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Funding Helps Missourians Rebuild After Storms, Flooding

Late last week (Jan. 14), the Department of Labor announced the release of an additional $200,000 to aid the state's cleanup and recovery efforts.

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Foundation Provides Low-Income Housing

The Make It Right foundation, co-founded by actor Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough, partners with BNIM Architects to provide affordable housing to poor families in Kansas City, MO.

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More of Downtown Kansas City Eligible for NMTCs

A large section of downtown Kansas City, MO -- one previously ineligible for New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) -- is now eligible for the federal financing program, according to updated 2010 federal census data. The Treasury Department recently allocated two $45 million awards to two Community Dev...

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Selling the Dream: Comprehensive Community Development

The president of St. Louis-based nonprofit redevelopment organization Urban Strategies Inc. was on the verge of securing financing for a much-needed early childhood education center in one of the poorest zip codes in Missouri when nearly $4 million in financial commitments from private donors for the center vanished following the financial collapse of the U.S. housing market.

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Study Links Neighborhood Revitalization to Good Health

Researchers at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences studied four low-income neighborhoods, examining the affects of infrastructure and community redevelopment strategies on the health of residents.

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St. Louis Sustainable Land Lab Competition Names Finalists

The project generated nearly 50 submissions since being launched in November 2012. The winners will receive a two-year lot lease and $5,000 in seed funding to launch their project.

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Smart Growth Conference Slated for February

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will be held from Feb. 7-9 in Kansas City, MO. The conference will feature more than 90 sessions and about 400 speakers. The 12th annual conference will focus on identifying strategies for more sustainable development in the Midwest and across the nation.

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New Try At Eminent Domain Overhaul in Missouri

The move allows backers to begin petition drives to get sufficient voter signatures in six of the eight congressional districts before May 2014. The proposal is targeted for the November 2014 ballot.

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Voters To Decide Eminent Domain Policy

Voters in Columbia, MO will decide whether to limit the city's power of eminent domain to acquire property for economic development and bar the city from using blight declarations as a first step toward acquiring property.

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St. Louis Competition to Turn Vacant Lots into Sustainable Spaces

The city of St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis plan to launch a living laboratory to showcase innovative ideas for transforming vacant land into sustainable assets for communities.

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