East St. Louis Action Research Project

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Establishing the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center

...a place where East St. Louis residents and organizations can request one-stop technical assistance, training and volunteer assistance from full-time planning and design professionals...

The most significant accomplishment of the last year was the opening of the East St. Louis Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center(NTAC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of East St. Louis Community Development Block Grant, and the University of Illinois. Since the NTAC began operations, it has worked with more than 40 community-based organizations on 90 technical assistance requests. The NTAC provides organizational, planning and design assistance to the increasing number of residents and neighborhood organizations active in physical, economic, and social development projects that enhance the quality of life in East St. Louis. The NTAC also serves as a daily resource to community-based organizations looking to strengthen their capacity to develop workable plans and proposals to solve pressing physical and social problems. The NTAC is a place where East St. Louis residents and organizations can request one-stop technical assistance, training and volunteer assistance from full-time planning and design professionals.

NTAC Grand Opening Establishing a physical presence in East St. Louis has allowed ESLARP to more efficiently and effectively work with our existing community partners, as well as identify new community partners. The NTAC now serves as the first point of contact for all community requests for University technical assistance. From there, NTAC staff members determine the most effective way for the University to respond to local requests for assistance. NTAC staff handle most of the ongoing, day-to-day neighborhood planning and community development requests, while larger projects are referred to ESLARP faculty and staff in Urbana- Champaign. These projects are assigned to studios, workshops, or research assistants or are slated for community outreach weekend activities.

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