Todd Swanstrom knows the value of communities working together. He is, after all, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Swanstrom put that title to work recently when he met with leaders at more than 30 St. Louis Community Development Corporations to help facilitate collaboration.

CDCs are nonprofit community-based organizations that work on a variety of initiatives related to housing, commercial development and youth programming.

Leaders from those CDCs have gathered at UMSL over the last few months for “Community Development Corporations: What’s Working in St. Louis Neighborhoods,” a series of conversations to explore how they are making a difference in their neighborhoods. The fourth and final session, “Focus Youth and Summer Programs,” will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. April 4 in 202 J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL.

Panelists will include Vickie Forby, Emerson Park Development Corporation; and David Carroll, North Grand Neighborhood Services.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot C.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Beverages will be provided.

“Community Development Corporations: What’s Working in St. Louis Neighborhoods” is part of the UMSL Community Partnership Project’s Brown Bag Series.

Call 314-516-6392 or e-mail for more information.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz