Youth Investment Strategies Workshop Recap

On October 28, 2016, Rise conducted a group training workshop designed to inform Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and other community leaders the benefits of engaging youth in the community to improve the overall quality of those communities transforming them into active stakeholders of their community. To view the training announcement click here. To view the PowerPoint presentation for the workshop click here.

Civic Technology and Community Development Workshop

Civic Technology and Community Development Workshop

This workshop is an activity that is part of a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation which includes local partners Rise, OpenDataSTL and St. Louis County, and national partners Living Cities, Code for America and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. In addition to analyzing data and building tech tools to improve the court system, this initiative will advance two national goals: (1) to demonstrate what is possible when data and technology are intentionally applied to address problems affecting low-income people; and (2) to strengthen collaboration at the local level between civic technologists, neighborhood data practitioners, and government officials.

Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon


O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex
4343 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63115


Rise and CBN are excited to present a training and workshop on the role of Civic Technology and Community Development. Eleanor Tutt, Data Management Coordinator at Rise, will facilitate an engaging session directed to community development professionals regarding how tech can improve the interaction between residents and the public sector as well as improve the quality of life for neighborhoods. Be prepared to discuss what challenges and opportunities you are facing in your service areas and how tech might improve or assist your work.

To register through Eventbrite here.

RSVP: Please RSVP at least three business days prior to class by contacting

Jenny Ryan, Community Development Specialist with Community Builders Network at or by phone at (314) 402-5595

For more information please contact Eleanor Tutt, Data Management Coordinator at 


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:

Hyde Park Collaborative Presentation

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.