Economic growth and globalization and their effect on racial equity are topics for Jan. 27th Central Library event

The global economy is no longer some vague concept on the horizon. It is as real as Americans buying jeans made in Mexico, running shoes from Viet Nam, and televisions, computers, and cell phones manufactured in Asia.

The globalization of commerce extends beyond personal decisions about what to buy, and where it was made. It extends to news coverage of the stock market and monetary fluctuations in China and the European Union, with the implication that changes abroad have real effects stateside. Globalization is here, and it is intensifying.

What does this mean for St. Louis, and what effect will it have on racial equity challenges the region already faces?

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East-West Gateway presents Outstanding Local Government Achievement awards at 50th annual luncheon

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its annual Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards Wednesday to six recipients during its 50th 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 Wednesday, Nov.18 at the St. Louis Union Station, in downtown St. Louis.

Gateway Lifetime Public Service Awards went to Stephen Michael Murray, a bicycle and pedestrian advocate, and James Pennekamp, recently retired former executive with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

An Exemplary Accomplishment by

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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.


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Local transportation system more accessible due to ADA legislation, EWG efforts at implementation

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law 25 years ago, putting in place comprehensive civil rights legislation intended to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantee them equal opportunity to pursue employment and to participate in government programs and services.

“Much has been accomplished with ADA, but there is still much to do,” says Wayne Flesch, community relations coordinator for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization. “All of Metro’s buses are now accessible. None of them were 25 years ago.”

Most bus stops have been made accessible, Flesch says, and progress is being made on the remaining ones. East-West

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