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Community Leadership Collaboration Forum

Regions Bank - St. Louis, Missouri

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Medium

Regions created its annual Community Leadership Collaboration Forum to help expand community development activities in the St. Louis area. Aimed at fostering inclusive prosperity, Regions brings together key stakeholders to cultivate new ideas and partnerships. In response to the community crisis ensuing after the killing of an unarmed Black teenager by the police in Ferguson, Missouri. In August 2014, Regions hosted a Leadership Forum of community organizations in the St. Louis area to identify strategies to address community needs. The event was a “listening session” and nurtured a shared understanding of what was being done, what needed to be done, and ways to work together. To encourage and support the partnerships being created through these Forums, Regions announced a .000 collaborative partnership grant at the 2019 event. Applications were reviewed by a selection committee that included community representatives, who chose a proposal from SoulFisher Ministries and The University of Missouri - St. Louis to train formerly incarcerated individuals re-entering the workforce and educate employers on hiring them. In February 2020, these partners shared their findings at the Regions 5th Annual Community Leadership Collaboration Forum. Based on the first success, Regions offered a second annual ,000 grant at the 2020 forum. https://doingmoretoday.com/breaking-down-silos-to-make-a-community-stronger/