Rise was formed as Regional Housing Alliance (RHA), a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation engaged exclusively in providing technical assistance to nonprofit community development organizations in 1989. The RHA became Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA) in 1997 when it combined with Technical Assistance Corporation (TAC), a not-for-profit revitalization-driven real estate developer.

RHCDA changed its name to Rise Community Development in 2013. Rise continues the traditions of both TAC and RHA through its combination of community-based planning and redevelopment and sophisticated level of expertise in structured finance for difficult but strategic real estate development initiatives.

Young Neighborhood Leaders

In 2018 and 2019, The Young Neighborhood Leaders (YNL) program engaged, educated and employed high school students in the community development and urban planning fields. The Young Neighborhood Leaders were placed at local organizations and businesses whose work focused on improving the local community.

Rising Stars

The Rising Stars program served as a mentorship, education and hands-on training program for exceptional university students or recent graduates interested in careers in community economic development in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Rise provided education, supervision, professional development plans and otherwise prepared the Rising Stars for placement in real-world environments.