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February 22, 2012



St. Louis Community Builders


 
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The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a new 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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News

St. Louis
  • MoveSmart Comes to St. Louis- Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC) teams up with MoveSmart.org and Metro Chicago Information Center to launch St. Louis MoveSmart. EHOC's website
  • St. Louis Credit Unions Invest in Start-Ups- St. Louis Community Credit Union lends a hand to Choices Federal Credit Union to launch a new micro loan program. this new initiative will assist entrepreneurs graduating from the small business development center to access start-up capital. Read the full story here.
  • State Tax Credits to Spur Building in Pine Lawn- Beyond Housing receives state approval for $7 million tax credit project in Pine Lawn, MO. For more information click here.
  • Missouri's College Savings Plan to Offer Match- For the first time ever, the MOST 529 College Savings Plan will begin providing a dollar-for-dollar match on contributions up to $500 per year and $2,500 over a lifetime to the MOST 529 accounts of qualifying applicants. For more info visit the treasurer's website.
  • Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD)- As part of the regional planning process, RPSD will be focused on 11 diverse Community Planning Areas (CPAs) selected as a representative sampling of communities across our region. Four meetings will be hosted in each CPA throughout the year. The first round of meetings has been scheduled for this Spring. Everyone is welcome to attend. For meeting schedules and additional information please visit RPSD's webpage

National
  • President Obama's Budget Plan- On February 13, President Obama laid out his budget request to Congress for the fiscal year 2013. For more information visit our blog.

Training and Workshops

  • Sustainable Affordable Housing Development Training- Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA) is presenting a training on Sustainable Building for Affordable Housing Development which will touch on topics such as green building Standards and sustainable housing development in low-income areas in St. Louis.  The training is meant for community development professionals, neighborhood leaders, and any others interested in building sustainable communities. The training is on March 28. For More information visit RHCDA's website.
  • National Development Council Coming to Springfield Missouri- The University of Missouri Small Business Technology Development Center is bringing NDC's Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program to Springfield, Missouri. Over the next year, three training installments will be offered. For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Work and Livable Lives Conference- This two-day conference at Washington University features several panel discussions and sessions devoted to what social conditions and policy supports can make life with a low or moderate income stable, secure, satisfying, and successful. The conference is Febraury 27-28 and is open to the public. For conference itinerary click here
  • Whats working in St. Louis Neigborhoods- University of Missouri St. Louis Community Partnership Project's Brown Bag Series continues with a March 7th lunch time discussion on art and neighborhood revitalization. For more information see the event flier.     
  • Rustbelt to Artist Belt- The Community Arts Training Institute of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is hosting Rustbelt to Artist Belt: At the Crossroads, a forum on using art as a medium for community development.  The event takes place April 12-14. For more information Please visit their website.
  • Grocery Finance Consortium Investor Forum- Friday, March 2 at the St. Louis Federal Reserve, IFF will be discussing their organization's grocery store financing progam and opportunities to increase the availability of fresh food in communities with low access. The event is free but requires registration. Click here for more information.
  • GOOD Ideas for Cities- GOOD Ideas for Cities has called for creative people to come up with solutions to a number of urban challenges faced by St. Louis city. Different groups will be presenting their ideas and solutions to these challenges. The event is free and takes place on March 8. For more information click here.
  • Missouri Health Data Summit: Improving Health through Innovative Data Utilization- Join local technology companies, researchers, health and consumer advocates, employers, media, and health care providers for an update on the Health Data Initiative and discussion on how to better use health data in Missouri. The creative use of this data has the potential to boost community health, improve health care delivery, and lower health care costs. Emphasis will be placed on innovative uses of the data in public, private, and academic settings. For more information click Here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH)- The MFH is currently offering a number of funding opportunities for their Community Health and Prevention Initiative. This initiative is part of MFH's new strategic framework to address community needs. Please visit the Community Health and Prevention Initiative website. Elligible entities include local and state government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations.
  • Illinois and Missouri American Water Environmental Grants- The Illinois and Misouri American Water companies are currently accepting grant applications for their environmental grant program. The project must address a source water or watershed issue in communities. For other cirteria and information click here

Job Opportunities.

  • Habitat For Humanity St. Charles- Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is looking for a new Executive Director. For more information on this position click here.
  • Webster Community Arts Foundation (WCAF)- The WCAF is looking for a new Development Director. For more information on this position, visit The Rome Group Website. More information on WCAF can be found on their website.
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