03.26.12 The Afternoon Delight




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WCMA Mentoring Survey  – Take the Washington City-County Management Association’s mentoring survey and help us make the program even better!

Please visit the MSTIP 3D Virtual Open House now through April 8 to learn more about potential road projects being considered for funding in an upcoming phase of the county’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP 3D).

Reception will honor retiring Kelso city manager Denny Richards – The city-hosted reception is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 203 S. Pacific Ave.

UNC-Chapel Hill to Offer Master of Public Administration Program in Online Format – The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) will offer its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in a new online format designed for working professionals and others seeking the accessibility and flexibility of an online program from a top-tier university.

Social Media Tourism Symposium – Vote today for Vancouver and bring the 2012 Social Media in Tourism Symposium to our city.

Should cities allow bars to stay open after 2? – Read the story, then take the poll


The Key to Collaboration in the Workplace – As organizations strive to produce work more efficiently, compete in a global marketplace, and attract top talent, management is suddenly taking a harder look at the workplace to determine how it can contribute to the new drivers of business success—teamwork, collaboration and co-creation.

Growing your paycheck through a little negotiation – People starting a new job can get a bigger paycheck even in this economy with some negotiation.


Government pensions get a makeover – A growing number of states and locals are taking a hybrid approach to employee retirement, reducing pensions and adding more 401k-style options

The Science of Quieter Cities – Tired of listening to your neighbor’s shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn’t have to?

Where the Green Jobs Are – Some 3.1 million people are employed in “green goods and services” jobs, but state patterns vary considerably.

Why Community-Based Planning Works Better Than Anything Else – A Boston neighborhood comes together to solve severe disinvestment, illegal dumping, and lot vacancies.

Oversight issues cost Trenton nearly $1.8M in stimulus money earmarked for road projects – State and federal authorities revoked nearly $1.8 million in stimulus funds earmarked for three Trenton street projects last summer after contractors and city officials failed to live up to specifications and didn’t meet reporting requirements.

Social Media Still Has Skeptics in Government  – Social media and networking websites have spanned the globe, but these free-to-use online services continue to be greeted with skepticism within some government workplaces.

How Does Social Media Work Abroad? A Global View of the Online World | Social Media Today – What efforts are being made to facilitate Web communication among different cultures, language groups and nations in conflict?

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do – Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown – Harvard Business Review – In a world where you can no longer plan or predict your way to success, what is the best way to achieve your goals? The authors of the new book Just Start, say the answer is to “Act, Learn, Build, Repeat

Inside the UGB


Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan split endorsements: Portland City Hall roundup

Oregon Politics: Kate Brown’s travails; PERS waiting game; liquor chief under fire

Estacada Fire District voters face $5.6 million bond measure proposal to build new fire station

Hal Ballard out as executive director of Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition

Outside the UGB

Doing “less with less” in Lansing

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber hires new energy policy advisor

L.A. Fire Department Pays Firefighter Nearly $500,000 After Sex Abuse Jokes

Tacoma News Tribune: City records shed no light on mystery Tacoma Dome donor

McKenna commits to 15 gubernatorial debates

Happy Belated Birthday, Megan Messmer