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February 1, 2017


Protecting the Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit Means Protecting Community Revitalization

By Bill Hart, Executive Director of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation)

Through my work with the non-profit Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, I am asked almost daily about funding possibilities for historic buildings. A few grants are available to non-profits through government agencies and private foundations. Options for the individual property owner, however, are much more limited. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit is typically the one financial incentive I can offer someone interested in preserving or repurposing a historic building in Missouri. This tax credit is the only program that makes historic preservation and economic development one and the same.

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Join us For CBN's Fifth Annual Awards Reception! 
Tickets are now available for CBN's Fifth Annual Awards Reception—sign up before 5 pm on February 28th for a discounted rate! The event will be held on April 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Washington University's Clark-Fox Forum at 6350 Forsyth Boulevard. Know an individual or organization who deserves an award? Send us your nominations through February 22nd!

Survey: Help Shape Questions For Mayoral Forum on February 22nd
On February 22nd, ten community organizations (including CBN) will host a mayoral forum featuring candidates running for St. Louis mayor. The forum is intended to shine a light on issues that are crucial to a unified and thriving St. Louis community, and organizers want your input. You're invited to take this 5-10 minute survey to help shape what issues will be addressed at the forum. The survey is anonymous. Thank you!

Local Bright Spot: Community Renewal And Development, Inc. And North Newstead Association Formally Merge
Congratulations to Community Renewal and Development, Inc. (CRD) and North Newstead Association (NNA), who formally merged into a new community development corporation under NNA’s name on January 1st! The new NNA serves the prior place-based footprints of both CRD and NNA in North St. Louis City and will continue to provide affordable housing and social services for the community. Sal Martinez, former CRD Executive Director, has assumed the role of NNA’s new Executive Director.

DeSales Community Housing and St. Louis Makes Open A Space For Small And Midsize Manufacturers
DeSales Community Housing has partnered with St. Louis Makes to convert an old industrial building in South St. Louis City into Brick City Makes, a first-of-its-kind 87,000-square-foot production space for up to 36 small and midsize manufacturers. The facility will provide tenant manufacturers with support services, community programming, a collaborative environment, and an opportunity to scale up while remaining focused on their customers. Marc Bowers of St. Louis Makes and Tom Pickel of DeSales Community Housing shared the full story with St. Louis in the Air this week. Congratulations!

Dutchtown South Community Corporation Launches So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative Initiative
Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC) has received EPA funding for its So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative initiative, which is working to understand how to leverage citywide procedures for identifying bulk items, reducing illegal dumping, and executing neighborhood-based sustainable materials management. DSCC will host four stakeholder meetings to discuss the program and gather ideas. The first, scheduled for February 7th at 11:30 am, is for local organizations. Contact Sunni Hutton by email or phone (314-873-4704) to RSVP.

Barry Upchurch Assumes Board Presidency of St. Louis REALTORS®
Barry Upchurch assumed the presidency of St. Louis REALTORS®. At his installation ceremony last fall, he delivered an insightful speech that addressed the association's past and laid out a commitment for the REALTORS® to build strong communities in our region and help make the American Dream possible for all. St. Louis REALTORS® celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. This video, accompanying Barry's speech, explores the real estate industry's local history and the call to make St. Louis a region where all can prosper .

Tower Grove Park and Downtown Kirkwood Receive 2017 Great Places in Missouri Awards
Tower Grove Park and Downtown Kirkwood have been honored with 2017 Great Places in Missouri Awards from the American Planning Association Missouri Chapter! Tower Grove Park is being recognized as a Great Public Space; Downtown Kirkwood, as a Great Neighborhood.

Exploring "Smart Growth" In St. Louis
This week's New Partners For Smart Growth Conference in St. Louis convenes practitioners from across the U.S. to discuss innovative practices in community development and neighborhood revitalization. The conference will include several local events that are open to the public on February 1st and tours of St. Louis neighborhoods. This interview discusses redevelopment in St. Louis with conference organizers.

St. Louis is a Test Market for New Google Maps Parking Feature
Google Maps is rolling out a new feature that uses historical parking data to calculate your destination's "parking difficulty score" in 25 metro area test markets, including St. Louis. It's currently only available for Android, but should be accessible via iOS soon too.

Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Institute in the Ville And Greater Ville
Applications are open for the Regional Arts Commission's Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute in the Ville and Greater Ville! This development program brings together artists and community members to use arts-based, creative community building tactics in their neighborhoods. Anyone who lives, works, volunteers, worships, or is otherwise involved in the Ville/Greater Ville is invited to apply by February 9th.

Nominate a Community Leader for NCI's 40th Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebration
North County Incorporated (NCI) is seeking nominations for their 40th Annual Leadership Breakfast Celebration on May 19th! The event honors leaders making a positive impact in North St. Louis County. Nominate an individual by March 24th in one of four categories: Business Development, Community Development, Public Service, or Leadership. Nominees must live, work, or own a business or organization within North St. Louis County. 

Tracking Gains In Community Wealth Building
This Rooflines editorial explores a promising trend for community development: the spread of community wealth building strategies in communities nationwide. The past several decades have seen growth among community development financial institutions (CDFIs), local worker cooperatives, participatory budgeting, public land banks, and a commitment to anchor missions among hospitals and universities.

Housing Choice, School Choice, And Child Education
In this article, How Housing Matters looks at the intersection of housing access and school choice. Poor households, renters, and recipients of federal rental assistance are more likely to live near low-performing schools. Advocates of school choice say vouchers and public charter schools can help, but others argue that a family's ability to exercise school choice depends on other housing- and non-housing-related factors.


Hunger and Food Deserts in St. Louis
FOCUS St. Louis is hosting its first policy forum of 2017 on February 9th. This seminar will discuss the impact of hunger in our region and how it can be addressed. The event is free, but donations to Operation Food Search are encouraged.

City Seminar Lecture: Beyond the Binary
Design for social impact urbanist Liz Ogbu, who focuses on transforming places, systems, and communities to tackle social problems, is giving a free City Seminar lecture titled Beyond the Binary at Washington University on February 16th.

2017 St. Louis City Mayoral Forum
On February 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm, a group of regional initiatives focused on creating a more racially equitable St. Louis will partner to host a forum to address candidates in St. Louis City's upcoming mayoral election. The forum will focus on regional issues outlined by priorities of the Forward through Ferguson report. Registration is free and required.

New Webinar Series on Vacancy and Abandonment
The Center for Community Progress is launching a new webinar series to explore challenges surrounding vacancy and abandonment. Starting February 23rd, Cornerstone airs on the fourth Thursday of every month. The first episode is "Land Banking 101." Space is limited; register early!

NLIHC Housing Policy Forum
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will hold its 2017 Housing Policy Forum, "Advancing Solutions in a Changing Landscape," April 2nd-4th in Washington, D.C.

OneSTL Sustainability Summit
OneSTL's inaugural Sustainability Summit will foster conversation on how organizations and individuals can help identify, set, and achieve metrics and targets for sustainability in the St. Louis region. The event will be held on April 5th on the Washington University campus.

EHOC 2017 Fair Housing Conference
The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC) will host its 2017 Fair Housing Conference on April 6th. The keynote speaker this year is Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted. Other speakers and a full agenda will be announced soon.

People & Places Conference
The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) is partnering with several other organizations to host the peer-learning People & Places Conference for community development practitioners May 31st through June 2nd in Arlington, Virginia. Registration opens today!


New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Technical Assistance Workshops
The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is coordinating with local partners to host three workshops in St. Louis today: a Protected Bike Lane Pop-Up Event, a Do-It-Yourself Great Cities Workshop, and a PechaKucha Night. All are open to the public.

Grace Hill Financial Empowerment Workshop
Grace Hill's free Financial Empowerment Workshop series kicks off on February 7th with a session on basic banking knowledge, Intro to Personal Finance, Budgeting, and Credit. Attendees can receive a certificate for attending 4 out of 6 classes. Please call 314-256-3995 or email Alnita Smiley to RSVP.

Homebuyer Training from Lemay Housing Partnership
Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. provides homebuyer training services for home buyers in all counties in the St. Louis metro area. Participants learn about the home purchase process, homeownership responsibilities, and affordable loan products and financial assistance. The next orientation session is February 7th.

Funding Your Neighborhood Project Workshop
UMSL, Creating Whole Communities, and the University of Missouri Extension are hosting a workshop on February 18th that will share tools and techniques for funding your neighborhood project. The event costs $45; please register by February 15th.

Understanding Effective Grant Management
On February 23rd, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program will host a workshop on effective grant management and implementation. Attendees will also learn proper accounting procedures necessary to put grant funds into action.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) provides hands-on leadership training that emphasizes community building strategies and principles, project planning, and organizational leadership practices. NLA 2017 will be held March 8th-May 17th. Scholarship opportunities are available. The early registration deadline is February 20th; otherwise, sign up by March 1st.

Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism
City Garden Montessori School, Crossroads Preparatory School, and US Bancorp Community Development Corporation are hosting eight anti-racism workshops designed for organizations during 2017. These sessions focus on the role that institutions play in perpetuating and dismantling systemic racism. When signing up, please indicate all dates that could work for you. 


February 1
Ways and Means Committee Public Hearing: MLS Stadium

February 6
Public Forum on Central West End One Hundred Development

February 9
EHOC Film Screening - America Divided: A House Divided

February 10
Dutchtown South Community Corporation Open House

Kendra Gives Back Fundraiser (benefit for Rise)

February 11
North Patrol Police & Business Partnership Trivia Night

February 23
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2017 Job Fair

April 27
Community Builders Network 5th Annual Awards Reception

May 11
Give STL Day 2017



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This week, we're sharing maps that examine vehicle access in the St. Louis region. 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.

CommunityWINS Grant Program
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Wells Fargo Foundation have partnered to sponsor the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program. USCM-member cities may nominate up to three IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits for programs focused on neighborhood stabilization, economic development, and/or job creation. Six awardees will be selected across three population categories. Applications are due March 17th.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Community Economic Development Projects
This grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides funding for 501(c)(3) CDCs to implement well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. Projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program are encouraged. Applications are due April 28th.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Programs

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program (IRL)
This program is seeking teams of three (two researchers, one community member) to conduct community-engaged, action-oriented, and equity-focused health research to drive community health improvements. Applicant organizations selected will receive up to $350,000 to complete their projects over the three-year program period. Applications are due March 8th.

Culture of Health Leaders Program
This program is developing a 2017 cohort of up to 50 leaders from diverse sectors to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. Those selected have access to up to $20,000 per year for three years alongside other tools and resources. Applications are due February 15th.

Karma for Cara Foundation Youth Microgrants
The Karma for Cara Foundation provides youth 18 and under with microgrants of $250-$1,000 to fund service projects in their communities. Application deadlines are seasonal; the next round is due April 1st.
St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation (new CDC): Executive Director
St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, a new CDC, is seeking an Executive Director to help Saint Louis University become a leader in just land use and responsible urban design as it develops its first campus master plan in 27 years and leads the redevelopment and revitalization plan for Midtown St. Louis. This role will develop land use plans and programs, lead revitalization efforts, prioritize resource use, and collaborate with community stakeholders to identify needs and goals.

STL Youth Jobs Application Open for 2017
The STL Youth Jobs Summer 2017 application is now open! STL Youth Jobs employs St. Louis youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and provides job readiness and financial literacy training, career and mentoring support, and connection to a job coach. Once trained, youth are placed in jobs at employer businesses and organizations, and the STL Youth Jobs program pays their salary. Flyers for employers and participant youth are available here. Youth can apply to the program here.

HeartLands Conservancy: Associate Planner
HeartLands Conservancy is looking for an Associate Planner to join their team in Mascoutah, Illinois. This role assists in working with local, regional, state, and federal entities to identify solutions and implement projects and initiatives that will lead to the protection and stewardship of the air, land, water, and other natural resources within southwestern Illinois.

FOCUS St. Louis: Director of Youth Leadership St. Louis
FOCUS St. Louis is seeking a Director of Youth Leadership St. Louis (YLSL) to develop, implement, and evaluate the YLSL Program. This role works in partnership with FOCUS St. Louis' Vice President of Programs, Director of Development, and President and CEO.

Community Action Agency of St. Louis County: Human Resources Administrative File Clerk
The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) is seeking a Human Resources Administrative File Clerk to assist the Human Resources/Public Relations Director with administrative and clerical services. Applications are due February 3rd.

Positions Available at Beyond Housing
Beyond Housing is seeking an Administrative Assistant and Administrative Office Manager to join their team. Visit Beyond Housing's Careers page here.

Great Rivers Greenway: Summer 2017 Intern
Great Rivers Greenway is looking for a Summer 2017 Intern to conduct their annual Trail Count project on bicycle and pedestrian counts on District trails. The intern will also assist staff with events, meetings, and activities as needed. Applications are due February 22nd.
Are Affordable Neighborhoods Also Neighborhoods That Offer Opportunity?
This study explores trade-offs between neighborhood affordability (as a measure of housing and transportation costs) and neighborhood opportunity for children, which considers 19 indicators in the areas of education, socioeconomic opportunity, and health and environment. Researchers find neighborhoods with higher opportunity tend to be less affordable, and low-income renter families face high cost burdens across neighborhoods of all opportunity levels. Moreover, poor Black and Hispanic children are most disadvantaged in areas where costs exceed opportunity levels.
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