St. Louis Association of Community Organizations
In late April SLACO will launch the Sustainable Neighborhood Academy. The Academy is a two part program offering training and workshops for residents interested in creating a sustainable project to improve the vitality and livability of their neighborhood.
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.
Sessions will be offered in north and south side neighborhoods. For more information and to register for training go to Sustainable Neighborhood Academy.
Save the Date!
St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is a 36-year-old organization that serves as an umbrella and coalition for the neighborhood associations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The 29 grassroots neighborhood groups that are SLACO members learn from and network with each other, and may take direct action where appropriate and necessary to create a desirable urban environment.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and stakeholders of neighborhoods in the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment, and neighborhood organizing.
SLACO also undertakes place-based work in specific parts of the region, when the organization can make a difference in addressing a particular need. In that role SLACO currently provides programming in the West End neighborhood, at the Etzel Community Center, where our offices also are located.