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.
Local Government Partnerships
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
Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development
The Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development offered by the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Urban Land Institute-St Louis has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The course consists of seven three-hour modules, covering introductory economic and community development concepts and tools. Course modules are typically held Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Modules will take place at UMSL at Grand Center and will also include at least two site visits.
Public sector economic development commissioners and staff, elected officials, community development corporation board members and staff, private sector specialists, and residents and students interested in economic/community development are encouraged to enroll.
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. You can subscribe to the chapter’s email newsletter for information on future events and other activities.
Local Government Briefings
Published by EWG, Local Government Briefings is a weekly email newsletter that serves as the St. Louis region’s source for local government information, resources, news, and job listings. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter and check out current and recent editions here. To have your job listing included in Briefings, send EWG staff an email at email@example.com that includes: the job title, salary range, closing date, and a link to the full posting.
The 20 most recent issues of the newsletter are available at the link above. For older editions of Local Government Briefings, please contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2020 recipients were announced at EWG’s virtual 55th Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 19, 2020. You can find a list of the recipients in the 2020 Awards Program or check out these awards videos to learn more.
The Public Officials Directory is a bi-state reference guide which contains contact information for key municipal and county elected officials and primary 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, as information changes, please send any updates, additions, or corrections to POD@ewgateway.org.