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March 2, 2015

Bi-State Development Agency Introduces New Board of Commissioners Members

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) announced the appointments of Vernal Brown and Irma Golliday to the BSDA Board of Commissioners during the February board meeting on Friday, February 27. Brown, a resident of St. Louis County, was appointed to the BSDA Board by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and replaces Commissioner Kevin Cahill. Golliday, a resident of East St. Louis, Ill., was appointed to the BSDA Board by St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark A. Kern and replaces Commissioner Fonzy Coleman.

Brown has served as a UAW Ford benefits representative in St. Louis since 2000. She began working at the Ford Motor assembly plant in Hazelwood, Mo., in the mid-1970s and is a founding member of the UAW Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Committee and the UAW Region 5 Culture Diversity Program.

Golliday has served as the executive director of the East St. Louis Park District since 2005. Prior to her current position, she was the southern region coordinator for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ and Tissue Donation Program. Golliday also serves on the St. Clair County Parks Commission and on the boards of East St. Louis School District #189, the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts & Humanities, and the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation.

“Commissioner Brown and Commissioner Golliday have joined us at a very exciting time for our organization,” said John Nations, President and CEO of Bi-State Development Agency. “We look forward to working together with them as we begin to explore the region’s freight capabilities and reinforce our agency’s role as a driver of economic development, in addition to providing world-class public transit service for our community.”

Departing Commissioners Cahill and Coleman have both served on the BSDA Board for more than 10 years. Cahill was appointed to the board on September 1, 2004. He has held the position of Secretary to the Board for the last eight years and has served on several board committees, including the Strategic Planning, Operations, and Pension, Finance and Audit Committees.

Coleman was appointed to the board on January 28, 2004, and held the position of Secretary to the Board until 2007. During his tenure, he has served on several board committees, including the Sales and Marketing, Business Services and Economic Development, and Operations, Administration and Diversity Committees.

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to Commissioner Cahill and Commissioner Coleman for their leadership and service to the Bi-State Development Agency over the last decade,” said Nations. “From managing service reductions and funding deficits to expanding MetroLink and fostering regional economic growth, their guidance has helped us both overcome challenges and maximize the potential of our achievements. They will be leaving us with a solid foundation for even greater success for our Agency, and for our region, in the years to come.”

Commissioner Hugh Scott III from Missouri also resigned from the board earlier this year, but his replacement has not yet been named. Commissioner Aliah Holman was elected to the office of Secretary to the Board at Friday’s board meeting.

The Bi-State Development Agency 10-member board provides overall leadership and policy direction for the Agency, and is comprised of five members from Illinois and five from Missouri. In Missouri, the governor selects members of the board. In Illinois, county board chairmen for both St. Clair and Madison Counties appoint their representatives.

About Bi-State Development Agency

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway and Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility. The region’s new freight district authority also will be operated by BSDA.

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