EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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November 1999

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MS. CEOLA DAVIS AND EMERSON PARK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION RECEIVE REGIONAL AWARDS

Ken Reardon submitted this article to the East St. Louis Monitor regarding the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council's recognition of our long-time partners - Ceola Davis and the Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC).

NTAC PROVIDES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO WASHINGTON PARK NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES

Since January of 1999, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center has been working with several grass-root, citizen based organizations in the Village of Washington Park. This is a fairly new partnership for the NTAC. One of these organizations is Citizens for a Decent Community. In the past three years CFDC has effectively addressed the social and economic needs of the community. CFDC recently asked the NTAC to assist them in creating a training manual and organizing a meeting for local business owners who have stayed in Washington Park through its decline.

On November 15th, representatives from local businesses joined together at Mt. Calvery Church to learn more about Tax Increment Financing, Small Business Administration loan programs, Enterprise Community tax incentives and the benefits of forming a Merchant Association. The meeting also included presentations by St. Louis Univeristy students on Zoning Laws, Vickie Forby of Emerson Park on the value of partnerships and Norman Ross of the Chamber of Commerce. It is anticipated that there will be future meetings of this group as economic development takes off in Washington Park! For more information, call 618-271-9605.

OUTREACH WEEKEND, OCT 22-23, 1999

Projects included:

Read about the projects at the link above.

FAITH BASED ORGANIZING INITIATIVE - CHURCHES BUILDING THEIR COMMUNITY

In January of 1999, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center was asked by the Enterprise Community to assist faith based organizations with their community development plans. This represents an expansion of the NTAC's services beyond neighborhood associations and local non-profit organizations. The NTAC is excited about this new initiative and very pleased that we are now able to respond to the requests for technical assistance from church-based organizations that are just beginning to venture into community development. This article provides a brief history of the African American church's role in community development and then describes this exciting local initiative that is open to all church-based organizations in Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville, East St. Louis and Washington Park.

NTAC TO OFFER TRAINING

The Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center will offer a mid-December training session on Board Development and Non-Profit Management.

Whether you are a new organization or a seasoned professional group, this training can assist you in building the capacity of your Board and managing the business of your organization more effectively.

The exact date has not been set. Please contact the NTAC at 618-271-9605 for more information and keep an eye out for a formal invitation in the mail.

NEWS FROM ESLARP'S EASTERN FRONT

Ken and Kathy Reardon are spending our sabbatical year in Ithaca, New York where Ken is working on a book-length manuscript on ESLARP's empowerment planning efforts in East St. Louis. Also included is a short update on their activities year-to-date.

EXTRAORDINARY PROJECTS FROM THE PAST

ESL-Citytalk Email Community Forum

ESL-CITYTALK is email-based discussion forum. This forum is open to any resident, agency, or entity involved in community development activity in East St. Louis. It was created to promote collaboration between the many different entities that are engaging in community development intiatives in East St. Louis. JOIN NOW!!


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Document author(s) : Deanna Koenigs, Cathy Klump
Last modified: 23 November 1999, Deanna Koenigs
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