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July 23, 2014.


Building Communitiy... One butterfly at a Time

By Catherine L. Werner, JD, LEED AP Sustainability Director, City of St. Louis

For 2014, Mayor Slay has committed to planting 50 monarch gardens in public areas, such as at City parks, fire stations and City Hall.  He has challenged residents, businesses and community groups to plant another 200 monarch gardens in private or public spaces. 

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2014 Spring Residential Development Grant Winners Announced
The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration released its 2014 Housing Development awardees.   For a complete list of awardees click here.

What's Best for A Former St. Louis Housing Project Site?
Michael Allen's Next City Column discusses potential development options for the site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project. For the full story, click here.

Treasury Department and HUD Partner to Create More Affordable Housing
The Treasury Department and HUD are partnering to expand access to capital and to lower interest rates for agencies that work with affordable multifamily housing. For the full story, click here.   

Contemporary Architecture coming to the Grove
Paramount Property Development in partnership with Sean Spencer, of the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, and architect UIC have released plans to build a new mixed-use development on Manchester Avenue in the Grove. For the full story, click here.


Advancing Sustainable Community Development Seminar
Rise will host the Advancing Sustainable Community Development
seminar on August 22 at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center.  Attendees will learn how to identify key elements in designing a successful social venture, understand the role of enterprise development in reducing poverty and more. For more information, click here.

Fair Housing Conference
The Civil Rights Enforcement Agency will host this conference to inform attendants on fair housing laws and issues on September 5 at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center. For more information click here and for registration information click here.

Get Plugged In...Downtown Conference
Missouri Main Street Connection is hosting a three day conference on community revitalization, rehabilitation, and preservation starting on July 29 at various locations in Clayton and in Kirkwood. For more information, click here, and to register, click here


Improving the Pedestrian Experience Workshop
Trailnet is hosting a free workshop on improving the pedestrian experience on Wednesday August 27 beginning at 8am. The event will be held downtown, at the Laclede Group Conference Center. To register, click here

CRA Networking and Panel Discussion
SLEHCRA will host a St. Louis CRA networking and panel discussion event on August 8th, educating attendees on the CRA review process, best practices for community development collaborations and more.  For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy
UMSL's Neighborhood Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its 2014 Fall Session.  The Academy offers 10 courses over a three month period in a variety of subjects pertaining to improving communities. For more information, click here.

Perspectives on Property Tax Exemption
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman and his staff will host this course today, July 23rd beginning at 3pm. Mr. Zimmerman and his staff will present information on concerns of the Assessor's office in regards to property tax exemption and much more. For more information click here.

Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management Series
Washington University's Brown School of Social Work with Neighborworks offers a series of three courses on affordable housing development and mixed income community management beginning in August.  The courses my be taken individually or you can complete the series and receive a Washington University certificate of completion.  For more information, click here.

Capacity Building Workshop
Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis hosts a series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations discussing a wide range of relevant topics.  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!

City of St. Louis 2015 CDBG Request for Proposal
The City of St. Louis is accepting proposals for the 2015 CDBG Non-Housing Round through August 11. For more information, click here, and for the RFP form, click here.

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant NOFA
HUD is accepting applications for the 2014 Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant program. Grantees are expected to achieve focus on people, housing, and neighborhood improvement.  The deadline for this grant is August 12.  For more information click here.

KaBOOM! Playground Grant
KaBoom! is accepting applications for a Build it with KaBOOM! Grant. Grantees will receive planning assistance from KaBOOM! as well as the help of 200 volunteers to construct a playground in one day. For more information click here, and for the RFP form, click here.
Economic Development Director
The City of Berkeley seeks an Economic Development Director responsible for creating and implementing programs that foster economic growth and sustainability within the City.  For a detailed job description, click here.
Economic Mobility: Measuring the American Dream
The Department of Housing and Urban Development published this article on a project looking at economic mobility across cities and community types throughout the US. The research examines the economic mobility of a child growing up in a household from the bottom fifth income bracket.  For the full publication, click here.
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