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June 13, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

The Hard Truth
by Louis Colombo

“The hard truth is that community development must start within the neighborhood”, writes Mike Green in When People Care Enough to Act.  After my first reaction of “Oh, sure”, I puzzled over this sentence.  Why is it a “hard truth”?  What does “start within the neighborhood” mean?  This op-ed contains some thoughts. Read full article here.

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St. Louis
  • Help for Mortgage Borrowers- GMAC borrowers have an opportunity to learn about their housing options and solutions. For more information click here.
  • Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Event- Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network to host event in O'Fallon, IL to reach out to Illinois residents needing resources and assistance with foreclosures.  For more information click here.
  • CPA Round Two Meeting Schedule- The St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development has its Round 2 summer schedule available.  For more information click here.


  • State of the Nation's Housing 2012- The 2012 State of the Nation's Housing report will be released this Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Released annually, the report provides a periodic assessment of the nation’s housing outlook and summarizes important trends in the economics and demographics of housing.  For more information click here.
  • House Subcommittee Cuts Spending on Housing Programs- The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) marked up its FY13 spending bill, calling overall for spending about $2 billion less than President Obama’s budget.  For more information click here.  

Training and Workshops

  • NPML Workshop - The UMSL's  NPML is hosting a workshop entitled "What's a Bylaw?" on June 20th from 3-5pm. For more information click here.
  • Good Landlording Series to Cover Bed Bug Issues- Desales Community Housing Corporation is hosting their next good landlording series tonight from 6-7pm on preventing and dealing with bed bugs. Click here for more details.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Kansas City Federal Reserve Workforce Development Conference- Register now for the Future of Workforce Development Conference hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve.  The conference is located at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank on September 19-20.  For more information click here.
  • Bipartisan Forum in St. Louis- The Bipartisan Policy Center, Housing Commission and the Jack Kemp Foundation held a public forum on June 5th in St. Louis to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing the nation's housing challenges.  For videos and a recap about the forum click here.
  • 2012 Walk/Live St.Louis- Register now for the 2012 Walk/Live St. Louis event from June 27-29! For more information click here.
  • Missouri Downtown Revitalization Conference- St. Louis will host the Missouri Downtown Revitalization Conference July 25-26. Session topics inlcude sustainability, job creation, local fiscal investment, and others. For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Home Depot Community Impact Grants- Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Proposals are accepted from February 6th to August 13th this year. Click here for details.


Job Opportunities

  • Community Development Lending Officer- First National Bank seeks a Community Development Lending Officer to work with investing in low to moderate income candidates and to initiate and support neighborhood revitalization focused primarily in the greater St Louis area.  For more information click here.


  • The State of St. Louis College Graduates- With 29.9 percent of the adult population (25 +) with college degrees, the St. Louis metropolitan area ranks 42nd out of 100 metros according to a recent Brookings Institution study as reported in the New York Times (for article click here). Alongside that regional statistic, St. Louis was named the happiest place for job seeking graduates in a recent study by in Forbes Magazine. To read the full story click here.
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