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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

FEBRUARY 6, 2013


St. Louis and a New Definition of Civic Pride

Shortly after moving to St. Louis in 2004, I was in Marco Island, Florida at a restaurant and heard a waitress ask the table next us if they wished to order a dessert. “I’ll take a Dutchman concrete from Ted Drewes...

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Common Grant Application Usage Increases, Next Step Common Reporting Form
The Missouri Common Grant Application, spearheaded by Gateway Center for Giving, has been adopted by 15 funders in the St. Louis area. Later this year, a common reporting form is due to be released. For more information click here.

Two Groups Seek to Increase Community Engagement
InveSTL and OverFundIt have different approaches to a similar challenge, growing investment for supporting communities and their residents. For more information click here.

New Development to Transform Vacant Lot at Tower Grove and Chouteau
All Above Development to complete a $1 million, 2-bedroom town home project at the southeast corner of Forest Park. For more information click here.

Benton Park and West End Provide Clues to Revitalizing Neighborhoods
Research conducted by Will Winter, adjunct professor at UMSL and Lana Stein, discusses how Benton Park and West End can provide answers regarding revitalization of neighborhoods in the St. Louis region. For more information click here.

Ability to Repay Mortgage Rule Seeks to Protect Consumers from Predatory Lending
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the "Ability to Repay Rule" on January 10 to cap borrowers debt limit at 43% of their pre-tax income. To watch the video on CBS Evening News click here.

MoDOT Listening Session in St. Louis
MoDOT will host a series of listening sessions called "MoDOT on the Move" to discuss and hear ideas on the future of Missouri's transportation. For more information click here.


2013 NCRC Conference
The 2013 National Community Reinvestment Coalition hosts it's annual conference, March 20-23rd in Washington, DC. This year's topic is "Building Community Prosperity from the Ground Up." For more information click here.

12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
The New Partners for Smart Growth focuses on identifying strategies to create more sustainable regions. This conference will be held on February 7-9 at the Kansas City Convention Center. For more information on this conference click here.

Housing as an Asset Building Platform
This webinar on March 1st by CFED will present innovative strategies to integrate asset building and other financial services into affordable housing programs. To register click here.


Nonprofit Facility Planning and Financing Workshop
UMSL offers this workshop providing tools on how to effectively plan a real estate development project and discuss key financing campaigns (ideal for senior staff members). For more information click here.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy offers 10 sessions from Feb-May 2013 geared toward individuals actively involved in various aspects of community development. Registration begins February 5th. For a schedule of classes and registration information 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!

Youth Build
The Department of Labor has funds available for organizations who oversee conditions of education, occupational skills/training and employment services to disadvantages youth while providing services to their communities. For more information click here.

GRO1000 Grassroots Grant
Scotts Miracle Gro and Showcase Grants have collaborated to provide funding towards helping communities create edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces. For more information click here.

St. Louis County Rental Housing Production Grants
St. Louis County's HOME program is accepting applications for rental housing production which provides low interest financing to developers for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction or rental properties in St. Louis County. For more information click here.

Community Engagement Manager
Beyond Housing seeks a 24:1 Community Engagement Manager who is community focused, has engagement experience and program management skills. For more information click here.

Economic Development Director
The City of Collinsville seeks a Economic Development Director who can plan and coordinate administrative activities for city functions of economic development. For more information click here.

Paths to Homeownership for Low-Income and Minority Households
As the country continues to recover from the Great Recession, homeownership remains an important vehicle for building and accumulating wealth. For more information click here.

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