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October 15, 2014


Community Builders: MOHTC Needs You!

By Christina Clagett, Organizer for Missouri Historic Revitalization Alliance

The Missouri Historic Tax Credit (MOHTC) is the most effective incentive for growth in economic districts across the state. Historic buildings put back into service with MOHTC have spurred surrounding development by increasing property values and local tax bases, creating thousands of jobs, and leveraging billions (with a B) in direct private investment.

To read the full article, click here.

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 application forms. To see the forms and for more information, click here.

North Campus, UMSL will partner on Tutoring
North Campus, a tutoring and educational services program founded in 2012 by Antonio French, received $500,000 to expand their student capacity. Through the new funds, North Campus will also begin a partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis. To read the full story, click here.

UMSL Chancellor Discusses University's Role in the Community
Thomas George, the Chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, recently spoke on the St. Louis Public Radio program,  "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss the ways in which the university is working to support its neighboring communities. For the full interview, click here.

Monsanto to give $1 Million to North County Initiatives
The United Way, the Urban League, Reinvest North County, and the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri are the groups set to receive a slice of the $1 million donated by Monsanto in support of Ferguson and other North County Communities. For more details, click here.

Future North County Transit Hub Slated for Ferguson
By the end of 2015, Metro will open a new transit hub in Ferguson in a space formerly occupied by a car dealership. The opening of the new hub will coincide with potential plans for a new bus rapid transit corridor along West Florissant. For further details, click here.

Midland States Bank pledges $16.6 million to settle fair housing complaint
Midland States Bank is opening new branches in St. Louis and Joliet, Illinois, and is planning to increase their financial services offered in minority communities. For the full story (stltoday subscription needed), click here.

Bridgeton approves $13.2 million contract for new community center
The city of Bridgeton has approved the construction of a new community center to replace their old center on Fee Fee road. The project will be funded by a 2013 sales tax increase in the city. For more details, click here.

Grand Center Development Keeps Growing
Several new developments are taking place within the Grand Center neighborhood. The community has recently seen plans for a new pedestrian pathway, called ArtWalk, new residential developments, museums, restaurants, and a new cafe. For the full story, click here.


What's Brewing? Carondelet's Neighborhood Rebound
Creating Whole Communities at UMSL is beginning this year's neighborhood events series in Carondelet on October 16 at 7:30am. Come hear about Carondelet's neighborhood rebound work. For more information and to register, click here.

CDA Public Hearing on 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan
The Community Development Administration is holding a public hearing to review their 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and their 2015 Annual Action Plan. The public hearing is set to take place October 28 at 5pm at 1520 Market Suite 2000 in downtown St. Louis. For more information on their plans, click here.

19th Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference
SLACO, Harris-Stowe State University and other local partners are hosting a conference on "Strong Neighborhoods: Regional Prosperity" November 1 from 8am to 3pm. For more information, click here.


Start Something: Be A Social Entrepreneur!
St. Louis Public Library's Central Library is hosting a free workshop on growing a social enterprise. Join Chris Miller, CEO of Mission Company L3C, and other expert panelists October 20 between 9 and 11am at the Central Library in downtown St. Louis. Preregistration is required for this event. 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.

How Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirements Affect Your Community
The Illinois Department of Human Rights is hosting this free workshop October 16 at the Casino Queen Hotel Ballroom. RSVP is required. For more information, click here.

Case Study Of How To Win An Online Funding Competition
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is offering a workshop to assist organizations improve social media strategies and plan for online competitions. To register and for further 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!

EDA 2014 Regional Innovation Strategy Program Competition
The U.S. Economic Development Administration's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applicants for three funding opportunities to facilitate regional innovation. The EDA has $15 million in available funds. For more information, click here.

CDA Housing Production NOFA
The St. Louis Community Development Administration is accepting applications for funding for residential development projects through November 7. For more information, click here.

250 Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood
SLACO is seeking ideas for a contest on how to improve the region's neighborhoods. The contest's winner will be announced at the annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood conference November 1 and will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information, click here.

Rural Community Initiative Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Community Initiative Grants for non-profit community development organizations working with community and economic development in low-income rural communities. For more information, click here

Grant for Development around Transit Lines
The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for grant dollars to fund projects that will develop economic development, multimodal transit, and transit access for bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, click here.

Collaborative Grant Opportunity
Rise St. Louis is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Rise Collaborative Grant. CDC's interested in this grant must submit a letter of intent by October 17. For more information on the grant, click here

Community Development Grant Program
Catholic Campaign for Human Development is offering a Community Development grant, ranging in funds from $25,000 to $75,000. For more information, click here

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants
Lowe's is offering grants of $5,000 to go towards indoor or outdoor landscaping or clean up projects at a public K-12 school. Grant applications are due October 15. For more information, click here

Our Town Grants: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planing and Design Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants for projects that will improve livability, civic development, and support 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.

Designer Seeking Communities to Provide Free Advice
The Lawrence Group is looking to design a visual of potential placemaking tools to improve communities with streets in need. The designs are intended to bring about revitalization projects to a community. For more information, please contact Craig Lew by email or by phone at 314-231-5700.


Community and Environmental Planner
Heartlands Conservancy is seeking a Community and Environmental Planner to assist them as they identify and implement potential projects that protect natural resources in southwestern Illinois. For further information, click here.

Fund Development Database Manager
Beyond Housing is a seeking a database manager responsible for managing the e-Tapestry database, data entry, data analysis, training and development. For a more detailed job description, click here.

Marketing and Membership Coordinator
North County Incorporated is seeking a full time Marketing and Membership Coordinator to handle membership development and public relations initiatives. For a more detailed job description, click here.

Program Manager of Women's Business Center
Grace Hill Settlement House is seeking a Program Manager for the Women's Business Center to assist with SBA goals and community development needs. Click here for the full job description.

Foreclosure-Intervention Counselor/Advisor
Beyond Housing is seeking a Foreclosure-Intervention Counselor/Advisor to assist with loss mitigation and counseling services for homeowners. For a more detailed job description, click here.

Senior Vice President - Development
McCormack Baron Salazar is seeking applicants for a Senior Vice President in Development. For more information click here or you may contact Alan Greenwald by email or at 240-752-7810, or you can contact Ellie Gardner by email or at 949-325-7087. 

24:1 Municipal Specialist
Beyond Housing's 24:1 Municipal Government Partnerships Committee is seeking a part time Municipal Specialist. The Municipal Specialist will work closely with the Natural Bridge Economic Development Subcommittee. For more information, 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

What's being built near you?
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently released this interactive map plotting building permits for projects over $100,000 in the City of St. Louis and select areas of St. Louis County. To view the map, click here.


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