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March 18, 2015


More Recommendations for Improving Police-Community Relations

By Terrell Carter, Executive Director of the North Newstead Association

Much of the attention related to the current conversation about police-citizen interactions focuses on what law enforcement is not doing well.  Realizing that the current tensions that exist are not solely the fault of law enforcement, I offer the following suggestions for consideration by those who are concerned with how we all can work better together.

To read the full article and see his suggestions, 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

2015 CBN Awards Reception Tomorrow
Please join us tomorrow for our 2015 CBN Awards Reception at Cortex! Doors will open at 5pm and the ceremony will start at 5:30 pm with a reception to follow. The event is free, but RSVP is requested. To get your tickets for our event, click here.

Winners Announced for 2015 CBN Annual Awards Reception
On March 19, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis and Rise will host the 3rd Annual Community Builders Awards Reception at the Cortex One Building on Forest Park Avenue. This year, eight CBN Award Winners will be recognized and Rise will announce the winners of their Collaborative Grant Awards. To see this year's award winners, click here.

Urban League to build new center on site of burned QuikTrip
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has announced plans to build a new center at the site of the burned QuikTrip. The new center will be the home of the Urban League's new "Save Our Sons" program, which provides job training. To read more about this story, click here.

City of St. Louis Participates in Community Progress Leadership Institute
The City of St. Louis was one of 7 cities selected to participate in Harvard University's Community Progress Leadership Institute. The program trains leaders on skills that help cities address vacant and problem properties. Don Roe, the Director of City Planning in St. Louis is leading the City's delegation. For more on this story, click here.

Loop Trolley Breaks Ground After Years of Planning
The Loop Trolley Project held a ground breaking ceremony last Thursday along Delmar Blvd. at the city-county border. The project was first proposed by Joe Edwards in 1997 and is expected to be completed in 2016. To read more about this development, click here.

Demolition near for contaminated North St. Louis Factory
St. Louis Public Radio is reporting that the Carter Carburetor factory is almost finished with its environmental clean up and is nearly ready to be demolished. The factory, which sits near the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club on N. Grand, has been vacant for over 30 years. The building is contaminated with asbestos and other toxins. To read this story, click here.

St. Louis Alderman: People Want to See More than Resignations
Scott Simon of NPR interviewed St. Louis Alderman Antonio French this past weekend on the necessary changes in light of Ferguson and the recent Department of Justice report. In the interview, French points out there is a need to build trust between the police and the community. To listen to this interview or to read the transcript, click here.


How Trauma Impacts Social, Emotional and Health Outcomes
Alive, Well STL, the St. Louis Mental Health Board and the Department of Mental Health are hosting this free presentation on Tuesday March 24 at the O'Fallon Park YMCA. The presentation will discuss the impact of trauma on brain development and what the community must do to help. For more information and to register, click here

St. Vincent Greenway Inc. Connecting Small Business Owners
On Thursday, March 26, the St. Vincent Greenway Business Association is hositng a meeting at the MET Center in Wellston on business networking and the Loop Data Rail. The meeting will run from 12pm to 1pm. For more information, click here.

2015 St. Louis Spring Planning Workshop and Award Ceremony
On Tuesday, March 31, the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association will be hosting their Spring Planning Workshop and Award Ceremony at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on Chouteau from 1pm to 9pm. This event will feature several speakers, including Chris Krehmeyer, Paul McKee, Todd Swanstrom, and Rosalind Williams. For more information, click here.

CREA Fair Housing Kick-Off 2015
The City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency is hosting the 9th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick-Off Celebration April 1 at 4:30 pm. The event is set to take place at the O'Fallon Recreation Center on W. Florissant. This year the theme is "Recognizing Those Who Served" and the event will honor organizations that serve our Veterans. For more information, click here.

City of St. Louis 2015 Community Development Week
The Community Development Administration of the City of St. Louis is hosting the 2015 Community Development Week this year from April 6 through April 10. The week will feature bus tours, an awards ceremony and a resource fair. For more information, click here.

Modern Segregation: Addressing Barriers to Equality in Local Governments
On April 10, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council is hosting a conference on the ways in which local governments and community development practitioners can address racial inequality and segregation. To learn more about this conference and to register, click here.

Eight Months Post-Ferguson: The Journey from Recovery to Rebuilding
This event is a panel discussion on how organizations can become 'part of the solution' in the aftermath of Ferguson. The panelists for this event include Rev. Starksy Wilson, Professor Todd Swanstrom and Professor Gregory Carr Sr. This discussion is set to take place April 16 from 7pm to 8:30pm. For more information, click here.


Accounting for Non-Accountants: Understanding Basic Financial Information in a Nonprofit Organization
The School of Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting this one-day introductory course on Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 pm at the JC Penny Conference. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Community Development in Middle Market Neighborhoods
On Friday, March 27, the Community Builders Network in collaboration with Rise will host this training session on best practices from the Healthy Neighborhoods Model in Baltimore. This training will take place from 9am to 12pm. For more information and to register, click here.

2015 Missouri Housing Summit
The 2015 Missouri Housing Summit is set to take place at the St. Louis City Center Hotel from April 29 through May 1. This summit will feature a variety of workshops intended to support practitioners in housing development, mental health services, and community development corporations. For more information on this summit, 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!

City of St. Louis Community Development Administration Announcement of Notice of Funding Availability
On Friday, March 20, the St. Louis CDA will release its Spring 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). For more information on the NOFA requirements from 2014, click here. More information on the 2015 release will be published on the CDA website, found here.

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Cost-Share Grants
The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is offering cost-share funding for projects that restore and rehabilitate buildings and infrastructure along historic Route 66. Applications for this grant are due Friday, March 27. For more information, click here.

NFL Foundation Grassroots Program
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is accepting RFPs from non-profit, place-based organizations seeking to improve local football fields that are in poor condition. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 30. For more information on this grant, click here.

Women on Mission-St. Louis Grant
Women on Mission-St. Louis is now accepting applications for its grant for organizations serving the College Hill neighborhood. The last day to apply for this grant is March 31. For more information on this grant, click here.

Community Capacity Building
The Deaconess Foundation has announced availability of Community Capacity Building funding. Funding is available for advocacy, building collective impact network capacity, and youth support programs. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, April 6. For more information on this funding opportunity, click here.

Enterprise Community Partners Grant Funds
The Enterprise Community Partners has funding available for community housing development organizations and community development corporations involved in affordable housing programs and development. Current funding is available for organizations working in the Metro East. Letters of interest are due by April 8th. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foundation is offering funding for organizations that improve and create sustainable infrastructure in under-served 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.

Civic Engagement Specialist
Grace Hill Settlement House is looking for a part time Civic Engagement Specialist responsible for outreach, planning and execution of their Leadership Program. This position requires an associate degree in Social Work, Communications, Visual Design or other related fields. Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to

Board of Directors for Tower Grove South Neighborhood
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC currently has one Board of Director position available to serve and represent the Tower Grove South Neighborhood. The term of this position is two years. For more information, click here.

STL Youth Jobs Summer Help
STL Youth Jobs is seeking employers for their summer youth employment program. Youth will be paid by MERS Goodwill. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Service Project Coordinator
Horizon Housing Foundation is seeking a Service Project Coordinator to manage contracts and donations and work with property managers and outside organizations. The deadline to apply for this position is March 30. For more information on this position, click here.


The Demographics of Wealth - Essay No. 1: Race, Ethnicity and Wealth
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently released its first essay in its "The Demographics of Wealth" series. The first essay looks at trends in wealth accumulation across different races from 1989 through 2013. The report looks at the health of household balance sheets as a measure for financial stability. Their essay finds that financial "thrivers" make up a quarter of the population but have two thirds of the total share of wealth. Conversely, the financial "strugglers" make up the remaining three quarters of the population and have just a third of the nation's wealth. To read the Federal Reserve's full report, click here.

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