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February 4, 2015


Four Recommendations for Improving Police-Community Relations

By Terrell Carter, Executive Director of the North Newstead Association

The Michael Brown shooting and subsequent decision not to indict Officer Wilson has reinvigorated much needed dialogue about how law enforcement interacts with citizens and how to improve police and community relationships.

As a former police officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, I offer the following suggestions that I believe will help both police officers and the communities they serve as we all try to find ways to live and work together for the greater good of all.

To read the full article and his suggestions, click here.

We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at

 2015 Community Builders Network Awards Reception
The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis is excited to host its third annual awards reception on March 19th at Cortex. This awards reception aims to recognize leaders and organizations who display excellence in impacting community building and neighborhood revitalization in the region. Rise collaborative grant awardees will also be recognized. Please join us for an evening of networking, food, fun, celebration, and recognition of the hard work and dedication of community development practitioners in multiple sectors throughout the region. For registration information, click here.

Sponsorship Available for the 2015 CBN Annual Awards Reception
Sponsorship levels are available for the 2015 CBN Annual Awards Reception. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please take a look at our sponsorship levels found here. Thank you for your consideration, and we hope to see you at the event!

$500,000 Designated for Ferguson and Dellwood Cleanup
St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership have announce $500,000 in funding to be used for clean up efforts in the cities of Ferguson and Dellwood. Clean up efforts will include demolition of burned properties and community beautification projects. For more information on this announcement, click here.

Urban League Creates Job-Training Program to Address Issues Raised by Ferguson
In this St. Louis On the Air interview, Don Marsh interviews the President and CEO of the Urban League, Michael McMillan. Their interview included discussion on the events in Ferguson and the Urban Leagues new youth job training program call "Save Our Sons." To read the transcript or listen to the full interview, click here.

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants - Urban Strategies Project Summary
On January 16, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the St. Louis based firm, Urban Strategies Inc., as the recipient of $500,000 in Choice Neighborhood grant funding. The funds from this grant will be used to transform an area just north of downtown St. Louis, known as the Near North Neighborhoods. HUD recently released summaries of each grantees projects online. To read each summary, click here. A summary of Urban Strategies' project can be found on page 7.

East-West Gateway Released Its 10th Update to the Where We Stand Report
In January, East-West Gateway released its 10th update to the "Where We Stand" report, a publication tracking and comparing various community health indicators of St. Louis and other cities in the United States. In this update, East-West Gateway focuses its report on indicators that relate to sustainability. To read the full update, click here

Coleman to Retire as Head of St. Louis Economic Partnership
Denny Coleman recently announced plans to retire from his role as CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. He will officially leave his position on August 1. Coleman has been the head of the Partnership since 2013. To read more on Denny Coleman's career in economic development, click here.

New Executive Director Hired At Nonprofit Lender IFF
IFF recently announced David Desai-Ramirez will lead their regional division covering Missouri, the Kansas City area and southern Illinois. To read more about IFF's new Executive Director, click here.

Historians Sift the Ruins for Ferguson's Legacy
This New York Times article spotlights an effort by the Missouri History Museum to preserve reminders of the Ferguson protests and persistent racial injustice. The museum has collected plywood from the boarded up windows, protest signs, and other items from this fall's protests. To read more on this story, click here.

Old Shriners Hospital in St. Louis to be rehabbed
Washington University has been working to begin preservation and renovation projects on the Old Shriners Hospital on South Euclid Avenue. Rather than tear the old hospital down, the university is working to place the building on the National Register of Historic Places.  To read more about this preservation effort, click here.

Arch Grounds Renovation Project Nearing Completion
In this St. Louis On the Air interview, Don Marsh speaks with Ryan McClure of CityArchRiver on the current status of the renovations taking place on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. According to the interview, the park over the highway will be completed by October of this year. For more information about this development, click here.

Grove Mixed Use Building to See Rehab
This nextSTL post briefly describes a new rehab development taking place on the 4200 block of Manchester in the Grove. The rehab projects are being carried about by Restoration St. Louis. To see more about on this development, click here.


Film Screening and Follow-Up Discussion on "Pruitt-Igoe Myth"
Saint Louis University is screening the Pruitt-Igoe Myth this evening at Il Monastero at 6:00 pm. A discussion is set to follow featuring film producer, Paul Fehler, and Sylvester Brown Jr. For more information, click here.

Religious Responses to Ferguson
This Thursday, February 5, the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics is hosting "Religious Responses to Ferguson." The event is set to take place at 3:30pm at the Emerson Auditorium at Washington University and will feature four leaders of various religious backgrounds. For more information, click here.

All-Neighborhoods Forum on Fragmented Government Structure and What It Means to Urban Neighborhoods
SLACO is hosting this forum on Thursday, February 19 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Performing Arts Center Theatre at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. The forum is open to the public and will feature David Leipholtz, Mike Jones, and Gerry Welch. For more information, click here.

What's Brewing? Series: Fox Park
On February 19, Creating Whole Communities is continuing its "What's Brewing?" series in the Fox Park neighborhood. Join CWC at 7:30 AM for a discussion on community development strategies in rebound neighborhoods. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, click here.

The Impact of Community and Police Interactions on Individual Civil Rights In Missouri
The Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights has released a press release announcing this public meeting. The meeting is set to take place on Monday, February 23 at the JC Penny Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For more information about this meeting and to read the press release, click here.

People and Places 2015 Community Conference
From March 4 through March 6, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) will be hosting the 2015 People and Places 2015 Community Conference. Taking place in Washington DC, this three day conference will be an excellent opportunity for community development organizations to learn best practices and network. This is not an annual event. An early bird rate is available through this Friday. To learn more and to register, click here

Community Development Through Transportation Infrastructure? Transportation's Impact on Neighborhood
Citizens for Modern Transit is hosting this discussion on transit possibilities in St. Louis Thursday, March 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Regional Arts Commission building on Delmar. Speakers at this forum to include Rosa Ortiz, Ken Christian, Don Roe, and Kevin Triggs. For more information, click here.

Missouri Gateway Chapter: U.S. Green Building Council Seminars
The Missouri Gateway Chapter is hosting a series of U.S. Green Building Council Seminars taking place on March 10 and 11, and May 12 and 13. For more information on these seminars and to register, click here.

2015 St. Louis Spring Planning Workshop and Award Ceremony
On Tuesday, March 31, the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association will be hosting their Spring Planning Workshop and Award Ceremony at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on Chouteau from 1pm to 9pm. This event will feature several speakers, including Chris Krehmeyer, Paul McKee, Todd Swanstrom, and Rosalind Williams. For more information, click here.


The National Housing Trust Fund Regulations: What You Need to Know
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLHIC) promotes policies that ensure affordable and quality housing for people with low incomes. This Thursday, February 5, NLIHC will be hosting this webinar to prepare housing advocates for the new National Housing Trust Funds regulations. To register for this webinar, click here.

Accounting for Non-Accountants: Understanding Basic Financial Information in a Nonprofit Organization
The School of Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting this one-day introductory course on Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 pm at the JC Penny Conference. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Stock Healthy Shop Healthy
The University of Missouri Extension has created this online resource for programs that work to improve community access to healthy and affordable foods. Their online resource also includes several recorded webinar sessions on strategies for community organizations. To see this online resource, click here.

National Cultural Districts Exchange
Americans for the Arts recently launched the National Cultural Districts Exchange, an online toolkit for organizations interested in fostering and developing cultural communities. This toolkit includes introductions, research, maps, and more. To find out more about this resource, 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!

Grassroots Grant
Scotts Miracle Gro is offering up to $1,500 in grants for community gardens and green space projects. Nonprofit organizations working in community development and public service are eligible for this grant. The application deadline is February 13. For more information, click here.

Women on Mission-St. Louis Grant
Women on Mission-St. Louis is now accepting applications for its grant for organizations serving the College Hill neighborhood. The last day to apply for this grant is March 31. For more information on this grant, click here.

Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foundation is offering funding for organizations that improve and create sustainable infrastructure in under-served communities. The foundation is offering grants in four categories: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. For more information about these grants, click here.

STL Youth Jobs Summer Help
STL Youth Jobs is seeking employers for their summer youth employment program. Youth will be paid by MERS Goodwill. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Regional Community Development Specialist
The University of Missouri Extension is seeking a Regional Community Development Specialist to provide leadership and facilitate collaboration among organizations that improve communities in Ste. Genevieve, Franklin, St. Francois, and Washington counties. For more information about this position, click here

Service Project Coordinator
Horizon Housing Foundation is seeking a Service Project Coordinator to manage contracts and donations and work with property managers and outside organizations. The deadline to apply for this position is March 30. For more information on this position, click here.

Administrative Assistant
Skinker Debaliviere Community Council is seeking a part-time administrative assistant to provide organizational support for the Executive Director. For more information on this position, click here.

How Neighborhoods Matter for Latino and African-American Children

The Edge, an online magazine from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, recently released this this research paper which studies the link between certain neighborhood characteristics and childhood well-being. The study examines neighborhood indicators such as occupational prestige, the age of a community's housing stock, and neighborhood crime and their correlations with childhood behavioral and physical health. To see the results of this study and to read their report, click here.  
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