Community Partner Organizations

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Greater North County Chamber of Commerce

The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary partnership of over 470 business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life in the North County area. Simply stated, the Chamber is business and professional people working together to make the community a better place for everyone to live and work.

The Chamber is not a governmental agency, but a non-profit corporation supported and financed through the voluntary investments of its members. As the Chamber works to improve the community’s economy and quality of life, it keeps these broad objectives in mind:

  • To help business prosper and grow
  • To increase job opportunities
  • To encourage an orderly expansion and development of all segments of the community
  • To contribute to the overall economic stability of the community

Website: greaternorthcountychamber.com

 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

Incorporated on April 28, 1982, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis strives to promote the economic development of Hispanic-owned businesses and improve business opportunities for all in the St. Louis region. The Chamber fulfills this mission by increasing the competitiveness of its member businesses in local, state, and international markets. The Chamber is the cornerstone for the Hispanic business community, and looks to participate in present and future business developments of metropolitan St. Louis.

Website: hccstl.com

 

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

For 95 years, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been taking care of business for Missouri employers in the halls of the State Capitol, in the courtroom and beyond. Empowered by strength and passion for our cause, the Missouri Chamber brings together members from all corners of the state to make Missouri a better place to live and work.

Website: mochamber.com

 

St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce

The St. Louis Regional Chamber traces its roots to 1836 – making it one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Today they are driven by one overriding purpose  to inspire a greater St. Louis. They represent the 15-county bi-state metropolitan area and they’re members account for nearly 30% of the region’s employment base. They are committed to collaborative partnerships and believe one of their primary responsibilities is to convene all the different stakeholders required to solve big, regional issues.

They convene leaders from throughout the bi-state region to get big things done. They develop and champion public policy to enhance the region’s business climate and livability. They work in specific economic sectors to help companies startup, expand, or move to St. Louis. They also work with partners throughout the region to make St. Louis one of the most educated, open and welcoming communities in the world.

Website: stlregionalchamber.com

 


COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Beyond Housing

Beyond Housing is a comprehensive community development organization convening partners and providing leadership. From purchasing a home to health, education, jobs and economic development, we offer holistic resources and support. By strengthening communities, they empower the people and families who call their community home. At Beyond Housing, they are committed to promoting DiversityInclusion, and Equity throughout their organization and culture. They strive to understand and appreciate the individuality of every employee and create a better place to work for all. They nurture a culture where everyone positively acknowledges equity through action and is aware, understanding and appreciative of diversity.

Website: beyondhousing.org

 

Citizens for Modern Transit

Citizens for Modern Transit leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region.

Website: cmt-stl.org

 

Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis

CBN was born September 29, 2011 at a meeting of over 30 community building nonprofits from across the St. Louis area. These pioneer members were looking for ways to support each other as peers and advocate for critical issues and policy with a shared voice—especially as federal and state dollars that support community building work continue to shrink.

CBN’s missions is to gather community leaders of all backgrounds to build engaged and equitable neighborhoods. They envision a St. Louis region where all people live in safe, economically strong, and vibrant neighborhoods and all community-based organizations are sustainable, supported, and valued.

Website: communitybuildersstl.org

 

Diversity Awareness Partnership

Diversity Awareness Partnership is a catalyst to increase awareness, facilitate engagement, and provide education about diversity and inclusion. DAP’s vision is inclusive communities where diversity is respected and embraced, and equity is the norm. DAP also offers education and training which is delivered through presentations, workshops, seminars, community forums and round-table discussions.

Website: dapinclusive.org

 

Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council seeks to ensure equal access to housing and places of public accommodation for all people through education, counseling, investigation, and enforcement.

They are the only private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination in the Metropolitan St. Louis area. They operate throughout Missouri and Illinois. EHOC fights illegal housing discrimination through:

    • Education on fair housing laws for housing providers (lenders, landlords, real estate agents and insurance agents), local governmental bodies (those who should be concerned about the affects of discrimination on their communities) and the general public (especially those who are most likely to experience illegal discrimination).
    • Enforcement actions against those who they find, through their investigations, discriminate illegally.
    • Community outreach, by participating in grass-roots and community-based projects; working with academics, civil rights leaders, and the housing industry; and spreading the word about their services and message through public service announcements, press releases and distribution of material.

Website: ehocstl.org

 

Justine Petersen

Justine PETERSEN is a St. Louis-based company that assists low-income individuals and families to develop, maintain and increase financial assets. The late Justine M. Petersen was a pioneer in implementing community reinvestment in St. Louis. As her legacy, Justine PETERSEN’s products and services are modeled after the plan Ms. Petersen created with local banks and community development organizations. Justine PETERSEN gives people opportunities to create new futures for themselves and their families by helping them become and stay homeowners, start and run successful businesses, access education, begin and manage personal savings programs.

Website: justinepetersen.org

 

Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC)

Missouri Housing Development Commission is dedicated to strengthening communities and the lives of Missourians through the financing, development and preservation of affordable housing. MHDC administers, and provides financing for, the construction of affordable housing. The Commission also provides funding for home loans to qualified, first-time buyers through a network of certified, private mortgage lenders.

Website: mhdc.com

 

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary association of cities, villages, and county governments dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents.

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis, formerly the St. Louis County Municipal League, was founded in 1918 in order to:

  • Provide a network for the municipal officials of St. Louis County and St. Louis City as a means to congregate, collaborate and educate
  • Advocate for county, state and federal legislation that helps municipalities better serve their residents
  • Improve the quality and efficacy of municipal governments in metro St. Louis through training, education, research and the promotion of best practices

With nearly 100 years in service to promoting stronger local government, the League is the official advocacy organization for municipalities in metro St. Louis. Members represent 98% of the population of St. Louis County and St. Louis City. The League general membership meets regularly throughout the year to discuss policies and form positions that promote effective government of local communities.

Website: stlmuni.org

 

Mosaic Project

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis. St. Louis aims to be a cultural mosaic because this community believes that immigrants invigorate our region. We want to share our community with its great neighborhoods, outstanding schools, plus some of the best hospitals and cultural destinations in the world.

Website: stlmosaicproject.org

 

Rebuilding Together St. Louis

Rebuilding Together St. Louis believes everyone deserves a safe and healthy home. Age, disability, economic pressure, or a natural disaster shouldn’t force St. Louisans from the communities they enrich. With the help of volunteers, they offer free crucial repairs to improve the homes and lives of those in need. Rebuilding Together St. Louis’s vision is for everyone to have a safe home and community.

Website: rebuildingtogether-stl.org

 

SLACO (St. Louis Association of Community Organizations)

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, commonly known as SLACO by its friends, has been addressing a broad range of issues related to strengthening neighborhoods throughout its 40-year history. SLACO is a coalition of neighborhood associations in the metropolitan area. Each neighborhood group addresses the needs and concerns of its residents. While the depth and severity of problems facing neighborhoods vary, many challenges are shared by almost all of the neighborhoods.

Website: slaco-mo.org

 


TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors)

The Mission of ASHI is to set and promote standards for property inspections and to provide the educational programs needed to achieve excellence in the profession and to meet the needs of our members.

ASHI is the most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America. Through ASHI’s continued efforts, ASHI’s Standards of Practice—covering all of a home’s major systems—are now part of many pieces of state legislation and are recognized by consumers as the authoritative standard for professional home inspection.

Website: homeinspector.org
St. Louis Chapter: stlashi.org

 

Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri helps create a region that promotes and protects the viability of the building industry by serving its members, who strive to meet the housing needs of our neighbors. The HBA empowers members to succeed by working toward common sense building regulations, providing networking and educational opportunities, and using its power in numbers to keep the housing market strong. The HBA is responsible for the geographic areas of St. Louis City and the Counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln, Pike, Montgomery, Franklin, Warren, and Washington.

Website: stlhba.com

 

MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier)

MIPIM is an international property event hosted in Cannes, France each March. It is hosted by Reed MIDEM and includes an exhibition area, networking events, and conference sessions over a period of 4 days. MIPIM Cannes is the world’s leading property exhibition, the event aims to facilitate business between investors, corporate end-users, local authorities, hospitality professionals, industrial and logistics players, and other real estate professionals.

Website: mipim.com

 

St. Louis Apartment Association

The St. Louis Apartment Association was chartered in 1976 for the purpose of advancing the general welfare of the multifamily housing industry within the Metropolitan St. Louis area. SLAA is the active voice of a unified group of multi-housing and supplier professionals committed to providing full service educational solutions, legislative action, industry resources, networking, and best practice sharing, while supporting local charitable causes.

Website: slaa.org

 

Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP)

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals was established in 2011. Their mission is to increase sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness, and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities. While VAREP’s focus is on the active-military and veteran communities, their services are also offered to eligible low-to-moderate income (LMI) families. Their doors are open to all that want to realize the American Dream of homeownership. VAREP and its members represent and work within all sectors of the real estate, housing, and financial-services industries.

Website: varep.net