Ferguson has 10 active neighborhood associations, representing nearly every corner of town. Meetings for each group are frequently attended by a Ferguson police officer, who will share detailed crime statistics and address any questions or concerns.
- Since 1999, the monthly Ferguson Times community newspaper has been mailed to every household in Ferguson. It features 2 full pages sponsored by the city government, which uses the space to communicate with residents about local news, community events, city services, upcoming elections and various ways to get involved.
- For 17+ years, Ferguson was home to a volunteer organization called PROUD, People Reaching Out for Unity & Diversity. An outgrowth of the Oak Park Exchange Congress of 1994, PROUD worked to enhance racial harmony and economic growth in the community by sponsoring numerous events and discussion forums.
- Founded in 2010, the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) is a nonprofit organization serving the youth of Ferguson by encouraging them to become active members of the community and offering programs like Earn-A-Bike, Earn-A-Computer and Open Arts.
Ferguson has three longtime programs that allow residents to become more engaged with the police department: Neighborhood Watch, the CERT emergency response team, and the 13-week Citizen’s Police Academy.
- Founded in 2008, Live Well Ferguson empowers residents to lead healthier lifestyles through diet and exercise. Live Well helped to launch several community gardens in Ferguson. It also sponsors the popular Sunday Parkways program, inviting families to “play” on a temporarily closed street, and the annual Twilight 5K & 10K, drawing thousands of runners and walkers from across the metro area.
- Now in its 12th year, the award-winning Ferguson Farmers Market has grown to become one of the top farmers markets in the region. More than 1,500 shoppers visit the market every Saturday from May through October, enjoying live music, fresh-cooked meals and at least 40 vendors selling local produce and artisan crafts.
- Ferguson is home to the oldest organic farm in Missouri, now owned by the nationally recognized nonprofit EarthDance Farms. EarthDance offers apprenticeships in organic farming as well as youth and school programs, educational lectures, community open houses and a CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
Also located in Ferguson is St. Louis Community College’s Center for Workforce Innovation, a 32,000 square foot facility where local students can receive cutting-edge training for “green” jobs and technical positions in the aerospace industry.
- Ferguson is one of three cities that make up NorthPark, a 600 acre commercial redevelopment zone anchored by Express Scripts, the most profitable company in Missouri. Express Scripts recently constructed two new buildings and is adding 1,500 jobs over the next several years.