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November 27, 2013


The Need For Neighborhood Schools

By Dr. Molly Metzger, Assistant Professor, Brown School at Washington University

In 1996, the late sociologist Peter Marris wrote a short book called The Politics of Uncertainty.  In cities as in life, nothing endures but change.  

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the 2014 Community Builders Network Awards Nominations are now Open!
The Community Builders Network opens its nominations for the 2014 Community Builders Awards Reception set to take place on March 6th at the Missouri Botanical Garden. We are looking forward to hosting another successful reception highlighting the tremendous efforts of the community development field. For an electronic nomination form click here and for a file nomination form click here. To register for this event click here. Make a nomination and attend the event.

Comptroller of the Currency Highlights Need for Community Development and Investment 
Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency Office, acknowledges the importance of community development and investment at the 2013 National Community Investment Fund Conference in Chicago, IL. For the full story click here

St. Louis City Community Development Administration is Set to Host Public Hearing on Proposed 2014 Annual Action Plan
The City of St. Louis will host a public hearing on December 3rd from 1:30-3:30 to review and discuss the proposed 2014 Annual Action Plan for Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnership and other programs.  To review the proposed plan click here and to read the full story click here.

St. Louis County Receives A HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant
St. Louis County was one of the nine communities chosen by HUD to receive a Choice Neighborhood Grant.  St. Louis County plans to use the $474,000 grant toward creating a neighborhood improvement plan in the City of Wellston.  For the full story click here.


All Neighborhoods Forum
SLACO to host its first All Neighborhoods Forum to discuss controversial topics that effect multiple neighborhoods in the St. Louis region. This event will be held on December 4th at 6 p.m. at Vashon High School.  For more information click here.

Rebound Communities: What Explains Neighborhood Success
UMSL's Community Partnership Project hosts another event in the What's Brewing? series exploring various strategies and approaches to creating successful communities along with some background data from Professor Todd Swanstrom. This event will be held on December 12th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.  For more information click here.


Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management Workshop
Washington University St.Louis and NeighborWorks will offer this course emphasizing financial strategies for managing and operating subsidized housing January 6th-10th. For more information click here.

Grant Writing Workshop
Washington University St.Louis offers this workshop on December 17th through the 19th focused on strengthening grant writing skills and techniques for beginners as well as professionals.  For more information click here.

Collective Impact Workshop 
NeighborWorks hosts a collective impact workshop discussing solutions for community transformation through strategies that combine healthcare, housing, education and transportation on December 11th in downtown Kansas City. For more information click here.

How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers this certificate course on Thursday, December 5th providing tools to measure program impact and program management in a small group and hands-on environment. For more information click here.

Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers this certificate course on Thursdays, October 17th through December 12th discussing planning practices, processes and more.  For more information on this course 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!

Smart Growth America's 2014 Free Technical Assistance Workshop
The 2014 Smart Growth America's free technical assistance workshop applications are now available.  This workshop aides organizations to better prepare and handle development issues and build a stronger local economy.  For more information click here.

Our Town Grant
The National Education for the Arts offers a grant to support projects that increase the liveability of communities and sustainability of local neighborhoods. For more information click here.

Director of Conservation and Community Service
The Great Rivers Greenway District seeks a Director of Conservation and Community Service that is responsible for community engagement and volunteer coordination and long term sustainability projects.  For more information click here.

Director Of Housing And Economic Development 
Beyond Housing seeks a Director of Housing and Economic Development to oversee, organize and evaluate the economic development,  affordable housing programs. For more information click here
Exploring Negative Impacts of Deplorable Housing on Children 
Health and the physical condition of housing is important to children's well-being. A study in the journal Developmental Psychology has found that children who grow up in run-down houses with problems such as peeling paint, broken windows and vermin infestations suffer from emotional and behavioral problems that spill over into their education. The researchers suspect that poor housing causes stress for parents, which leads to stress for the children. For the full publication click here
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