Partnering to build a strong, inclusive community…

Posted by Anne McCullough on April 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Partnering to build a strong, inclusive community…

We are writing to ask you to join us in the movement to strengthen our community. As a leader in the “Employment and Business Development” sector, we want to work with you on the development and implementation of the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan, a community-based planning process for the area defined by Gravois on the north, Meramec on the south, Grand on the west and Jefferson on the east.


Over the past six months, we, the resident steering committee, have been guiding staff from Rise Community Development and Dutchtown South Community Corporation as they facilitate this neighborhood planning process for the Benton Park West, Gravois Park, and northeast Dutchtown neighborhoods. Through intensive community engagement, we have heard our neighbors express what they love about the neighborhood, what challenges they face, and opportunities that exist to build an inclusive, equitable future. The community has developed goals and strategies related to key focus areas, and identified partners that will be instrumental collaborators in implementation. In the Employment and Business Development focus area, YOU were identified as a potential partner.

We would like to invite you to join us for a “resource group” meeting: bringing together these potential partners in order to discuss the community input we’ve received, how your work responds to this input, and ways we can work together to achieve our vision: “Accessible, sustainable, inclusive neighborhoods where families and individuals thrive in a diverse and historically rich, engaged community.”
We ask that you please fill out this Doodle Poll with your availability: Doodle Poll Link

You can find additional information about the Gravois-Jefferson planning effort and our proposed resource groups by clicking here. In the coming days, we plan to send out the community input related to Employment and Business Development for your review and feedback. Please feel free to reach out to Carrick Reddin at Rise Community Development with any questions (; (314) 333-7002).

Thank you, we look forward to working together,
The Gravois-Jefferson Steering Committee


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