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.
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. Nominations are now open for the 2018 OLGA awards. Submissions are due Sept. 21 with the winners to be announced at EWG’s 53rd Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 15.
Local Government Partnership
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
2018 Chancellor’s Certificate in Planning and Zoning
Registration is now open for the UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, which consists of seven, three-hour modules covering municipal planning practices, processes and topics. Course modules will be held at the J.C. Penney Conference Center on UMSL’s campus on Wednesday evenings from Oct. 10 to Dec. 5 (no class on Oct. 31 and Nov. 21). Planning and zoning commissioners, elected officials, municipal staff, and members of the public interested in the planning and zoning process 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.
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 Frank Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.