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.
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 nominations for the 2017 OLGA awards closed on Sept. 22, 2017. The 2017 OLGA award winners will be announced at EWG’s 52nd Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 17, 2017.
Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning
Now in its 14th year, this UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate program has educated hundreds of members of the St. Louis planning community. Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning is taught by a team of senior practitioners, who have extensive knowledge and experience in local government planning in Missouri, Illinois and across the nation. Course modules cover planning practices, processes and topics that are crucial for local government success.
This program is offered each fall and is designed for:
- Municipal and county planning and zoning commissioners
- Elected officials including mayors and city council members
- Municipal staff interested in planning and zoning
- Citizens seeking to become involved in local planning and decision making processes
Registration for 2017 is now full. Modules are held weekly on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. from Oct. 12 to Dec. 7 on UMSL’s campus. The cost for individual modules is $75 and the total cost for all seven modules is $400. You can find more information on UMSL’s website. The university also offers a Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development.
Local Government Partnership
The Local Government Partnership is a collaborative effort between EWG, University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) Public Policy Administration (PPA), and the Center for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL) at UMSL. The partnership exists to create a resource in the St. Louis region and statewide through which senior local government officials can access quality information, technical assistance, and training that will enhance the capacity of their municipalities to address and respond to existing and emerging constituent and governmental needs. These collaborative efforts include offering training opportunities like the Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning program and other training workshops and classes.
Local Government Briefings
Published by EWG, the Local Government Briefings weekly email newsletter serves as the St. Louis region’s source for local government information, resources, news, and job listings.
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.
Public Officials Directory
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.