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September 2, 2015


Viable Student Transfer Program, Aid to Troubled Home Districts Not Mutually Exclusive

By D.J. Wilson

For all the talk about the need for a legislative “fix” for the student transfer program in St. Louis County, it’s time for people to realize the transfer option isn’t going away, and basically, that is good news.

About 11 percent of students in the unaccredited districts of Normandy and Riverview Garden took advantage of the chance to go to an accredited school in another district. Those decisions are both a benefit for the child and the community where he or she lives, and a wake-up call to the region that public education’s problems and solutions aren’t confined within the gerrymandered boundaries of each of the county’s 24 districts.

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HUD chief Castro awards St. Louis County $26 million in development funds
On Wednesday, August 19, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced portions of St. Louis would receive $26.5 million in Section 108 Loans and Declared Disaster Recovery funding. Section 108 loans can be used for commercial and residential development projects. County Executive Steve Stenger noted that much of the funding will be directed to areas in North St. Louis County. To read more on this announcement, click here.

IFF Celebrates $50 Million in lending to St. Louis Nonprofits
Since 2006, IFF has made over $50 million in loans to nonprofits in the St. Louis area. Check out this article from the St. Louis Business Journal on these investments (online subscription required).  To celebrate this investment, IFF is hosting a reception and open house this Thursday, September 3 at the T-Rex office space in downtown St. Louis. For more information about this event, click here.

St. Louis Awarded 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Grant for Near North Side
Urban Strategies has announced that the Near North Side community was recently awarded a technical assistance grant to support sustainability efforts in the area. The grant comes from Global Green USA and will specifically provide planning and design support. Urban Strategies and its partners leveraged its Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant in its application. To read more on this story, click here.

Health in South City
Last week, DeSales Community Housing shared a news item on their effort to improve the health of residents in the South City area through housing. This effort, called the Jefferson Collaborative, is a partnership with KIPP, SouthSide Early Childhood Center, Rise, Equifax, Alderperson Christine Ingrassia, and others. To read more about their work in this initiative, click here.

Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC Open House at 3901 Shaw
On August 25, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC hosted an open house at 3901 Shaw. The purpose of this open house was to collect ideas from the area's residents on what to do with the property. The vision put forth by residents will help transform the property into a community asset. To read more about the ideas presented at this open house, click here.

Transit, NGA and north-side: A recipe for economic growth
This editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls for an expansion of the metro-link along a proposed north and south line. The editorial notes such an expansion would coincide with potential and current efforts underway in the city's north side, such as the possible NGA relocation, McKee's north-side project, and a potential new stadium. A north and south metrolink link would bolster the city's economic development plans, it says. To read more, click here.


CMT Annual Meeting
On September 11, CMT will host its annual meeting at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. The meeting will feature Jarrett Walker as the keynote speaker. For more information and to register, click here.

Creating Communities for the Future Summit
On September 14 and 15, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will host a free two-day summit on community development, sustainability and resiliency. This summit is free, but the registration deadline ends today, September 2. For more information, click here.

Policy Link Webinar on New Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule
On September 8, PolicyLink is hosting this webinar on new updates to HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. For more information and to register, click here.

APBP Professional Development Seminar
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is hosting its Professional Development Seminar this year in St. Louis September 28 through October 1. Regular registration ends on September 15. For more information, click here.

2015 Alliance National Conference
This year's Alliance National Conference is being held in downtown St. Louis at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The conference spans three days from October 14 through October 16. Terrence Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine," is the event's keynote speaker. Included among this event's sponsors are two CBN members, Grace Hill Settlement House and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more information about this conference and to register, click here.

2015 SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

SLACO has announced it's 2015 Regional Neighborhood Conference will take place this year on November 14 at the Emerson Performance Center of Harris-Stowe State University. For more information about this year's conference, click here.

Building an Effective Fundraising Organization
Between January 22 and September 23 of 2016, the Brown School of Social Work is hosting a CEO seminar series on how to build an effective fundraising organizations. This seminar series is intended for organizations with annual revenues between $500,000 and $2 million. For more information, click here.



Fundraising Institute
Next month, UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting the Fundraising Institute to share best practices for fund development. This programs consists of five sessions starting on September 15 and ending September 18. For more information, click here.

Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers
UMSL's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program is hosting a workshop for volunteer managers interested in learning how to design fewer and more meaningful meetings. The workshop will take place September 25. For more information and to register, click here.

Civic Technology and Community Development Workshop
On September 25, CBN and Rise will host this workshop at the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex. The workshop will discuss ways in which technology can support community development work in the region. For more information, click here


September 7
Benton Park Neighborhood Association Reclaiming the 80's 5k

September 12
Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Better Block Exhibition

September 15
EcoDistrict Reception with Rob Bennett (Click here for flyer)

September 25
Skinker DeBaliviere- Movie Night!


The Community Builders Exchange would like to highlight a map relevant to community development in each issue. Please let us know if you have a map that would be of interest to our readers.

In this week's edition, we share three maps that examine wealth in the St. Louis region. The maps show different perspectives on neighborhood wealth through depictions of median income and income density. To view these maps, click here. To view maps highlighted in our previous newsletters, 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!

Safe Places to Play Grant
The US Soccer Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Safe Places to Play Program. This grant is awarded to programs that support soccer programs and soccer fields in urban areas. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by September 25. For more information, click here.

CCHD Community Development Grants
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced the availability of grant dollars for community development projects and organizations addressing poverty. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Pre-applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 1. For more information, click here.

DED Neighborhood Assistance Program
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)is accepting applications for Round 2 of its Neighborhood Assistance Program. Applications must be submitted to the DED by Friday, September 25. For more information and to apply, click here.

Ben and Jerry's Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Ben and Jerry's through its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 for nonprofit organizations working to determine solutions to community problems. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is October 15. For more information on this program, click here.

St. Louis County CDBG
St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is accepting applications for the FY16 round of CDBG funding. Applications are due by October 16. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Strong Local Economies
The Surdna Foundation has funding available to provide support for minority owned businesses and to reduce barriers to economic mobility. To view more information and to apply for a Strong Local Economies Grant, click here.

Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation is now accepting applications for its Community Impact Grants. Grants are available for up to $5,000 for volunteer-based community improvement projects. For more information about this grant or to apply, click here.
Call for Volunteers - Bike and Pedestrian Counts 2015
Trailnet is participating in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project this year on September 8th and 9th. The organization is looking for volunteers to count bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections throughout the region from 5pm to 7pm on either night. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

Contractor for St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative
Rise is seeking a contractor to manage the St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative. The contract work will last between 18 and 24 months. For more information about this position, click here

Manager of Long-Range Planning
Metro is seeking a full-time Manager of Long-Range Planning to help plan and evaluate the maintenance and enhancement of the Metro system. For more information and to apply, click here.

Positions Available at SLEDP
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (SLEDP) is seeking applicants for three positions: Assistant Vice President of Business Development and Workforce Innovation, Project Manager of Real Estate and Community Development and Recovery Coordinator. To view position descriptions and requirements, click here.

Positions Available at East-West Gateway
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking applications for two positions: a Corridor Planning Coordinator and a Long-Range Transportation Planner. For more information on these positions and to apply, click here.
Brain Gain in America's Shrinking Cities
In August, Aaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute published a report showing most metro areas with residential or job population loss have seen considerable increases in the number of people with college degrees since 2000. The report includes St. Louis as a metro area with a declining job population, but a 41.9% increase in the number of college graduates. To read his report, click here. Another recent study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows that in spite of educational gains, college education is not leading to income and wealth gains for African Americans and Hispanic Americas. To read the Federal Reserves report, click here
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