The North Central Special Business District

The Finest 15 workshop that was scheduled for Oct. 6, 2018 has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 



The community is invited to a reception in celebration of

SLACO’s 40 Years of Community-based Neighborhood Revitalization


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 

The Saint Louis Women’s Club

4600 Lindell Blvd.

R.S.V.P. to SLACO by Monday, September 10, 2018

​or R.S.V.P. online at slaco40.eventbrite.com

SLACO 2017

Annual Report

Turning Vacant Buildings into Urban Farming Spaces

More Sustainable Neighborhoods Academy Activities

Neighborhood Profit Sharing with Real Estate Investment Trusts

SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on NewsChannel 5
March 17, 2018

Here is the “Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations.”  You may read the guide, download and read later or print.


This guide will assist you in starting a neighborhood association.  It is by no means a complete set of rules to be followed.  It is merely a starting point with helpful hints and proven methods to effectively organize your group.

Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations Now Available

With Support from the Regional Arts Commission

What is the North Corridor Collaborative?


A collective group of service providers, city officials and residents along the North Corridor, dedicated to providing a supportive network of services and facilitating measurable change in an effort to create a stronger North City. 


Its vision is to build a structure for stakeholders to support effective vehicles for investment and neighborhood support and greater collaboration in North St. Louis.

Looking to chip away at the thousands of abandoned properties throughout the city, the St. Louis Development Corporation agreed Thursday help fund a new attorney at the region’s premier nonprofit legal clinic. To read more, click here.

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) awarded SLACO a $4,000 Program Support grant for the 2018-2019 grant cycle (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).  This award is in recognition and support of SLACO's commitment to the cultural development of the St. Louis region. 


With support from the Regional Arts Commission, SLACO will be able to continue to provide a neighborhood, after-school program in which elementary children receive music lessons.


"We are very appreciative of the Regional Arts Commission's support," said Kevin McKinney, executive director of SLACO.


​"Your work in the arts provides a significant contribution to the vibrancy of our region. We wish you continued success in the coming year," said RAC Chairman Michael Scully and Executive Director Felicia W. Shaw in an award letter addressed to SLACO. 


Founded in 1985, the Regional Arts Commission is the largest annual funder of the arts dedicated to the cultivation, promotion and fostering of cultural programming in the St. Louis region. In addition to financial support, RAC serves as a cultural catalyst in the arts community, providing technical, promotional and other support for arts organizations of all shapes and sizes.


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

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Dr. Mark Abbott

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SLACO Receives $4,000 Grant from the Regional Arts Commission to Support After-School Program 

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Did you know that a vacant building could become a neighborhood farm?  Chicago pioneered this innovative space.
Check it out!


It takes less than 20 minutes to drive between the Lewis Place and Holly Hills neighborhoods in St. Louis. Yet that relatively short trip from north to south  – or vice versa – is one that many people in the Gateway region are unlikely to take. To read more, click here.

SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on

St. Louis Public Radio
March 15, 2018

St. Louis Commits $100,000 to Legal Services for Vacancy Initiative

Feb. 16, 2018 from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Can Real Estate Investment Trusts change the way residents view their neighborhoods?  Learn how this redevelopment tool can positively change the course of St. Louis neighborhoods.

"Finest 15” LRA Property Ownership

Workshop Has Been Cancelled

Location of The Saint Louis Women's Club/History of SLACO

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ST. LOUIS – There is a division often seen between north and south St. Louis that shows up in demographics, economics, race and wealth. Now, one St. Louis group is working to bridge that divide.

The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) program is now underway and they have a mission to bring communities together, to strengthen the neighborhoods. To read more, click here.