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March 5, 2014.


A Healthy Neighborhoods Approach in St. Louis

By Sally J. Scott, Ph.D. Independent Consultant

One piece of the puzzle that deserves effective and coordinated action is the fate of the city’s ‘middle’ neighborhoods.  

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Recent recession Affects Young families the hardest
According to analyst from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the recent recession hit individuals under 40 years old the hardest because of the crash in the housing market.  Now young families, about 8%, have moved away from homeownership.  For the full story  click here

NLIHC Seeks Support Funding for Community Development and Transportation
The National Low Income Housing Coalition seeks support to advocate for an increase in the THUD budget for 2015 to maintain the work of community development and transportation agencies.  To read their advocacy letter click here . To sign letter if supportive, click here.  

Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation releases annual report
Washington University Medical Center's Executive Director, Brian Phillips, releases annual report highlighting the recent increase in development projects in the Central West End/Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods, including the new IKEA store and more.  For the full story click here.

Focus St. Louis 17th Annual What's Right With the Region Honors CBN Member
Focus St. Louis will honor Chris Krehmeyer, President and CEO of Beyond Housing with the prestigious Focus St. Louis Leadership Award.  This award is given to individuals who exemplify outstanding, measurable leadership in the St. Louis region.  For a full list of honorees and more information on this story click here.

Missouri Housing Tax Credits Hit the News Again
The St. Louis Post Dispatch runs article on the debate about the costs of Missouri's Low Income Housing Tax Credit. For the article click here


Save the Date
Save the Date for the 2014 SLACO conference on November 1st at Harris Stowe State University's Early Childhood Center.  If you have any suggestions or looking to participate in the planning process  click here.

1st Annual St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
St. Louis Earth Day will host its Symposium entitled, "Regional Sustainability: Vision and Reality'" on April 1-2nd at the Powder Valley Nature Center.  For more information click here.

2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Chicago along with other regulators will host this event on March 30th-April 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL.  This conferemce will offer CRA exam training, community development tours of the Chicago area and more.  For more information click here

2014 National Community Reinvestment Coalition Conference
The NCRC will host its annual conference on March 12-15th at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. This year's theme is" A Just Impact," featuring Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For more information click here.

2014 NLIHC Housing Policy Conference
The National Low Income Housing Coalition hosts its annual policy conference on April 27th-30th in Washington, DC. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the organization and will reflect on the past 40 years and approaches for the future of solving low-income housing issues in America.  For more information click here.

EHOC's 17th Annual Fair Housing Training Conference
The Equal Housing and Opportunity Council will host their housing conference on April 4th from 8-4pm.  For more information click here.

Sustainability Conference
Webster University will host its third annual sustainability conference on April 10-11th discussing new approaches and challenges to present and future sustainability in the St. Louis region.  For more information click here.

Great Rivers Greenway Ped and Bike Webinar Series
Great Rivers Greenway partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Transportation Engineering Association of Metro St. Louis  to host a series of webinars that are free and open to the public discussing a wide range of topics regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety.  For more information click here.  


Community Development Academy
MU Extension’s Community Development Program to offer intensive, hands-on, 5 day courses to enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues on March 24-28, 2014.  For more information click here.

Lead Positive: How Volunteer Managers Can See, Say and Do Their Way to Success
UMSL's School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers this course in their certificate in Volunteer Management program.  For more information click here.

How to Develop an Effective Board for Your Nonprofit Organization
UMSL's Nonprofit and Leadership Management program offers this course on March 27 from 1-5pm outlining avenues to improve board effectiveness and strengthen the relationship between board and senior staff.  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!

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Executive Director
Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation seeks an executive director who is responsible for executing the overall mission of the corporation including: implementing housing and community development strategies, promoting the Spanish Lake community, and seeking and securing grants and fundraising opportunities. For more information on the position, click here. 

Economic Development Coordinator
The City of O'Fallon seeks an Economic Development Coordinator to assist businesses with the approval process for expansion and relocation as well as implement policies, procedures and strategies to achieve objectives outlined in the Economic Development Strategic Plan.  For more information click here.
Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development
The Environmental Protection Agency released a report last month on the concept of developers, both private and public, investing in infill development.  The report also discusses the economic and environmental benefits of such projects as well as the concerns of developers and residents regarding contamination, higher capital costs and financing issues.  For the full publication click here.
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