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September 19, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


From The Field

Competition, Cooperation, Collaboration:  Questions You Need to Answer Before Requesting Funding
By Loura M. Gilbert, Vice President Community Development, Commerce Bank

I cannot tell you how often I talk to a non-profit organization that has a great idea for a program or initiative in their service area... For the full article click here.

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  • St. Louis Hosts Newly Formed National Consumer Advisory Board- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is having their first ever Consumer Advisory Board meeting in St. Louis on September 27 from 12:15-3:00pm at Randall Gallery. Public comments are slated for 2:00pm. To RSVP email full name and organization affiliation to For more information on the Consumer Advisory Board click here.
  • 2012 Citizens for Modern Transit Annual Report- Citizens for Modern Transit releases annual report on its progress of connecting people and places with transit.  For more information click here.
  • St. Louis Neighborhood Market Drilldown Report- This report by RHCDA and Housing and Community Solutions Inc provides detailed information about the market strength, market potential, and market size for the City of St. Louis and North St. Louis County.  For the full report click here
  • New Report Released on Community Reinvestment-  St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance (SLEHCRA) issued its first report examining the organization's impact on community investment in the St.Louis region. To read the report click here.
  • Sequestration to Devastate Low Income Housing Programs- Sequestration cuts to housing programs will place vulnerable Americans at risk of loosing affordable housing.  For more information read NLIHC assessment here.
  • Tax Credit Legislature Vital to Community Renewal- Low income housing and New Market tax credits are in need of legislative action to sustain programming in the next fiscal year.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 National Economic Trends- The St.Louis Federal Reserve released this report discussed the state of the U.S. economy.  For more information click here.

Training and Workshops

  • Developing Junior Boards- UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership program offers course on Junior Boards: How to Start Them and Best Utilize Them. Course will be held on September 20 from 3-5pm.  For more information click here.
  • Developing an Effective Board- How to Develop an Effective Board for your Nonprofit course by UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership program will be held on October 25 from 2-5pm.  For more information click here
  • Legal Issues Facing Nonprofts- UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership program course to focus on legal issues in governing and managing a nonprofit from hiring to tax law to board issues. Course is scheduled for October 5&6. For information click here
  • Banking the Unbanked- Banking the Unbanked webinar is hosted by Credit Builders Alliance and the Citi Foundation on October 11 from 2-3:15. Topics include demystifying opening bank accounts and how to deal with bank account issues. For more information click here.
  • ​Renters Facing Foreclosure- This free NLIHC webinar entitled, Renters in Foreclosure will discuss current foreclosure problems and analyze state and federal laws designed to protect renters.  For more information click here.
  • Nonprofit Sustainability- The Foundation Center is hosting "Building Your Nonprofits Sustainability" webinar, a three part series on October 3, 10 & 17 from 1-2:30.  For more information click here.
  • Buiding Business by Building Credit- Aspen Institute webinar will be on September 24 from 1-2:30 discussing credit, its importance to businesses, and unique ways organizations are supporting business development.  For more information click here
  • Financial Education and Financial Inclusion- The Carsey Institute's Sustainable Microenterprise and Development program offers a webinar on how to use financial education for financial inclusion on October 3 from 10-11.  For more information click here.

Conferences and Seminars

  • 2012 Housing Matters Conference- Housing Action Illinois is hosting it annual Housing Matters conference on November 1&2 at the Parke Hotel and Conference Center. For more information click here.
  • 2012 Workforce Housing Forum-  The National Forum on Workforce Housing: Bring Workers Home will be held on October 10-11 in Chicago, IL. discussing the importance and future of workforce housing in today's market.  For more information click here.
  • SLACO Conference- The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations hosts the Neighborhood Conference on October 27th focusing on building relationships and exchanging ideas to build stronger, safer and better neighborhoods.  For more information click here.
  • 2012 Livable St. Louis Conference-  Trailnet hosts this conference on October 26 emphasizing achieving bold community visions for the St.Louis Region around neighborhoods, transportation, and livability. For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program- This programs offers opportunities to assist American regions in promoting economic growth and success.  For more information click here.
  • Brownfield and Land Revitalization Fund- The EPA has funds available for brownfieds clean-up, assessment, revolving loans and environmental job training.  For more information click here


  • Education, Job Openings and Unemployment in Metropolitan America- This paper aims to help policy makers have a better understanding of specific issues facing the labor markets.  In this study St. Louis ranked 54th in the education gap index.  For the full publication click here.
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