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January 6, 2015


Fulfilling grand plans for riverside development

By Mark G. Schulte

I am one of the owners of the Cottonbelt building, property that goes from the 50-yard line out through the end zone on the proposed new stadium.

My business partner Tim Tucker and I bought the Cottonbelt 15 years ago in a desire to create a new riverfront for our community. Later we acquired, by purchase and lease, surrounding land and buildings, a contiguous assemblage of 20 acres, the main footprint of the new stadium.

I learned from the announcements in the Post-Dispatch that Gov. Jay Nixon’s commissioners had decided to put their new stadium directly upon my property. For years I had lobbied the powers that be for a “Riverside” redevelopment. Perhaps now that time has come to us.

To read the full op-ed, click here.

We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at
Nomination Forms Available for the 2016 CBN Awards Reception
We are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Community Builders Network Awards Reception will take place on March 31 at T-Rex! The Annual CBN awards reception recognizes individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions that help make St. Louis a better place to live. If you know of someone who deserves recognition, fill out one of our nomination forms. The last day to submit a nomination is February 15. For more information about the nomination process, click here. To RSVP for the event, click here.

Rise Receives Federal And State Tax Credits for Adams Grove Development
Last month, Rise announced it received tax credits to be used for the Adams Grove development in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. This new development will include 50 townhomes and apartments. To read more on this story, click here.

The St. Louis MetroMarket
The St. Louis MetroMarket is a mobile farmer's market that uses a converted Metro bus to bring fresh food to "food deserts" in St. Louis. The St. Louis MetroMarket started operating last month in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. To read more about this new program, click here

New Park Coming to Wellston

Great Rivers Greenway, Wellston, and Beyond Housing have teamed up to designate and build a new park in the Wellston community. The new park will sit at the corner of Skinker and Etzel and is set to open on October 16, 2016. To find out more about this development, click here.

MSD proposes to spend $13.5 million to demolish vacant St. Louis structures
This article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes plans by the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Center for Community Progress to assist the City of St. Louis with their vacant building demolition program. MSD's plan would not only help the city's program, but will also help MSD with stormwater management. To read more on this story, click here

Todd Swanstrom on suburban poverty and the need for better government
On Monday, Todd Swanstrom, spoke with D.J. Wilson of KDHX on the podcast Collateral Damage. The two spoke on the fragility of North St. Louis county, predatory lending and policy, and the court system. To hear the full podcast online, click here.


How can St. Louis Compete in the Global Economy?
East-West Gateway, FOCUS-St. Louis, the UMSL School for Public Policy and Administration and the St. Louis Public Library are hosting this panel discussion on January 27 at 6:30 pm at the Central Library Auditorium. This panel discussion will build off of the findings of the 7th Edition of the Where We Stand Report. For more information about this upcoming event, click here.

Save the Date: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Conference

On Februrary 5th and 6th, CREA, a CBN member, will co-host this conference in partnership with EHOC and SLU Law. Save the date and stay tuned for more details! To see a flyer for this event, click here.

Give STL Day Training Sessions
Starting this month, the St. Louis Community Foundation is hosting numerous training sessions to help nonprofits prepare for Give STL Day 2016. The first training session begins on January 12. For more information about these sessions, click here.

Social Media 101
On January 21, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML) at UMSL will host this training session on using social media for your organization. This session will feature Allison Hawk Collinger of AHC Consulting LLC and formerly the vice president of Fleishman-Hilliard. For more information on this training session and to register, click here

Building an Effective Fundraising Organization
Between January 22 and September 23 of 2016, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a CEO seminar series on how to build an effective fundraising organizations. This seminar series is intended for organizations with annual revenues between $500,000 and $2 million. For more information, click here.

The Feasibility Study--Understanding and Using This Important Tool for Your Nonprofit Organization
UMSL's NPML program will host this training session on January 28. Dan Reynolds of Holmes, Radford and Avalon will speak on using feasibility studies and planning to help nonprofits achieve their goals. For more information about this session, click here.

Economic Development Certificate
The University of Missouri St. Louis School of Public Policy and Administration along with other partners is offering a Chancellor's Certificate in the Fundamentals of Economic Development from January-March of 2016. For more information, click here.  


January 21
Shaw Social for January 2016

March 31
2016 Community Builders Network Awards Reception

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.

In this week's edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we take a look at building permits issued in 2015. To see where permits were issued for new construction and other types of projects, click here. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here


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!

Citizen's Institute on Rural Design RFP
The Citizen's Institute on Rural Design has issued an RFP for a $10,000 cash grant and in-kind technical assistance to support community development efforts in small towns of 50,000 people or less. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is January 12. For more information, click here.

Fresh, Local and Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization
The Kresge Foundation is offering funding for organizations and collaboratives that are working to make fresh and local food more accessible in economically distress neighborhoods. Grants are available for up to $75,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15. For more information, click here (link opens a PDF).

Partners for Places Funding Round Eight
The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is offering the eighth round of Partners for Places funding. The aim of this grant is to build partnerships between local governments and place-based organizations. Applications for this grant are due by January 29. For more information, click here.

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program
The EPA is accepting proposal packages for funding of $120,000 for community-based efforts that address local environmental or public health issues. The deadline to submit a proposal is February 12. For more information, click here.
Volunteer Services Manager
Habitat for Humanity is seeking a Volunteer Services Manager to work with programs that recruit, train and support volunteers, AmeriCorps workers, and interns. For more information about this position, click here.

Health Worker and Community Advocate
DeSales Community Housing Corporation is hiring a part time Health Worker to help local families make healthier lifestyle decisions. The position is expected to work 30 hours weekly and the starting date for this position is January 30. For more information, send an email to Lindsay at or a text to 954-892-1620.

STL Youth Jobs Summer 2016
STL Youth Jobs is looking for employers and youth to participate in its summer program for 2016. For information on participating as an employer, click here. Applications for youth participants will be available on February 2, but if you want to find out more about this opportunity now, click here.
How Zoning Restrictions Make Segregation Worse
This week, Richard Florida of City Lab shared a new and interesting study on the effects of "exclusionary zoning" policies on racial and economic segregation. The study comes from Michael Lens and Paavo Monkkonen of UCLA. In Florida's piece, he notes that the study allows for 4 conclusions about "exclusionary zoning:" it enables the wealthy to isolate themselves; it leads to segregation in both the suburbs and the urban core; excessive restrictions can hinder housing development and exacerbate segregation; and when states play a more involved role in land use zoning, segregation tends to be lower. To read Richard Florida's summary of this study, click here.
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