Metro East Coalition
The Metro East Coalition works to build capacity of community stakeholders and create stronger connections with lending institutions in Madison and St. Clair counties so that we can elevate community development for the entire St. Louis Metro East region.
Private lenders, local government representatives, and community-based nonprofits came together in 2017 to form the Metro East Coalition for the purpose of accomplishing 3 goals:
Linking Need with Opportunity
Building Two-Way Communication
Collaborating Across Sectors
Over 40 community development practitioners worked together to identify 3 areas of focused need in Madison and St. Clair counties:
Route 3 Corridor (Venice, Madison, & Granite City)
East St. Louis School District 189 Communities
The Coalition believes in a “Both/And” approach to community development funding. Resources deliver the most impact when they support the full range of a community’s needs. Tangible projects and outcomes are critical, but so are investments in operational costs and ongoing capacity building for existing organizations.