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October 17, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Strategic Regional Planning in St. Louis: An Oxymoron or the Art of the Possible? 

Joe Cavato: Former Director of Planning at St. Louis County; now principal at JAC Consulting LLC.

What could happen if we used our substantial urban university resources, strong local foundations and a broad-based, well-informed, publicly engaged process to address tough regional issues, develop broadly supported solutions, and implemented them?....For the full article click here.

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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 DeSales Community Housing Corporation, a member of the Community Builders Network.

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  • UMSL Chancellor Discusses Plans to Support the Normandy School District-  UMSL Chancellor Thomas George talks with Chris Krehmeyer, CEO of Beyond Housing outlining plans to support Normandy School District.  To listen click here.
  • Banks Increase Efforts in Minority Commuities, Is it Enough?- SLEHCRA has evaluated the impact that St. Louis banks have on minority communities, so far $14.5 million committed to community development.  For more information click here.
  • RHCDA Accepted into Housing Partnership Network-  RHCDA was approved as a new member of the Housing Partnership Network which is a collaboration of nation's leading housing and community development nonprofits.  For the full story click here.

  • New York City's Responsible Banking Act to hold Banks Accountable-   New York City enacts law that makes sure banks in their city are held responsible for meeting customer's credit needs and investing in city neighborhoods. Read about the ordinance and how it got passed here.

Training and Workshops

  • Developing Your Fundraising Strategies- Nonprofit Services offers this workshop on November 19 on development planning, document creation and implementation. For more information click here.
  • How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work- UMSL offers this noncredit course on November 8 from 1-5 on properly assessing program impact using models and questions to ask about a program's effectiveness.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • St. Louis Neighborhood Data Gateway Launch- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hosts this free event on November 1 to increase efforts to inform, invest and innovate the St. Louis region through data with collaborations with St. Louis City/County and community leaders. For more information click here.
  • Sustainable Communities Conference- Washington University St. Louis hosts this free conference on November 1-3 exploring areas of sustainability ranging from urban design to energy.  For more information click here.
  • SLACO Neighborhood Conference- The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations hosts the Neighborhood Conference on October 27th focusing on building relationships and exchanging ideas to build stronger, safer and better neighborhoods.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 Livable St. Louis Conference- Trailnet hosts this conference on October 26 emphasizing achieving bold community visions for the St.Louis Region around neighborhoods, transportation, and livability. For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Green Plus Scholarship- Wells Fargo offers scholarships to 52 qualifying small businesses interested in pursuing Green Plus education, networking and certification in 2012-2013.  For more information click here.
  • School Garden Grants Programs- The Whole Kids Foundation has funding available to organizations who seek to engage students in consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.  For more information click here.


  • Place Matters: Why the Location of Low Income Housing Projects is Important to Neighborhood Revitalization- In 2008, the number of occupied project-based housing units totaled 2.1 million nationally, with 76 percent of them (1.6 million) in the 100 largest metros. For the full publication click here.
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