East-West Gateway virtually hosted our 55th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 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.
Each year, East-West Gateway Council of Governments honors those elected officials and public servants whom we have lost since last November.
2020 55th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
There were three afternoon sessions running concurrently from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each of these sessions were recorded and can be viewed below.
The St. Louis Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic
East-West Gateway research staff presented data on2020 Annual Meeting Session: The St. Louis Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic 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 a whole.
The Where We Stand data framed 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 demographic groups been affected differently? Representatives from the St. Louis community provided different perspectives on how people, businesses, and governments have been affected by the pandemic.
2020 Annual Meeting Session: The St. Louis Economy in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The St. Louis Region’s Cyber Threat Landscape
East West Gateway & St. Louis Area Regional Response System conducted 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 were discussed, in addition to other cybersecurity related topics. There also was a robust discussion about collaborative and cost-free resources for local governments to help with prevention, detection, mitigation, and recovery from a cyber-attack.
2020 Annual Meeting Session: The St. Louis Region’s Cyber Threat Landscape
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.
Kevin Scott, Metro’s General Manager of Field Security and Kim Cella, Citizens for Modern Transit’s Executive Director, discussed implementation and how to rebuild a solid reputation for transit in the St. Louis Region. Kevin gave a sneak peak of the ride-along program he has started to help regional leaders better understand security in the transit environment, challenges transit will face as we move forward beyond 2020.
2020 Annual Meeting Session: An Implementation Update on the Metro Security Strategy