I have been driving around my neighborhood for months, trying to figure ou what is wrong with City Hall. St. Louis City Hall at that; where is the vision, and why did it take so long to start implementing progress?
Well not so fast, things are still not up to passage, for instance, there are crumbling buildings, paintings posted on dilapidated properties, and things are still as they are. I feel some organizations are just out to pocket their own entities.
Because North St. Louis is not as paramount as Clayton, CWE or even Cortex. In addition to building bigger and better with the right developer in tow, these places are forever thriving.
But that is a separate topic to be discussed later. Let’s talk about Invest STL, and what are they going to do for the city lately.
Shift the region’s approach to neighborhood development
WE INVEST IN ST. LOUIS
We prioritize equitable community development by evolving our work in four key areas: direct investments in neighborhoods, investing in the local community and economic development system, convening thought leadership and testing innovative ideas to influence policies and decision-making, and reframing narratives to shift our collective understanding and awareness of St. Louis residents and neighborhoods.
Generate trust-based, community-driven, and place-based investments focused on nurturing neighborhood leadership, growing capacity and sustainability of neighborhood anchors, supporting resident-driven neighborhood planning, green-lighting catalytic real estate developments, and bolstering hyper local economies.
THE COMMUNITY + ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
Foster the creation of sustainable systems and structures from local government through regional
intermediaries and networks.
INFLUENCE POLICIES + DECISION-MAKING
Identify and facilitate solutions to systemic issues facing predominantly Black neighborhoods.
Replace the current prevailing narratives of predominantly Black neighborhoods with narratives that inspire pride, engagement, personal agency, collaboration, community accountability, and public will.
Invest STL facilitates investment in the power of people and their neighborhoods to develop communities of justice and opportunity in places that continue to endure the legacy of systemic anti-Black racism.
How we move is core to who we are and what we do.
- We are motivated by the belief that every person deserves to live in a neighborhood in which they can create the life they want, and we are grounded in the conviction that anything less is unacceptable.
- We are committed to rigorous self-examination and transparency about our successes, failures and learning.
- We are dedicated to untethering the past from what’s possible in the future by refusing to accept the restraints of generations of systemic anti-Black racism.
- We act with urgency, because the unconfronted injustices of generations of anti-Black systemic racism continue to compound with time.
- We elevate lived experience and use evidence-based learning without being bound by it.
- We acknowledge and address generations of harm created by systemic anti-Black racism, particularly harm created in the name of community development.
- We measure success in multiple ways that reflect the complexity of this work.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Arch City Defenders
Executive Director & Assistant Vice Chancellor
Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation
Henry Webber, Board Chairperson
Principal, Urban Impact Advisors
Karishma Furtado, Secretary
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Economic & Community Development
University of Missouri-Saint Louis
Loura Gilbert, Treasurer
Retired Vice President of Community Development
Academy for Diversity & Inclusion, Washington University
Senior Project Officer, CEO Initiatives
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation