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Missouri Ranks 37th on ACEEE 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was published in September. Missouri ranks 37th overall, with a score of 12.5 out of a possible 50. While Missouri fell 5 places in the ranking from […]

Credit Awareness Month Events with the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force

Join the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force throughout the month of October for a variety of Credit Awareness Month Events!  For more information, click the flyer below or contact Lisa Potts at 314-239-1897.

City of St. Louis Draft Documents: Public Hearing Notice

The City of St. Louis is soliciting comments on two draft documents: Draft 2018 Annual Action Plan, which includes annual priorities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for […]

Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization, Inc. Trivia Night

Join Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization, Inc. (HHNOI) for a Trivia Night on Saturday, October 7 at 5736 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive! Trivia starts at 7:00 pm. Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages (alcoholic beverages will be sold). Tickets are $15 per person and $100 […]

St. Louis County FY 2018 Consolidated Plan Update: Public Hearings

Interested persons, groups and agencies are invited to attend one of four (4) scheduled public hearings to provide input regarding proposed activities for St. Louis County’s FY 2018 Consolidated Plan Update: September 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm CAASTLC 2709 Woodson […]

Rainscape Your Facility with Funding from MSD Project Clear

        Fresh Coast Capital is assisting eligible nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools and other private properties to access MSD Project Clear grants to add rainscaping that improves your property and your community while helping reduce flooding and pollution. […]

DSCC Announces Amanda Colón-Smith as Executive Director

The Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Colón-Smith as Executive Director! Amanda Colón-Smith started with DSCC three years ago as the team’s Program Coordinator and was promoted to Program Director after […]

Community Beautification Project at Fairground Park

Save the date for a community beautification project on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm! Join North Newstead Association, Fairground Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Brightside St. Louis, and Alderman Brandon Bosley as they lead a team of volunteers to clean […]

Southside Youth Council Festival

Join the Southside Youth Council for a Fun Day and Car Wash on July 29, 2017! As a part of their work in the Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhood Planning Area, Rise Community Development (Rise) has supported the efforts of the […]

Community Back-to-School Block Party in the Ville Neighborhood

The Ville Collaborative and Annie Malone Children and Family Services will host their yearly Ville Collaborative Block Party on August 12, 2017 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on the corner of Kennerly and Sarah! This event will be packed with […]

Press Release: Low-Income Energy Efficiency Bill Signed Into Law

        For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017 Contact: James Owen (417) 496-1924 james@renewmo.org Low-Income Energy Efficiency Bill Signed Into Law COLUMBIA, MO – On July 11th, Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 112 into law after the […]

Press Release from MOWHA: Affordable Housing Advocates Address Tax Committee Report

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017 Contact: Jeff Smith, Missouri Workforce Housing Association – (314) 323-0915 (c) *** Affordable Housing Advocates Address Tax Committee Report *** JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA) Executive Director Jeff Smith issued a statement […]

St. Louis CDA: Public Hearing Notice and Documents Available for Review

The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) is soliciting comments on two draft documents: (1) the Draft Substantial Amendment to its 2015 – 2019 Consolidated Plan/2016 Annual Action Plan and (2) the Draft 2018 CDBG/HOME Funding Priorities. The […]

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 […]

North Newstead Association Crime Prevention Summit

On Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, North Newstead Association will host a Crime Prevention Summit for O’Fallon, Fairground, and Penrose neighborhood residents. The event will be held at the O’Fallon Park Rec Center (4343 W. Florissant). Free continental breakfast […]

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 […]

Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization Walk-A-Thon

Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization, Inc. (HHNOI) is sponsoring a Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, June 17 to promote healthy living for seniors in the neighborhood. HHNOI is a neighborhood 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Hamilton Heights, Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, and Wells-Goodfellow neighborhoods. The HHNOI team invites you to come […]

SLACO Sustainable Neighborhood Academy – May 2017

The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is hosting another series of Sustainable Neighborhood Academy workshops this month! See image below for dates and details. To reserve your seat, call 314-361-9406 or email jarnold@slaco-mo.org.

Save the Date: Prosperity Connection Wealth Accumulation Center Community Open House

On May 23, Prosperity Connection is hosting a Community Open House in the Benton Park West neighborhood at their brand-new South City Wealth Accumulation Center (WAC)! Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm Location: 2828 S. Gravois Ave. (at Gravois & Oregon), […]

Know Your Region: Low Food Access Areas in St. Louis

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant Today, we’re sharing maps that examine low food access areas in the St. Louis region. These were compiled using the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Access Research Atlas, a mapping tool that […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Kathy Sorkin, Rosemann & Associates

Congratulations to Kathy Sorkin, Vice President and Business Development Director of Rosemann & Associates, winner of our 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Building! CBN’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Building recognizes an individual who: Demonstrates a long standing commitment to […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Michele Duffe, ND Consulting Group

Congratulations to Michele Duffe, Partner at ND Consulting Group, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in the Business Sector! CBN’s Award for Excellence in the Business Sector recognizes an individual or business that: Acts as an anchor institution for communities through investment, by […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Alana Green, City of St. Louis Community Development Administration

Congratulations to Alana Green, Executive Director of the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in the Public Sector! CBN’s Award for Excellence in the Public Sector recognizes an individual, government or quasi-government department/agency, or […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Rosie Willis, JeffVanderLou Neighborhood Resident

Congratulations to Rosie Willis of the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in Resident Leadership! CBN’s Award for Excellence in the Resident Leadership recognizes a resident who: Has shown incredible volunteerism and involvement in their community and/or community initiatives. […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Revitalization 2000

Congratulations to Revitalization 2000, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in the Faith-Based Community! CBN’s Award for Excellence in the Faith-Based Community recognizes an individual or institution that: Is community oriented. Deploys both human and financial resources to bear […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Missouri Foundation for Health

Congratulations to Missouri Foundation for Health, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in Philanthropy! CBN’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy recognizes an individual or organization that: Supports community building by bringing investment and resources to places’ human or physical dimensions. […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Justine PETERSEN

Congratulations to Justine PETERSEN, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in Lending! CBN’s Award for Excellence in Lending recognizes an individual or an organization that: Gets involved beyond traditional lending in community building activities and is creative in how they […]

Introducing Our 2017 Awards Reception Winners: Lemay Housing Partnership

Congratulations to Lemay Housing Partnership, winner of our 2017 Award for Excellence in Community Building! The Award for Excellence in Community Building recognizes a CBN member who: Demonstrates excellence in multi-year, place-based, collaborative, comprehensive community building based on strong community engagement. […]

Know Your Region: Vacancy Change in the City of St. Louis, 2010-2017

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing a map that was compiled for us by the Stupp Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab, a state-of-the-art computer imaging center at Saint Louis University’s (SLU’s) Center for Sustainability. The […]

Policy Briefs: St. Louis City April 4, 2017 General Municipal Election

Need more information about some of the issues that appear on the ballot in St. Louis City’s General Municipal Election on April 4? Take a look at our two policy briefs below.      

Know Your Region: Rise’s LIHTC Explorer

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant Today, we’re sharing a new mapping tool that Rise Community Development (Rise) Data Management Coordinator John Cruz introduced last week. John works with data and mapping technology to help Rise and their community partner […]

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 […]

City of St. Louis Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The City of St. Louis is soliciting comments on its draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER is an overall review of the housing and community development activities undertaken in 2016 by the City of St. Louis. […]

St. Louis City Mayoral Candidates on Community Development Issues

Select Candidate Responses from the February 22nd Mayoral Forum at the Sheldon On February 22nd, 2017, CBN partnered with nine regional initiatives to host a two-hour mayoral forum at the Sheldon. Transcribed here are select responses to forum questions that are […]

Know Your Region: The Spread of Vacancy in St. Louis City

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing maps that track the spread of vacancy in St. Louis City from 1970 through the present. These were compiled in QGIS using 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) Five-Year Estimates. This data measures vacancy […]

Internship Opportunity with the University City Department of Community Development

The University City Department of Community Development is seeking an intern to perform a variety of tasks ranging from community outreach to volunteer organizing to coordinating special events and marketing. The intern will be supervised by the City’s Manager of […]

Missouri Workforce Housing Association Property Management Conference

The Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA) will host its First Annual Property Management Conference April 24th-25th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. The conference will offer approved continuing education from a certified, nationally recognized trainer. To sign up to attend or […]

St. Charles County Innovative Housing Conference

The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is hosting an Innovative Housing Conference on Thursday, March 2nd at Mill Pond Senior Apartments (1101 Mill Pond Cr., O’ Fallon, Missouri). The conference will discuss solutions to common housing problems, including home loans, tiny […]

Mayoral Forum Voters’ Guide

Mayoral Forum Voters’ Guide

Know Your Region: St. Louis’ Bicycle Network

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing maps on the bicycle network in the St. Louis area. These were compiled by Bram Boettge, Damon M. Hall, and Thomas Crawford from the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis […]

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 […]

Know Your Region: Vehicle Access

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re exploring vehicle access by census tract in the St. Louis region. The maps below cover St. Louis City and St. Louis County in Missouri and Madison and St. Clair Counties in […]

St. Louis REALTORS® President Barry Upchurch’s Installation Ceremony Speech

By Barry Upchurch, St. Louis REALTORS® President January 2017 A little boy followed a man with an axe down a dusty road. The whole journey seemed curious to this little boy of five. The man stopped at a cedar tree […]

STL Youth Jobs Summer 2017 Application Now Open

The STL Youth Jobs Summer 2017 application is now open! STL Youth Jobs employs St. Louis youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and provides each participant with job readiness and financial literacy training, career and mentoring support, and connection […]

Legal Assistance Available from Grace Hill

Grace Hill Settlement House hosts volunteers from Husch Blackwell to provide families with legal assistance on the third Thursday of every month. Sessions are held from 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm at Grace Hill’s Water Tower Hub (2125 Bissell Street). Residents interested […]

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 […]

Rise YP Board Fundraiser: Kendra Gives Back Event

  The Rise Young Professionals Board is hosting a Kendra Gives Back fundraising event at Kendra Scott jewelry store (1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Friday, February 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Stop by to enjoy drinks and treats and to browse the […]

Know Your Region: November 2016 General Election Voter Turnout

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant Today, we’re sharing maps that examine voter turnout in our region for the November 2016 general election. These were compiled by Paul Fehler of Missouri Wonk, a St. Louis-based policy consulting and data analytics […]

Know Your Region: Economic Development Incentives by St. Louis City Neighborhood

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing a map that was created by Team TIF using data from a report on Economic Development Incentives in the City of St. Louis, published by the St. Louis Development […]

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 […]

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 […]

Know Your Region: Sales and Use Tax by Zip Code in St. Louis City and County

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re looking at Sales and Use Taxes by zip code in St. Louis City and County. This data comes from the Missouri Department of Revenue‘s website on their Public Information Reports page, […]

Social Innovation District RFQ: Community Engagement Services

The Social Innovation District (SID) is seeking professional services from a qualified consultant to facilitate and undertake community engagement activities related to potential development of a nonprofit co-location hub in the West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. As the […]

Know Your Region: “Lost in Place” on Poverty and Population in St. Louis

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing an interactive map that accompanies City Observatory‘s “Lost in Place” report. “Lost in Place” argued in 2014 that concentrated poverty is a bigger problem for urban areas than gentrification. The report […]

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 […]

Know Your Region: Worker Commuting Patterns in St. Louis City

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re revisiting Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data, produced by the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. This data set uses Unemployment Insurance earnings data, […]

Community Builders Network Fifth Annual Awards Reception

Join the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) for our Fifth Annual Awards Reception on April 27th as we recognize and celebrate trailblazers in different areas of community development and their accomplishments over the past year. Click here to register and […]

First Annual North Newstead Association Community Development Celebration

On November 30th from 6:00-10:00 pm, the North Newstead Association is hosting its First Annual Community Development Celebration! You’re invited to enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a special announcement about the future of community development in North St. Louis. RSVPs are required […]

Know Your Region: Foreign-Born Residents

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s newsletter, we’re mapping foreign-born residents in the St. Louis region. This week’s op-ed by Cyril Loum celebrates presence of immigrants in our cities and discusses some of the specific challenges […]

Brownfields Marketplace Preparatory Webinar

St. Louis University’s Center for Sustainability will be hosting a brownfields marketplace on February 22nd, 2017 for area organizations and stakeholders interested in brownfields redevelopment. Interested parties are invited to attend a webinar that will cover an overview of how to […]

EPA Land Revitalization Toolkit for Communities

The Land Revitalization Program Team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a toolkit highlighting land revitalization strategies for communities interested in sustainably redeveloping formerly contaminated properties. The publication spotlights tools that have grown out of community-based projects assisted by […]

Energy Efficiency Workshop for Affordable Multifamily Housing

Join Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC next Monday, October 24th from 9:00–11:00 am for a workshop on energy efficiency strategies for affordable multifamily housing. This is the third and final workshop in this series for 2016. Attendees will hear from industry […]

City of St. Louis Community Development Administration Winter 2016 Notice of Funding Availability

The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) has announced that it will issue the Winter 2016 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on Monday, November 7. At that time, interested parties will be able to obtain a copy of the […]

Local Food Policy Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, October 25th from 7:00-9:00 pm, Washington University is hosting a panel discussion on local food as part of their Food Week celebration. Community members are invited to come participate in a discussion on food and social justice issues, food policy, and […]

Know Your Region: Homeowners, Renters, and Residential Longevity

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s newsletter, we’re exploring housing tenure and residential longevity. The maps below examine the distribution of homeowners and renters in the St. Louis region, as well as the length of time […]

St. Louis County FY 2017 Annual Action Plan – Public Hearings Scheduled

Interested persons, groups and agencies are invited to attend a public hearing to provide input regarding proposed activities for St. Louis County’s FY 2017 Annual Action Plan. Three (3) public hearings will be held between October 20 and November 3: October 20, […]

Happy Fifth Birthday, Community Builders Network!

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) turns five years old tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th. Five years ago, over 30 community development nonprofits gathered in Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s community room to form an association eventually […]

Know Your Region: Jobs per Capita in St. Louis

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re revisiting Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data, produced by the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. As discussed in our Know Your Region post from September 14th, […]

Rise CDC Capacity Building and Collaborative Grant Workshop

Rise Community Development (Rise) is officially underway with its 2017 CDC Capacity Building and Collaborative Grant Program application funding cycle. On October 14th, Rise will be holding a grant workshop for St. Louis area community development corporations (CDCs) that serve St. Louis County, the […]

Know Your Region: Major St. Louis City Job Sectors

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s newsletter, we’re taking a look at maps that examine major job sectors in St. Louis City. These maps use Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) data, produced by the Center for Economic Studies […]

Know Your Region: St. Louis Area Population, 1970-2010

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re looking at maps that chart population over time in the St. Louis area. It’s well-documented that the St. Louis region experienced a massive population loss over the second half of […]

Press Release: North County Inc. Salutes 30 Leaders In Their Thirties

NCI Requests Nominees and Sponsors for NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Campaign Contact: Alex Hillmer-McGee, Marketing and Membership Coordinator (314) 895-6241 Press Release: August 25, 2016—North County Incorporated (NCI) is seeking nominations for this year’s NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their […]

Know Your Region: Health Insurance

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re looking at health insurance coverage in the St. Louis region. In today’s op-ed, Kavya Sekar discusses the intersections between community health and community development, which define why “a person’s zip code […]

St. Patrick Center Events to End Homelessness on Wednesday, 8/17

St. Patrick Center will host Lloyd Pendleton, former Director of the Utah Homeless Task Force, at two events focused on ending homelessness on Wednesday, August 17th. See below for more information and to RSVP:

Know Your Region: HMDA 2014 Approved Home Loans

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing three maps that examine 2014 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data on approved home loans in the St. Louis region. The Publications section of this week’s newsletter features a […]

Know Your Region: Walking and Biking to Work

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we’re sharing a map that looks at residents who walk and bike to work in the St. Louis region. This week’s Publications section highlights a […]

NCI Releases New Brochure Featuring North County

North County Incorporated (NCI) has created a new marketing piece for ExploreNorthStLouisCounty.com, NCI’s online resource featuring the North County community’s recreational, historical, and entertainment venues. This brochure proudly markets a comprehensive online free resource to find out about where to go […]

New Guide to HUD-Approved Client Management Systems Helps Housing Counselor Agencies Make Informed Decisions

CONTACT: Kristin Ginger, Communications Manager, Housing Action Illinois 312-351-3042 kristin@housingactionil.org Report delivers detailed breakdowns of 17 client management systems, helping housing counselor agencies find the best fit for their needs. A new, comprehensive guide to the Client Management Systems (CMSs) approved […]

Know Your Region: Food Access

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, we’re sharing a map that was sent to us by Aaron McMullin, Executive Director of the Jacoby Arts Center. The map plots various food access points in St. Louis City—retail locations […]

Know Your Region: Housing Cost Burdened Households

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we’re looking at housing cost burden in our region. In her op-ed this week, Dr. Molly Metzger notes that in the St. Louis area, “among households […]

Save The Date: 3rd Annual MSLCRA Speed Networking Event

Metro St. Louis Community Reinvestment Association (MSLCRA) is hosting its Third Annual Speed Networking Event on Tuesday, July 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The event will bring together CRA-eligible nonprofits and at least 20 local banks to connect and discuss a […]

Civil Rights Enforcement Agency RFQ: Education and Outreach

The City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA) is seeking to contract with a St. Louis community based nonprofit organization to provide fair housing and civil rights outreach and education services. Funds will come from the U.S. Department of […]

New Research on Use of Historic Tax Credits in St. Louis Neighborhoods

This chapter from Kelly L. Kinahan’s Ph.D. dissertation (Cleveland State University) examines the use of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit (RTC) and Missouri historic rehabilitation tax credit (MRTC) programs between 1997 and 2010 in two St. Louis neighborhoods, Lafayette […]

Free Outdoor Movie Night in the JeffVanderLou (JVL) Neighborhood

The historic JeffVanderLou (JVL) neighborhood is hosting a free outdoor movie night at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 18th! Attendees will view “Can You Dig This,” an inspiring documentary that follows four gardeners on their journeys through the urban gardening movement. […]

Know Your Region: College-Educated Millennials

By Jenny Connelly-Bowen, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week’s maps come from to us from Alan Mallach and PolicyMap and examine the growth of college-educated Millennials in the St. Louis region. Alex Ihnen’s NextSTL column from 2014 reports that in the City […]

Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Name City of St. Louis One of 50 Invest Health Cities

City of St. Louis to join innovative, national program to improve health in low-income neighborhoods By Maggie Crane, City of St. Louis Communications Director City of St. Louis, MO, May 17, 2016—The City of St. Louis has been selected by Reinvestment […]

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund in St. Louis: Community Town Hall Wednesday, 5/18

Over the past year, Community Builders Network has worked with the St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council to discuss with the City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office fully funding the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF). Assuming the Use Tax […]

Know Your Region: St. Louis Schools

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s Community Builders Exchange, we are featuring an op-ed written by Christie Huck, the Executive Director of City Garden Montessori Charter School, on “Achieving Equity Through School and Neighborhood Integration.” If […]

SCORE Opportunities for Nonprofits

SCORE is a volunteer run organization affiliated with U.S. Small Business. SCORE provides mentoring to people starting new businesses, management consulting to ongoing businesses, and training workshops. All services are free with the exception of the workshops, which include a […]

Know Your Region: Investment and Life Expectancy

By Daniel Hutti: CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week’s maps take a look at the spatial relationship between two different types of investments and average life expectancy.  The figures for life expectancy in the maps below were pulled from two […]

Consider CBN and CBN Members on Give STL Day

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) and to CBN members who work to improve communities throughout the entire St. Louis region. To learn more about CBN and Give STL […]

St. Louis Choice Neighborhoods Master Plan Released

At the March Community Update Meeting, Urban Strategies released the Master Plan for the Near North Side Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan. To view the presentation on this plan click on the linked PDF below. NNS Choice Master Plan Presentation

Know Your Region: Place of Residence for Jobs Near the NGA

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week, I am sharing a couple of maps that show the place of residence for people working at the current NGA location in south St. Louis City. The idea to create these […]

Know Your Region: Millennials

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week’s maps take a look at millennials in the St. Louis region. According to an article from The Atlantic, the millennial generation includes people who are currently between 12 and 34 years […]

Cantwell to Launch National Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Cantwell, Joined by Mayors Murray, Strickland and Stephanson, along with housing advocates announce affordable housing initiative & unveil report ‘The Housing Tax Credit: Addressing the Challenges of Affordable Housing & Homelessness’ SEATTLE, WA – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), joined […]

Know Your Region: Place of Residence for Jobs in the Central Corridor

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant The focus of this week’s maps is the place of residence for jobs that are located in the Central Corridor.  A data base from the US Census called LEHD (Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics) allows […]

Know Your Region: Home Repairs

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s  edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we are sharing an interactive map that shows a count of the number of home repair loans originated by Census Tract.  This interactive map […]

2016 CBN Award Winners

We are happy to announce the 2016 CBN Awards Reception winners! The winners this year are: Banking – David Noble CBN Nonprofit – Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC Community Building Outstanding Achievement – Nancy Thompson & Vince Schoemehl Faith Based – […]

Know Your Region: Integration in St. Louis

By Daniel Hutti CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this edition of the Community Builders Exchange we are sharing several maps on integrated communities in St. Louis and how they have changed from 1970 through 2010. The idea for these maps […]

University Square: A look back at 2015

University Square Community Development Corporation recently released its 2015 Community Newsletter. The newsletter highlights many of the CDC’s accomplishments from this past year, including the expansion of the NorthPark business park, the completion of the first phase of the Great […]

Know Your Region: How old are St. Louis’ buildings?

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we are looking at the age of buildings in the St. Louis region.  The first two maps show the median age of buildings by […]

Know Your Region: Assessed Property Value

By Daniel Hutti CBN Graduate Research Assisstant In this week’s edition of the Community Builder’s Exchange, we are presenting two maps on assessed property value in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The data used to create these maps […]

Know Your Region: 2015 Building Permits

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we are sharing two maps that show building permits issued in the City of St. Louis in 2015. The data used to build these […]

Rise Receives Federal and State Tax Credits for Adams Grove Development

By Larry Perlmutter, Rise Communications and Development Manager December 14, 2015–Rise Community Development received approval from the Missouri Housing Development Commission on December 4, 2015 for a reservation of tax credits for its Adams Grove affordable housing development. The development […]

STL Youth Jobs Summer 2016

STL Youth Jobs is a jobs and financial literacy training program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. This program serves several St. Louis neighborhoods, including Penrose, O’Fallon, Mark Twain, Baden, Walnut Park East, Walnut Park West, Dutchtown, […]

The St. Louis MetroMarket

After months of intense planning, the St. Louis MetroMarket made its debut in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood on December 19th in conjunction with CBN member Community Renewal and Development, Inc. The first 50 families in attendance received FREE groceries. Jeremy Goss […]

Know Your Region: Jobs in the St. Louis Region

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange, we are sharing several maps that display jobs details for the St. Louis region. The data used to create these maps comes from the […]

Nomination Forms Available for the 2016 CBN Awards Reception

The 4th Annual Community Builders Network Awards Reception will be held this year on March 31. At the reception, the Community Builders Network will honor eight individuals, organizations, companies, and public sector institutions whose work makes St. Louis a better […]

TheBANK Opens Bilingual Banking Center

By Bill Yarbrough, Community Relations/Communications Coordinator TheBANK of Edwardsville FAIRMONT CITY, IL., NOVEMBER 19, 2015 – TheBANK of Edwardsville introduced the first full service, fully bilingual banking center in the St. Louis metro area on Thursday, Nov. 19, with the […]

Know Your Region: Vacancy Rates

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. To see the maps we have shared previously, click here.  If you have a map or an […]

Know Your Region: Historic Tax Credits

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this issue of the Community Builders Exchange, we are sharing a map of Historic Tax Credits (HTCs) allocations throughout the State of Missouri. The map displays HTC issued from between 2000 through […]

The ABCs of NMTCs: How a Federal Tax Incentive Is Working to Attract Private Capital to St. Louis’ Most Distressed Communities

By Mitch Baris Mitch Baris is President of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s tax credit services as well as Executive Director of Enterprise Financial Community Development Entity (EFCDE), which oversees the Bank’s New Markets Tax Credit program. Mitch serves on the […]

Know Your Region: Pedestrian Crashes

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant This week’s edition of the Community Builders Exchange newsletter features an op-ed from Urban Planner Marielle Brown on how street design impacts communities and community development.  Brown describes how in the last century, street […]

DeSales Community Housing Corporation Makes Progress on Health and Housing Initiatives

By DeSales Community Housing Corporation DeSales Receives MFH Grant In late 2013 DeSales Community Housing Corp. began discussions with SouthSide Early Childhood Center and KIPP Inspire Academy about ways the three non-profits could strengthen their collective impact in the South […]

Neighborhood Input Sought from Ready by 21 St. Louis

By Ready by 21 St. Louis. Every year, millions of dollars are invested across our region in programs to support better youth outcomes. But things are not getting better … and many of our kids are “falling through the cracks.” […]

Dutchtown South CC Inaugural Photo Exhibit and Open House

Join the Dutchtown South Community Corporation on Wednesday October 28 for their Inaugural Photo Exhibit and Open House, More Than Hot Air. For more information, see the attached PDF below. Open House Flyer PDF

Know Your Region: Low-Income Housing in St. Louis

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In this week’s Community Builders Exchange newsletter, we feature an op-ed from Paul Dribin, a consultant and former employee of HUD. In his op-ed, Dribin describes the impact of the relatively recent Supreme […]

Know Your Region: St. Louis City Building Permits

We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. In this issue, we are sharing a map sent to from Richard Bose, an electrical engineer and contributor to nextSTL.com. The map shows building […]

2016 CDBG Funding Recommendations

On Friday, September 18, the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) announced their recommendations for the 2016 round of CDBG and HOME funding. In the announcement, ten Community Builders Network (CBN) members were recommended for a total of […]

The Sustainable Projects Marketplace

By Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager at East-West Gateway Council of Governments We keep hearing about how traditional and relied-upon sources of funding are becoming increasingly sparse and increasingly competitive(1).  This typical system of funding is based on a model […]

Know Your Region: Inequity in St. Louis

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here. If you have a […]

Know Your Region: Income Density in the St. Louis Region

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here. If you have a […]

IFF Celebrates $50 Million in lending to St. Louis Nonprofits

Since 2006, IFF has made over $50 million in loans to nonprofits and housing developers in the St. Louis area. Check out this article from the St. Louis Business Journal on these investments (online subscription required). To celebrate this investment, […]

Know Your Region: CBN Members and The Promise Zone

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. To view maps from previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here. If you have a […]

2015 Better Neighborhoods Awards

On October 22, DeSales Community Housing Corporation is hosting “Night Out for Neighborhoods” at Il Monastero. During the event, construction and rehabilitation projects will be honored with the “2015 Better Neighborhood Awards.” To nominate a project that has made a […]

Near North Side STL Choice Youth Council

The Near North Side St. Louis Choice Initiative is starting a new youth council. The council’s first meeting will be held Monday, August 24, at the Flance Early Learning Center. For more information, see the attached PDF by clicking the […]

Candlelight Dinner in the Garden

On August 22, Community Renewal and Development, Inc. and Mid-America Transplant Services are hosting a “Candlelight Dinner in the Garden” at the community garden at 2901 Dayton Street. RSVP by Friday August 14 to attend. For more information, see the […]

St. Louis County Office of Community Development

St. Louis County’s Office of Community Development is hosting a public meeting on September 2 on the development of their Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2016-2020. To see a PDF with more information about this hearing, click on the link below. […]

Know Your Region: St. Louis City Personal Crimes 2015

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant We are highlighting maps relevant to community development in each issue of the Community Builders Exchange. In our last issue, we shared maps showing how the racial makeup of St. Louis neighborhoods has […]

CDA Embraces New Technology to Greatly Improve Grant Management System

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant In June of 2015, the City of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration (CDA) announced they would begin rolling out a new online grants management system called the Electronic Grants Administration and Management System, […]

The Racial Makeup of St. Louis Neighborhoods from 1970 to 2010: What has changed and what has not

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant The  recent US Supreme Court ruling on the use of disparate impact claims has attracted attention to the persistence of racial segregation in cities throughout the country. Shortly following this ruling, the Obama […]

Near North Side Saint Louis Neighborhood Planning Initiative

The Near North Side St. Louis (NNS) Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative is continuing its working group meetings and community meetings throughout the month of June. Community meetings take place every 3rd Thursday of the month. There are also three working […]

Affordable Housing’s Place in Medicaid Reform: Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reform

The Center for Housing Policy released a report last week on the ways in which affordable housing providers can work with health care institutions to provide comprehensive care for low-income communities in light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As […]

Altruistic Web Developers Spend Weekend Building Projects to Help St. Louis

During the last weekend of May, members of the group OpenDataSTL convened in downtown St. Louis for the “Make St. Louis Better” hackathon weekend. Over the weekend, OpenDataSTL created apps and websites intended to improve regional hunger and volunteerism, and […]

Proposed Stadium Plans Would Destroy Several Historic Buildings On the National Register

The proposed plan for the new Rams stadium on the riverfront north of downtown St. Louis would demolish four buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In response, architectural historians and neighborhood preservationists are raising their concerns and even […]

The Low Income Investment Fund Social Impact Calculator

The Low Income Investment Fund (LIF) has created a Social Impact Calculator that measures the social and economic impact of investments in low income communities. To read more about this new calculator, click here. To try out the calculator, click […]

HUDZ Committee Report On Economic Incentives

Last month, St. Louis Alderman Joe Roddy began a conversation on how the City uses economic incentives and on finding the most impactful ways to support revitalization. He shared a detailed presentation on this topic to the Housing, Urban Development, […]

National Groups Oppose Pending Amendment to FY16 Appropriations for THUD Funding

Several national organizations, including NACEDA and the NLIHC, are advocating against H.R. 2577, a bill that would reduce FY16 appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD). Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of NLIHC, shared a blog […]

St. Lous Receives $200,000 Grant from National Initiative to Harness Data and Technology to Improve the Lives of Low-Income People – RISE to Manage Project

By Larry Perlmutter, Rise Communications and Development Manager Cross-sector partnership will work to place more young people in summer jobs/ develop a more citizen-centered justice system. St. Louis has been selected for a national initiative of Living Cities, Code for […]

HUDZ Committee Report on Economic Incentives

St. Louis Alderman Joe Roddy is beginning a conversation on how the city uses incentives and is working to find the most impactful ways to support revitalization. On May 6, 2015, he  shared a detailed presentation to the Housing, Urban […]

City of St. Louis Community Development Administration: Public Hearing and Documents Available for Review

The City of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration office (CDA) is holding a public hearing/public comment period on the Substantial Amendment, Citizen Participation Plan and 2016 CDBG/HOME Funding Priorities on Thursday June 18, 2015. This hearing will take place at 5:30 […]

The Impacts of Neighborhoods On Intergenerational Mobility

Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard University recently released a study on the impact of several neighborhood characteristics on adult income and life outcomes. Their research shows that communities with greater racial integration, income equality, better schools and safety, […]

St. Louis and St. Louis County Promise Zone Map

At the end of April, HUD Secretary Julian Castro visited the Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston to hold a press conference on St. Louis’ designation as a Promise Zone. The St. Louis Business Journal published an article summarizing […]

HUD Announces Changes to Distressed Asset Stabilization Program

HUD recently announced changes to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). The new changes would delay the foreclosure process for a year and give nonprofits more opportunities to purchase vacant properties. To read more about this announcement, click here.

Early 20th Century St. Louis Structures May Be Nominated for National Historic Register

Two St. Louis communities and two buildings are currently being evaluated to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The two neighborhoods are Claverach Park of Clayton and the Dutchtown South Historic District of the City of St. […]

‘Get to Know M.E.’ Campaign Celebrates Metro East Community

A new collaborative effort of 23 businesses and organizations is working to improve the image of communities in the Metro East by raising awareness of its assets. St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh interviewed Carol Bartle of “Get to Know […]

‘For the Sake of All’ Project urges community action

St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh interviewed Washington University Professor Jason Purnell about his work with the ‘For the Sake of All’ project. In the interview, Professor Purnell described the second phase of the project, which includes implementing some of […]

Video of Community Builders Network Awards Reception

This past March, the Community Builders Network hosted their 3rd Annual Awards Reception at the Cortex Building in the Central West End. CBN partnered with STL-TV to record this year’s event so people who could not make it could experience […]

Whitaker Urban Evening Concert Series

Grace Hill Settlement House and Affina Healthcare are presenting the Whitaker Urban Evening Concert series this summer on Thursdays from June 4 through July 16. This concert series will take place at St. Louis Place Park and is free and […]

Neighborhood Poverty and Quality in the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

The Cleveland Federal Reserve recently released a report on the effects of racial segregation on neighborhood quality. Their research examines five cities that took part in HUD’s pilot program Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing (MTO) during the 1990s. This […]

More Bike Routes Opened In St. Louis

On Saturday April, 25, Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis celebrated the completion of Phase III of the Bike St. Louis plan. Completion of Phase III means there are 40 more miles of bike routes and improved […]

New Program Offers Job And Life Skills To Minorities And Women

This article from St. Louis Public Radio highlights a new eight week class by MOKAN Construction Contractors Assistance Center. This program provides job training, remedial education, drug counseling, and financial education in an effort to connect women and minorities with […]

Lessons On Leadership In St. Louis And Beyond

In this episode of St. Louis On the Air, host Don Marsh interviewed Professor Todd Swanstrom of UMSL and Professor Robin Hambleton of the University of West England and author of the book “Leading the Inclusive City: Place Based Innovation […]

Economic Mobility Important For Region Post-Ferguson

On Thursday, April 16, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis, and the Community Against Poverty hosted a panel discussion called “Eight Months Post-Ferguson: The Journey From Recovery to Rebuilding.” The discussion focused on […]

Emerald Ridge Ribbon Cutting – Windy and Fantastic!

On April 20th, Rise held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the Emerald Ridge development in East Alton, Illinois. This project is the result of a collaborative effort between Rise Community Development, Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), the […]

LaunchCode To Open New Center In North St. Louis

LaunchCode is planning to open a new community center on Delmar just north of the Central West End in an effort to attract more diversity to its program. Part of the funding for the new center will come from $250,000 […]

Housing Authority Wants Smaller Low-Income Complexes In More Affluent Areas

In response to a request by Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, the Missouri Housing Development Commission recently presented recommendations for improving subsidized housing in St. Louis County. Their recommendations included placing smaller housing units in wealthier areas and connecting tenants with […]

St. Louis In Line For Federal Aid

HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke yesterday morning at the Metropolitan Education and Training (MET) Center in Wellston to announce Promise Zone designation for St. Louis. The designation gives St. Louis technical assistance and priority status when applying for federal grant dollars. […]

Historic Alliance of Missouri Asks Missourians to Voice Opposition to Historic Preservation Tax Credits Being Put into the Appropriations Process

The Missouri Historic Tax Credit program could face an uncertain future and potential elimination due to proposed resolution in the Missouri Legislature right now. The Missouri Historic Tax Credit program is a vital tool for the success of many community […]

On Give STL Day, Consider Giving to CBN Members

On Give STL Day, please consider giving to our participating Community Builders Network members. Participating Community Builders Network Members: Beyond Housing Carondelet Community Betterment Federation Community Renewal and Development, Inc. Cornerstone Corporation DeSales Community Housing Corporation Dutchtown South Community Corporation […]

Upcoming Near North Side St. Louis Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative Events

The Near North Side St. Louis Choice Neighborhood Planning initiative is hosting four events over the next two weeks related to the development of their community plans. Three separate working groups will begin meeting every other week to discuss and […]

Where The White People Live: How Self-Segregation And Concentrated Affluence Became Normal In America

Edward G. Goetz, Tony Damiano and Jason Hicks of the University of Minnesota have released a working paper examining racially concentrated areas of affluence (RCAAs) in the largest cities of the U.S. RCAAs are areas that are at least 90% […]

St. Louis Boasts Success with Programs Funded by Federal Community Development Grants

Last week, the Community Development Administration of the City of St. Louis hosted the annual National Community Development Week to highlight neighborhood revitalization efforts in the city. The CDA honored the efforts of three Community Builders Network members: Rise, Hamilton […]

Women’s Group Works To Keep Thriving Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood Diverse

The Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood has seen a development surge in recent years, with new businesses and housing units in and surrounding the Grove district. Voices of Women, or VOW, a recently formed nonprofit, is working with Urban Improvement Construction […]

St. Louis Public Housing Complex Wins HUD Job-Training Grant

HUD recently awarded the Clinton-Peabody housing development $3 million in grant dollars for a program that allows residents to keep low rental rates while find higher paying jobs. The program is intended to help residents build some personal wealth. To […]

Fair Housing Conference Focuses On School Segregation, Occupancy Permits

Last Friday, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council hosted its fair housing conference, “Modern Segregation: Addressing Barriers to Equality in Local Governments.” As St. Louis Public Radio reports, much of the conference focused on the requirement of […]

TGNCDC Receives Grant To Advance Energy Efficiency

Last month, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC was awarded a grant from the Energy Foundation to improve energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing. In receiving this grant, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC will take part in a statewide effort to reduce burden […]

North County Transit Center To Open Early Next Year

A new transit center in North County near W. Florissant Ave and I-270 is scheduled to open in early 2016. The transit center will connect riders directly with several popular locations including downtown St. Louis and Florissant Valley Community College. […]

Expanding Economic Opportunity: Lessons from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently published this report on the lessons learned from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative. East Baltimore is an area of the city that had experienced mass disinvestment and poor economic outlook. The East Baltimore Initiative […]

Wells Fargo Advisors 2014 Community Giving Exceeds $8.4 Million

In 2014, Wells Fargo Advisors donated $8.4 million to over 250 nonprofits organizations and volunteered around 50,000 hours throughout the state of Missouri. Wells Fargo Advisors’s donations benefited St. Louis Public Schools, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Stop […]

Energy Efficiency Savings Not Reaching Low-Income Households

Last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that energy efficient savings are generally not realized in low-income households. The article notes that owners of multifamily housing units have no incentive to increase the energy efficiency of their units because tenants […]

New Outdoor Market at Lemp Brewery Brings Small Business Shopping to Sundays

This article from St. Louis Public Radio describes plans for the “St. Louis Swap Meet,” an open market in the old Lemp Brewery. The owner of the market, Martin Casas, and James McKee of the Marine Villa Neighborhood Association see […]

CBN Members Awarded 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Program of the Year and housing Development by the City of St. Louis and Community Development Administration of St. Louis

Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization, and Rise along with Dutchtown South Community Corp were recently recognized by the City of St. Louis and the CDA as the 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Program and Housing Development of the Year […]

2014 Highlights Show SLACO on the move

In a recent newsletter, SLACO described some of their highlights from 2014, revealing strong organizational growth and influence. For example, SLACO added 9 neighborhood associations to their membership. With 21 total members, SLACO notes their membership accounts for 25% of […]

Sharing the Innovative Successes of the Sustainable Communities Initiative

This post on HUD’s blog, the HUDdle, highlights Secretary Julian Castro’s recent announcement of the expansion of the Urban Labs Institute, which works to promote innovation in community development. During his announcement, Castro also revealed a new report from HUD’s […]

Community Development Professionals Celebrated at the 2015 Community Builders Network Awards Reception

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Assistant On Thursday, March 19, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis hosted its 3rd Annual Community Builders Network Awards Reception. This year’s event took place at the Cortex Building on Forest Park Avenue […]

The Demographics of Wealth – Essay No. 1: Race, Ethnicity and Wealth

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently released its first essay in its “The Demographics of Wealth” series. The first essay looks at trends in wealth accumulation across different races from 1989 through 2013. The report looks at the […]

St. Louis Alderman: People Want to See More than Resignations

Scott Simon of NPR interviewed St. Louis Alderman Antonio French this past weekend on the necessary changes in light of Ferguson and the recent Department of Justice report. In the interview, French points out there is a need to build […]

Demolition near for contaminated North St. Louis Factory

St. Louis Public Radio is reporting that the Carter Carburetor factory is almost finished with its environmental clean up and is nearly ready to be demolished. The factory, which sits near the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club on N. […]

Loop Trolley Breaks Ground After Years of Planning

The Loop Trolley Project held a ground breaking ceremony last Thursday along Delmar Blvd. at the city-county border. The project was first proposed by Joe Edwards in 1997 and is expected to be completed in 2016. To read more about […]

City of St. Louis Participates in Community Progress Leadership Institute

The City of St. Louis was one of 7 cities selected to participate in Harvard University’s Community Progress Leadership Institute. The program trains leaders on skills that help cities address vacant and problem properties. Don Roe, the Director of City […]

Urban League to build new center on site of burned QuikTrip

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has announced plans to build a new center at the site of the burned QuikTrip. The new center will be the home of the Urban League’s new “Save Our Sons” program, which provides […]

City of St. Louis to Participate in Community Progress Leadership Institute

The City of St. Louis was one of 7 cities selected to participate in Harvard University’s Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI). Don Roe, the Director of City Planning in St. Louis is leading the City delegation. This program is convening […]

Winners Announced for 2015 CBN Annual Awards Reception

On March 19, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis and Rise are hosting the 2015 Community Builders Annual Awards Reception at the Cortex One Building on Forest Park Avenue.  The event will feature the Greater Saint Louis Community […]

Mayors of Municipalities Fight Back Against Consolidation, Revenue Proposals

In this episode of KWMU’s St. Louis On the Air, host, Don Marsh, discussed  consolidation and Better Together with the Mayors of Normandy and Cool Valley, as well as Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing. To listen or read program highlights, […]

Faith Leaders Gather to Discuss Ferguson Going Forward

This month, several leaders of various faith backgrounds met and discussed steps for moving forward after Ferguson at the John C. Danforth Center for Religion and Politics. Among other topics, the panel discussed the need for the community to pull […]

6 Months After Protests, Ferguson Businesses on Path to Rebuild

In case you missed it, NPR aired this story on the aftermath of Ferguson six months later. The story features the perspective of several members of the Ferguson community. To hear this story, click here.

Stay Tuned – STL251

In case you missed it, KETC’s weekly program “Stay Tuned” held a conversation on how St. Louis can move forward after its 250th year. Conversation topics included community development projects such as community branded crosswalks and community conversations. To see […]

How Innovation Districts Can Be Platforms for Economic Growth and Opportunity

In this opinion piece for the Living Cities blog, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute describes how innovation districts can connect with and help to revitalize low income communities. Of his suggested ideas, Katz proposes that innovation districts form partnerships […]

New Convention Center Proposed In Belleville

A new convention center may be coming to Belleville directly across from the Our Lady of the Snows shrine. The proposed new center would feature two hotels and restaurants. For more on this development proposal, click here.

More Apartment Construction Coming to Area Near SLU

This Post-Dispatch story details plans from Cornerstone Development for a new four-story apartment building on West-Pine in the city’s central corridor. This $11 million project will add 77 apartments to the area. To read more about this development, click here.

Board of Aldermen Approves Use of Eminent Domain For Possible New NGA Site

Last Friday, St. Louis City’s Board of Alderman approved the potential use of eminent domain to make way for a new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) headquarters by a 17 to 11 vote. The site of the proposed new NGA […]

Delmar Loop Trolley Construction Set to Begin In March

Officials affiliated with the Loop Trolley project have announce construction will begin on the roundabout at the western edge of the Delmar Loop starting in March. The project is now scheduled for completion in the middle of 2016. For more […]

Grove Mixed Use Building to See Rehab

This nextSTL post briefly describes a new rehab development taking place on the 4200 block of Manchester in the Grove. The rehab projects are being carried about by Restoration St. Louis. To see more about on this development, click here.

Arch Grounds Renovation Project Nearing Completion

In this St. Louis On the Air interview, Don Marsh speaks with Ryan McClure of CityArchRiver on the current status of the renovations taking place on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. According to the interview, the park over the […]

Old Shriners Hospital in St. Louis to be rehabbed

Washington University has been working to begin preservation and renovation projects on the Old Shriners Hospital on South Euclid Avenue. Rather than tear the old hospital down, the university is working to place the building on the National Register of […]

Historians Sift the Ruins for Ferguson’s Legacy

This New York Times article spotlights an effort by the Missouri History Museum to preserve reminders of the Ferguson protests and persistent racial injustice. The museum has collected plywood from the boarded up windows, protest signs, and other items from […]

New Executive Director Hired At Nonprofit Lender IFF

IFF recently announced David Desai-Ramirez will lead their regional division covering Missouri, the Kansas City area and southern Illinois. To read more about IFF’s new Executive Director, click here.

Coleman to Retire as Head of St. Louis Economic Partnership

Denny Coleman recently announced plans to retire from his role as CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. He will officially leave his position on August 1. Coleman has been the head of the Partnership since 2013. To read […]

East-West Gateway Released Its 10th Update to the Where We Stand Report

In January, East-West Gateway released its 10th update to the “Where We Stand” report, a publication tracking and comparing various community health indicators of St. Louis and other cities in the United States. In this update, East-West Gateway focuses its […]

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants – Urban Strategies Project Summary

On January 16, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the St. Louis based firm, Urban Strategies Inc., as the recipient of $500,000 in Choice Neighborhood grant funding. The funds from this grant will be used to transform an area just north […]

Urban League Creates Job-Training Program to Address Issues Raised by Ferguson

In this St. Louis On the Air interview, Don Marsh interviews the President and CEO of the Urban League, Michael McMillan. Their interview included discussion on the events in Ferguson and the Urban Leagues new youth job training program call […]

$500,000 Designated for Ferguson and Dellwood Cleanup

St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership have announce $500,000 in funding to be used for clean up efforts in the cities of Ferguson and Dellwood. Clean up efforts will include demolition of burned […]

MERS Goodwill to hold STL Youth Jobs Program

Youth will soon be able to apply for jobs through the MERS Goodwill summer employment program, “STL Youth Jobs.” Youth can begin applying for jobs on February 16. To apply, youth must meet the following criteria: Must be 16 – […]

New Executive Director Hired at Nonprofit Lender IFF

The following text comes from a press release from IFF. New Executive Director Hired at Nonprofit Lender IFF: Staff Addition Will Drive IFF’s Business in Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois St. Louis, MO—Nonprofit lender IFF welcomes business leader David Desai-Ramirez […]

Strong Neighborhoods Task Force Releases Report

Throughout 2014, members of the Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association and the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis along with representatives from the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, United Way of Greater St. Louis, and IFF came together to […]

Building Upon What Works for a Brighter Future

In this blog post from Living Cities, Jeff Edmondson writes about various cradle to career projects across the country and describes how collaboration and data analysis have made these projects more effective at closing the achievement gap. To read the […]

To Set Future Course, Ferguson Commission Turns to Young People

On Saturday, January 10, the Ferguson Commission hosted “Youth Speak!” at the Florissant Valley Community College campus. The forum sought input from area youth in light of the unrest in Ferguson and divisions between the police and the community. To […]

Cortex to Construct New Building; TechShop Will Anchor

Scrapping plans to renovate the Brauer building at Boyle and Forest Park, Cortex will instead build a new 60,000 square foot building that will better suit the functional needs of TechShop. For more information on this development, click here.

Youth In Old North Organize To Fix Parks

The Youth Council of Old North is comprised of young men from the Old North neighborhood dedicated to learning about community organizing. The council was established in the fall with the help of Metropolitan Congregations United. The council is working […]

Urban League Starts Jobs Program In North St. Louis County

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis recently launched a jobs program intended to train and employ 500 African American men from North St. Louis County. The project, called “Save Our Sons,” has received $1.25 million in corporate donations. To […]

Former St. Louis Mayor: Build New Rams Stadium in Illinois

In this KWMU broadcast of St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh interviewed former St. Louis mayor and outgoing president of Grand Center Inc., Vince Schoemehl. The interview focused on development topics in St. Louis, including the proposal for […]

Rockefeller Foundation Names St. Louis A Resilient City

The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced six US Cities, including St. Louis, to be named in their second round of 100 Resilient Cities. With this distinction, St. Louis will receive a chief resilience officer, who will help the city develop and […]

St. Louis Selected for Global Cities Initiative

The Brookings Institution has selected St. Louis to be one of eight US cities to be a part of the Global Cities Initiative Exchange. St. Louis’ involvement in the project will span two years, and leaders hope it will expand […]

St. Louis Receives HUD Planning Grant For Comprehensive Revitalization Of Near North Side

Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that CBN member Urban Strategies was the recipient of $500,000 in funding from the Choice Neighborhoods grant program. Urban Strategies was one of seven organizations to receive this grant nationwide. […]

National Housing Trust Fund to be Funded

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced in December that the suspension on mandatory funding of the Housing Trust Fund will be lifted. Enterprise Community Partners estimate that between $400 and $500 million will be put into the Housing Trust Fund […]

#FergusonRebuild Campaign Launched

The #FergusonRebuild Campaign recently launched as a fundraiser to support the Reinvest North County Fund. So far, donors including Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, World Wide Technology, and Urban League president, Mike McMillan, have raised $55,000 in this effort […]

Effort to Spruce Up West Florissant Avenue Moves Forward

The stretch of West Florissant Avenue between I-270 and the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center will soon see some major improvements such as new sidewalks and bike lanes. East-West Gateway helped facilitate the project, which is being called the “West Florissant […]

Greater St. Louis Community Foundation Redirects Funding Priorities

This article by the St. Louis Business Journal reports that the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation is redirecting the priorities of its St. Louis Gives fund to support projects related to neighborhood collaboration, job training, and community and economic development. To read […]

A Challenging Year for the St. Louis Economy

In this article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, columnist David Nicklaus discusses how economic success in St. Louis needs to be redefined to account for job growth and inclusion. Several organizations, like the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, are already […]

After Overwhelming Year In Ferguson, The Beleaguered City Looks to 2015

The protests and unrest in Ferguson in 2014 shed light on a variety of issues affecting the St. Louis community. This article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses some of the efforts that hope to overcome those challenges, including the […]

Stenger looks to create Office of Community Empowerment

St. Louis County Executive Stenger reiterates his commitment to creating an Office of Community Empowerment to assist areas of St. Louis County in community revitalization. To read the full article, click here.

Sponsorships Available for the 2015 CBN Annual Awards Reception

On March 19, 2015, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) will recognize individuals and organizations making a difference in neighborhoods across the St. Louis region at the 3rd Annual CBN Awards Reception. The reception will take place […]

Collaborating to make the 'Near North' a better place to live

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Assistant In 2013, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) began working with members to develop collaborative place-based initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Honoring the work […]

Mayor Slay And Comptroller Green Announce $4.6 Million In New Funding Opportunities For Home Repairs

Two new funding opportunities for home repairs are now available within the City of St. Louis. The funds are being channeled through the city’s Home Repair program and through issuances of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds. For more information about this […]

Fewer Missouri Children Using Subsidized Childcare

A change to Missouri’s application system for subsidized childcare has been noted as corresponding with a 25% drop in subsidized childcare attendance. Missouri’s subsidies for childcare services are funded through federal Community Development Block Grants. For more information on this […]

National Park Service Awards Contract For North Gateway Construction To Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.

Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. has been awarded a $10.27 million contract to construct North Gateway Park, part of the CityArchRiver project. The North Gateway Park will feature space for concerts and other events, and will sit at the current site of the […]

Bridgeton Joins St. Ann In Authorizing Special Tax District To Redevelop Northwest Plaza

The City of Bridgeton is joining St. Ann in collecting a 1 percent sales tax to raise funds for the redevelopment of Northwest Plaza. Additional financing support for the project is coming from CID funding and Transportation Development District taxes. […]

Chouteau’s Grove Site Plan Made Public

Plans for an eight story apartment and a new grocery store have recently been made available to the public. The $85 million Green Street Development project has been planned for the site of the old Commerce Bank building on Manchester […]

Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards

Rosalind Williams, retired Director of Planning for the City of Ferguson, and the 24:1 Initiative were winners in East West Gateway’s OLGA awards. Williams was awarded the Gateway Lifetime Public Service Award, and 24:1 was awarded for Exemplary Intergovernmental Collaboration. […]

Nixon Backs Pursuit Of St. Louis-Area ‘Promise Zone’ Designation

The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County’s efforts to become a designated ‘Promise Zone’ are now receiving support from the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon through the office of Community Engagement. ‘Promise Zone’ designations currently exist in five communities […]

Nixon Appoints 16-Member Ferguson Commission

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently appointed and swore in 16 individuals from around the St. Louis community to serve on the Ferguson Commission. The Ferguson Commission has been tasked with studying the policies and social and economic factors that have […]

Community Group Hopes To Bridge Racial And Economic Divides In Ferguson

“One Ferguson” is a new organization with aspirations to become a think tank for building and strengthening community. The organization has already presented some of their ideas to local governments, and they are hoping to attract new members. For more […]

Reinvest North County Fund Awards $29,500

The Reinvest North County Fund has awarded funds to various businesses impacted by recent events in Ferguson. The fund has been organized through a partnership with the St. Louis Regional Business Council and North County Inc. For more information, click […]

University City Adopts ‘Complete Streets’ Policy

The University City City Council recently adopted a resolution for ‘Complete Streets’ policy. With ‘Complete Streets’ policy, University City will incorporate plans for pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users when redesigning their streets. For the full story, click here.

Loop Trolley Project Poised To Move Forward Despite High Bids

The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District will reopen bidding for the Loop Trolley rail line project. With the original round of bidding, the project was unable to secure a bid within their projected budget. In spite of this setback, the […]

Coalition Seeks MetroLink North-South Route Through St. Louis

Several local leaders, including former Missouri Senator Joan Bray, Alderman Scott Ogilvie, and former East West Gateway Executive Les Sterman, are working together to promote an idea for a MetroLink expansion. Their proposed route would extend from the Florissant Valley Community College Campus […]

Green Street Set To Add 250 Apartments, 50,000sf Of Retail In The Grove

A $70 million mixed-use development is coming to the east end of The Grove. This new development will include 250 apartments and a grocery store. For more information on this project, click here.

Fewer St. Louis Households Lack Bank Accounts

The efforts of the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force appear to be paying off. According to an FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, the percentage of unbanked black households in the St. Louis region decreased from 29 […]

Conceptual Alignment of St. Vincent Greenway in Wellston and Pagedale is ready to go

Great Rivers Greenway in collaboration with Beyond Housing and Forum Studio have developed a conceptual alignment for a new two mile stretch of the St. Vincent Greenway. The latest portion of the greenway will go through Wellston and Pagedale and will ultimately […]

West End Collaborative Seeks To Improve The Quality Of Living In Their Neighborhood

By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Assistant In 2013, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) began working with members to develop collaborative place-based initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Honoring the work […]

Green Street Moves Ahead On Carondelet Coke Plan Business Park Redevelopment

Ground breaking for Green Street’s new business park in the Carondelet neighborhood has been set for early 2015. The project will span 725,000 square feet and is being funded through a combination private funds and tax incentives. For more information, click […]

Voices From Old North St. Louis: The Area Continues To Grow

New developments are taking place in the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood, including several initiatives by Washington University’s Sustainable Land Lab program, new businesses, and continued efforts by the Old North Restoration Group. To read the full story, click here.

Detroit And St. Louis Exchange Ideas For Economic Development

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows recently met with individuals from Preservation Research St. Louis, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, North Side Regeneration and Cortex. The two parties representing their respective cities discussed the tools, […]

Next St. Louis County Executive Faces Challenge In Strengthening North County

  This St. Louis Public Radio article summarizes some of the policy ideas for community development that have been discussed by St. Louis County Executive candidates Steve Stenger and Rick Stream. Included among those ideas are a new “Office of […]

Stenger And Stream Square Off

Steve Stenger and Rick Stream joined “St. Louis on the Air” and UMSL for a debate on a variety of issues impacting St. Louis County, including community and economic development. To hear this debate, click here. Comments on community and economic development […]

Ferguson Unrest Compels STL Urban League To Create ‘Save Our Sons’ Initiative

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is creating a job training program for disadvantaged African American men in the North County communities near Ferguson. The four week program is being funded through donations from Monsanto and Emerson. To read […]

Centene Picks Ferguson Building Near I-270

Centene Corporation recently announced plans to open a new health care plan processing center on Pershall Road in Ferguson. The center will employ 200 workers and cost $15 million. For more information, click here.

New ‘I Love Ferguson’ Store Aims To Support Local Businesses, Community Unity

A new storefront taking donations for ‘I Love Ferguson’ t-shirts and coffee mugs has opened on S. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson. Sales from the ‘I Love Ferguson’ store will benefit the North County Inc. initiative, Reinvest North County. For the […]

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nomination Forms Available for CBN Awards Reception

The 3rd Annual Community Builders Network Awards Reception is coming to 2015. This spring, CBN will recognize individuals, organizations, companies, and public sector institutions that have made St. Louis a better place to live at our 2015 Community Builders Network […]

US DOT Announces Focus On Bike/Pedestrian Issues

Transportation Secretary Foxx announced the departments focus on bicycle and pedestrian issues at a recent conference. DOT plans to do assessments around the country and release tools to help communities employ best practices in pedestrian safety among other design tools. […]

Trailnet Recipient Of EPA 2014 Awards For Environment Justice Collaborative Agreement

Trailnet was among 12 organizations nationwide to receive $120 thousand in EPA grants for community environmental clean up projects. Trailnet will use the funds for its “Green Streets for Everyone” project which will create neighborhood pathways throughout the city of […]

Midland States Bank Accelerates Low-Income Lending

After receiving complaints from St. Louis Equal Housing and the Community Investment Alliance for low minority lending, Midland States Bank has now announced plans to help low income home buyers and home owners. The bank also recently hired David Noble […]

Cambridge Innovation Center Opens At Cortex

Cortex recently announced it will have a fourth tenant at its @4240 location: the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). CIC experienced considerable success at its home location in Cambridge Massachusetts due to its surrounding community. For the full story, click here.

When It Comes To Racial Disparity, St. Louis Falls Behind Its Peers

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments released a report last week ranking metropolitan areas on ten indicators of racial disparity. Among other indicators, the report looked at rates of poverty, unemployment, income, and infant mortality. For more information, click here.

Ferguson Officials Hope New Community Center Has Unifying Effect

A ribbon cutting took place Friday, September 19 for the new Community Center in Ferguson. The new center has space for athletics, a computer center, and meeting rooms. To read the full story, click here.

Panel Of Police And Activists Have Civil And Emotional Discussion On Improving Relationships

Last weekend a panel of community activists and St. Louis County and Metropolitan Police Officers met for a panel discussion on improving current police and community relationships in North County. The discussion was held at the Greater St. Marks Family […]

Workforce Investment Act Gives Students Job Experience

Seniors at Gateway or Roosevelt High School can participate in a new work placement and training program created by MERS/Goodwill. Qualifying seniors are placed according to their interests and are paid for their work. For the full story, click here.

Clayton Approves Tax Breaks For High Rise Building

A new residential high rise development in Clayton has been approved for taxing incentives by the Clayton Board of Alderman. The high rise development will be located near the Clayton Metrolink station and is considered to be apart of Clayton’s […]

Apartments Planned For Former Ice Plant In Soulard

A building project within the Soulard Neighborhood Historic District called “Polar Wave” will receive a 10 year tax abatement from St. Louis City to turn the building into apartments. For the full story, click here.

Bringing Down The ‘Delmar Divide’ With Letters

A local artist recently set up the “Wailing Wall” at Delmar and Walton Avenue. The structure was installed for people to submit notes on the “Delmar Divide.” For the full story, click here.

Cortex Metrolink Station Wins Federal Funding

The Metrolink stop next to the Cortex district recently received a significant boost from the federal government. The Department of Transportation announced this Metro stop will receive close to $10.3 million in TIGER grants. For the full story, click here.

East St. Louis Downtown District Awaits Listing On National Register Of Historic Places

The Downtown East St. Louis Historic District will likely be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a placement that allows districts in Illinois to receive a historic tax credit. Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places […]

Fund To Help Ferguson Businesses, Schools Awards First $95,000.

The Regional Business Council and North County Inc. recently issued the first round of grants from the Reinvest North County Fund. Effected businesses in Ferguson will receive $55,000 in grants, while the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Riverview […]

Ferguson Protests Are About Justice But Also Health And Economic Disparities

The recent events in Ferguson have brought attention to some of the disparities that exist throughout North St. Louis County. Included among those is the lack in social services. In this article, St. Louis Public Radio discusses the impact of […]

Clayton To Consider Tax Break, Zoning For $72 Million Project

Clayton is holding public hearings to discuss a potential development incentive for a residential high rise with the city’s “Central Station Transit Oriented Development District.” For the full story, click here.

Deaconess Foundation Responds To Ferguson Unrest With $100k Investment For Youth Organizing

The Deaconess Foundation is investing $100,000 for community capacity-building projects in the areas affected by recent events in Ferguson. The funds will help pay for community organizer positions at the Youth Council for Positive Development and at the Organization for […]

On Chess: New Pocket Park Fills Formerly Vacant Lot In Old North St. Louis

Chess Pocket Park is the result of the Washington University and St. Louis City’s Sustainable Land Lab challenge. The park brings life to the space of a formerly vacant residential lot in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. For the […]

Downtown Belleville Is On The Upswing

A combination of a $7 million streetscape project, public festivals, and business renovations are leading to positive developments in downtown Belleville. For the full story,click here.

CDFI Fund Releases Ten Years Of Public Data On New Markets Tax Credit Investments

The Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has released data on the $31.1 billion in New Markets Tax Credits investments it has issued over the past ten years and an analysis of the allocation of those investments. New Market […]

Better Block Exhibitions Taking Place In 3 St. Louis Neighborhoods

This September, 3 St. Louis neighborhoods will temporarily rebuild one of their streets to show their neighborhood what could be a revitalized area for economic activity. Hamilton Heights, Skinker-Debaliviere, and Dutchtown are hosting their exhibitions on three Saturdays throughout the […]

Help For The Most Affected Ferguson Neighborhoods Is Pouring In

Residents, churches, community organizations, and businesses are joining together to support the communities hardest hit by the recent events in Ferguson. For the full story click here.

Nixon and Others Unveil $1 Million no-interest loan program for Ferguson Businesses

Governor Jay Nixon announced the availability of $1 million in no interest loans for businesses affected by the events in Ferguson. The loan was put together by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and several […]

Centene to Build New Claims Center in Ferguson

Following the unrest taking place in Ferguson over the past three weeks, Centene Corp. has announced it will build a new claims facility and bring 200 jobs to the city of Ferguson. For the full story, click here.

Groups seek a response to Ferguson that lasts

Antonio French helped create #HealSTL, a new organization devoted to promoting community and civic engagement in Ferguson. For more on #HealSTL and other groups working to promote positive change in North St. Louis County, click here.

Better Block Exhibitions Taking Place in 3 St. Louis Neighborhoods

In September 2014, 3 St. Louis neighborhoods will take part the “Better Block” exhibition. The following post includes excerpts from a recent press release by the organizations conducting “Better Block” projects. Details of the “Better Block” Project, the 3 local exhibitions, […]

US Bank closes on financing for Arcade Building Rehab

Using New Markets Tax Credits and other state and federal tax credits, US Bank will invest over $77 million to rehab the historic Arcade building in downtown St. Louis. For the full story, click here.

Anheuser-Busch makes annual commitment to downtown St. Louis organization

Anheuser-Busch has decided to make a $15,000 annual contribution to the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, an organization devoted to creating a vibrant community downtown. For the full story, click here.

Cyclists seek 2nd cross-state trail in Missouri

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Missouri State Parks system are proposing a new bike trail that would stretch nearly 400 miles between St. Louis and Kansas City. The idea for the project has been built off of community efforts in Belle, […]

How Can St. Louis Improve Biking, Walking Access?

St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis On The Air” discussed the efforts of Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenways to make St. Louis more accessible to different modes of transit. The Neighborhood Greenways project and Complete Streets are just two projects […]

Wash U set to open Loop Project

The Lofts at Washington University is ready to open on the Loop with new dorms, a grocery store and an all night diner. The Lofts are the result of years of planning by Washington University, designers, and local businesses. For […]

This Is Ferguson: Residents And Business Owners Tell Us About Their City

In this article from St. Louis Public Radion, local business owners, urban farmers, and Ferguson residents share why, in spite of negative coverage on national news, they are “Ferguson Proud.” For the full story, click here.

Restaurant Owners In Ferguson Unite, Seek To Return To Sense Of Normalcy

The restaurants along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson’s “Ferguson Citywalk” have created a sense of vibrancy in the community in recent years. This article by St. Louis Public Radio describes how residents of the Ferguson community have come out to support […]

Contemporary Architecture coming to the Grove

Paramount Property Development in partnership with Sean Spencer, of the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, and architect UIC have released plans to build a new mixed-use development on Manchester Avenue in the Grove. For the full story, click here.

Treasury Department and HUD Partner to Create More Affordable Housing

The Treasury Department and HUD are partnering to expand access to capital and to lower interest rates for agencies that work with affordable multifamily housing. For the full story, click here.

What’s Best for A Former St. Louis Housing Project Site?

Michael Allen’s Next City Column discusses potential development options for the site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project. For the full story, click here.

City of St. Louis Works to Improve Health

The City of St. Louis is focused on reducing obesity by 5% by 2018. The health department has developed and is working on developing ways to reach that goal. For the full story click here.

IKEA Development Breaks Ground

On Tuesday, regional leaders joined together with IKEA for the store’s ground breaking in the Cortex District. For the full story click here.

Documentary Exploring “White Flight” in Spanish Lake showing at the Historic Tivoli theater

Phillip Andrew Morton, directed a documentary on the population shift in the Spanish Lake area, a community located in North St. Louis County. The documentary surveys the last three decades of population change in this suburban area.  For the full […]

2014 Spring Residential Development Grant Winners Announced

The City of St. Louis Community Development Administration released its 2014 Residential Development awardees.   For a complete list of awardees click here.

Harvard Universitys Annual State of the Nations Housing report

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies will release the 2014 edition of the State of the Nation’s Housing via webcast on June 26th.  For the full story, click here.

Recent Research on Health and Wellness Disparities in St. Louis Shows Community Policy Implications

Jason Purnell’s For the Sake of All research report was released last month. The research team is hopeful that this report will gain the attention of local and regional policy makers.  To listen to St. Louis on the Air discussion […]

President Obama Nominates Next HUD and OMB Directors

President Obama announced his nominations of Julian Castro as the new HUD Director and Shaun Donovan, current HUD Director, will become the new OMB Director. For the full story, click here.