CBN Awards Reception Honors Community Impact

March 31, 2016-

The fourth annual Community Builder’s Network (CBN) Awards Reception was held last night at downtown St. Louis’ coworking space and technology incubator, T-REX. It was an enthusiastic crowd that welcomed all of the new awardees to the growing cadre of winners. As part of the ceremony, The Rise CDC Capacity Building and Collaborative Grant awardees were announced by Mary Campbell, Rises’ newly inducted board president.

The CBN Awards Reception winners are:

Banking – David Noble

CBN Nonprofit – Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC

Community Building Outstanding Achievement – Nancy Thompson & Vince Schoemehl

Faith Based – Claire Wolff

Philanthropy – The Incarnate Word Foundation

Public Sector – The Regional Arts Commission

Resident – Lucendia Smith

The Rise Collaborative Grant awardees are:

DeSales Community Housing Corporation – to assist the South Jefferson Collaborative with their “Healthy Communities” initiative

Dutchtown South Community Corporation – to create their “Friends of Pocket Parks” program

Lemay Development Corporation/Lemay Housing Partnership/Lemay Chamber of Commerce Collaboration – to support expansion of their CommunityLink newspaper

LinkSTL/Grace Hill – to support the collaborative economic opportunity district in Old North St. Louis, Hyde Park, and College Hill neighborhoods

Northside Community Housing Inc. – for support of the Ville Collaborative and continuation of their community garden and youth employment program

Park Central Development Corporation – for focal neighborhood community assessments and neighborhood action plan strategy initiatives

Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC – for capacity building of their “Screen Door” tenant screening program and nuisance property abatement initiative

It was a great event bringing to light all of the hard work people and organizations do in the community development field.

A big thank you to CBN, well done!


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.


Koch Elementary builds community and playground:

Brian Hurd, Rise Technical Assistance Program Manager, recently joined his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha in volunteering to assist in the construction of a playground for Koch Elementary School. Please check out this awesome report showcasing student involvement and community-building revitalization here in the St. Louis Metro Area:

2015 Rise Up Festival Video

Warm greetings, friends of Rise!

We here at Rise Community Development want to share this wonderful video shot and produced exclusively to highlight the amazing artists, musicians, sponsors, and YOU – our supporters – that contributed to making the 2015 Rise Up Festival a huge success.

If you couldn’t make it out this year Rise hopes this teaser showcasing all the fantastic elements that come together to revitalize and lift our communities convinces you to visit next year’s Rise Up Festival for tasty local eats, an inclusive representation of the St. Louis arts and music scene, family-friendly fun, and to find out what Rise is all about.

(Hint: It’s about making St. Louis an even better place to work, play, and live!)