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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

September 17, 2014.

FROM THE FIELD

Urban Homesteading St. Louis

By Paul Dribin of Dribin Consulting

There are several important advantages to an urban homesteading program.  First, it brings middle-income tax paying households into the city.  Several important efforts are already underway trying to do just that; this adds to the mix.  Second, it will help revitalize neighborhoods and provide the needed stabilization to add other redevelopment efforts.  Third, it will improve the tax base of the city.  Finally, the effort will help provide jobs to workers in the construction industry.  

For the full article, click here

 

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
Deaconess Foundation Responds to Ferguson Unrest with $100k investment for Youth Organizing
The Deaconess Foundation is investing $100,000 for community capacity-building projects in the areas affected by recent events in Ferguson. The funds will help pay for community organizer positions at the Youth Council for Positive Development and at the Organization for Black Struggle. For the full story, click here.

Clayton to consider Tax break, Zoning for $72 Million Project
Clayton is holding public hearings to discuss a potential development incentive for a residential high rise with the city's "Central Station Transit Oriented Development District." For the full story, click here

Ferguson Protests Are About Justice but also health and economic disparities
The recent events in Ferguson have brought attention to some of the disparities that exist throughout North St. Louis County. Included among those is the lack in social services. In this article, St. Louis Public Radio discusses the impact of social service cuts on poverty and health disparity for communities in North St. Louis County. For the full story, click here.
 

Fund to help Ferguson Businesses, Schools Awards First $95,000.
The Regional Business Council and North County Inc. recently issued the first round of grants from the Reinvest North County Fund. Effected businesses in Ferguson will receive $55,000 in grants, while the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Riverview Gardens School District and Jennings School district will receive $10,000 each. For the complete story, click here

East St. Louis Downtown District Awaits Listing on National Register of Historic Places
The Downtown East St. Louis Historic District will likely be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a placement that allows districts in Illinois to receive a historic tax credit. Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places could lead to potential new economic developments within the historic district. For the full story, click here

Cortex Metrolink Station wins Federal Funding
The Metrolink stop next to the Cortex district recently received a significant boost from the federal government. The Department of Transportation announced this Metro stop will receive close to $10.3 million in TIGER grants. For the full story, click here.   

Bringing Down the 'Delmar Divide' with Letters
A local artist recently set up the "Wailing Wall" at Delmar and Walton Avenue. The structure was installed for people to submit notes on the "Delmar Divide." For the full story, click here

Apartments Planned for former ice plant in Soulard
A building project within the Soulard Neighborhood Historic District called "Polar Wave" will receive a 10 year tax abatement from St. Louis City to turn the building into apartments. 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

Winning Strategies: Succeeding in FTA's New TOD Planning Grant Program
Transporation for America is hosting a Webinar Friday, September 26 on the Federal Transit Administration's new TOD grant program. 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

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


STL Fundamentals: City/County Divide
The Missouri History Museum is hosting this conference on the historic St. Louis City and County Divide. Join them September 18 in this discussion on the history of this event and its impact today. For more information, click here

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Corporate Engagement - Where Does My Nonprofit Fit?
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at UMSL is hosting a workshop on how to encourage corporations to participate in your agency's mission through volunteering. The workshop takes place September 19 at UMSL from 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm. For more information, click here

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

Basics for Nonprofit Leaders: Diversity VS Inclusion
Sister Margaret Bright of the Incarnate Word Foundation, Reena Hajat Carroll of the Diversity Awareness Partnership, and Rick Skinner of the United Way of Greater St. Louis are hosting a free workshop on the benefits of diversity for the operations of an organization. The workshop will take place September 30 from 3 to 5 pm at St. Louis Public Library's Central Library. 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.


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.

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!

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant. Money from this grant will be used for research and technical support for efforts in cleaning up and reusing brownfield sites. For more information, click here.

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.

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 2014 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 Lewby email or by phone at 314-231-5700. 



 
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.

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.

Transportation Analyst
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking a Transportation Analyst to work on data research analysis and presentation. For more information, 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.
Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, And Resilience in A Changing Environment
This publication by the Urban Land Institute discusses the impact of extreme weather conditions on housing in urban communities. The publication encourages cities to enact five development practices to ensure the resilience of their housing stock and the health of their communities: compact, walkable and mixed use places, greater equity, investments in social capital, efficient and durable housing, and continuous adaptations to respond to changing climate. Click here for the full publication.

 
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