Episode 2: Sean Spencer – the Future Great City podcast by nextSTL

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It’s nextSTL.com in a podcast! In this episode we speak with Sean Spencer, Executive Director of the newly reconstituted and expanded Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation. The organization is a consolidation of Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation, Southwest Garden Housing Corporation and Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation. The TGNCDC serves an area of nearly 30,000 residents in the City of St. Louis.

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Beginning 2016 we’ll post at least every other week as we speak to the people making a difference in St. Louis. Look for podcasts featuring Trailnet executive director Ralph Pfemmer, freelance journalist Sarah Kendzior, and founder of Hilliker Corp. Ben Hilliker, among others!

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Map of Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation service area:


Community Vision and Development Framework for the Tower Grove Neighborhoods – St. Louis, MO by nextSTL.com

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  • A very interesting discussion. Thank you, Alex and Sean.

    St. Louis is…let’s just say “interesting”…in its volume of various types of neighborhood groups. Chambers of Commerce, CIDs, traditional Neighborhood Associations, Restoration Groups, etc. all have different (but often overlapping) missions and goals, and have to chase many of the same private/public dollars and grants. This is further confounded by aldermanic efforts, additional block-by-block special taxing districts (TODs, TIDs, BIDs) and a City-oversight/directive process that can be lacking.

    As someone who worked for a CoC/merchants association in St. Louis, and does so now in Chicago, the difference is eye-opening. In Chicago, the City is very clear in its intent –whether supporting a CoC with a grant or forming an SSA (their version of a CID), they detail the requirements and reporting schedules, and hold you to them. That strict oversight really does ensure actionable improvement and growth, and makes the citizenry affected (or taxed) more confident in the organization’s place and purpose.

  • matimal

    Cincinnati’s City Center Development Corporation has been astoundingly successful. It’s technically non-profit, but it operates in ways that are hard to distinguish from for-profit developers. http://www.3cdc.org/. I think it should be a model for other such organizations, whatever scale on which they are operating.