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February 3, 2016


NGA West In North St. Louis Is Environmentally Just

By John Hickey, Missouri Chapter Director of the Sierra Club

The Department of Defense is in the process of deciding where it should locate the next home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West headquarters, currently located just south of downtown St. Louis. For a number of reasons, the NGA should be located in North St. Louis, near the site of the old Pruitt-Igoe housing complex.

The North St. Louis site is better for the NGA’s stated goal of being more open in its operations and more connected with the public. It is closer to the airport and existing NGA West facilities. It also is the only location on the list of four (North St. Louis, Fenton, Mehlville and near Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois) that meets the guidelines of presidential Executive Order 12072, which requires the federal government give priority to urban areas when it moves federal facilities.

As the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, we see two other, critical reasons why North St. Louis is the best location for the NGA: environmental protection and environmental justice.

To read the full op-ed, click here.

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
Nomination Forms Available for the 2016 CBN Awards Reception
We are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Community Builders Network Awards Reception will take place on March 31 at T-Rex! The Annual CBN awards reception recognizes individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions that help make St. Louis a better place to live. If you know of someone who deserves recognition, fill out one of our nomination forms. The last day to submit a nomination is February 15. For more information about the nomination process, click here. To RSVP for the event, click here.

Properties pile up at St. Louis County Tax Sales
An increasing number of vacant properties are failing to attract bidders in St. Louis County, particularly in Castle Point. For a time, Beyond Housing worked to revitalize the Castle Point area, and County Councilman, Michael O'Mara has also worked to develop strategies to address the issue. To read more on this story, click here.

Bennett Seeks to Grow McCormack Baron Salazar
McCormack Baron Salazar has announced Vince Bennett as their new company president. Kevin McCormack, who Bennet is replacing, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. To read more on this story, click here.

Park Central Development Releases its Annual Report
Park Central Development recently shared its Annual Report online which features its success from 2015, including a number of mixed use developments, IKEA, events and more. To see their full report online, click here.

Report to the Community - TGNCDC Celebrates a Year of Planning, Growth and Success with an Eye on 2016
Last month, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC shared this post online highlighting their major accomplishments of 2015. Its major successes include landlord training sessions, the first Tower Grove Poker fundraiser, the formation of the first neighborhood organization in Tower Grove South, as well as several developments. To read about all of TGNCDC's accomplishments in 2015, click here.

TGNCDC Brands Highly Successful Tenant Screening Program As "ScreenDoor"
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC announced yesterday that their tenant screening program has been branded as "ScreenDoor." TGNCDC was able to brand this program thanks in part to a grant from Rise and the help of the marketing firm Switch. To read more on this story, click here.

Fifth Edition of St. Louis Currents is Released
St. Louis Currents: The Fifth Edition was published on February 1. For 30 years this publication has shared essays relevant to the history and economy of the St. Louis region. For more information about this publication and to order a copy from Amazon, click here.


2016 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference
On February 7 through February 10, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is hosting this conference in Los Angeles. The conference will feature trainings on CRA and best practices in the field of community development. For more information about this conference and to register, click here.

Colorbrave - A Series of Discussions About Race and Building an Anti-bias Community
On Friday, February 19, City Garden Montessori will host this event to discuss and highlight the need to be "colorbrave rather than colorblind." For more information about this event and to register, click here.

What's Brewing? Hyde Park
The What's Brewing? series is continuing on March 3 in the Hyde Park neighborhood. This event will feature a panel discussion on what is contributing to the emergence of this neighborhood. For more information about this event, click here.

Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future
On April 13 and 14 the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship will host this conference on sustainability, energy, innovation and policy. For more information about this event, click here.



Clean Energy Incentive Program for Affordable Housing Stakeholders
On Monday February 8, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC will host this opportunity to learn about the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). Annika Brink of the National Housing Trust will be there to speak on CEIP. For more information and to register, click here

Marketing Strategies for Social Media Campaigns
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership program is hosting this open training on February 11 from 1 to 4pm. The training will feature Perry Drake and Brianna Smith of UMSL as the course instructors. For more information and to register, click here.

Special Needs Housing: Funding and Partnership Opportunities
The Missouri Housing Development Commission is hosting this event to discuss best practices of Special Needs Housing and Service Enriched Housing. The event will take place on Tuesday February 16. For more information and to register online, click here.

Connecting Hard-to-Serve Populations with Jobs: Breaking Down Barriers for Youth Unemployment
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host the second part of this webinar series on February 25 from 2pm to 3:15pm. For more information about this webinar, click here.

Benchmarking Jam
The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the US Green Building Council is hosting a Benchmarking Jam on February 25. This is an opportunity to learn how benchmarking can be used to save energy and money for your organization. For more information, click here.

Funding Your Neighborhood Project
On Saturday, Feburary 27, the Neighborhood Leadership Academy is hosting this workshop on best practices for securing funding for community projects. For more information about this workshop, click here.


February 12
21st Annual Police And Firefighter Appreciation Luncheon

February 15
ONSLRG Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck Supper

March 31
2016 Community Builders Network Awards Reception

The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

In this week's edition we are sharing maps on the age of buildings in St. Louis. To view this week's maps, click here. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here


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!

ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund
The National Creative Placemaking Fund is intended to bring culture and the arts into community development projects. Grant funding per project typically ranges from $50,000 to $500,000. Registration for this grant is due by February 16, and the application is due by March 2. For more information, click here.

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program
The EPA is accepting proposal packages for funding of $120,000 for community-based efforts that address local environmental or public health issues. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 12. For more information, click here.

Scotts Miracle-Gro:GRO1000 Grassroots Grants
Scotts Miracle-Gro is offering grants of up to $1,500 to help communities with green space and community garden projects. The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is February 22. For more information and to apply, click here.

Open the Door to Affordable Housing
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is offering funding up to $500,000 through its Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP). The pre-application period for this grant runs through the month of March. For more information about this grant, click here.

Women on Mission Saint Louis Grant
Women on Mission Saint Louis is currently accepting applications for two grants to be awarded for $42,500 each. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations serviing the College Hill community. The deadline to submit a grant application is March 31. For more information, click here.
Community Development Coordinator
Northside Community Housing, Inc. is seeking a Community Development Coordinator to help manage its "Make it Home" program, leasing and support services, and other responsibilities. For more information about this position, click here.

Executive Director of Cornerstone
Cornerstone Corporation is accepting applications for a new Executive Director. For more information about this position and to learn more about Cornerstone, click here.

Executive Director of SLACO
The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations is seeking a new Executive Director. The deadline to submit letters of interest is February 12. For more information, click here.

Project Manager
Park Central Development is seeking a Project Manager to work with planning, development and implementation of project.  The deadline to apply for this position is February 12. For more information, click here.

Des Lee Community Builders Graduate Research Assistant
The Community Builders Network is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to assist with neighborhood research, CBN social media accounts, and the editing of the Community Builders Exchange e-newsletter. This position is open for current or incoming UMSL students only. For more information, click here.

Multiple Positions Available At Beyond Housing
Beyond Housing is seeking qualified applicants for several positions. To view those positions, click here. For more information about Beyond Housing, click here.
Does urban sprawl hold down upward mobility?
Newly published research in the Landscape and Urban Planning journal examine the relationship between urban sprawl and upward mobility. The paper finds that sprawl is generally associated with lower upward mobility. A recent article from CityLab highlighted their research and compared the most sprawling and least sprawling metro areas with a measure for upward mobility. To view that article, click here. To see the original publication, click here.
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