2nd Annual Community Development Celebration!

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We held our 2nd annual Community Development Celebration on November 16th at the historic Barnett on Washington. The event was a huge success as we had enjoyed a larger crowd than last year and were joined by a number of special guests including; Collector of Revenue Gregory FX Daly, State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, State Representatives Joshua Peters and Michael Butler and Aldermen John C. Muhammad, Brandon Bosley and Dan Guenther. Other notable guests included developers Chris Goodson and Beau Reinberg and non-profit executives Sean Spencer (Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC), Becky James-Hatter (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Mo.) Atty. Tom Jerry (St. Louis Housing Authority), Kevin McKinney (SLACO), Kimberly McKinney (Habitat for Humanity), Michael Burns (Northside Community Housing) and Tom Pickel (DeSales Community Housing). We also owe a special thanks to our all of sponsors including; Great Southern Bank, Dominium, St. Louis Equity Fund, Commerce Bank, Carrollton Bank, Rosemann and Associates, US Bank, Reliance Bank, Enterprise Bank, Rise Community Development, Midland States Bank, Brake Landscaping and McCormack Baron Salazar.

 

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2nd Neighborhood Safety Workshop 9/9/17

NNA hosted it’s 2nd Neighborhood Safety Workshop in Saturday, September 9 at the O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex. The event was well attended and our guests heard from several speakers including; Abdul Abdullah, Aldermen John C. Muhammad and Brandon Bosley, 4th District Police Captain Renee Kreissman, Assistant City Counselor Sandra Zambrana, Ethical Society of Police president Sgt. Heather Taylor, St. Louis Safety Group founder Dee Brown and Redditt Hudson of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice. We would like to thank our event sponsors the Community Development Administration and the St. Louis Philanthropic Organization for their continued support!

Fresh Starts Community Garden Updates

NNA would to thank the members of the Rise Young Professionals “RYP” for joining us at the Fresh Starts Community Garden recently. They were warmly received by NNA board member/garden manager Rosie Willis and helped to prepare the garden for the upcoming Winter season. The RYP members also expressed an interest in helping NNA to market the local neighborhoods that are being impacted by the relocation of the National Geo-Spatial Agency. NNA executive director Sal Martinez was invited to a recent RYP board meeting and the organization formally decided to embrace this project.

NNA was pleased to host the 9th annual Candlelight Dinner at the Fresh Starts Community Garden this year. Members of RYP also came to the 9th annual Candlelight Dinner to support the Fresh Starts Community Garden. The event was an overwhelming success as over 100 guests joined us for a night of great food, entertainment and fellowship. Some of the special guests in attendance included; Alderpersons John C. Muhammad, Brandon Bosley, Christine Ingrassia, Cara Spencer, Shane Cohn and Dan Guenther along with 4th District Police Captain Renee Kreissman and 4th district police officer Jaime Partee! Kudos to NNA board member Rosie Willis for her continued stewardship of the garden and plans are already underway to celebrate the garden’s 10th anniversary next year!

Neighborhood Beautification Activities

Throughout the later summer months, NNA continued to host its on-going neighborhood beautification activities this Fall including the re-establishment of a butterfly garden at Fairground Park and a clean-up activity in the Penrose neighborhood. We would like to thank the many residents and other volunteers who joined us including; Aldermen John C. Muhammad, Brandon Bosley and Dan Guenther. We would also like to thank our sponsors including; Community Development Administration, St. Louis Philanthropic Organization, Brighside St. Louis and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Crime Prevention Summit – 6/10/17

What a great turnout of stakeholders looking for ways to prevent crime and promote public safety in the Penrose, O’Fallon, and Fairground neighborhoods, and the rest of St. Louis City! Engaged citizens, elected officials, police officers, and service providers showed up early on a Saturday morning and stayed into the early afternoon for this great coming together. Thanks to everyone that came to listen and to participate–let’s continue the momentum and keep improving the city and neighborhoods we call home. Among others, we were pleased to be joined by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, State Rep. Steven Roberts, State Rep. Michael Butler, State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., State Rep. Joshua Peters, Executive Director of the Community Development Administration (CDA) Alana Green, Neighborhood Development Executive of the Neighborhood Stabilization Team (NST) Dotti McDowell, acting St. Louis Police Chief Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Louis Police Sgt. Johnson, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, Neighborhood Leadership Academy Director Claire Wolff, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) Executive Director Kevin McKinney, and of course our very own NNA Executive Director Sal Martinez.