East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is committed to strengthening local governmental jurisdictions (our membership) through the provision of technical assistance, information dissemination, policy analysis, and education to elected and non-elected officials and staff and the communities they serve. Through local government support, the agency provides tools, assistance, and resources for local officials to make better and more informed decisions and fosters collaboration and cooperation between units of federal, state, and local governments.
The Public Officials Directory is a bi-state reference guide contains contact information for key municipal and county elected officials and personnel for the eight counties in the St. Louis region as well as state elected officials, fire/ambulance districts, school districts, and resource organizations. EWG strives to keep the directory as current as possible, so please send any updates, additions, or corrections to POD@ewgateway.org.
Local Government Partnership
EWG regularly collaborates with the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) Public Policy Administration (PPA) program, the American Planning Association’s St. Louis chapter and other regional organizations to increase the capacity of the region’s municipalities. The goal of these efforts is to create resources in the St. Louis region and statewide through which local government officials and staff can access quality information, technical assistance and training that helps municipalities address and respond to the needs of their residents.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Local Government Summer Institute
The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis and EWG are launching a new training opportunity for elected officials and municipal staff. The Local Government Summer Institute will offer targeted, in-depth professional development on a rotating set of topics each summer. For its inaugural year, the program will consist of three half-day workshops:
- Friday, June 1 — Good Governance 101
- Friday, July 13 — Communications and Social Media Best Practices
- Friday, August 10 — Public Sector Leadership Seminar
Each workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Community Center. Online registration is now open. For more information or questions, contact Frank Johnson at email@example.com or 314-421-4220.
ELGL St. Louis Chapter
The St. Louis chapter of Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is an informal group that seeks to support and encourage those working in local government as well as anyone interested in a career in the field. The chapter’s next event is April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ J.C. Penney Conference Center, Room 202 (RSVP here). Part of our ongoing Breakfast Club, we will be talking about innovative ways municipalities and other agencies are engaging the next generation of local government leaders.
Local Government Briefings
Published by EWG, Local Government Briefings weekly email newsletter serves as the St. Louis region’s source for local government information, resources, news, and job listings. Check out this week’s edition or sign-up here to receive the newsletter. To have your job listing included in Briefings, send EWG staff an email at firstname.lastname@example.org that includes: the job title, salary range, closing date, and a link to the full posting.
Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards
Each year, EWG presents the Outstanding Local Government Achievement (OLGA) Awards to recognize the extraordinary work of individuals, governments, and other public institutions in the St. Louis region. The 2017 OLGA award winners were announced at EWG’s 52nd Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 17, 2017.