East‐West Gateway Council of Governments will present its annual Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards to eight recipients during its 57th annual meeting, recognizing the region’s governments and officials for extraordinary achievements in public sector service, leadership, and collaboration.
The award presentations will be made at the noon luncheon Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Ballpark Hilton Downtown St. Louis.
“We are proud to present the 2022 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards and honor municipal, county, special purpose and school district officials that exemplify the highest levels of excellence, expertise and service,” said Jim Wild, East‐West Gateway Executive Director.
This year’s winners are listed in bold below.
- Peg Capo is receiving a Gateway Lifetime Public Service award. Peg Capo has been serving as the Executive Director of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB) for 30 years. Ms. Capo has provided extraordinary guidance and dedication to create, support, ensure and be accountable for services to those with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Shirley Norris is receiving the second Gateway Lifetime Public Service award. At age 92, Project Manager Shirley Norris has spent close to half of her life working at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) St. Louis district. Mrs. Norris’ tenure at MoDOT distinguishes her as the oldest full‐time government employee in the state, having started her career with the organization in 1977 at the age of 47.
- David Grider, a volunteer with the St. Clair County Assessor’s Office, is receiving an award for Exemplary Accomplishment by a Local Government Jurisdiction, Agency or Individual. Mr. Grider has been a volunteer with the St. Clair County Assessor’s Office for over 12 years. His volunteer service highlights the valuable contribution older adults can play in the workplace.
- The City of Frontenac is receiving an award for Exemplary Accomplishment by a Local Government Jurisdiction, Agency or Individual for the Timber Trail to Briar Ridge Channel Project. The project used native vegetation on over 1,300 feet of the channel, which prevents approximately 100 tons of sediment, 114 lbs. of phosphorus and 227 lbs. of nitrogen from polluting Deer Creek each year and includes over 600 lineal feet of aesthetically pleasing filter strips that remove E. coli bacteria from 90% of rain events.
- An award for Exemplary Collaboration, Partnership or Regional Initiative is going to the city of St. Louis Collector of Revenue, Park Central Development, Prosperity Connections and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for the Real Estate Tax Assistance Fund (RETAF). The RETAF provides tax assistance to owner‐occupants with no mortgage that are facing imminent tax foreclosure. As a result, families can stay in their homes, maintain housing stability and hold on to hard‐earned equity in the home.
- The City of Washington, Downtown Washington, Inc., the School District of Washington and the Washington Chamber of Commerce are receiving the second award for Exemplary Collaboration, Partnership or Regional Initiative for the Connect Washington program. Connect Washington ensures that each high school student has an opportunity to explore their workforce passions and interests through experiences in businesses and industries prior to graduation.
- Beyond Housing, PGAV Planners, Rise Community Development, and Armstrong Teasdale are receiving an award for Leadership in Planning and Design Innovation for the 24:1 Land Use and Economic Development Plan. The Plan is a unified approach to increase the quality and quantity of businesses and housing development within the 24:1 Municipal Partnership footprint. The 24:1 Municipal Partnership is comprised of elected officials from the 23 (formerly 24) municipalities that make up the Normandy Schools Collaborative.
- Finally, St. Charles Community College is also receiving the Leadership in Planning and Design Innovation award for the Culinary and Agriculture Center, Field to Table Institute. The Institute brings together culinary, agriculture, and healthcare education by teaching about the connection between farming, food, healthcare, and quality of life.
More detailed information on each of the award winners, along with brief video overviews of their work, will be available on East‐West Gateway’s website at www.ewgateway.org/outstanding‐localgovernment‐achievement‐awards following the luncheon.
About East‐West Gateway Council of Governments
East‐West Gateway is the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization. Originally charged with coordinating transportation funding for St. Louis regional projects, EWG’s purview has expanded through the years to bring together governmental officials, planning professionals, citizens, and private sector partners to develop regional and local plans for transportation, environmental quality, housing, emergency preparedness, and access to employment. East‐West Gateway’s 24‐member board is comprised of local government representatives and citizens from across the St. Louis region.