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October 31, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Moving from Data to Action 

By Eleanor Tutt, Data Manageement Coordinator, RHCDA

The bar has been raised.  If you are not using facts and statistics in your funding requests, I promise your competitors are.... For the full story click here.

In This Issue


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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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  • Safe Streets Policy Passed- Board Bill 53, known as the Safe Street Ordinance, was passed last week due to the efforts of Trailnet, Paraquad and Alderman Ogilvie.  The ordinance will protect those walking and biking from "endangerment and assault." For the full story click here. To read the full ordinance click here.
  • CPA Round 3 Meetings-  The RPSD round 3 community meeting schedule is now available beginning with Ferguson and Environs on November 8.  For a complete schedule click here.
  • St. Vincent Greenway Opens Extension with Jazz on the Greenway- Great Rivers Greenway renovated the Ruth Porter Park as part of an extension of the St. Vincent Greenway trail creating more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. The grand opening was kicked off with Jazz on the Greenway festival hosted by St. Vincent Greenway Inc. See photos from the festival here. For trail information and photos of the park click here

  • CFED releases Scorecard Data on the Strength of State Policy-  The Corporation for Enterprise Development provides data on the amount of state policy changes regarding financial security and opportunity that occurred across the country in 2011.  For more information click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Developing Your Fundraising Strategies- Nonprofit Services offers this workshop on November 19 on development planning, document creation and implementation. For more information click here.
  • How Do We Know We Are Doing Good Work- UMSL offers this noncredit course on November 8 from 1-5 on properly assessing program impact using models and questions to ask about a program's effectiveness.  For more information click here.
  • Planning & Zoning Certificate Courses- UMSL offers Planning & Zoning Certificate Courses on November 1, 8 & 15.  These courses can be taken individually or toward a Zoning Certificate.  For more information click here.
  • Conflict Resolution Workshop- UMSL offers this conflict resolution noncredit course on November 10 from 9-1pm.  For more information and to register click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • Great Neighborhoods for a Great Region Series- UMSL and Washington University St. Louis hosts the Neighborhood Change in St. Louis forum on November 15 from 7-8:30 discussing the connection between strong neighborhoods and communities and regional growth.  For more information click here.
  • St. Louis Neighborhood Data Gateway Launch- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hosts this free event on November 5th to increase efforts to inform, invest and innovate the St. Louis region through data with collaborations with St. Louis City/County and community leaders. For more information click here.
  • Sustainable Communities Conference- Washington University St. Louis hosts this free conference on November 1-3 exploring areas of sustainability ranging from urban design to energy.  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.
  • Financial Freedom Seminar- Washington University hosts the 2013 Financial Freedom Seminar entitled, "Building the Foundation to your Financial Legacy" on January 19.  For more information click here.
  • The State of Neighborhoods- This presentation and panel discussion on November 28 will focus on the challenges and opportunities in St. Louis communities and kick off a new breakfast series fostering community dialogue and collaboration in addressing issues facing St. Louis communities.  For more information click here.
  • Positioning St. Louis in the Global Economy- The Center for Neighborhood Affairs hosts this urban forum on November 8 from 7-8:30 discussing St. Louis' position in the global economy.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Our Town Grant- The National Endowment for the Arts has funds available for organizations with creative place-making ideas that contribute to the livability in communities.  For more information click here.
  • Project Orange Thumb- Fiskar's Orange Thumb project offers tools, materials and support to help communities beautify their neighborhoods, create a sustainable food source and increase collaborative community efforts.  For more information click here.
  • Rebuilding Communities Tax Credit- The Missouri Department of Economic Development offers this tax credit to stimulate business activity in communities that have suffered economic hardship.  For more information click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Director of Finance and Administration- Trailnet seeks a candidate that can be responsible for all aspects of fiance including cash flow, budgets and policy matter as well as overseeing the development of  processes and procedures for all areas of operations.  For more information click here.
  • Project Manager- AmeriCorps seeks a project manager will assist in capacity building, outreach, recruitment and management of volunteers, homeowners and special projects.  For more information click here.
  • Economic Development Manager- City of East St. Louis is looking for an economic development manager to oversee planning and implementation of economic development programs and initiatives. For more information click here


  • National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households- In September 2012, the FDIC released the 2011 Unbanked and Underbanked survey.  The survey showed that 9.75% of households in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are unbanked and 20.1% of households are underbanked.  For the full publication click here.
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