St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

Fall session starting in September - dates and times coming soon!

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Loura Gilbert is the Vice President of Community Development at Commerce Bank and Treasurer of the Gateway Greening Board of Directors. 

For more than two decades, Loura Gilbert has been a champion for Gateway Greening as the organization has grown and impacted more and more communities throughout St. Louis.  Loura' will be recognized for her years of service and dedication to Gateway Greening on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Gateway Greening's 19th annual Chefs in a Garden Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel.  For more information 

Introducing New Executive Director, Kevin McKinney

SLACO is pleased to announce Kevin McKinney as the fourth Executive Director in its 37-year history.  He succeeds Nancy Thompson, who retired this month.

McKinney bring SLACO eighteen years of experience in housing and urban development.  He spent twelve years as an elected official, nine years as Mayor and member of the Board of Aldermen in Jonesborough Tennessee.  Since 2003, he has been the owner of Housing 202, Ltd. serving as a consultant for faith-based and non-profit organizations in Missouri and nationwide.  He has been involved with the development of eight senior housing facilities and two housing developments for persons with disabilities.  

Kevin and his wife Kimberly are residents of the Shaw Neighborhood.  He is a board member of the South City YMCA, Friends of Tower Grove Park and the 1st Vice President of the Garden District Commission.

He was named to the Business Journal's "Top 40 under 40", won the Centurion Award for Outstanding Contribution in Human Rights and Completed the FOCUS St Louis Impact St Louis Leadership Program.

SLACO's Sustainable Neighborhoods is a two part program that will provide you with the tools to make it happen. 



Established in 2012 and named for Peg and Blanton Whitmire, the Gateway Greening Whitmire Award is awarded annually to a volunteer, donor or supporter that has shown extraordinary dedication to the advancement of the organization. The Whitmires provided unmatched support to Gateway Greening. 

Congratulations to SLACO Board Member

Loura Gilbert

2016 Whitmire Award Recipient  

SLACO Improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment and neighborhood organizing.