CHRIS' BLOG

  • 1011222022

    The bases are loaded in St. Louis. This time, let’s make the most of it.

    Despite all the challenges highlighted by St. Louis Business Journal readers in the AdvanceSTL series, there are a lot of great things happening in St. Louis. In many ways, it feels like we are on the verge of a potential grand slam.
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  • 1005222022

    Bring Back the Joy

    Last weekend’s Blacktoberfest event was a huge success and reminded us of an important element in our comprehensive work—joy.
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  • 0805222022

    Our region doesn’t need another Band-Aid. It needs a solution.

    In a recent article I wrote for the St. Louis Business Journal called How St. Louis Became America’s Comeback City, I started with the premise of, what if this became a reality? And if so, what would a solution or effort to help create...
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  • 0725222022

    How St. Louis became America’s comeback city

    St. Louis is not America’s comeback city in 2022. But if we can get enough of the right heads together on the same page, it’s not out of the realm of possibility in the not-too-distant future.
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  • 0616222022

    The Key to Moving St. Louis Forward Is Not Repeating What We’ve Done Before

    The St. Louis Business Journal held its first quarterly AdvanceSTL event examining the top issues preventing the region from achieving greater success. This first event focused on the challenges of attracting and retaining talent in St. Louis.
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  • 0502222022

    Using the IPO financial model as a catalyst for moving our region forward, once and for all

    An IPO provides a critical shift in how we take ownership of these challenges to invest in a better future. It has an inherit expectation of delivering results—a real return on investment for our region in both human and economic terms.
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  • 0419222022

    St. Louis' Challenges Are a Burden for Business. Here's How We Address Them.

    All of this brings up an important point: If we want our businesses to be more successful and our region overall, we need to realize our social challenges and our business challenges are inextricably linked.
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  • 1223212021

    My Holiday Wish for St. Louis

    St. Louis is a generous and caring place. In times of need, we come together and take care of our own. At no time is this more evident than during the holidays—the Super Bowl of giving.
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  • 0331212021

    Dear Lou

    It’s Time to Build a Stronger, More Equitable, and Prosperous St. Louis—Once and for All
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  • 0312212021

    Blessed to Be Bearing Witness

    As I think about my role at Beyond Housing, it is clearly a blessing to be able to have the same job for almost 28 years and still love coming to work because your organization makes a difference in so many lives each and every day.
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About Chris

I’ve been working in community development in the St. Louis area for 25 years, and I’ve been the CEO of Beyond Housing since 1993. While I’m proud of our accomplishments, I don’t claim to be an expert. At Beyond Housing, the experts we listen to are the voices of the community members we serve. I’ll be raising issues here that I believe matter to our community. I hope you’ll join the conversation. We do reserve the right not to post comments containing offensive language. To paraphrase Dr. King, we can disagree without being disagreeable.