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April 4, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


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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!

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St. Louis
  • First Friday Series- Beginning Friday, May 4th, Beyond Housing will begin hosting a series of cultural events and activities on the St. Vincent Greenway. For more information, click here.
  • Fox Grove Leases up New Project Ahead of Schedule- Fox Grove Management, DeSales Community Housing Corporation’s property management company, has successfully leased the 40-unit Dick Gregory Place Apartments within 30 days of completion. Read full story here.
  • Mortgage Settlement- During the week of March 26, MO Attorney General Chris Koster held forums in every county to inform Missouri consumers about the national mortgage settlement. $156 million is slated to help Missouri homeowners and people who have been foreclosed on. Read full story here.
  • The St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD)- RPSD held its first three of a series of eleven meetings in the area. About fifty people attended the “Ferguson and Environs” meeting, and evaluations indicated a high level of participant engagement. View full news story in the St. Louis Regional sustainable Communities newsletter.
  • Take the Nonprofit Compensation Survey!- Nonprofit Missouri is participating in a large-scale nonprofit compensation survey that is being conducted in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and Columbia Books.  The 2012 Nonprofit Salary Survey is now opened, it closes April 30 and the results will be available in June. Click here for more information.
  • Missouri Main Street Connection Seeks Award Nominations- Missouri Main Street Connection will present Main street Revitalization Awards during the premier downtown Revitalization Conference, July 24-26, in St. Louis. For more information click here.
  • Peter and Paul Community Services- Peter and Paul Community Services bought an old school near Benton Park from St. Louis Public Schools with the intention of transforming it into a new headquarters for the nonprofit and apartments for the homeless. Read full story here.
  • St. Louis Region gets Continuum of Care Grants- About $1.7 million in grants were awarded on March 13 for programs in the St. Louis region that provide services for the homeless that range from emergency shelter to housing for people with mental disorders. Read full story here.

Training and Workshops

  • Money Smart Week St. Louis- Throughout St. Louis a series of workshops on financial education will be happening April 21-28. Topics include homeownership, college costs, credit cards, and starting a business. View session topics, locations, and times online.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Youth Violence Prevention Conference- The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri - St. Louis is hosting a conference on Juvenile victimization and prevention strategies. At this conference, research findings from St. Louis and other cities will identify the level and type of victimizations occurring both in the community and in schools. Evidence-based policies and programs for violence education will also be discussed. Find full confrence information here.
  • What's Working in St. Louis Neighborhoods: Focus on Youth and Summer Programs- The Community Partnership Project at UMSL is hosting its last talk of the Brown Bag Series. Panelists include Vickie Forby, Executive director of Emerson Park Development Corporation, and David Carroll, Executive Director of North Grand Neighborhood Services. View full event information here.
  • Open/Closed: Exploring Vacant Property in St. Louis- Open/Closed will begin exploring vacant property in St. Louis (April 18-23) with a sneak peek at the Spanish Lake documentary film. Shuttered will feature four films and Open/Closed will present five days of panel discussions and presentations. View full information here.
  • Register Now for Reinventing Older Communities- Reinventing Older Communities Conference is scheduled for May 9-11, 2012, in Philadelphia. The early bird registration has been extended until April 10th. Click here for more information.
  • 2012 Rural Communities Conference- The 2012 Rural Communities Conference will be held May 15-16 at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT. Click here to find out more.
  • CFED's 2012 Assets Learning Conference- This biennial conference is set for September 19-21. CFED, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, invite you to submit research papers to be included in the upcoming research forum. CFED will be accepting submissions until April 30, 2012. See full information here.
  • 2012 National Develoment Finance Summit- CDFA will be hosting thier 2012 National Development Finance Summit, July 31- August 3. The National Summit will feature speakers from both the public and private sector to discuss ways to support economic, energy and infrastructure development. Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

  • Marketplace of Ideas- A community funding program, is accepting applications from groups working in North St. Louis. Community groups are invited to propose a solution for a community need. All finalists will recieve a $5,000 grant from the Incarnate Word Foundation with a chance to present to other funders. For more information click here.
  • Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants- The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program will support communities to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. The deadline for proposals is May 2, 2012. For more information click here.
  • Community Forest Grant- The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the USDA Forest Service to provide financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Application Deadline is May 15. Click here for more information.
  • The Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelorator Challenge- The goal of the Rural Jobs Accelerator is to promote opportunities for accelerated job creation and community and economic development in rural regions through regional collaboration in numerous high-potential industry clusters, including renewable energy, food production, rural tourism, natural resources, and advanced manufacturing. Application deadline is May 9. Click here for more information.

Job Opportunities

  • Director of Leadership and Alumni Programs- Focus St. Louis is seeking a Director of Leadership and Alumni Programs, who will be responsible for developing and managing implementation of programs, activities, and events that support and enhance FOCUS St. Louis' reputation as the region's premier leadership organization. For more information, visit FOCUS St. Louis' website.
  • Grant/Contract Administrator- The East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking a temporary Grant Administrator. The position will average no less than 30 hours per week, with an anticipated duration of six months. View full description and requirements here.


  • New Study Shows Homeownership Stabalizes Low-Income Neighborhoods- A study by researchers at the UNC Center for Community Capital shows a strong relationship between homeownership and low-income residents' perception of the level of crime. Results of the study are being published this week in the American Journal of Community Psychology. Read full study here.
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