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October 3, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Vacancy and the Opportunity for Realizing Growth in Our Urban Core
by Rick Bonasch, Director of Techincal Assistance for the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance and serves on the community engagement of the EW Gateway Council of Governments Regional Plan for Sustainable Development 

A 50-year trend of suburban outmigration has led to large population losses and the degradation of our urban core...For the full article click here

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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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The photo in this issue was brought to you by Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council, a member of the Community Builders Network.

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10/10: Old North Business Development Symposium 
10/12: A Night Out For Neighborhoods
10/13: Destination:Healthy Community Festival 
10/20: Jazz on the Greenway
10/20: Community Day at Kemper Art Museum

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  • CBN turns one year old!!!- The Community Builders Network turned one year old on September 29th!  Thank you to all of the members of the network, supporters and communities for making this a successful year.  CBN looks forward to a great second year ahead. For more information on CBN vist the Newtork's website here.
  • St. Louis County Judge blocks foreclosure ordinance- Judge Brenda Loftin granted the Missouri Bankers Ass. Inc and the Jonesburg State Bank a restraining order to block the implementation of the foreclosure ordinance approved in previous months.  For the full story click here.
  • Mayor Slay receives funds for hotspot policing-  Mayor Slay received $300,000 to use toward the "hotspot" policing plan.  St. Louis City has already identified 32 areas within the region to target. For the full story click here. To learn more about the effectiveness of this focused place-based approach to policing click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Funding Prospect Research- Maximize your funding potential with prospect research hosted by Nonprofit Services on October 19 from 9-12.  For more information click here.
  • Finding and Keeping the Right Employees- Nonprofit Services hosts this workshop on October 25 from 9-3pm with Mary Moore, who has served as organizational development consultant and program manager for three Fortune 100 companies.  For more information click here
  • Introducation to Social Media- Nonprofit Services hosts a workshop on October 23 from 9-12 discussing basic social media tools and the impact it can have on your organization.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • "Where We Stand: Twenty Years Later"- The Center for Neighborhood Affairs hosts this forum on October 10 from 7-8:30 at Harris-Stowe State University comparing the St. Louis region against other metro cities in the U.S.  For more information click here.
  • NCIF Conference- The Responsible Banks, Strong Communities conference  hosted by the National Community Investment Fund will be held on October 31-November 2 in Chicago, IL discussing best practices and strategies for banking institutions in low income communities.  For more information click here.
  • Knowledge for Equity Conference- The National Housing Institute will host this conference on November 13 & 14 in Silver Springs, Maryland focusing on using data to promote health equity and address health disparities.  For more information click here.
  • SLACO Neighborhood Conference- The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations hosts the Neighborhood Conference on October 27th focusing on building relationships and exchanging ideas to build stronger, safer and better neighborhoods.  For more information click here.
  • Bold Community Visions Conference- Trailnet’s 2012 Livable St. Louis Conference features an extraordinary lineup of national and regional speakers on a range of topics related to creating and achieving bold visions for the St. Louis region. For more information click here
  • Inequality, American Cities, and Neighborhoods- Robert Sampson from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is giving a guest lecture at Washington Univeristy on October 16th at 2:30pm on "Inequality and the Future of the American City: Implications of the Neighborhood Effect". Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

  • Free Technical Assistance Workshops- Smart Growth America, a leader in smart growth strategies, offers  free technical assistance for local governments and their communities to build stronger local economies and great neighborhoods.  For more information click here
  • Creative Place-based Projects- ArtPlace invites letters of inquiry for their creative placemaking project which will fund projects seeking to impact community vibrancy through the arts.  For more information click here.
  • Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation- Lowe's, a corporation that has served grassroots community projects since 1957, has funds available to assist with community improvement projects.  For more information click here.
  • Behavioral Economics Webinar- The Community for Enterprise Development and Ideas42 hosts webinar to discuss what the BETA Project is, describe the pilot program and the application process.  For more information on the BETA project click here and to register for the workshop click here.


  • Re-emergence of Concentrated Poverty in St. Louis Region- Recent research by the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis shows that concentrated poverty in the metro area has started to increase since 2000. Click here to read more. For other articles in the Metropolitan Mirror click here
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