homeowner retention grants awarded by Bank of America.  For a full list of recipients and award amounts click here.
  • Nixon asks Commission to Reexamine Tax Credits- Nixon asks the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission to reconvene this month to update the 2010 report on the usefulness and effectiveness of tax credit programs.  For the full story click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Building Communities from the Grassroots- Community Development Academy offers this four day course including but not limited to development, action planning and team building in Excelsior Spring, Mo. on September 24-28.  For more information click here.
  • Developing Loan Policies and Procedures for Healthy Food Financing-  Opportunity Finance Network webinar on September 12, discusses best practices for loan policies and procedures that address the challenges of financing healthy food.  For more information click here.
  • Planning and Zoning Certificate Program- UMSL offers Chancellor's Certificate Program in Planning and Zoning that start in October on Thursday nights.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • Evaluation for Social Impact: A St. Louis Summit- This event hosted by the Brown School at Washington University in partnership with the Rome Group, the Nine Network of Public Media and Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will be on October 16&17 to inspire, inform and create strategies on capacity building.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 National Preservation Conference-  This conference hosted by Next American City will be held on October 31-November 3 in Spokane, WA.  The focus will be to expand preservation roles to revitalize cities, combat sprawl and build communities.  For more information click here.
  • Nonprofit Impact on Missouri's Economy- Nonprofit Services hosts webinar on September 19 conducted by Lester Salamon, PhD. He will discuss the role of nonprofits in creating jobs and impacting the economy.  For more information click here.   
  • Building Green? Think Existing!- The Local Green Build Council chapter is hosting a presentation on using and rehabbing existing buildings as a way to build green. For more information on the event and to register click here

Funding Opportunities

  • Affordable Housing Assistance Program (AHAP)- Missouri Housing Development Commission is currently accepting production tax credit applications for the AHAP program. The second round deadline for operating assistance tax credits is Jan. 7, 2013. For more information click here. To view the NOFA click here.  

Job Opportunities

  • St. Vincent Greenway VISTA- St. Vincent Greenway Inc seeks a VISTA to aid in community development activities and build awareness of the organization among other projects.  For more information click here.
  • Community Development Loan Specialist- St. Louis County seeks a community development loan specialist to evaluate/process loans and contact clients discussing development processes and community development activities.  For more information click here.


  • Demographic Reversal: Cities Thrive, Suburbs Sputter-  For more than 90 years, metropolitan areas have trailed the suburbs in population growth. This Brookings report analyzes the increase in population in major cities in the last year and the trends that contributed to this increase.  For the full report click here.
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