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October 1, 2014

FROM THE FIELD

Moving Forward in Ferguson

By Hazel Erby, First District Councilwoman for St. Louis County

We must utilize our current passion to fix the current mental health state of traumatized communities. This plan must call on leaders in the tech and financial sphere, to do more than just donate funds, but invest in a generation that has been long ignored. If we are going to enact the appropriate change in response to this tragedy, the plan forward must be more concise and systematic than the antagonists that wish to undermine it. 

It is going to require more than generosity of time and money to right the wrongs of years of social decay. There must be a true investment with resources, education and substantial job training to restore faith in our disenfranchised youth.

For the full article, click here.

We must utilize our current passion to fix the current mental health state of traumatized communities. This plan must call on leaders in the tech and financial sphere, to do more than just donate funds, but invest in a generation that has been long ignored. If we are going to enact the appropriate change in response to this tragedy, the plan forward must be more concise and systematic than the antagonists that wish to undermine it.

It is going to require more than generosity of time and money to right the wrongs of years of social decay. There must be a true investment with resources, education and substantial job training to restore faith in our disenfranchised youth.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/moving-forward-in-ferguson/#sthash.8kEWuazn.dpuf

We must utilize our current passion to fix the current mental health state of traumatized communities. This plan must call on leaders in the tech and financial sphere, to do more than just donate funds, but invest in a generation that has been long ignored. If we are going to enact the appropriate change in response to this tragedy, the plan forward must be more concise and systematic than the antagonists that wish to undermine it.

It is going to require more than generosity of time and money to right the wrongs of years of social decay. There must be a true investment with resources, education and substantial job training to restore faith in our disenfranchised youth.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/moving-forward-in-ferguson/#sthash.8kEWuazn.dpuf

We must utilize our current passion to fix the current mental health state of traumatized communities. This plan must call on leaders in the tech and financial sphere, to do more than just donate funds, but invest in a generation that has been long ignored. If we are going to enact the appropriate change in response to this tragedy, the plan forward must be more concise and systematic than the antagonists that wish to undermine it.

It is going to require more than generosity of time and money to right the wrongs of years of social decay. There must be a true investment with resources, education and substantial job training to restore faith in our disenfranchised youth.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/moving-forward-in-ferguson/#sthash.8kEWuazn.dpuf
Clayton Approves Tax Breaks for High Rise Building
A new residential high rise development in Clayton has been approved for taxing incentives by the Clayton Board of Alderman. The high rise development will be located near the Clayton Metrolink station and is considered to be apart of Clayton's Transit Oriented Development District. To read the full story, click here.

Workforce Investment Act gives students job experience
Seniors at Gateway or Roosevelt High School can participate in a new work placement and training program created by MERS/Goodwill. Qualifying seniors are placed according to their interests and are paid for their work. For the full story, click here.

Panel of Police and Activists have Civil and emotional discussion on improving relationships
Last weekend a panel of community activists and St. Louis County and Metropolitan Police Officers met for a panel discussion on improving current police and community relationships in North County. The discussion was held at the Greater St. Marks Family Church. To read the full story, click here.

Ferguson Officials Hope New Community Center Has Unifying Effect
A ribbon cutting took place Friday, September 19 for the new Community Center in Ferguson. The new center has space for athletics, a computer center, and meeting rooms. To read the full story, click here.

When it Comes to Racial Disparity, St. Louis Falls Behind its Peers
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments released a report last week ranking metropolitan areas on ten indicators of racial disparity. Among other indicators, the report looked at rates of poverty, unemployment, income, and infant mortality. For more information, click here.


Cambridge Innovation Center opens at Cortex
Cortex recently announced it will have a fourth tenant at its @4240 location: the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). CIC experienced considerable success at its home location in Cambridge Massachusetts due to its surrounding community. For the full story, click here.


Midland States Bank Accelerates Low-Income Lending
After receiving complaints from St. Louis Equal Housing and the Community Investment Allicance for low minority lending, Midland States Bank has now announced plans to help low income home buyers and home owners. The bank also recently hired David Noble as their new community development officer to help navigate the Community Reinvestment Act. For the full story, click here.


Trailnet Recipient of EPA 2014 Awards for Environment Justice Collaborative Agreement
Trailnet was among 12 organizations nationwide to receive $120 thousand in EPA grants for community environmental clean up projects. Trailnet will use the funds for its "Green Streets for Everyone" project which will create neighborhood pathways throughout the city of St. Louis. For more information, click here.


Bike St. Louis to Add 100 Miles of New or Upgraded Routes
Bike racks and 46 miles of new bike routes are coming to St. Louis as part of the Bike St. Louis project. Through this phase of the project, St. Louis residents will see the expansion of some dedicated bike lanes as well as additions of neighborhood greenways. For the full story, click here.


US DOT Announces Focus on Bike/Pedestrian Issues
Tansportation Sexretary Foxx announced the departments focus on bicycle and pedestrian issues at a recent conference. DOT plans to do assessments around the country and release tools to help communities employ best practices in pedestrian safety among other design tools. For the full story, click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

A Forum for Place Matters
Creating Whole Communities and Scholars Strategy Network are hosting a conference October 2, at UMSL at Grand Center. The conference will discuss metropolitan development patterns and their impact on communities. For more information, click here.

Strong Towns Conference Dates
The president of Strong Towns, Chuck Marohn, is coming to St. Louis for a discussion on development patterns and their impact on US cities. Mr. Marohn will be in St. Louis from October 7 through the 9 for three separate conferences. For more information, click here

Whats Brewing? Carondelet's Neighborhood Rebound
Creating Whole Communities at UMSL is beginning this years neighborhood events series in Carondelet on October 16th at 7:30am. Come hear about Carondelet's neighborhood rebound work. For more information and to register, click here.

19th Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference
SLACO, Harris-Stowe State University and other local partners are hosting a conference on "Strong Neighborhoods: Regional Prosperity" November 1 from 8 to 3 pm. For more information, click here

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Rise Collaborative Grant Workshop
Rise St. Louis is holding a grant workshop for applicants of their 2014 Collaborative Grant October 3 at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center. For more information, click here

Start Something: Be a Social Entrepreneur!
St. Louis Public Library's Central Library is hosting a free workshop on growing a social enterprise. Join Chris Miller, CEO of Mission Company L3C, and other expert panelists October 20 between 9 and 11 am at the Central Library. Preregistration is required for this event. For more information, please contact Kimberly Parks at 314-539-0357 or email her at kparks@slpl.org


Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning Course
The University of Missouri St. Louis is hosting courses on the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning between October 8 and December 3. Participants will receive UMSL's Chancellor's Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning. For more information, click here.


CDA Housing Production Workshop
The St. Louis Community Development Administration is hosting a workshop October 10 for organizations interested in applying for Housing Production funding. For more information, click here.


Capacity Building Workshop
Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis hosts a series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations discussing a wide range of relevant topics.  For more information click here.

How Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirements Affect Your Community
The Illinois Department of Human Rights is hosting this free workshop October 16 at the Casino Queen Hotel Ballroom. RSVP is required. For more information, you may contact Amber Madden by email or at 312-814-2363.

EVENTS

WHO WE ARE

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!

Marketplace of Ideas
The Incarnate Word Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Marketplace of Ideas. Applicant winners will receive $5,000 to support the funding of their projects. For more information, click here.

CDA Housing Production NOFA
The St. Louis Community Development Administration is accepting applications for funding for residential development projects through November 7. For more information, click here.

250 Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood
SLACO is seeking ideas for a contest on how to improve the region's neighborhoods. The contest's winner will be announced at the annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood conference November 1 and will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information, click here.


Rural Community Initiative Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Community Initiative Grants for non-profit community development organizations working with community and economic development in low-income rural communities. For more information, click here.

Grant for Development around Transit Lines
The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for grant dollars to fund projects that will develop economic development, multimodal transit, and transit access for bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, click here

Community Development Grant Program
Catholic Campaign for Human Development is offering a Community Development grant, ranging in funds from $25,000 to $75,000. For more information, click here

Collaborative Grant Opportunity
Rise St. Louis is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Rise Collaborative Grant. CDC's interested in this grant must submit a letter of intent by October 17. For more information on the grant, click here

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants
Lowe's is offering grants of $5,000 to go towards indoor or outdoor landscaping or clean up projects at a public K-12 school. Grant applications are due October 15. For more information, click here

Designer Seeking Communities to Provide Free Advice
The Lawrence Group is looking to design a visual of potential placemaking tools to improve communities with streets in need. The designs are intended to bring about revitalization projects to a community. For more information, please contact Craig Lew by email or by phone at 314-231-5700. 

Our Town Grants: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planing and Design Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that will improve livability, civic development, and support community arts. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that seek to improve connections between artists and economic and community development projects. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Community and Environmental Planner
Heartlands Conservancy is seeking a Community and Environmental Planner to assist them as they identify and implement potential projects that protect natural resources in southwestern Illinois. For further information, click here.

Fund Development Database Manager
Beyond Housing is a seeking a database manager responsible for managing the e-Tapestry database, data entry, data analysis, training and development. For a more detailed job description, click here.


Marketing and Membership Coordinator
North County Incorporated is seeking a full time Marketing and Membership Coordinator to handle membership development and public relations initiatives. For a more detailed job description, click here.


Program Manager of Women's Business Center
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Program Manager for the Women's Business Center to assist with SBA goals and community development needs. Click here for the full job description.


Foreclosure-Intervention Counselor/Advisor
Beyond Housing is seeking a Foreclosure-Intervention Counselor/Advisor to assist with loss mitigation and counseling services for homeowners. For a more detailed job description, click here.

Senior Vice President - Development
McCormack Baron Salazar is seeking applicants for a Senior Vice President in Development. For more information click here or you may contact Alan Greenwald by email or at 240-752-7810, or you can contact Ellie Gardner by email or at 949-325-7087. 

24:1 Municipal Specialist
Beyond Housing's 24:1 Municipal Government Partnerships Committee is seeking a part time Municipal Specialist. The Municipal Specialist will work closely with the Natural Bridge Economic Development Subcommittee. For more information, click here.

A New View of the Housing Boom and Bust
The Urban Institute recently released a new interactive map that displays mortgage originations by race from 2001 to 2013. This interactive creates a visual of the housing difficulties experienced by African Americans and Hispanics during this time period. To see this interactive map, click here.
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