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SLACO Delivers Place-Based Programs and Services

One of the four goal areas for the next three years is the continuation and expansion of the place-based programs and services that are part of SLACO's history and future.  This includes our work in the Etzel Community Center.

At the present time, this work is concentrated in the City's West End neighborhood, encompassing also what the City of St. Louis calls the Visitation Park neighborhood.  This area could be thought of as bound by Page on the north, Delmar on the south, Skinker on the west, and Union on the east.

For two years SLACO has been engaged with its partners in planning and now implementation of the West End Collaborative.  The other entities are Cornerstone Corporation and St. Vincent Greenway, Inc.  We are grateful to Community Builders Network for facilitating the work of our collaborative planning process.  While by no means a comprehensive plan for addressing all of the issues important to this rapidly developing neighborhood, the three corporations working in at least some of the same geographic areas have agreed to  take joint action in the areas of:

1. Better internal communication and awareness of calendar items

2. External communication of advances in the neighborhood

3. Exploration of housing development or redevelopment initiatives

4. Two annual clean-ups and one annual beautification project

5. Fostering economic development and job creation through promoting and supporting local entrepreneurs

With potential assets including a former public school now being revived as a community center and business space, about 150 LRA-owned vacant lots, and several private properties in need of rehabilitation, the Collaborative is monitoring and maintaining information about development potential within the neighborhood.

​SLACO Board of Directors

Mark Abbott, President

Mark Dowdy, Vice President
Janet Desnoyer, Secretary
Loura Gilbert, Treasurer (at large)

Board Members
Rick Bonasch (at large)
Beverly Bremer
Kathleen Carson
Martin Casas
Lillie Clay
Amanda Davis
Angela Drake
Julius Fuse, (Senior Advisor) (at large)
Charles Guthrie

Eltoreon Hawkins 
Linda Hennigh
Stephanie Herbers
Patty Hofer
Sharon Houston

Holly Humfeld
Pauline Humphrey (at large)
Kris Jackson
Stephen Jehle
Carole Johnson
George Jones, Jr.

Gus Kempa

Maggie Lalor

Marlon Lee
Dan Lovings

David Merideth
Greg Meyer

Angela Newsom (at large)

Rodney Norman
Jared Opsal

Tina Pihl

Shontaia Riley
Marjorie Robinson (at large)

Basiyr Rodney
Stacy Ross
Robert Strikwerda
Moira Thompson

Kristy Unruh
Theresa Van Schaik
Reola Weaver

Jennifer Weston
Sundy Whiteside
Beth Wiseman

Michael Wohlstadter

Irene Woodson