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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Investments in Progress: Make a Deal, Make a Difference in the Urban Core of the St. Louis Region

Investors are the target audience of a new web site that highlights development opportunities in the St. Louis region's urban core. Hosted by the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA), the site also lists successful private and public investment of recent years. The St. Louis urban core is defined as the older areas of the city of St. Louis, most of the inner ring suburbs of St. Louis County, and older communities in St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois. To view the site, go to

Neighborhoods, Regions and Smart Growth Tool Kit

The National Neighborhood Coalition says its guide provides "an easy-to-understand, ‘big picture' explanation of how neighborhood development and regional growth affect one another." The kit advises neighborhood advocates on how to work effectively with regional leaders. The kit costs $20 and includes a list of resources, a checklist for action and guidance on building an agenda for change. Call Leah Kalinosky at (202) 408-8553 or e-mail her at for information.

The Foundation of Asset Building: Financial Services for Lower-Income Consumers

The Woodstock Institute report profiles five banks that have a commitment to build their customer base by reaching out to unbanked households. The banks offer affordable checking, lifeline accounts and financial literacy programs and use creative strategies to market their products. The report also has an inventory of lifeline banking and financial literacy resources. To order a copy of the report, call (312) 427-8070.

Rural Community Development Banking Resource Directory

Banks interested in lending, investing or providing retail financial services in rural communities can find descriptions of resources and contact information in the directory. Organizations and web sites are categorized under rural housing, commercial lending, general information, public facilities lending, community revitalization and rural development farm loan programs. To access the directory, go to