CBN & Rise Training: Revitalization in Transitional Neighborhoods

On March 27th, Rise Community Development in collaboration with Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis held a thoughtful and informative training session on Revitalization in Transitional Neighborhoods at Harris Stowe State University.

At the forefront of the discussion: Building a St. Louis Regional Community Development System

Background information on local and regional collaborations, successful revitalization implementations from other cities and regions, future plans and recommendations, as well as outreach strategies and more were all discussed in a variety of formats. These included: informational slideshows and presentations, video conference discussions and Q&A with out-of-town community leaders, as well as a breakout session for the attendees at the end of the Training Session.

The Full PowerPoint Presentation Can Be Viewed Here:Community Development in Middle Market Neighborhoods


Presenters & Moderators:  

Brian Hurd (Rise), Karl Guenther (CBN), Jenny Ryan (CBN)

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David Boehlke is a nationally recognized expert in neighborhood revitalization and the country’s leading authority on Healthy Neighborhoods. David has worked in more than 125 communities over his 30-ear career. He has served in numerous capacities as a consultant and executive director of several nonprofit organizations. He holds degrees in geography and acrhitecture from John’s Hopkins and Harvard.

Dr. Sally Scott joined the Housing and Land Use Program in 2012 and is focused on building collaborative partnerships with academic, nonprofit, government and for-profit organizations in Iowa and across the Midwest. Previously, Dr. Scott worked in Baltimore, MD, leading collaborative community development initiatives to revitalize neighborhoods at risk of decline and mitigate the impact of foreclosure on low and moderate-income families.

Dr. Todd Swanstrom is the Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, (UMSL), and specializes in urban politics and public policy. He has an MA from Washington University (1971) and a Ph.D. from Princeton (1981). Prior to joining UMSL Todd taught at Saint Louis University and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany (SUNY).  He also worked as a neighborhood planner in Cleveland and as the Director of Strategic Planning for the City of Albany, NY. He is presently doing research on neighborhood dynamics in weak market metros and the causes and effects of high levels of involuntary residential mobility.  Todd uses the resources of his endowed professorship to support the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis


Enthusiastic attendees included interested parties and individuals hailing from multiple facets of local St. Louis neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment committees, communities, and organizations.


For more information on upcoming Rise trainings check the website or contact Brian Hurd, Technical Assistance Project Manager, at [email protected] or 314-333-7012.