Wellston Case Study Features Rise

Rise has been a local partner for some time with an organization known as the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) convened by the Urban Institute.

Eleanor Tutt (Data Mangement Coordinator at Rise) is on the Executive Committee and has been involved in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative in Wellston. The Urban Institute is featuring the work of NNIP partners involved in Federal initiatives and has therefore created a report and other briefs which have also been sent to the White House office for science and technology policy and the OMB Community Solutions team. Rise is featured in the Wellston Case Study. Here is an excerpt from the report:

“In 2013, Wellston, Missouri was invited to participate in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a major neighborhood revitalization program by the US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD). Wellston is a city of 2,600 residents located in St. Louis County on the western border of the City of St. Louis and is well positioned for this new investment. Leaders in the St. Louis region consider Wellston an important economic link between the city and the county. Because of its strategic location, two rapid transit stations, and major commercial corridors that connect the area to the regional economy, Wellston’s revitalization could trigger revitalization in the surrounding areas. Wellston has major investment partners and assets, including the Wellston Housing Authority’s approximate 200 units of scattered site public housing and approximately 90 affordable housing units managed by Rise. Maintaining and redeveloping these assets are a critical piece to revitalization.”

To read the full report, click here.

Rise does much more than develop indicators to support planning work. Rise provides access to data and makes it relevant to its users. Rise has been in the Wellston neighborhood working directly with residents and participating in Choice Neighborhood planning meetings. Staff are helping residents understand and use data to represent their perspective in the planning process.

Rise enables organizations, residents, and other stakeholders to use data to inform the vision and strategies for neighborhood planning. This technical assistance allows those with limited experience working with data to fully participate in the planning process.