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April 27, 2016


Pagedale Pride Grows Here: Importance of Neighborhood Branding

By Stephanie Co, Special Assistant to the President/CEO at Beyond Housing

Just a few years ago, Pagedale residents had to leave their community if they wanted to shop at a full-service grocery store, go to a bank, see a movie, and the list goes on. Residents spent their money outside of their own community, not because they wanted to, but because of necessity.

Now, residents for the first time have their own Town Center, where they can do all of these things. Pagedale Town Center also has senior living and an array of financial services, and will soon be home to a health clinic and a coffee shop. And these new amenities simply add on to other thriving businesses – delicious barbecue, the best grilled chicken, beauty and barbershops, and more.

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Consider CBN and CBN Members on Give STL Day
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) and to CBN members who work to improve communities throughout the entire St. Louis region. To learn more about giving to CBN and CBN members on Give STL Day, click here. Give STL Day is on Tuesday, May 3.

St. Louis Finally Gets a Regional Community Development System
This article from Next City discusses a new region-wide community development system for St. Louis: InvestSTL. This new system will work to raise private funding for placed-based initiatives throughout the St. Louis region. InvestSTL is a response to dwindling CDBG funding and is the result of a collaborative effort between CBN, the Metropolitan St. Louis Community Reinvestment Association, as well as CDFIs and philanthropic organizations. To read more on this story, click here.

Big New Projects in Shaw Could "Finish" the Neighborhood
The Shaw neighborhood has improved greatly from where it was in the 1970's, and, as this article from the Riverfront Times notes, several recent projects could "finish" the neighborhood's turnaround. These projects include a new Bailey's restaurant, coffee shop, housing development, and other commercial developments. CBN member, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC has played an important role in each of these developments. To read the full article, click here.

FHFA Announces Principal Reduction Modification Program and Further Enhancements to NPL Sale Requirements
Earlier this month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new program to allow underwater borrowers to reduce the principal on their home loans. This announcement was shared on the FHFA's website. To read more on this announcement, click here.

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill
This article from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) describes a spending bill for THUD that was recently passed by the Senate Committee on Appropriations. NLIHC's article notes that the bill would result in a $1.4 billion increase in THUD spending over last year and would maintain support for existing programs and households. For more information on this bill, click here.

St. Louis Swap Meet Will Fill Vacant Cherokee Street Lots
The St. Louis Swap Meet took place this past Sunday along the Antique Row on Cherokee Street. Moving from the Lemp Brewery, this recent iteration of Swap Meet took place in vacant lots and along the street. To read the full story, click here.

Florissant Voters Approve Measures On Vacant Properties
Earlier this month voters in Florissant approved two measures that tighten control on rentals and vacant properties. Propositions A and R both passed by relatively wide margins. To read more on this story, click here.

SCORE Opportunities for Nonprofits
SCORE is a volunteer run organization affiliated with U.S. Small Business. SCORE provides mentoring to people starting new businesses, management consulting to ongoing businesses, and training workshops. All services are free with the exception of the workshops, which include a nominal fee. SCORE is particularly interested in reaching out to nonprofits. For more information, click here.



Scaling US Community Investing: Overcoming the Challenge of Proving Impact
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is hosting this webinar on April 28th as part of the Exploring Innovation in Community Development series. This webinar will feature ways in which organizations are documenting the social impact of their investments. For more information on this upcoming event, click here.

St. Louis is Aging: Are we ready?
East-West Gateway is hosting this event as part of a series highlighting the Where We Stand report. This event will take place on May 4th at the St. Louis Library in Downtown. For more information, click here.

2016 Grace Hill Solutions Breakfast
On May 4th, Grace Hill will host its annual Solutions Breakfast at the Missouri History Museum. This event will focus on the connection between neighborhoods and health. For more information and to register, click here.

Housing and Schools: Racial and Economic Integration As A Mechanism for Change
Philip Tegeler of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council will be presenting on the potential positive community impact of housing and school integration. This event will take place on Thursday, May 5 at the City Garden Montessori School from 6 to 8pm. For more information on this event and to register, click here.

Rebuilding the American City Book Launch+Exhibit Opening
A new free exhibit highlighting urban renewal is coming to the Landmarks Association in downtown St. Louis. The exhibit's launch will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 8. The exhibit is based on the book Rebuilding the American City, which features a chapter examining the development of McCree Town. For more information about this event, click here (opens a PDF)

Public Forum: Race, Education and Place
Creating Whole Communities is hosting this public forum on May 11th at the Riverview Gardens High School Library from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This forum will discuss how the Riverview Gardens School District has attained better academic outcomes in recent years in spite of challenges faced by its community. For more information about this event and to register, click here.

Launch Party for St. Louis Currents, 5th Edition
Left Bank Books is hosting a book signing and launch party for the 5th Edition of St. Louis Currents on May 11 at 7pm. Several of the books contributors will be available for discussions and signings. For more information on this event, click here.



An Introduction to Brownfield Redevelopment
Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability is hosting this workshop on May 9 from 7:30am to 12pm at Il Monestero. This workshop aims to improve understanding of redeveloping and marketing Brownfield properties. To register for this workshop, click here.

How to Develop and Sustain an Effective Engaged Nonprofit Board
On May 19th, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at UMSL is hosting this workshop at the JC Penney Conference Center. This workshop will be lead by John McClusky and will feature several local panelists including Faith Sandler of the Scholarship Foundation, Jessica Eiland of Northside Community Housing, and Andrew Thorp of Miriam: the Learning Disabilities Experts. For more information about this event and to register, click here.


May 20
Tasting for Change To Benefit Lemay Housing Partnership Inc.



The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

This week, we are sharing maps on spatial relationships between investments and life expectancy. To view this week's map, click here. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here


The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is put out by the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, with the support of the Des Lee Collaborative Vision at UMSL, to bring you quality up-to-date community development information, analysis, and opinion.

Green Infrastructure in Underserved Communities
The National Recreation and Park Association is accepting applications for this grant from their Great Urban Parks campaign. The deadline to submit an application ends this Friday, April 29. For more information, click here.

Local Food Promotion Program
The US Department of Agriculture is offering this grant to support the development or expansion of businesses selling locally grown produce. This grant is open to businesses, nonprofits, networks and associations that are working to promote the consumption of local produce. The deadline to apply for this grant ends on May 12. For more information, click here.

PRO Neighborhoods Grant for CDFI
JPMorgan Chase has launched a new $125 million initiative to support CDFI's to promote community development. Request for proposals are due on May 16. For more information, click here.  

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Home$tart Program
The FHLB of Des Moines opened its Home$tart and Home$tart Plus program on February 1. FHLB Des Moines bank members will have the opportunity to reserve up to $100,000 per program in 2016 to promote homeownership in the community. Members can receive up to $5,000 per eligible household through Home$tart or $10,000 per eligible household through Home$tart Plus to assist owner-occupant homebuyers with down payment and closing cost assistance. Nonprofit organizations can work with banks to serve residents through this program. For more information, click here

Sam's Club Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program is accepting applications for grants ranging $250 to $2,500. Applicants should operate within the service area of a Walmart, Sam's Club or other Walmart facility. Applications will be accepted through December 31. For more information, click here.
Neighborhood Improvement Specialist
The City of St. Louis is seeking a Neighborhood Improvement Specialist to work with the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation project in Carr Square and Columbus Square. For more information about the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation project, click here (opens a PDF). For the full job description and to apply, click here.

Assistant to the C.E.O. and Office Manager
The Deaconess Foundation is seeking a full-time Assistant to the C.E.O and Office Manager. Applications will be accepted through May 6th. For more information, click here.

Summer Internship Opportunity with CDA
The City of St. Louis' Community Development Administration is hiring two summer interns to work on advanced community development projects. Applicants need to be enrolled in a graduate or professional school with an emphasis in Law, Business, Social Work, Public Administration or Urban Planning. Applications are due by May 3. To apply email a resume and transcript to Alana Green  

CBN Community Development Specialist
The Community Builders Network is seeking a Community Development Specialist. The deadline to apply for this position ends on April 13. For the full job description, click here (opens a PDF)

Planning Specialist
St. Louis County's Office of Strategy + Innovation is seeking a senior level Planning Specialist to research, develop and manage planning and public policy projects. To apply for this position, click here.

The Storefront Index
A new report from the City Observatory looks at a "storefront index" as a proxy for neighborhood vitality. This index measures clusters of service and retail businesses in regional urban centers throughout the country. This report highlights and compares storefront indices across several regions, including New York, San Francisco, Portland, and St. Louis. In particular, the report ranks the downtowns of the largest metropolitan areas according to this index. New York City and San Francisco are at the top of this ranking, whereas St. Louis ranks 60th. To read the full report, click here (opens a PDF).

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