St. Louis: A New Urban Champion 

New Urban Champions is an initiative created to showcase the most successful, but less frequently told stories of collaboration, growth, and problem-solving happening in mid-sized cities that deserve a greater share of the spotlight. NewCities convened its first New Urban Champions Learning Expedition in Columbus, Ohio in October 2018.

For this second edition, NewCities teams up with the St. Louis Development Corporation to present St. Louis, Missouri as a New Urban Champion. 

This issue is a voice-driven editorial sparking those tough conversations and opening the floor to honest dialogue; telling the story of St. Louis through the narratives of some of its most inspiring community leaders.

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Otis Williams

Trust: A Bridge to an Equitable Future

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Joshua McKenzie

Thriving in St. Louis

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Aaron Thomas

Revitalizing Communities from Within

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Alesha Henley

St Louis – Inspiring “Newcomers”

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LaShana Lewis

Crossing the Divide in Racial, Gender Inequities in Organizations

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Michelle Tucker

Community Collaborations: Nonprofits Helping to Forge the Way

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Zekita Armstrong Asuquo

5 ways Employers Can Guarantee an Inclusive Geospatial Workforce

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Leonard L. Johnson

All of Us: Together

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Kevin Wilson

COVID-19: Extinction Level Event for Black Owned Businesses

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Sarah Cowart

Making Inclusive Growth a Reality

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Veta Jeffery

Be The Change You Are Looking To See

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Pastor Andre Alexander

Transformation In Forgotten Spaces

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Antionette Cousins

Stronger Together: Working together to Accomplish More

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Marcus Howard

Culturally Competent Pharmacies May Be The Answer to Pandemic Response

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Erica Henderson

Power, Alignment, and Amplification

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Sarah Hobson

How to Do Your Part in Your School, Company, or Government Agency

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Michael McMillan

Fertile Ground: Achieving Equity in Development Starts with How We View Neglected Neighborhoods

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Maranda Witherspoon Richardson

Black Funders of St. Louis

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Jason Hall

Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s GeoFutures Initiative: Working to Drive Inclusive Growth

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Bruce Katz

STL 2030 Jobs Plan: Driving a Decade of Inclusive Growth

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Terence Finley

Harris-Stowe State University: Committed to Excellence in Leadership, Services and Academics

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St. Louis Art Place Initiative

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Daffney Moore

Associate Fellow, Urban Governance, NewCities
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Daffney Moore has worked as a City Manager (East St. Louis, IL), City Administrator (Dellwood, MO), Economic Development Director (Berkeley, MO), and Urban Planner (St. Louis, MO). Daffney led the ongoing recovery efforts after the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest and has achieved great success in revitalizing a number of urban areas throughout the USA. She is an expert in addressing problems dealing with urban growth, revitalization, housing, and commercial development to address social and economic issues in minority communities.