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November 28, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Property Management IS Community Development

By Thomas Pickel, Executive Director for DeSales 
Community Housing Corporation and Co-Chair of
Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis

Good property management, while not normally thought of as a community development activity, is probably as critical to the stability of most neighborhoods as anything else I can think of...  For the full article click here

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  • November 29: Know you Neighborhoods: Ferguson- InveSTL's next event will discuss and highlight community development in the City of Ferguson.  For more information click here.

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  • The City of St. Louis partners with Bar association to crackdown on nuisance properties- The City of St. Louis has partnered with The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis to combat problem property that attracts crime to neighborhoods.  For more information click here.
  • Benjamin Akande to receive Clayton Chamber Pillar in the Community Award- Dr. Akande, Dean of Webster University's School of Business and Technology and board member for Beyond Housing,  to receive the Pillar in the Community Award on December 10th.  For more information click here
  • Sustainable Land Lab Competition- Washington Uni. hosts competition to turn vacant lots into assets to further neighborhood sustainability in the region.  For more information click here.
  • Missouri Supreme Court to hear Arguments on TIF case- Missouri Supreme Court judges set to review Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration TIF proposal.  For more information click here.
  • St. Louis Judge Lifts Restraining Order, Foreclosure Mediation Resumes-  Judge Brenda Loftin rules in favor of St. Louis County, allowing the county to offer foreclosure mediation to qualifying residents.  For more information click here.
  • UMSL Chancellor Creates Task Force for new Partnership- Tom George, Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has appointed a Task Force to make recommendations on how to strengthen the partnership between UMSL and 24:1, a comprehensive community revitalization initiative focused on the Normandy School District footprint.  The Task Force is co-chaired by Carole Basile, Dean of the School of Education, and Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration. The Task Force will present its recommendations to the Chancellor within three months.  Look for more on this story in our 2013 edition!  

Training and Workshops

  • Introduction to Social Media- Nonprofit Services hosts this workshop on November 29 from 9-12am.  Speaker Allison Collinger will teach the basics of using social media tools to positively impact your organization.  For more information click here.
  • Effective Grant Writing- Nonprofit Services hosts this workshop on December 6 from 9-3pm.  Wendy Dryer will present strategies to help organizations write effective proposals that will gain funders attention.  For more information click here.
  • Planning and Zoning Certificate Program- UMSL is offering the planning and zoning certificate program for the spring semester beginning January 10.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • The Delmar Divide Seminar- The Metro St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council hosts this event on November 29 from noon to 1:30 discussing the economic and racial divide along Delmar Blvd.  For more information click here.
  • Rethinking Our Streets: The Value of Flexible Street Design-  Trailent presents this seminar on November 29, at 6:30.  Speaker John Norquist, CEO of Congress of the New Urbanism will discuss how a flexible street design can build economic value and increase quality of life.  For more information click here.
  • What's Brewing? Series- UMSL's Community Partnership Project kicks off series of breakfast conversations to explore issues facing St. Louis area neighborhoods and how we might work together to address them with a session on crime and neighborhoods set for December 13. For more information click here
  • FHLB Community Development Funding Session- The Community Builders Network and St. Louis Home Repair Network will host a Community Development Funding Session with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines on December 14.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • 2013 Ruby Bruner Award for Urban Excellence- The RBA is now accepting entries for the 2013 Ruby Bruner Award.  The RBA awards organizations that seek to make a positive contribution to an urban environment.  For more information click here.
  • 1st Home Loan Down payment- St. Louis County offers a 1st home loan down payment program to income eligible homebuyers in St. Louis County.  For more information click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Court Advocate- Forest Park Southeast and Central West End seeks a candidate with a working knowledge of criminal law, cases and how courts operate.  For more information click here.
  • Child Wellness Coordinator- The St. Louis Project Launch seeks a candidate that can assist in promoting early childhood wellness in the specific areas in St. Louis City.  For more information click here.


  • Regional trends present both challenges and opportunities for older communities-  A University Forum on November 15th, sponsored by Washington University and UMSL , examined how neighborhoods in St. Louis City and County have fared in the context of regional trends.   Part of a series called Great Neighborhoods for a Great Region, the Forum also examined what neighborhoods can do in order to succeed.   For Professor Swanstrom’s PowerPoint, Neighborhood Change in St. Louis:  What’s Happening, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It, click here.
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