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April 18, 2012

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The 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! 

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St. Louis
  • Margaret Hales joins CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation as Executive Director- CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation has announced that Margaret Hales is joining the organization as Executive Director. She will be leaving her post as Deputy Executive Director at East-West Gateway Council of Governments. Read Full story here.
  • St. Louis Regional Sustainable Communities- The 13th issue of the RPSD newsletter is out. This is a regular publication that will keep you informed about the progress of the Regional Sustainable Communities Planning Grant in the St. Louis Region. View publication here.
  • AHDC Seeks Input in Plan for Affordable Housing in Madison County- Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) has started an outreach effort in Madison County, Illinois to help plan future affordable housing development. To learn more about AHDC visit their webpage and facebook.   

Training and Workshops

  • Starting up Your Own Social Media Program- Nonprofit Services Center is hosting a 3-hour social media workshop for nonprofits on May 1. Allison Collinger (AHC Consulting) will be presenting. Registration is $45. See full information here.
  • Spectrum Conference 2012- Community Service Public Relations Council is hosting an annual all-day conference on social media/communications strategies for nonprofits. The event takes place on May 15. Click here for more information.
  • Money Smart Week- In observance of Money Smart Week (April 21-28) several organizations will be hosting workshops around St. Louis.  Click here for full list of events. Here are some flyers of organizations hosting Money Smart Week events: Justine Peterson, Beyond Housing, CRADO
  • CRA Workshop for Community-Based Organizations- This interagency-sponsored workshop, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is designed for community-based organizations who are interested in obtaining current information and training on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and how it can benefit their organizations. The workshop will be held on May 3. For details and registration click here.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Community Partnership Project: What's Really Growing in Community Gardens?- This discussion is part of Community Partnership Project Seminar Series. Panelists will discuss the health and human capital benefits of community gardens. The seminar will be held May 1, 2012, 3:00-4:30. For more information, click here.
  • Connecting to Markets Series: Exploring Low Income Neighborhoods in the Regional Context- The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a panel discussion on how low income neighborhoods are connected to the regional economy and what strategies work for integrating low income neighborhoods with regional economic activity. This event will take place June 20, 2012, 10 am–2:30 pm (Central) and is not yet open for registration. Click here for more information.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality- This Policy Summit will  focus on effective strategies for strengthening and rebuilding communities. Sessions will showcase current research and tested approaches on topics ranging from education and workforce development to REOs and rental housing, loss mitigation strategies, and how funders are forging new partnerships to make the most of ever-scarcer dollars. Read more here.
  • Enterprise in Action- The St. Louis chapter of Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA-STL) invites you to join them for their next Enterprise in Action event with special guest Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner of Social Enterprise Associates. The event will take place on April 20 at North Grand Neighborhood Services, a Community Builders Network member. Find more information here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation offering Community Grants- Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering Community Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for community improvement initiatives and K-12 public education projects. Funding priorities for community development initiatives include park, neighborhood, and community facility enhancements; outdoor learning programs; and community cleanups. Visit the company's website to take the eligibility test and submit an application.
  • YouthBuild Grants- The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the
    availability of approximately $75 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act. Eligible applicants for these grants are public or private non-profit agencies or organizations including rural, urban or Native American agencies. Applications are due by May 8. For more details click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Housing Specialist/Code Enforcement Officer- The City of Dellwood is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Housing Specialist/Code Enforcement Officer. The position requires developing housing stock upgrade strategies and residential code enforcement. Click here for more details.


  • Character Key to Economicly Vibrant City- A recent study by the Knight Foundation and Gallup found that "physical beauty, opportunities for socializing and a city’s openness to all people" were more important factors in creating emotional bonds between people and their communities than economic factors. Read full article here.
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