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Saint Louis Community Builders Exchange

November 26, 2014

FROM THE FIELD

It's Time To Develop A Comprehensive Anti-Displacement Strategy For St. Louis

By Jennifer Allen, Active Transportation Manager at Trailnet

How do we assure that revitalization projects do not become forces of displacement--neighborhood change characterized by residents being involuntarily forced out when they cannot afford their gentrified neighborhood? Displacement will chip away at one of the greatest assets of our neighborhoods - racial/ethnic and economic mix of residents.

Anti-displacement policies are often created when displacement has reached a fever pitch after building for years. What if St. Louis developed comprehensive policies and initiatives now as a means of prevent significant displacement rather than waiting for dire consequences?

To read the full article, click here.




We invite readers to contribute to the civic conversation about community development in St. Louis by writing an op-ed for the Community Builders Exchange. Op-eds should be short (400-700 words) and provocative. If you have an idea for an op-ed, contact Todd Swanstrom at swanstromt@umsl.edu
 

Officer Note Indicted, Peaceful Protest and Violence Follow, St. Louis Searches for Path Forward
The tragic shooting of Michael Brown has exposed systemic injustices and inequalities that the St. Louis region must address. We encourage our readers to participate in the civic dialogue about how to move St. Louis forward in the wake of events in Ferguson. We welcome news and opinion pieces on how community building can help bring social justice and peace to our communities. 

Nomination Forms Available For CBN Awards Reception

This spring, CBN will recognize individuals, organizations, companies, and institutions that help make St. Louis a better place to live at the 3rd Annual CBN Awards Reception. If you know of someone deserving recognition, fill out one of the nominating forms. To see the forms and for more information, click here.

Community Group Hopes To Bridge Racial And Economic Divides In Ferguson
"One Ferguson" is a new organization with aspirations to become a think tank for building and strengthening community. The organization has already presented some of their ideas to local governments, and they are hoping to attract new members. For more information on this new organization, click here.


Nixon Appoints 16-Member Ferguson Commission
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently appointed and swore in 16 individuals from around the St. Louis community to serve on the Ferguson Commission. The Ferguson Commission has been tasked with studying the policies and social and economic factors that have lead to recent civic and social unrest. For more information on this commission, click here.


Nixon Backs Pursuit Of St. Louis-Area 'Promise Zone' Designation
The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County's efforts to become a designated 'Promise Zone' are now receiving support from the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon through the office of Community Engagement. 'Promise Zone' designations currently exist in five communities nationwide and provide communities with resources and assistance with revitalization projects. To read more on this story, click here.


Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards
Rosalind Williams, retired Director of Planning for the City of Ferguson, and the 24:1 Initiative were winners in East West Gateway's OLGA awards. Williams was awarded the Gateway Lifetime Public Service Award, and 24:1 was awarded for Exemplary Intergovernmental Collaboration. For more information on the OLGA awards, click here.


Chouteau's Grove Site Plan Made Public
Plans for an eight story apartment and a new grocery store have recently been made available to the public. The $85 million Green Street Development project has been planned for the site of the old Commerce Bank building on Manchester just west of Vandeventer. For more information on this development, click here.


Bridgeton Joins St. Ann In Authorizing Special Tax District To Redevelop Northwest Plaza
The City of Bridgeton is joining St. Ann in collecting a 1 percent sales tax to raise funds for the redevelopment of Northwest Plaza. Additional financing support for the project is coming from CID funding and Transportation Development District taxes. For more information on this story, click here.


National Park Service Awards Contract for North Gateway Construction to Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. has been awarded a $10.27 million contract to construct North Gateway Park, part of the CityArchRiver project. The North Gateway Park will feature space for concerts and other events, and will sit at the current site of the Arch parking garage. For more information on this project, click here.


Fewer Missouri Children Using Subsidized Childcare
A change to Missouri's application system for subsidized childcare has been noted as corresponding with a 25% drop in subsidized childcare attendance. Missouri's subsidies for childcare services are funded through federal Community Development Block Grants. For more information on this story, click here.


Mayor Slay And Comptroller Green Announce $4.6 Million In New Funding Opportunities for Home Repairs
Two new funding opportunities for home repairs are now available within the City of St. Louis. The funds are being channeled through the city's Home Repair program and through issuances of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds. For more information about this announcement, click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

What's Brewing? In Pagedale
Creating Whole Communities at UMSL is continuing the neighborhood events series in Pagedale on December 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Join Dr. Todd Swanstrom and panelists for a discussion on the revitalization of communities. For more information and to register, click here.

Beyond The Building: Stories Of The Community
Join the Missouri History Museum Tuesday, December 9 from 7 to 8pm for a free program on the history of neighborhood revitalization projects in St. Louis. For more information about this program, click here.

2015 St. Louis Emerging Trends
Join the Urban Land Institute Thursday, December 11 for the 2015 St. Louis Emerging Trends conference. The conference will discuss trends that impact developments and living standards in the St. Louis region. For more information, click here, and to register, click here.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Pathway to Public Office Workshop
The University of Missouri-St. Louis, East-West Gateway, and others are partnering to present this workshop for individuals interested in running for local office in Missouri. The workshop will take place Saturday, December 4 from 10am to 1:30pm. For more information, click here

Transportation Improvement Program Project Implementation Workshop
MoDOT is hosting a workshop Tuesday, December 9 for public agencies on how to deliver a federal-aid transportation projects. Register by December 8 to attend this event. For more information, click here, and to register, click here

 

Affordable Housing and Mixed Income Community Management
The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is holding this five day course on best practices for mixed-income housing. The course begins Monday, January 5 and ends Friday, January 9. December 19 is the last day to register. For more information, click here

EVENTS

WHO WE ARE

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!

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for their Environmental Solutions for Communities grant. The grant is intended for organizations who work to create environmentally sustainable communities, facilitate green infrastructure development, and who work with the community to implement projects. The deadline to apply is December 10. For more information on this grant, click here

Our Town Grants: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that will improve livability, civic development, and support for community arts. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Our Town Grants: Projects that Build Knowledge about Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that seek to improve connections between artists and economic and community development projects. Grant applications are due December 15. For more information, click here.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice is accepting grant applications from organizations helping to address environmental and public health issues within their communities. Grant applications are due by December 15. For more information, click here.

Livability Solutions: Free Technical Assistance
The Project for Public Spaces, through support from the Environmental Protection Agency, is offering free technical assistance for organizations who are working to make their community more livable. The deadline to apply is January 9. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Environments Program
The Surdna Foudnation is offering funding for organizations that improve and create sustainable infrastructure in underserved communities. The foundation is offering grants in four categories: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. For more information about these grants, click here.

Community Development Specialist
The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is seeking a Community Development Specialist to run and manage committees, communications, events, fundraising, and to complete other tasks as needed. Application deadline is today. For more information, click here

Real Estate Development Manager
Habitat for Humanity St. Louis is hiring a Real Estate Development Manager to coordinate the planning and implementation of the organization's projects and programs. For more information on this position, click here.

Director of School and Institutional Partnerships
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of School and Institutional Partnerships to direct and provide leadership with their school community based programs. For more information, click here.

Director of Community Development
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Director of Community Development to direct and oversee their various community development programs. For more information, click here.

Director of Quality Improvement
Beyond Housing is seeking a Director of Quality of Improvement to lead internal quality planning, support a culture of improvement, and support compliance with all quality standards. For more information, click here

Section 8 in the St. Louis Region: Local Opportunities to Expand Housing Choice
This paper published by the Washington University's Brown School of Social Work discusses the state of Section 8 housing and it's impact on residential segregation. The paper's author, Molly Metzger, also details a list of policy changes to improve Section 8 housing in St. Louis and increase the number of choices for Section 8 housing. To read the full paper, click here

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