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Hillhouse named director of East-West Gateway as need for regional collaboration grows

At a time when governments large and small nationwide are struggling to do if not more with less, at least enough with less, a versatile metropolitan planning organization can be just what a beleaguered urban public official needs. East-West Gateway Council of Governments is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for St. Louis, and on Sept. 29th its board hired Ed Hillhouse as the new executive director.

Hillhouse takes over at East-West Gateway at a critical time. The recession has had a negative impact on employment, housing, tax revenues and public services. The continuing economic flux has made planning for the future and adjusting to the present difficult and unpredictable.

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As more school districts verge on losing accreditation, their students could end up in other districts

The release this week of the preliminary Annual Performance Reports (APR) for Missouri school districts shows that the complicated nature of public education’s problems in metropolitan St. Louis is about to get even more complicated.

The expectation that two more St. Louis area school districts may lose state accreditation intensifies the prospect that the Missouri Legislature will come up with a method to deal with the recent Missouri Supreme Court decision that would allow students residing in non-accredited school districts to attend, at no charge to them, an accredited school district in the same or adjoining county.

If the Normandy and Jennings school districts lose accreditation as anticipated by the

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When it comes to media exposure, Rams hit bottom in 2009

The impact and significance of a professional sports team on an urban area is hard to quantify, though one aspect is routinely measured: how many people are watching. Sports boosters often talk about the media exposure given a city by a team’s games on television, talk about the team on radio and mentions throughout the Internet. You can’t buy that kind of advertising, they say.

Well, last season the St. Louis Rams not only had a lock on last place with the National Football League’s worst won-and-loss record, they were dead last in media exposure.

The Nielsen Co. knows a bit about media. Nielsen ratings for decades have been the

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