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!

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.