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June 11, 2014.

FROM THE FIELD

We Need to Re-Think Closing Streets

By Richard Bose, an Electrical Engineer by profession. He earned a BA in Physics and Economics and an MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis.

Closing a street could work like a liquor license requiring a certain number of signatures from residents and property owners within some distance of the blockage. Perhaps they should reopen by default after a set time unless reauthorized.

For the full article click here.
 

The Obama Administration Launches National Resource Network for Local Governments Nationwide
The Obama Administration has launched a network system for local city governments nationwide.  The $10 million pilot program is designed to assist local governments in three distinct categories: on the ground consultant support, policy assistance, and a "3-1-1 for cities".  For the full story, click here.

House Subcommittee Approved FY 2015 appropriations Bill for transportation, Housing and Urban Development
The House committee on appropriations approved its FY 2015 bill on May 21st that included a 1% decrease in spending on CDBG. The Choice Neighborhood Initiative is down 72.2% from FY 2014 enacted levels of spending.  For the summary of the House Appropriations Bill, click here and for the complete budget overview click here.

President Obama Nominates Next HUD and OMB Directors
President Obama announced his nominations of Julian Castro as the new HUD Director and Shaun Donovan, current HUD Director, will become the new OMB Director. For the full story, click here.

recent Research on Health and Wellness Disparities in St. Louis Shows Community policy implications
Jason Purnell's For the Sake of All research report was released last month. The research team is hopeful that this report will gain the attention of local and regional policy makers.  To listen to St. Louis on the Air discussion on For the Sake of All and for the full story click here. For the report click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

New Urbanism For Smaller Places
The St. Louis Federal Reserve to host this audio-conference on June 19th beginning at 2 p.m.  The focus of this conference is to inform practitioners about the principles of New Urbanism, how it is depicted in local communities and much more.  For more information, click here.


NPML Fundraising Institute
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership program is hosting its annual Fundraising Institute beginning on June 16th This program will offer the most current fundraising trends, ideas and best practices.  For more information click here.

Save the Date
MOHWA to host its 4th annual Missouri Workforce Housing conference July 9-11th at the Lodge of the Four Season in Lake of the Ozarks.  For more information click here.
 
 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Risk Management Principles
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership program is offering this course on June 27th from 9-4 p.m. This course is designed to increase a nonprofit manager's awareness of potential risks that can affect one's career and organization.  For more information click here.

Perspectives on Property Tax Exemption
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman and his staff will host this course on July 23rd beginning at 3pm. Mr. Zimmerman and his staff will present information on concerns of the Assessor's office in regards to property tax exemption and much more. For more information click here.

Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management Series
Washington University's Brown School of Social Work with Neighborworks offers a series of three courses on affordable housing development and mixed income community management beginning in August.  The courses my be taken individually or you can complete the series and receive a Washington University certificate of completion.  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. To sign up for the next class, Introduction to Real Estate Development, click here

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!

2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant
The U.S. Green Building Council and Bank of America have partnered to offer the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant, which awards financial and educational resources to affordable housing developers who are dedicated to building sustainable communities.  For more information click here.


Farmer's Market Promotion Program
The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program has funds available to assist entities with increasing the consumption of locally and regionally grown foods as well as to provide training and development for farmers markets and agricultural programs.  For more information click here.


 
Division Director
St. Charles County seeks a Division Director to oversee the County's Community Development review duties as well as other assigned tasks.  For more information click here.

Executive Director
The University City Chamber of Commerce seeks an Executive Director to begin in July 2014.  The Executive Director should have strong development and retention skills and past experience working with a Board of Directors. For more information click here.


 
Foreclosed Homes May Affect the Health of Neighboring Residents
The Washington Post reported on research conducted by the American Heart Association discussing the possible impact that foreclosed homes have on neighboring residents. For the report, click here.
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