07.18.12 The Morning Buzz

Springfield businessman wants city to create Simpsons shopping district



RSVP: ELGL Happy New (Fiscal) Year Social – Celebrate the start of FY 2013 and the recipient of the “Knope of the Year” award.

ELGL Eugene Meeting Update – Your invited to attend the ELGL-Eugene luncheon meeting to be held Thursday, July 19th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. hosted by Lane County.

Wanted: Oregonians who are passionate about public involvement – Metro is seeking volunteers to serve on the regional government’s new Public Engagement Review Committee. The committee will meet twice a year and serve as a key component of Metro’s ongoing efforts to develop and implement successful public engagement processes.

Final Downtown Revitalization Workshop | Latest News | City of Forest Grove, Oregon – The last Downtown Revitalization workshop: Marketing & PR Workshop presented by Michelle Reeves, will be 6 pm, Tuesday, July 24, at the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street. Click below for more details and newsletter.

Forum with Jefferson Smith, Portland Mayoral Candidate – Please join us on Friday, September 28 at noon for an ELGL forum with Jefferson Smith, Portland mayoral candidate.

ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective.



After Hillsboro layoff, Erik Jensen is a finalist for city manager job for Camas, Wash. – Once among the top leaders at the city of Hillsboro, Erik Jensen is now a finalist for another job following his layoff earlier this year.

New city manager – The Ontario City Council decided to offer the position to Jay Henry, the former city manager of Talent, Ore., council President Norm Crume said Monday. Crume was speaking for Mayor Joe Dominick, who is out of town.

Richland City Manager Gets the Job Done with Guts, Personality, and Key-Shaped Cookies – MRSC Insight – Cindy Johnson, Richland City Manager since 2008, has used guts, personality and key-shaped cookies to lead the change in Richland to a high performance organization.

California, look to Wisconsin – Golden State cities hoping to avoid bankruptcy should look east for ideas.

U.S. City Budget Woes Grow as Tax Revenue Drops, Report Says – U.S. local property taxes fell in the first three months of 2012, following two quarters of growth, according to a report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

In Praise of Smaller Cities – Growing up, I couldn’t wait to get out of Ann Arbor. But years of big city living has given me new appreciation for my hometown.

Wash. to unveil voter registration on Facebook – Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook.


5 Ways to Beat Burnout at Work – Some projects can really take it out of you. You’ve been working for 10+ hours a day, brainstorming new ideas as you brush your teeth in the morning, and thinking about the best way to pitch as you climb into bed at night. Your focus, creativity, and problem-solving abilities have been put to the test—for hours, days, and weeks on end.

The Value of a Multigenerational Workplace – Diversity Executive – Different generations in the workplace have more in common than we’ve been led to believe. The crisis points are often around differences in how people interpret values, which can be mitigated with communication and training.

Great Management Boils Down to One Major Thing – Management is about execution, coordination and implementation of results.  Effective managers earn trust quickly, are strong team players and prepare employees for success.  Management requires one to continuously be mindful of the details and attentive to follow-up. Management requires the constant due diligence that is embedded within each task at hand and delivering the tools and resources required to help advance people, projects and goals.

How Successful People Focus On What Matters  – We wanted to help leaders and companies strike the balance between their “crazy” idea people and the folks who excel when it comes time to execute a new idea.

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner – Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.

8 Ways to Impress Your Interviewer – Those of you lucky enough toscore an interview can’t afford to bring anything less than your A-game in this job market. Here are some of the best ways successful candidates have left a stellar impression on an employer during an interview.

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The Social Network

It Takes More Than a Facebook Page – My family and I went out for breakfast tacos this weekend. We had seen a big sign outside a local Mexican restaurant that exclaimed, “We have Breakfast Tacos,” so we thought we would try it out. What we didn’t know was that we were in for quite an experience in both offline and online marketing, with a little bit of social media thrown in for good measure.

4 Tips for Luring in Recruiters With Your Linkedin Profile – Recruiters are often called “headhunters” because they constantly seek out passive job candidates for their highly selective corporate clients. LinkedIn has become the prime hunting ground recruiters frequent because it’s target rich in quality people who are there for purposes other than getting a new job.

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