Community Development At Work

Community Development at Work – The St. Louis CDFI Coalition: Investing for Equity

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) were created by the Department of the Treasury to serve communities that traditional financial institutions overlook. Mission-driven and financially flexible, CDFIs invest in communities with low incomes, the nonprofits that serve them, and small business […]

Community Development at Work – Granite City Cinema: Where Industry and Art Meet

When Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer was canvassing for Mayor in early 2005, he noticed a need for his community. Door after door, young folks and senior citizens alike voiced concern that there was no movie theater within the city […]

Community Development at Work – Want to Change Lives? Come Work in St. Louis, says Executive Director of Planning and Urban Design Don Roe

When Don Roe moved to St. Louis from Boulder, Colorado in 1988, it was for a temporary consulting contract to work as an Airport Planner for Lambert Airport. He did not expect to stay longer than two years. Now, almost […]

Community Development at Work – University Square CDC Taps Potential in North St. Louis County

University Square Community Development Corporation (USCDC) may be most recently well-known for the Natural Bridge Great Streets project, an initiative that developed multi-use pedestrian paths along Natural Bridge Road to promote safety, accessibility, and opportunity. Phase One, completed in the […]

Community Development at Work – Neighborhood Leadership Academy Empowers Residents To Make An Impact

Since Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA)’s establishment in 2002, over 250 leaders in neighborhoods and organizations across the St. Louis Metro area have graduated from this program with an UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Neighborhood Leadership. The Academy trainings focus on honing […]

Community Development at Work – Antwan Pope of Wellston Loop CDC Empowers Residents and Brightens Streets in the 22nd Ward

On any given Tuesday morning, you can find Antwan Pope of Wellston Loop CDC working to open his doors at 1514 Hodiamont Avenue to offer free breakfast and health services to community members. Pope is a passionate community development professional […]

Community Development at Work – Boosting Capacity to Serve North City: Community Renewal and Development, Inc. and North Newstead Association Formally Merge

Effective January 1st, two community development corporations (CDCs) that have been serving North St. Louis City for years joined together to boost their capacity, broaden their reach, and expand their collective expertise. Community Renewal and Development, Inc. (CRD) and North Newstead […]

Community Development at Work – Collaboration Continues to Lift the Community of Lemay

The community of Lemay in South St. Louis County gained 40 brand-new single-family homes this year with the completion of Lemay Homes, a project co-developed by Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. (LHP) and Rise Community Development (Rise). The lease-purchase homes are […]

Community Development at Work – LinkSTL Brings Together Over 500 Neighbors for Trick-Or-Treating and Community Building

When LinkSTL in North St. Louis City’s Hyde Park neighborhood began planning their second annual Spooktacular Halloween event this year, they set sights on a higher turnout than they’d had in 2015. Last October, Spooktacular drew about 150 registered attendees and […]

Community Development at Work – Opportunity Knocks: DeSales Community Housing Corporation Continues to Grow its Property Management Business

November 22, 2016 When faced with competing the demands of emerging opportunities and strategic planning, DeSales Community Housing Corporation in South St. Louis City has adopted a flexible approach. As DeSales Executive Director Tom Pickel puts it, “opportunity doesn’t always […]