55th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
November 19, 2020


East-West Gateway is virtually hosting our 55th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 p.m.

The awards ceremony presents 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.

 2019 OLGA Awards

Afternoon Sessions

There will also be three afternoon sessions running concurrently from  2:00 p.m.  until 3:00 p.m.  Each of these sessions will be recorded.

Click on a topic, below, to view the session description.

The St. Louis Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic

East-West Gateway research staff will present data on how St. Louis compares to other large metropolitan regions on the economic effects of the pandemic. As part of the agency’s Where We Stand series, staff has been tracking monthly employment for the 50 most populous regions and the country as whole.

The Where We Stand data will frame a discussion around the following questions: How does the current economic crisis compare to past recessions? For the current economic downturn, what has been the effect on different industries in St. Louis and nationally? How have low-income, black, and brown households been disproportionally impacted? The data and St. Louis experience will be discussed by representative of the St. Louis business community, equity community, local government, and local economists.

The St. Louis Region’s Cyber Threat Landscape

Please join East West Gateway & St. Louis Area Regional Response System for a cybersecurity discussion with the information security experts from the St. Louis Fusion Center, Missouri's Office of Homeland Security, and Federal partners for a unique look into the region’s cyber threat landscape.

Specific cyber threats facing local governments, critical infrastructure, and public safety will be discussed, in addition to other cybersecurity related topics. There will also be a robust discussion about collaborative and cost-free resources for local governments to help with prevention, detection, mitigation, and recovery from a cyber-attack. The session will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions to expert panelist during a Q&A session.

An Implementation Update on the Metro Security Strategy

In November 2018, a panel of transit security experts from four peer transit agencies across the country discussed parts of our transit security program that were in need of improvements at the East-West Gateway Annual Meeting.  A lot has happened since then.  The MetroLink Security Assessment was completed with 99 recommendations for improvement.  The Metro Security Strategy was developed with a more community-focused security direction.  And East-West Gateway and Metro started tracking Metro’s progress toward implementing the new Security Program with the Metro Security Scorecard.

Join us in this session and hear from Kevin Scott, Metro’s General Manger of Field Security and Kim Cella, Citizens for Modern Transit’s Executive Director, as they discuss implementation and how to rebuild a solid reputation for transit in the St. Louis Region.  See a sneak peak of the ride-along program Kevin has started to help regional leaders better understand security in the transit environment.  And hear about challenges transit will face as we move forward beyond 2020.



For more information, contact annualmeeting@ewgateway.org.