CDA Announces New Logo, Year of Accomplishments Investing in the City of St. Louis

The new CDA logo represents a chapter of progress and embodies the City grant-making department’s mission.

October 12, 2023 | 2 min reading time

ST. LOUIS – The Community Development Administration (CDA) announced today the launch of a vibrant new logo marking CDA’s role and progress in neighborhood transformation, making strategic investments, and commitment to City of St. Louis residents.

CDA logo

In crafting the new logo, CDA is highlighting its mission. CDA staff recognized that people are the core of its work, and City of St. Louis residents are personified by the column-like figures in the logo. The columns also symbolize CDA’s role in providing stability and resiliency. Within the figures, the Gateway Arch represents CDA’s staff, their partners, and residents’ unified optimism and commitment to the St. Louis region.

“St. Louis’ architectural heritage finds an elegant expression, with the brick plinth uplifting residents,” said CDA Executive Director Nahuel Fefer. “The logo reflects CDA’s twin commitments to housing and social services and our mission to foster and equitable and sustainable community for all."

CDA serves as the City of St. Louis’ clearinghouse for federal, state, and local funds to enact the 2022 Economic Justice Action Plan’s three strategic pillars: economic empowerment, equitable & inclusive development, and neighborhood transformation. Empowered by the Economic Justice Action Plan as well as ARPA funds, 2023 has been a banner year of accomplishments for CDA. 

In September, Neighborhood Transformation Grants were awarded to 37 projects for proactive development of community assets, neighborhood beautification, non-profit capacity building, and home repair. Additionally, Neighborhood Transformation Grants for housing production committed $20.2 million to the development of 952 housing units across the city, intended to catalyze over $200 million total in development. In August, CDA launched the Vacancy Strategy Initiative, a 2-year project to further address the issue of vacant buildings and lots in the City. In July, CDA announced strategic investments in early childcare workforce development with ARPA funds. In February, CDA extended the Gateway Go Youth Transit Program through 2024. And to date in 2023, the CDA’s Healthy Home Repair Program has already repaired 232 homes, up from 155 homes in 2022. To learn more about CDA’s recent initiatives and subscribe to its newsletter, visit

“In the last year, CDA has streamlined processes to remarkably deploy ARPA funds, forged new partnerships, and launched new initiatives like Neighborhood Transformation Grants and the Vacancy Strategy Initiative that will have generational impacts,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “The new CDA logo will serve as a beacon for residents to see the City's active role in reversing decades of disinvestment in neighborhoods.”

The new logo was designed in collaboration with STL Style. The public can look forward to seeing it city-wide on signage at CDBG-funded social agencies, CDA-funded housing developments, and more. 

About Community Development Administration (CDA): The Community Development Administration (CDA) serves as the City of St. Louis’ clearinghouse for federal, state, and local funds. CDA works to implement the Mayor's economic justice agenda by funding a wide range of public and nonprofit entities to provide public services, build affordable housing, combat blight, and conduct various other community development activities.

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