Local Government Services

NIMS TrainingEast-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 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, current available grants, 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, go to post-a-job to add your listing online.

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 briefings@ewgateway.org.

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.

Training Opportunities

Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning was developed by the UMSL Public Policy Administration, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the American Planning Association–St. Louis Metropolitan Section.  This certificate program was designed for municipal and county planning and zoning commissioners, elected officials, including mayors and city council members, municipal staff interested in planning and zoning, and citizens seeking to become involved in local planning and decision-making processes.

Entering its 20th year in 2023, the Planning and Zoning Chancellor’s Certificate has educated hundreds of members of the St. Louis planning community.  The 2023 program consisted of seven modules, covering planning practices, processes and topics that are crucial for local government success. 

ELGL St. Louis Chapter

The St. Louis chapter of Engaging 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.

Public Officials Directory

2017 Public Officials Directory (POD)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.

Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards

Each year, East-West Gateway 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.  Award recipients are announced at EWG’s  Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.

You can find a list of the 2023 OLGA recipients in the 2023 Awards Program or check out these awards videos to learn more.


Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at LocalGov@ewgateway.org.