Executive Director Hillhouse to leave East-West Gateway on June 30

(for more information, contact D.J. Wilson at 314.421.4220, ext. 261 or 314.550.6334)

Edward Hillhouse, who served as executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments since 2010, announced his resignation Friday from the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization. Hillhouse’s resignation takes effect June 30.

Hillhouse will continue to teach at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, and serve as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Administration.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the public for the last 45 years and now I am returning to education, which is the key improving so many aspects of the quality of life in

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Researchers, policy practitioners need better communication to meet sustainability goals

Better communication between researchers and those implementing public policy is key to a more sustainable St. Louis, according to presentations and discussions at a recent conference that included a “Report to the Region 2015” about the progress of OneSTL.

The day-long conference, “Linking Research and Practice: Equitable Economic Growth and Sustainable Water Infrastructure” was held Jan. 23 at Saint Louis University. The conference was a partnership of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, OneSTL, and the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University.

John Wagner, president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, described the conference as an effort to describe the regional sustainability plan known as OneSTL. The plan,

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Transportation funding uncertainty is topic Thursday at Missouri History Museum

Transportation is one of the main justifications for government, because streets, highways, and bridges facilitate the flow of people, goods, and services.

Government is performing one of its basic functions when it collects taxes and pays for public works that improve citizens’ lives and the economy. Congress has followed that tradition. The problem, according to Dave Robertson, political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, is that Congress likes building road and bridges, but it doesn’t like to raise the money needed to finance those projects.

“Congress is very unpopular, but incumbents almost always get re-elected,” Robertson says. “Incumbents nurture majorities in their districts or states

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East-West Gateway presents annual OLGA Awards

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its awards to 10 recipients Friday during its annual meeting, recognizing area governments and officials for their achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and productive collaboration among local governments. The presentations were made at the noon luncheon Friday, Nov.14 at The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, in downtown St. Louis.

In addition to the 10 awards, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley received the East-West Gateway Chairman’s Award for his service to the region as a member of the East-West Gateway Board of Directors for 10 years.

Denny Coleman, chief executive officer of the newly formed St. Louis Economic Partnership,

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Where We Stand update documents continued racial disparity in St. Louis

Racial disparity in the St. Louis region not only exists, it persists.

Since 1992, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments has documented data measuring the gaps in the St. Louis metropolitan area between whites and blacks in household income, education, employment, health, and other factors. In many areas, the gaps have continued and by several measurements, including median household income between 2000 and 2012, the disparity has widened.

This update on racial disparity in the region is part of Where We Stand, an ongoing analysis by East-West Gateway that compares the St. Louis region to 34 comparable regions in more than 100 categories. The most recent full version, an 88-page,

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