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April 2, 2014.


Special Taxing Districts and the St. Louis Region

By Brooks Goedeker, Executive Director, Park Central Development

Neighborhoods in St. Louis and across America are struggling with the harsh reality of shrinking coffers, dwindling resources and diminished public services.  
Neighborhoods in St. Louis and across America are struggling with the harsh reality of shrinking coffers, dwindling resources and diminished public services.  Each and every day, communities must accept the fact that competition for municipal services is getting tougher and the traditional image of clean and safe streets is no longer a given.   - See more at:

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CREA Awarded Fair Housing Collaborative Grant
The City of St. Louis' Civil Rights Enforcement Agency(CREA) received the Outreach and Education Partnering Grant from HUD.  This grant will allow the City to increase the regions knowledge of Fair Housing practices through a conference, community sessions and local partnerships.  For the full story  click here. 

GRG Receives Recognition for Greenways Design and Innovation
Great Rivers Greenway receives the Engineering Excellence Award from the Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri for three of its greenways: Ruth Porter Park-St. Vincent Greenway and Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail.  The award recognizes exceptional quality and innovative engineering design. For the full story click here.  

Possible approval of Medicaid Reform, Not Expansion
The Missouri House of Representatives continue to seek a solution to the Medicaid Expansion issue.  One  possible solution under consideration is to reform Medicaid instead of expanding it. For the more information on this and other legislative issues click here. 

City-County Collaborative Grant to Code for America
Mayor Francis Slay announced that he and County Executive Charlie Dooley have collaborated to apply for the Code for America fellowship program.  The cities whose proposals have been selected will receive a team of fellows from software developers to product managers to work on municipal issues.   For the full story click here.

EWG and CMT Seeks Information on the Regions Transportation Priorities
East West Gateway seeks public input on its transportation priorities in the St. Louis Region.  East West Gateway and Citizens for Modern Transit are working to improve transit use and this survey can provide great baseline information for both organizations.  For the survey link click here.



2014 NLIHC Housing Policy Conference
The National Low Income Housing Coalition hosts its annual policy conference on April 27th-30th in Washington, DC. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the organization and will reflect on the past 40 years and approaches for the future of solving low-income housing issues in America.  For more information click here.

EHOC's 17th Annual Fair Housing Training Conference
The Equal Housing and Opportunity Council will host their housing conference on April 4th from 8-4pm.  For more information click here.

Sustainability Conference
Webster University will host its third annual sustainability conference on April 10-11th discussing new approaches and challenges to present and future sustainability in the St. Louis region.  For more information click here.

Great Rivers Greenway Ped and Bike Webinar Series
Great Rivers Greenway partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Transportation Engineering Association of Metro St. Louis  to host a series of webinars that are free and open to the public discussing a wide range of topics regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.  For more information click here.  


What's Brewing Series
UMSL Community Breakfast Series hosts the next Exploring Issues, Opportunities and Connections for St. Louis Area Neighborhoods on April 10th.  Des Lee Professor Todd Swanstrom will present data analysis on the Central West End.  For more information click here.



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Deaconess Foundation
The Deaconess Foundation has funding opportunities available towards nonprofit organizations working on advocacy, collective impact network capacity and community voice efforts.  The official RFP will be available on their website beginning April 10th.  For more information click here.

Homeless Services Grant
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting grants from organizations for the 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals- Services in Supportive Housing program that benefits veterans suffering from substance abuse and chronic homelessness.  For more information click here.

Farm to School Grant
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2014 Farm to School grant which assists organizations with implementing farm to school programs to increase access of local foods in schools.  For more information click here.
Community Development Specialist
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis seeks a community development specialist  to analyze and apply relevant information, serve as technical assistance, resource for information and regulatory guidance for financial institutions, community based organizations, government entities among other agencies.  For more information click here.

Financial Education Specialist
St. Louis Community Credit Union has an opening for a financial education specialist.  The specialist is responsible for supporting community development and educational activities for St. Louis Community Credit Union and St. Louis Community Foundation. For more information click here.

Executive Director
The Laclede's Landing Merchants Association seeks a part-time executive director. This position has the potential to become full-time.  The responsibilities of the executive director includes but is not limited to development and execution of a fundraising development plan, cultivating relationships with local media and city officials and manage social media content.  For more information click here.

The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of teens and Young adults
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings released this report concerning the decline of employment prospects among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2011.  The teens employment rate dropped 16.2 points between 2000 and 2011 and the young adult employment rate dropped 7.7 points between 2000 and 2011.  For the full publication click here and to see the employment rates for other metropolitan cities click here.
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