Rise Partners with UMSL for Community Data Support

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RISE PARTNERS WITH UMSL FOR COMMUNITY DATA SUPPORT

Rise and the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance at UMSL come together to help expand Rise’s Informed Community Development Data

ST. LOUIS, MO (October 1st, 2021) –Rise Community Development (Rise) formed a partnership with the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) for ongoing data support that continues Rise’s focus on data-informed community development while combining more flexible and expansive data expertise that RDA and UMSL offers. 

This partnership will result in collaborative opportunities between the organizations that will combine Rise’s mission-driven affordable housing technical expertise with RDA’s data management expertise which is strengthened through connections across UMSL — including a partnership with UMSL’s Geospatial Collaborative, which champions research, technological innovation, and community engagement to help local stakeholders make the best policy decisions to improve our neighborhoods.

“Rise is excited to partner with the Regional Data Alliance to fulfill the data needs of our partners and projects,” said Terrell Carter, president and executive director at Rise. “Data is a valuable asset in the community engagement process. It can provide valuable information that can make good community engagement efforts even better. Paul Sorenson and staff are committed to helping people understand and utilize data as a means to address the many inequities that we find in St. Louis, including housing and access to other needed services.”

“Rise has been an essential partner of the RDA since our inception,” said Paul Sorenson, Director of the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance at UMSL. “We couldn’t be more excited to help expand their impact on equitable neighborhood development across the region through the use of responsive, community-oriented data — and can’t wait to see what we can do together.”

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About Rise: (www.risestl.org) Rise is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods. Rise develops both affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity. Rise acts as a resource and partner to the greater St. Louis community, providing expertise that helps the region grow in an equitable way. Bringing together neighbors, non-profit organizations, financial institutions and government, Rise is working every day to make successful neighborhood revitalization possible.

About the RDA: (www.stldata.org) The St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA) is housed at the University of Missouri – St. Louis’s Community Innovation and Action Center (CIAC). Over the past three years, the RDA has built a strong data community of over 350 local data practitioners and has developed infrastructure to support data efforts across local governments, social services, public health stakeholders, and education providers.  

Contact: Larry Perlmutter

[email protected]/314-443-8282     

TERRELL CARTER CHOSEN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RISE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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TERRELL CARTER CHOSEN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RISE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Replaces Long-Time Leader Stephen Acree

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 16, 2021) – The Board of Directors of Rise Community Development announced today that Terrell Carter, 47, has been chosen as their new Executive Director effective July 1, 2021. Carter, a St. Louis native with extensive and varied experience empowering people and communities, was chosen unanimously. “Terrell is clearly passionate about St. Louis and helping people improve their communities,” says Rise Board Co-Chairperson Mary Campbell. “He will take ownership in Rise’s mission of partnering with communities to build stronger, more equitable neighborhoods.”

Carter has enjoyed a wide-ranging career bringing about positive changes in the St. Louis region’s diverse communities.  He most recently served as Chief Diversity Officer at Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois, where he created and implemented the institution’s first ever diversity and inclusion plan. He has led two local non-profits, successfully serving Northside residents and seniors in the region, and he has experience in construction and residential development project management. Carter began his community-focused career as a St. Louis City police officer, an experience that informed his thought leadership in the authorship of a number of books, including Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions to the Racial Divide and Healing Racial Divides: Finding Strength in Our Diversity. Carter holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, focusing his work on organizational leadership.

As executive director, Carter will work closely with staff to build trust and work towards identifying new opportunities that will lay the foundation for the continued success of Rise.  “My calling in life is to serve others by helping them improve their life circumstances,” says Carter. “Rise is the preeminent St. Louis organization that not only improves the lives of individuals but the outlook of our region. It is a privilege to join this organization.”

Carter will succeed Stephen Acree who announced his retirement last year. Acree joined the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA), later rebranded as Rise, in 1999 and became Executive Director in 2001. Under his leadership, Rise completed $300 million in residential development, with over 1,200 units of affordable housing in St. Louis, was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and more recently, has taken an active role in neighborhood planning that focuses on racial equity and emphasizes community engagement.

“Leading Rise for such a large share of my career has been an honor and a privilege,” says Acree. “I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people, including a highly talented and dedicated staff, a supportive board of directors, and many strong partners throughout the community. “

There will be a gradual transition over the next few months as Acree works with Carter to ensure a smooth transfer of leadership.

For photos of Carter and Acree, please click here.

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About Rise Community Development

Rise Community Development (www.RiseSTL.org) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis-area neighborhoods. As a community lender, Rise develops affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity. Rise also provides capacity-building and technical assistance to community-based development organizations. Additionally, the organization maintains a variety of data and mapping for areas throughout the region and assists in the collection and creation of data specific to developments and neighborhoods.

Contact: Larry Perlmutter
[email protected]/314-443-8282         

YourSTLCourts Partners with REJIS to Expand Access to Case Information

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Media Inquiries:
Corrie Hendrix Gambill

[email protected]  314.681.9349

YourSTLCourts Partners with REJIS to Expand Access to Case Information

YourSTLCourts is a Roadmap for People to Navigate Municipal Court

St. Louis, January 18, 2018—Eight months after piloting YourSTLCourts.com with unincorporated St. Louis County, local nonprofits Rise Community Development and CivTech St. Louis have partnered with REJIS (Regional Justice Information Service) to expand easy access to personal traffic ticket information via this free, digital tool.

With this new partnership, YourSTLCourts can service 30 municipalities within St. Louis County and St. Louis City, representing nearly 75 percent of residents. It also brings together more independent municipal court databases than anywhere else in the country.

“We are glad to see more-and-more municipal courts in St. Louis County working with YourSTLCourts to get more information to those who are involved with their municipal court,” said Hon. Douglas R. Beach, St. Louis County 21st Circuit Presiding Judge.

YourSTLCourts puts municipal court records into one, no-cost, mobile-friendly, online portal where people can easily access their ticket information and outstanding warrants, as well as court contacts,  information and procedures. The program also includes a text-message notification system to remind people of upcoming court dates.

With a better understanding of their rights, municipal court users are empowered to keep minor offenses from escalating unnecessarily. Additionally, municipal courts are given tools to improve transparency and accessibility.

“REJIS is proud to partner with homegrown startup CivTech St. Louis and the courts we serve to provide a one-stop shop for defendants caught in a tough-to-navigate system,” said former St. Louis City Police Chief and current REJIS General Manager Dan Isom.

“We have come so far since the prototypes for YourSTLCourts were developed at GlobalHack in 2015,” said CivTech St. Louis President Laura Kinsell-Baer. “With the addition of REJIS, nearly 75% of all St. Louis City and County residents have access to this powerful, online tool. Our team is confident we will hit 100% as we continue building a more equitable society through civic technology.”

In 2015, Living Cities awarded Rise, in partnership with St. Louis County, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to create CivTech St. Louis (formerly St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative) with three goals: improve the experience that low-income people have with the municipal courts, lower the outstanding warrant rate and decrease incarceration as a result of traffic violations. CivTech St. Louis developed YourSTLCourts to serve residents and help courts comply with legislation passed by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2016, which imposed minimum operating standards. In August 2017, CivTech St. Louis became a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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About Rise Community Development

Rise (www.risestl.org) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis-area neighborhoods. As a community lender, Rise develops affordable and market-rate housing, particularly in neighborhoods with the potential to enhance economic diversity. Rise also provides capacity-building and technical assistance to community-based development organizations. Additionally, the organization maintains a variety of data and mapping for areas throughout the region and assists in the collection and creation of data specific to developments and neighborhoods.

About CivTech St. Louis

YourSTLCourts (www.YourSTLCourts.com) is a product of CivTech St. Louis (formerly St. Louis Civic Tech and Data Collaborative), a nonprofit organization and the local affiliate of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative. The national collaborative is a joint project of Living Cities, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and Code for America. It is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

 

Learn more about which municipalities are currently partnering with YourSTLCourts at www.civtechstl.com/ystlcp

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