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January 8, 2013


Measuring CDFIs Impact…and Then Telling Everyone You Know

By Colleen Kirby, Asset Manager-Compliance, St. Louis Equity Fund, INC

Leaders in community development have called Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) the “next big thing” in community development (CD) finance. They say that what the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC ) has done over more than 25 years for affordable housing development, CDFIs will do for financial products and services.

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SLEHCRA to Be Awarded the 2014 Organization Award
On January 11th, SLEHCRA will be honored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission Council.  SLEHCRA will receive the 2014 Organization Award which recognizes organizations for exemplifying the principals and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  For the invitation to the ceremony click here.    

The U.S. Census Bureau Creates Interactive Mapping Tool to Obtain Neighborhood Level Statistics
The U.S Census Bureau launched a new interactive mapping application that allows users to gather social, economic, and housing  information on the state, county or census level. For the full story click here and click here to learn about the Census Bureau's app dwellr.

Tax Credit Battle Resurfaces in the Missouri Legislature
The Missouri Legislature continues at an attempt to iron out the details concerning tax credits. Corporate taxes, income taxes, and low income housing tax credits are scheduled to be reviewed and decided upon in the upcoming weeks. For the full story click here.

2014 Community Builders Network Awards Reception Seeks Nominations and is Open for Registration
The Community Builders Network opens its nominations for the 2014 Community Builders Awards Reception set to take place on March 6th at the Missouri Botanical Garden. CBN is looking forward to hosting another successful reception highlighting the tremendous efforts of the community development field. For an electronic nomination form click here and for a file nomination form click here. To register for this event click here. CBN hopes you make a nomination and attend the event.


Creating a Beloved Community
The United Way, Washington University St. Louis, Saint Louis University and UMSL will host this free forum discussing the findings of the Missouri Civic Health Index on January 18th from 9-11:30am. 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.


Funding Your Neighborhood Project
UMSL's Neighborhood Leadership Academy offers this course on February 8th from 9-1pm outlining effective tools and strategies to secure funding for your neighborhood project.  For more information click here.

How to Develop an Effective Board for Your Nonprofit Organization
UMSL's Nonprofit and Leadership Management 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.



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Brownfields grant
The EPA has funds available to assist organizations with brownfield clean-up, revitalization and assessment. Deadlines for these grants are January 22, 2014. For more information click here.

Manager of Economic Development
The City of University City has an immediate opening for a manager of economic development and will be responsible for leading the economic development and revitalization efforts for the city under the community development department.  For more information click here.

Healthy Communities Coordinator
Beyond Housing seeks a Healthy Communities Coordinator that is responsible for developing and implementing plans to reduce childhood obesity in the Normandy School District. For more information click here.

Education project Coordinator
Beyond Housing seeks an Education Project Coordinator to oversee education initiatives that impact students living in the Normandy School District and ensures their academic success. For more information click here.
Transportation in transition:A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America's Biggest City 
The U.S PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group conducted a study of travel patterns in America's biggest cities. According to the research, the average American drives 7.6 fewers miles today than in 2004.  For the full publication click here.
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