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March 7, 2012

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The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a new 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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St. Louis
  • Lemay Housing Partnership- Gina Ryan joins the staff of the Lemay Housing Partnership as Program Manager. Gina worked in housing and community development in St. Louis for 30 years while at the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, (SLACO). She served as the Executive Director of SLACO from 1992-2010.
  • St. Louis New Market Tax Credit Awards- The U.S. Treasury has awarded $100 million to St. Louis-based U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. (USBCDC) and $50 million to St. Louis Development Corp. (SLDC). For more information on this story read the article in the St. Louis Business Journal. 
  • St. Louis City New Director of Public Safety- St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has appointed Eddie Roth as director of public safety for the City of St. Louis. Roth joined the mayor’s staff in August 2011 as St. Louis’ chief performance officer. For full story read article at UrbanReviewSTL. Additional information on the department of Public Safety can be found here.
  • Washington University- Washington University plans on investing $80 million in student apartments and retail space in Parkview Gardens neighborhood near Delmar. The proposal includes 20,000 square feet of new mixed-use retail space to be located along Delmar, just west of Eastgate Avenue. For more information on this story, click Here.

  • HUD-  On Tuesday, Feb. 28, HUD hosted its first ever Twitter Townhall to launch the Strong Communities, Strong Cities (SC2) Fellowship program.  The Obama Administration launched the SC2 initiative last summer as a pilot initiative to establish interagency collaboration and spark economic growth. For more information visit HUD's website.
  • FHA's Streamline Refinance Program- The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced significant price cuts to its Streamline Refinance Program that could benefit millions of borrowers whose mortgages are currently insured by FHA. For full story click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Investing in St. Louis County Commuity Development- St. Louis County's Office of Community Development is hosting a breakfast program for funders interested in community development to discuss how funders and St. Louis County can better cooperate and create measurable impact on community development efforts. For more information and registration, click here.
  • Affordable Housing Forum- The Affordable Housing Forum that was planned for Saturday, Mrch 3rd has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 10-11:30. It will still be at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Compton. Topics include:
          -The history of affordable housing in
           St. Louis            
          -The Affordable Housing Trust Fund     
          -How to better fund affordable housing
           in St. Louis 

          For more information click here.
  • Minority Contractor Initiative- The Minority Contractor Initiative (MCI) is hosting an open house and tour on Thursday, March 8. For full information, please read the event flyer.
  • Storytelling with Data- Gateway Center for Giving is offering a training on how to craft an effective story with data. For more information click here

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Livability and Jobs: Exploring Innovation- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host a morning conference about new ideas and fresh thinking on livability and its important role in a local economy. The focus will be on the economics of sustainability, regionalism and the new civics, equity and jobs. Speakers will include: Robert McNulty (president and CEO, Partners for Livable Communities, Washington, D.C.), Andre Pettigrew (executive director, Climate Prosperity Project, Washington, D.C.), and    Dan Burden, executive director, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Port Townsend, Wash.
          This event is free, and the deadline is
          March 16. For more information, click here.
  • Focus On Public Policy Administration and Policy- This discussion series considers topics at the intersection of public administration and public policy. Each session will foster discussion between local government, nonprofit academic leaders on issues that are current in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Click here for more information.
           Thursday, March 8:
           Local Governments, Nonprofits, and Questions
           of Taxation

  • Rustbelt to Artist Belt- The Community Arts Training Institute of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is hosting Rustbelt to Artist Belt: At the Crossroads, a forum on using art as a medium for community development. The event takes place April 12-14. For more information please visit their website.
  • Innovation in Funding Community Development- The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will sponsor a roundtable discussion about new ideas and fresh thinking on community development finance in St. Louis. Registration deadline is March 19. Click here for event details.

Funding Opportunities

  • United Way- United Way of Greater St. Louis is offering one-time grants for nonprofits in the areas of community needs, youth services, employment services, medical help services, and medical help for seniors. Please visit United Way's website for specific criteria and grant deadlines.
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