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Wild named Executive Director of East-West Gateway

The East-West Gateway Board of Directors on Wednesday approved the selection of Jim Wild as the new executive director of the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization.

Wild had been serving as the interim executive director since June 30, after the former executive director, Edward Hillhouse, resigned. Wild had been deputy executive director since May 2012 and has worked at East-West Gateway for 22 years.

East-West Gateway is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties. Those counties are Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois; and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties in Missouri. East-West

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Library event Wednesday, Oct. 14, to explore the role of rankings in the assessment, analysis of St. Louis

Everybody wants to know how they are doing. Cities are no different.

Rankings vary depending on the subject being considered and the thoroughness of the measurement. Whether it considers individuals, corporations, or metropolitan regions, the conclusions reached are only as valid as the information used to compute the ranking. Like any other metro area, what St. Louis is now and where it is headed is part of an ongoing discussion.

That discussion continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, downtown at the Central Library, 1301 Olive St., when a media panel weighs in on how some rankings tell the story of St. Louis, and other rankings misconstrue its reality.

The

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