Rise Teams Up with CBN on Distressed-Market Training

Community Development in Distressed-Market Communities

Rise, in collaboration with Community Builders Network, is offering this group training seminar focused on working in distressed neighborhoods.

We will explore strategies, policies and tools to help make better decisions that will be useful with informing and equipping community development professionals and others addressing the challenges in distressed markets.

Come and let us continue working collectively to strengthen the region’s community development system so that we can build a stronger future for the St. Louis region.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon 
Location: Harris Stowe State University/AT&T Library, Telecommunity Room
RSVP: Contact Brian Hurd, Technical Assistance Program Manager, 333-7012 (tel) or [email protected]

Outcomes for Participants:

  • Informing strategy with reliable, up-to-date information
  • Developing a common language around community development
  • Making collaboration a way of thinking
  • Encouraging community-based planning for neighborhood change
  • Using and leveraging resources strategically
  • Understanding policy and putting into practice

For more on upcoming Rise trainings, check out full schedule here.

Rise & Jefferson Collaborative Team Up: South City Health Festival 2015

Following a grant approval and award of $14,500.00 toward this healthy community initiative at the recent CBN Awards Ceremony, Jefferson Collaborative is sponsoring a major event on April 25th, 2015, made in part possible by technical assistance and grant funding from Rise Community Development.

Rise and Jefferson Collaborative are happy to invite you to attend the South City Health Festival 2015, hosted at Fox Park!

This FREE Event on Saturday April 25th, 2015, beginning at 8AM, will be a fun and informational community gathering offering opportunities to get involved with neighborhood strategies to promote local health. With everything from walking groups and Tai Chi classes, cooking demos and samples, food trucks and urban gardening instruction, youth eye exams – to even the possibility of a free bicycle helmet – it promises to be a great day for everyone involved.

Please see the flyer below, or find out more about the event at www.jeffersoncollaborative.com.





CDA Honors Rise and Others at 2015 Community Development Week Awards

The Community Development Administration (CDA) of the City of St. Louis  held its 2015 Community Development Week Awards Ceremony last night, 4.8.2015, at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. Rise received one of the awards for “Housing Development Projects of the Year” for our work at Fox Manor Apartments. Stephen Acree, Executive Director and President of Rise, graciously accepted the award highlighting the work of the staff at Rise. CDA promotes neighborhood growth and stabilization through the production of new and rehabilitated housing, especially for low and moderate income people.

Awardees included:

Community Advocate of the Year – Judge jimmy Edwards, Executive Director of the Year – Otis Williams of the St. Louis Development Corporation, Housing Development Projects of the Year – Rise for Fox Manor Apartments along with The St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Salazar for North Sarah Place II, Housing Developer of the Year – Rubicon Corporation, Youth Program of the Year – Harambee Youth Training Program, and Neighborhood Improvement Programs of the Year – Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization along with Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation.

Thanks to CDA for doing a great job on the production of this event and it was good to see so many people in attendance who do the hard work of community development in the St. Louis area. Commerce Bank and Enterprise Holdings sponsored the event.


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.