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July 11, 2012



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From The Field

Where's the Outrage? It's About Our Neighbors, Not Numbers
By Kimberly McKinney

Do you remember your first address?  For those of us fortunate enough to be born to “homeowner” parents, I think this question loses some of its significance.... To read the full article click here.


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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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The photo in this issue was brought to you by PPRC and Tanya Long.

For any questions or to share a community development news story please email Tamar Shepherd at cbn@umsl.edu.


Events

July
7/14: Community Gardens Workshop
7/14: 24:1 Bus Tour
7/14: North City Farmer's Market
7/21: Soulard Summer Concert Series
7/30: Home Repair Workshop

August
8/4:
Commnity Development Carnival

8/4: Ranger-Led Bike Tour

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News


St. Louis

  • Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association- This newly formed community development association, chaired by David Noble, is working to ensure equal lending practices and services are offered to low-income areas. For more information click here.
  • CPA Round 2 Meeting-  East-West Gateway's CPA Round 2 meetings are underway discussing topics on sustainability and sustainable development. To get more information on the meeting dates click here.
  • Redevelopment at Entrance to Lafayette Square- Apted Brothers purchases former Bouras Mop Co. building with plans to renovate and convert the building into three floors of apartments with offices spaces on the ground level. For more information click here.
  • Crown Square's Newest Addition- New commerical tenants will occupy space along the 2600 and 2700 block of N. 14 Street and Crown Square including an art gallery with spaces for lease still available. To get more information click here.
  • CBN on Going Beyond- Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing interviewed Professor Todd Swanstrom about the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis on the Going Beyond radio show. The show airs on Hallelujah 1600 today. Listen by clicking here.
  • Neighborworks Comes to the Brown School- Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis launches the Intensive Training Institute in community development this August in partnership with Neighborworks America. Click here for more information. 

National 

  • New Federal Initiative: The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative- The SC2 is a White House-led interagency partnership to strengthen the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies and break down federal silos. Six cities have been chose for the first phase. For more information click here.
  • Rehab to Rent Piolt Program- Fannie Mae proposes to convert foreclosed homes into rental properties.  So far the scoring to implement this new program looks promising.  To read more about this proposal click here.
  • New Federal Transportation Bill- Among many cuts, the new transportation bill includes a new grant program that funds community-led planning for neighborhood revitalization around transit lines. For more information click here
  • The Other Foreclosure Crisis: Property Tax Lien Sales- A new report from the National Consumer Law Center documents the issue of foreclosure due to property tax issues and provides policy recommendations for states, cities, and towns to address this issue. Click here for information. 

Training and Workshops
 

  • EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategies Workshop -  This free workshop held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 19 will assist organizations with writing nationally competitive proposal by equipping groups with strategies and resources.  For workshop details click here.
  • Starting and Governing a Nonprofit 501(c)3 in Missouri - This non-credit course, conducted by UMSL, will teach individuals how to obtain and maintain 501(c)3 status in addition to governing strategies and policies.  For more information on this course click here.
  • REO Management and Disposition Policies and Procedures -  This webinar, held on July 13 by Connecting Communities, discusses policies and implementation issues that organizations face and its impact on consumers and communities.  For more information click here.
     

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Nonprofit Sustainability Webinar- This free webinar, by the Foundation Center, teaches nonprofits how to become more competitve and strengthen your organizations finanical health.  For more information click here.
  • Save the Date: Neighborhoods Conference- The Great Neighborhoods for a Greater Region conference sponsored by SLACO will be held on October 27 at Harris Stowe State University.
  • 2012 UNCA Neighborhood Revitalization Conference- This conference held on August 2-3 focuses on efforts that integrate health, education child welfare and housing to create more livable communities.  For more information click here.
  • Next American Vanguard-  The 2012 Next American Vangaurd Conference will be held on October 11-12 in St. Louis. This two day conference in October, gathers the country's top urban advocates seeking to improve their cities. Applications are due July 31st. For more information click here.
  • Understanding the CHDO Development Capacity Requirement Webinar-  This webinar held on July 12 from 1-3pm will provide an overview for CHDOs of the 2012 Appropriations law requirement.  For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Investment Funds to Strengthen Distressed Community- The Bank Enterprise Award Program provides support to eligible community development financial institutions that are dedicated to financing and supporting community and economic development activities within economically distressed communities.  For more information click here.
  • Let's Play Community Construction Grant-  This grant brought to you by Dr. Pepper, Snapple and KaBoom is awarding funds to eligible organizations in efforts to purchase play ground equipment providing safe places for children to play.  For more information click here.
  • Small Change, Big Impact-  The Regional Business Council offers funding to nonprofits assisting in capital investment projects. Application deadline is August 15.  For more information click here.
  • Daughters of Charity Grant- Daughters of Charity is accepting grant applications to assist organizations with senior living and youth violence endeavors.  For more information click here

Job Opportunities

  • Community Development Mortgage Loan Officer- Stifel and Nicolaus seeks a candidate to focus on underserved low- to moderate-income and minority communities.  For more information click here.
  • Project Manager-  The Luthern Housing Support Corporation seeks a project manager with knowledge of neighborhood revitalization, project finance/budgets and construction tools.  For more information click here.
  • Annual Giving Coordinator-  Habitat for Humanity St. Louis seeks Annual Giving Coordinator.  Deadline to apply for this position is July 13 by 5pm.  For a complete job description click here.

Publications

  • Revitalizing Distressed Older Suburbs- This report focuses on the suburbs of older industrial cities and how best to address the challenges they face. Using census data, literature review, and four in-depth case studies, the authors provide a detailed portrait of the underlying forces shaping distressed suburbs.   To read the full publication click here.
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