The Community Partnership Project Seminar Series links research and practice and promotes the sharing of information and ideas on issues that impact the St. Louis region. These seminars are sponsored by the Community Partnership Project at UMSL, working in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension.

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Previous Sessions

  • March, 19 2013: Learning from the Field: Lessons in Neighborhood Housing Redevelopment

    As local housing markets slowly lurch back to normality, community leaders are looking for strategies that have been successful in stabalizing and redeveloping neighborhoods. What are the key roles that political and public officials and private investors play in the process? How can strategies incorporate local market conditions and the vision of neighborhood actors and officials? The below panel and participants focused on efforts in Benton Park and the West End, and lessons for future revitalization efforts.

    Panelists: Lana Stein, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Missouri–St. Louis; Will Winter, Research Associate, Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri–St. Louis; JoAnn Vatcha, former housing analyst, City of St. Louis; Martin Jaffe, President, M. Jaffe Group; Kenneth Ortmann, Alderman, Ward 9, City of St. Louis

  • November 28, 2012: State of Neighborhoods–Challenges and Opportunities | View Presentation

    This panel discussion explored the state of neighborhoods and community development in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Questions discuessed included: What neighborhoods have retained or increased their value and what neighborhoods have declined? What regional trends support the renewal of urban neighborhoods and what trends undermine revitalization? What can local activists and community developers do in the face of these larger trends?

    Panelists: Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration, UMSL; Jessica Eiland, Associate Director, Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council; Reginald Scott, Executive Director, Lemay Housing Partnership; Sean Thomas, Executive Director, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group

    The St. Louis Beacon was on hand to cover the event. Click here to read their story.
  • May 1, 2012: What's Really Growing in Community Gardens?

    Community gardening organizations and health advocates have lauded community gardens as a means to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in urban food deserts. A review of the literature about community gardens reveals that there are links between health and community gardening, but they may not be what you think. Plus, what else is growing in community gardens across the country and around the globe? Evidence shows that the benefits of community gardening extend far beyond nutrition, including creating connections among neighbors and increasing tolerance for diverse cultures.

    Panelists: Tracy Greever Rice, Interim Director of the MU Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA); Jill Lucht, Research Associate in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Michael Sorth, Gateway Greening; Dwayne James, Councilman, City of Ferguson; Julie Birkenmaier, Chouteau Garden, Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood.