56th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
November 17, 2021

East-West Gateway virtually hosted its 56th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 p.m.

The business meeting began at 1:00 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.  The awards ceremony presented Outstanding Local Government Achievement (OLGA) Awards to honor the extraordinary work of individuals, municipal and county governments/departments, special purpose districts and public educational institutions in the city of St. Louis and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois.

Recording of EWG’s 56th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony


Afternoon Session

From 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm there was an afternoon panel discussion, “2020 Census Trends: Population, Race & Ethnicity, and Age in the St. Louis Region.” In this session, panelists shared their insights about using and interpreting the recently released 2020 Census data. East-West Gateway staff will presented population trends, with a focus on the changes in race and ethnicities in the United States, the St. Louis MSA, and the peer regions. Professors discussed related research findings and implications for service delivery in the St. Louis region. Representatives of local organizations discussed how census data informs their planning and programming to promote economic development and racial equity.

Ness Sandoval, Saint Louis University
Adriano Udani, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Marius Johnson-Malone, Greater St. Louis Inc.
John Cruz, City of Crestwood
Liz Hoester, Vision for Children at Risk

John Posey and Mary Rocchio, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Recording of the afternoon sesson on 11/17/2021



For more information, contact annualmeeting@ewgateway.org.