“We are grappling with, ‘How do we plan for the future of our neighborhood and its economic prosperity, and its continued call for diversity and racial equity?’ At the same time as we’re doing this, how do we prevent things like displacement from happening?”

Treena Thompson is a resident of the West End neighborhood and board member of Cornerstone Corporation. She voices concerns that resonate with many residents in her neighborhood and neighborhoods throughout St. Louis. We grapple with these same concerns at Invest STL and walk with our partners to support them designing solutions, achieving their goals, and reaching their vision.

Partners like Cornerstone STL and Dutchtown South Community Corporation are working to increase access to affordable and quality housing, medical care for residents, ridership for public transit in neighborhoods and more. And, they’re doing things a little bit differently: they’re putting residents at the center of the community development process.

To learn more about Invest STL’s approach, who we are, and to hear more from our team and partners, dive into St. Louis Magazine’s Big Think story on us, click here.