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May 30, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Transit-Oriented Community Development               

By Todd Swanstrom

The St. Louis region has invested over $1.5 billion in a 46-mile light rail system that stretches from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to Lambert Airport and Shrewsbury.  Little transit-oriented development (TOD), however, has been built around the 37 stations. Read full article here


Kamal Ganjalikhani, CBN intern and editor of the Community Builders Exchange will be leaving The Community Builders Network next week and will start a new internship with the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC). Kamal is an MSW candidate at Washington University's George Warren Brown School of Social Work and will be finishing his degree at the end of August. He will be replaced by Tamar Shepherd of UMSL.

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The photo in this issue was provided by Beyond Housing. The mural is in the 24:1 Initiative footprint across from Normandy High School.

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St. Louis
  • CBN joins NACEDA- The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis is now a member of the National Alliance of Community Development Associations (NACEDA). NACEDA connects CBN with peer to peer learning about community building through out the country, a voice in national policy conversations, and decreased training costs with partners such as the National Development Council (press release).  
  • DeSales to Host Better Neighborhoods Award- On Thursday July 19 DeSales Community Housing Corporation will recognize people and projects that have made St. Louis a better place to live with the 2012 DeSales Better Neighborhoods Award. Click here for more details.
  • East-West Gateway Introduces New Assistant Executive Director- Jim Wild has been named assistant executive director of East-West Gateway, in place of Margaret Hales. Read details here.
  • Thurman Loop Fest- This festival, which is a benefit event for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, will include art, music, and BBQ. It will be held on June 1 and 2. See details here.
  • University City First Wall Event- Habitat for Humanity St. Louis will celebrate their kickoff in University City with a First Wall event on June 5th. Read full story here.
  • North City Farmers' Market- Opening Day for North City Farmers' Market will be June 2 from 9-12 at 2700 N. 14th St.  Read details here.
  • Food Truck Round Up- A food truck event to benefit Beyond Housing will be this Friday, June 1st from 6-9pm at Dwight Davis Tennis Cener in Forest Park. See details here.
  • Old North Community Tour and Homegrown Festival a Success- May 19th was host to a great day of community events in the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood. For pictures and an event recap click here

Training and Workshops

  • Effective Grant-writing- The Nonprofit Services Center is offering a one-day grant-writing workshop on June 7, 2012, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. The registration fee is $75 per person. For more information click here.
  • Courses on Managemnet Issues for Nonprofits Announced- University of Missouri St. Louis' Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program released a new series of courses on staff managment, legal issues in governing nonprofits, and nonprofit financial issues. For more information click here

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Using Data to Support the Development of Communities People Want- This Luncheon, sponsored by the American Statistical Association, will touch on market segmentation data and how it can be used to support investment for walkable neighborhoods. Read more here.
  • 2012 Spring Conference: Driving Innovation and Prosperity- This conference, which will be held June 10-12 in St. Louis, will touch on new tools and strategies that can be used to spur innovation and regional economic growth. St. Louis will be examined as an example of such regional growth. For details and registration, click here.
  • Regional Housing Forum- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Jack Kemp Foundation are sponsoring a housing forum titled Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow. It will feature Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond (Co-Chair, BPC Housing Commission) and James Bullard (President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis). The forum is on June 5, 2012, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. View details here.
  • 2012 Nonprofit Missouri Conference-  This conference, which will be held June 13-14, will include workshops on the following topics: 1) Information technology for nonprofits, 2) Nonprofit leadership and boards, 3) Nonprofit risk management, 4) Role of funders and relationships with funders, 5) Nonprofit disaster preparedness, 6) Space crisis planning. Registration cost is $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers. For more details click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • EDA Grants- The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is offering funding to government and nonprofit entities under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. These grants will leverage regional assets to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development. The deadline for the next funding cycle is June 8. Click here for more details.
  • 2012 Promise Neighborhood Grants- The Department of Education has announced the latest round of Promise Neighborhoods applications, which will include both planning and implementation grants. The Department expects to distribute 15 planning grants worth up to $500,000 each, and 5-7 implementation grants worth $4 to $6 million each. The deadline for Notices of Intent to Apply is June 8, and full applications are due on July 27.
  • MFH Mini Grants- The Missouri Foundation of Health is offering mini grant assistance for agencies advocating for health policy. The application deadline is October 31, 2012.  For more details click here.


Job Opportunities

  • Director of Housing and Economic Development- The City of Jennings is seeking applications for the director of housing and economic development. This position manages and directs Building Department operations, inspectors and staff, and oversees economic development programs for the city. Click here for applications.


  • A Blueprint for Responsible Homeownership- A new article from Shelterforce, The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building, examines the SoftSecond Loan Program in Massachusetts and how it has helped low income home-buyers. Read article here.
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