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October 29, 2014

FROM THE FIELD

The New North: A Proposal for Urban Sustainability

By James Holtzman

New North is an effort to define what a sustainable modern community could look like.  This change starts with our students and schools adopting a place-based experiential learning process focused on an urban ecological curriculum.  Our children are assets, not liabilities.  Our cities are places of community growth and empowerment, not something to be neglected and thrown away.  And our generous natural resource base is the gift and treasure on which we depend not only for our well-being but for the well-being of future generations.

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We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at swanstromt@umsl.edu
 

Nomination Forms Available For CBN Awards Reception
This spring, CBN will recognize individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions that help make St. Louis a better place to live at the 3rd Annual CBN Awards Reception. If you know of someone deserving recognition, fill out one of the nominating forms. To see the forms and for more information, click here.

West End Collaborative Seeks To Improve The Quality Of Living In Their Neighborhood
The West End Collaborative, comprised of the Cornerstone Corporation, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), and St. Vincent Greenway Inc., is a new collaborative committed to improving the physical environment and quality of living in the West End neighborhood. Through coordinated efforts, these three organizations are working to improve housing, increase entrepreneurship, and carry out beautification projects with the community in the West End neighborhood. For more information on this collaborative, click here

Conceptual Alignment of St. Vincent Greenway in Wellston and Pagedale is ready to go
Great Rivers Greenway in collaboration with Beyond Housing and Forum Studio have developed a conceptual alignment for a new two mile stretch of the St. Vincent Greenway. The latest portion of the greenway will go through Wellston and Pagedale and will ultimately connect Forest Park with the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For more information on this project, click here

Fewer St. Louis Households Lack Bank Accounts
The efforts of the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force appear to be paying off. According to an FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, the percentage of unbanked black households in the St. Louis region decreased from 29 percent in 2011 to 13.3 percent in 2013. For more information about the unbanked in St. Louis, click here.   

Green Street Set To Add 250 Apartments, 50,000sf Of Retail In The Grove
A $70 million mixed-use development is coming to the east end of The Grove. This new development will include 250 apartments and a grocery store. For more information on this project, click here

Coalition Seeks MetroLink North-South Route Through St. Louis
Several local leaders, including former Missouri Senator Joan Bray, Alderman Scott Ogilvie, and former East West Gateway Executive Les Sterman, are working together to promote an idea for a MetroLink expansion. Their proposed route would extend from the Florissant Valley Community College Campus south to Bayless Avenue. For more details on the group's efforts, click here

Loop Trolley Project Poised To Move Forward Despite High Bids
The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District will reopen bidding for the Loop Trolley rail line project. With the original round of bidding, the project was unable to secure a bid within their projected budget. In spite of this setback, the group expects the trolley to be completed and running by 2016. For more on this story, click here.   

University City Adopts 'Complete Streets' Policy
The University City City Council recently adopted a resolution for 'Complete Streets' policy. With 'Complete Streets' policy, University City will incorporate plans for pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users when redesigning their streets. For the full story, click here

Reinvest North County Fund Awards $29,500
The Reinvest North County Fund has awarded funds to various businesses impacted by recent events in Ferguson. The fund has been organized through a partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council and North County Inc. For more information, click here

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

Urban Vitality And Ecology: Nature As An Economic Developer
Join BiodiverseCity St. Louis November 12 from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for presentations on developing urban districts with nature. To register for this event, click here.

St. Louis Bike Share Public Meeting
Great Rivers Greenway is hosting an open house on bike share feasibility in St. Louis. This open house is set to take place Thursday, November 13 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the St. Louis Public Library Schlafly Branch in the Central West End. For more information, click here

Educating for Critical Change
St. Louis University is hosting this free series through the College of Education and Public Service on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14. On Thursday, the university is featuring Colin Gordon, Ph.D., from the University of Iowa at 6 pm. Professor Gordon will speak on the history of public policy in the United States as well as his work on the book, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City. For more information on this series, click here

Know Your Neighborhoods Series: East St. Louis
The Invest STL Know Your Neighborhood Series is heading to East St. Louis. Join them Thursday, November 13 at 6pm to learn about the history and projects taking place in the East St. Louis community. For more information, click here

What's Brewing? In Pagedale
Creating Whole Communities at UMSL is continuing the neighborhood events series in Pagedale on December 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Join Dr. Todd Swanstrom and panelists for a discussion on the revitalization of communities. For more information and to register, click here.

Beyond The Building: Stories Of The Community
Join the Missouri History Museum Tuesday, December 9 from 7 to 8pm for a free program on the history of neighborhood revitalization projects in St. Louis. For more information about this program, click here

When In Doubt The Youth Speak Out
Attend this NLA Alumn + Friends event to discuss tips on engaging youth in community leadership roles. This roundtable is December 2nd from 6-7:30pm. For more information and how to register, click here


TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Location, Location, Location: The Role Neighborhoods Play in Family Wealth and Well-Being
PolicyLink, IASP, and NFHA are hosting a webinar Wednesday November 12 from 1pm to 2pm on disparities in neighborhood opportunity and how to make the distribution of opportunity more fair. For more information and to register, click here

Case Study of How To Win An Online Funding Competition
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is offering a workshop to help organizations improve media strategies and plan for online competitions. This workshop will take place November 20 at the JC Penney Conference Center on the UMSL campus. For more information and to register, click here


When In Doubt The Youth Speak Out
Attend this NLA Alumn + Friends event to discuss tips on engaging youth in community leadership roles. This roundtable is December 2nd from 6-7:30pm. For more information and how to register, click here


Capacity Building Workshops
The Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis is holding their last workshop of their 2014 series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations. The topic of their last 2014 workshop will be "Non-Profits and Technology" on November 24. For more information, click here.

Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management
The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is holding this five day course on best practices for mixed-income housing. The course begins Monday, January 5 and ends Friday, January 9. December 19 is the last day to register. 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!

Rural Communities Initiative Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Community Initiative Grants for non-profit community development organizations working with community and economic development in low-income rural communities. Applications for funding are due by November 12. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that will improve livability, civic development, and support for community arts. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that seek to improve connections between artists and economic and community development projects. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice is accepting grant applications from organizations helping to address environmental and public health issues within their communities. Grant applications are due by December 15. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foudnation is offering funding for organizations that improve and create sustainable infrastructure in underserved communities. The foundation is offering grants in four categories: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. For more information about these grants, click here.

Community Development Specialist
The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is seeking a Community Development Specialist to run and manage committees, communications, events, fundraising, and to complete other tasks as needed. For more information, click here

Director of School and Institutional Partnerships
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of School and Institutional Partnerships to direct and provide leadership with their school community based programs. For more information, click here.

Director of Community Development
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of Community Development to direct and oversee their various community development programs. For more information, click here.

Program Manager of Women's Business Center
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Program Manager for the Women's Business Center to assist with SBA goals and community development needs. For more information, click here.

Marketing and Membership Coordinator
North County Incorporated is seeking a full time Marketing and Membership Coordinator to handle membership development and public relations initiatives. For more information, click here.

Director of Quality Improvement
Beyond Housing is seeking a Director of Quality of Improvement to lead internal quality planning, support a culture of improvement, and support compliance with all quality standards. For more information, click here

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publications on Aligning Health and Community Development Sectors
The November edition of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's publication, Health Affairs, includes several papers highlighting opportunities for growth and collaboration between health and community development efforts. One of the articles discusses the extent of health inequities among children, particularly with minorities in low opportunity neighborhoods. In the paper, the authors indicate how their findings can help improve community development efforts. For a link to this paper, click here. For links to other relevant papers in the November edition of Health Affairs, click here.     

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