Healthy Communities Panel Discussion – Lively and Insightful

On May 20th, The Rise Young Professionals and the  Urban Land Institute of St. Louis Young Leader’s Group co-hosted a panel discussion on Healthy Communities.

The discussion centered on Jefferson Collaborative’s work to strengthen the neighborhoods of South Jefferson by working at the intersections of real estate, community development, education and health. The panel was insightful, with a broad scope that brought together government officials, corporate and nonprofit representatives, as well as leaders in community housing development. The discussion was lively, covering topics such as community health and livability, promoting an engaged community, how local leaders can listen and respond to residents’ and business owners’ concerns, and what’s next for the future of St. Louis Metro Area community development.

Participants Included:

Moderator
Brian Hurd | Technical Assistance Program Manager, Rise
Panelists
Christine Ingrassia | Alderwoman, 6th Ward
Tom Pickel | Executive Director, DeSales Community Housing
David Stiffler | Community Affairs Manager, Equifax
Kelly Garrett | Executive Director, KIPP St. Louis
Krysta Grangeno | Family Partnership Manager, SouthSide Early Childhood Center
Lindsay Elliott | Health Coordinator, Jefferson Collaborative

For a PDF version of the full PowerPoint presentation click here.

A huge thank you to Nebula Coworking for hosting, Urban Chestnut Brewing CompanyUrbanChestnut_4c_logo for donating beer, and Lona’s Lil Eats for the deal on spring rolls.

 

 

Rise and CBN’s Distressed-Market Neighborhoods Training

Rise, in collaboration with Community Builders Network, engaged in a group training seminar focused on capacity building and working in distressed-market neighborhoods. Many thanks to Harris Stowe State University for hosting!

Topics and Speakers included:

CDC Linked to Broader Community Capacity – Brian Hurd, Rise

Understanding Distressed Market Neighborhoods and Policy Priorities – Matthew Mourning, City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency

Emerging Local Community Capacity Models –

Emerging Community Development System in the St. Louis Region – Rick Bonasch, Rise

Speaking the Same Language – Taylor Harris, Rise Practicum Student (Washington University – George W. Brown School of Social Work)

Public Policy Priorities – Colleen Hafner, St. Louis Equity Fund

Attendees and presenters explored established strategies, emerging policies, and new tools to enhance data-driven Metro Area revitalization decision-making, and equip community development professionals to more effectively address the challenges they face in distressed markets.

Please take a look at the Training Handouts from the CDC (Community Development Corporation) Presentations – all are linked below, and you can review all of the fantastic information provided during this informative and exciting call to action.

Training Handouts:

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Hyde Park Collaborative Presentation
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The turnout was amazing today. The increasing synergy of community development, citizen-centric, and neighborhood organizations, and an ever-growing cadre of individuals dedicated to sustainable and holistic community revitalization – it’s invigorating and inspirational. The passion and urgency for the strides we can take together to continue lifting the St. Louis Metro Area are absolutely tangible in these thoughtful training sessions.

Healthy Communities Panels Discussion on 5.20.2015

The Rise Young Professionals and the  Urban Land Institute of St. Louis Young Leader’s Group are co-hosting a panel discussion on Healthy Communities on 5.20.2015.

This is a discussion about the Jefferson Collaborative’s work to strengthen the neighborhoods of South Jefferson by working at the intersections of real estate, community
development, education and health. The event will take place at Nebula Coworking, 3407 S Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118. Doors open at 5:30 pm, discussion starts at 6:00 pm.

Moderator
Brian Hurd | Technical Assistance Program Manager, Rise
Panelists
Christine Ingrassia | Alderwoman, 6th Ward
Tom Pickel | Executive Director, DeSales Community Housing
David Stiffler | Community Affairs Manager, Equifax
Kelly Garrett | Executive Director, KIPP St. Louis
Krysta Grangeno | Family Partnership Manager, SouthSide Early Childhood Center
Lindsay Elliott | Health Coordinator, Jefferson Collaborative

Emerald Ridge Ribbon Cutting – Windy and Fantastic!

It was a cool, blustery and sometimes sunny day, perfect for a grand opening and ribbon cutting! About a year and one month after construction began Rise and the Village of East Alton celebrated the Grand Opening of Emerald Ridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 20, 2015 at 1 PM. The event was well attended by representatives of the Madison County Board of Directors, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the Illinois Department of Commerce And Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), and the RiverBend Growth Association. There were also some residents and community members in attendance. The Emerald Ridge development is the culmination of over a decade’s work by the leadership of Rise and the Village of East Alton aimed at combating the negative impact of the continued decline of the housing stock in the “Defense Area”, now know as Emerald Ridge. Fred Bright ( Mayor of East Alton ), who is scheduled to retire in a couple of weeks, was key in bringing the dream to reality and was there to thank and praise the Village and all of its staff for their tenacity and hard work. Honored guests and speakers to included: Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunston, Mayor of East Alton Fred Bright, Treasurer Mary Kane (Illinois Housing Development Authority), Board Chairman Jim Nations (Southwestern Illinois Development Authority), Regional Manager Edie Koch (Illinois Department of Commerce And Economic Opportunity), Monica Bristow (President, RiverBend Growth Association), and Stephen Acree (President, Rise Community Development). The ceremony concluded with a traditional “cutting of the ribbon”, followed by a tour of some of the brand new single family homes. Special thanks to Joe Silkwood, Roger Werts, Denny Weber and John Nuernberger for your in valuable help in making the event a success!