The JP UP Date: Rural Illinois Outreach

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 58                             March 13, 2020                                   St. Louis

Rural Community Economic Development Conference Advances JP’s Rural Outreach
For the fourth consecutive year, Justine PETERSEN participated in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference.  In its 31st year, the conference, titled “Keeping Rural an Exciting Place to Live,” covered an array of community economic development topics and issues impacting rural Illinois communities.  As part of the resource session, JP’s microloan and SBA Community Advantage programs were detailed, along with a discussion on how local banks, philanthropic foundations and private wealth can invest in CDFIs (community development financial institutions) to advance community economic development in their respective communities.



Local Realtors Certified to Represent Buyers Using Gateway Neighborhood Fund
Justine PETERSEN Housing Manager Randen Click recently offered a certification training for local realtors interested in representing buyers that utilize the Gateway Neighborhood Fund.  Twelve realtors were certified at this initial training, which walked realtors through the mechanics of the Gateway Neighborhood Fund, a housing mortgage program that aims to address the appraisal gap witnessed in several St. Louis City neighborhoods.  For those realtors and real estate agents interested in learning about the Gateway Neighborhood Fund, please contact Randen at

JP Participates in Annual Metro St. Louis CRA Association Speed Networking Event
Justine PETERSEN participated in the 6th Annual Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association Speed Networking event held recently at LAUNCHCODE. The event provides a platform for local St. Louis non-profit organizations to not only build awareness of their mission and related efforts, but to also connect with experienced bankers in the community to discuss issues ranging from current projects to the individual banking needs of staff members. Fifteen banks were on hand to interface with local non-profits that represented a full spectrum of community service providers.




Last Winter Sweater Hurrah!

JP staffers Solomon, Abiel and Galen kept it real and kept it warm on our last (hopeful) frigid day of this winter. Let’s look forward to an update in t-shirts soon!