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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

August 21, 2013


A Case for Community Participatory Planning: Upfront Investing Yields Long-term benefits

By Natalie Self, 24:1 Project Manager, Beyond Housing

Community engagement is often seen as one of those “tasks” that must be completed before building a large-scale development.  

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Open Houses to introduce OneSTL and Showcase results of Planning efforts
OneSTL will host a series of open houses throughout the region giving individuals a chance to learn about OneSTL, survey all the work that has been done, and what's to come. For the full story click here.  

Technological improvement could change the delmar Loop and surrounding communities
Daniel Sandel of Sandel and Associates, a digital city master planning firm, says that the Loop Trolley opens an opportunity to lay internet lines that provide gigabit-per-second internet speeds which could foster tremendous economic development in the Delmar Loop and surrounding communities. For the full story click here.

SLEHCRA to Report on Bank Investments in Low-to-Moderate income Communities 
SLEHCRA will release a report on August 28 that analyzed the top 20 banks in St. Louis and its reinvestment initiatives regarding location, mortgage lending and diversity.  For the full story click here.

The City of St. Louis conducts Disparity Study Community Meetings
The City of St. Louis with the help of Mason Tillman Associates,Ltd. will host a series of community meetings to discuss whether women or minority business owners receive equal access to contracts from the City of St. Louis and how the study will be conducted. For the full story click here.

Smart growth President testifies to Positive Economic Opportunities in revitalizing Brownfields
Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth testified to the Senate's Environment and Public Works committee last month, presenting cases for the need to revitalize brownfields. For full story click here.


Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
The Center for Community Progress will host this conference, September 9-11 in Philadelphia, PA.  The theme for this year's conference is Investing in the Future: Unlocking Hidden Value. This three day conference will include 33 sessions, mobile tours and much more.  For more information and a full agenda, click here.

Community Reinvestment Act 
The Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis will host this audioconference on August 29 to discuss the role and importance of the CRA in motivating banks to invest in low-to-moderate income communities.  For more information click here. 

Solutions 2013
The Center for Housing Policy and partners are holding this national conference on state and local housing policy September 16-18. For more information click here

Neighborhood Change in St. Louis 1970-2010
Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor at UMSL, and Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor at WUSTL, present on their analysis of neighborhood change in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum October 10th at 7pm.



Neighborhood Leadership Academy
UMSL's Community Partnership Project is offering the Neighborhood Leadership Academy which runs from September 5th-November 21st.  The academy combines hands-on training with seminars, discussions and personal projects to create effective neighborhood leaders.   For more information click here.

Accounting for Non-Accountants
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers Accounting for Non-Accountants on September 19th from 3-5pm. For more information click here.

Employee Termination for Nonprofits 
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program offers this training on October 24 from 3-5pm, discussing best practices and legal issues in employee termination. For more information click here.

HOME Investment Partnership Program Office Hours
RHCDA offers open office hours to community housing development organizations (CHDOs) trying to understand the new changes in regulations to HOME funds. Office hours are by RSVP on August 29th from 3-7pm. For more information click here

Community Development Academy
These 5 day courses offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program provide attendees a chance to practice skills important for engaging residents around a common future for community development to take place. For more information 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!

2013 Marketplace Of Ideas Grant Competition
The Incarnate Word Foundation seeks applicants for the 2013 Marketplace of Ideas Grant who seek to improve North St.Louis City through collaborative and innovative efforts. For application guidelines click here and for the application click here.

Kresge Arts and Culture Grant
The Kresge Foundation seeks to fund organizations that plan to integrate arts and culture into community revitalizing efforts such as Transit Oriented Development and public green spaces.  For more information click here.

Great Rivers Greenway Grant
Great Rivers Greenway is accepting applications to fund community events and programming involving the region's greenways.  The online application deadline is September 29.  For more information click here.

There are no job opportunities available at this time. 

The Changing Demographics of Poverty in the U.S.
From 1980-2010 the movement of poverty into suburban areas has sparked conversation on the intersection of race, place, and poverty. Metrotrends has provided an interactive map showing the change in poverty demographics in every major metro city in the U.S. St. Louis continues to see a spreading out of poverty throughout the region. For the full publication click here.

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