08.27.12 Your Morning Buzz

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ELGL Forum with Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate – Please join us on Thursday, September 13 at noon for an ELGL forum with Charlie Hales, Portland mayoral candidate.

 

Spotlight

Should city merge emergency operations? In 2011, Southside Virginia Emergency Crew responded to 6,664 calls for ambulance service. The Petersburg Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded with the crew to about one third of those calls. In the eyes of some, including City Manager William Johnson, there is too much duplication of the same service.

Unwinding in the water and the forest on the Oregon coast – From Eugene to the sea, Highway 126 offers 65 miles of natural wonders and delectable goodies. And at the end of the curling road lies Florence, the unsung gem of the Oregon coast.

You Are Drinking What? With water in short supply across the country, it’s time to take a serious look at recycling sewage.

Local city councils draw older members – The percentage of city council members younger than 40 nationwide tumbled to 4 percent in 2011, according to a study by Arizona State University professor James Svara, in conjunction with the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the percentage of council members older than 60 skyrocketed to 50 percent during the same 32-year span.

Analysis: U.S. cities avoid the pension obligation bet – Many of America’s states, cities and counties may have massively under-funded public pension funds – but they are avoiding piling on risk by shunning bonds that could finance such shortfalls.

 

Career

Why most press release quotes are unreadable—and how to fix them – You can’t have a good press release without at least one or two quotes from a reputable, connected source. For a business press release, this could come from a company spokesperson, the CEO, a valued customer, or another expert in the field.

5 Tips on Making a Career Transition – I know it can be incredibly frustrating when you send out application after application and don’t hear back anyone. You are definitely not alone! Let’s be honest – searching for a job, especially in this economy, is not fun. Have you ever heard anyone say “I love job seeking!”

They Wanted Better Pay and They Didn’t Want to Serve Coffee Anymore – Ninety-two years ago today, the 19th Amendment – which gave women the right to vote – was certified.

 

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Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week – Each week we gather our favorite pins from boards across Pinterest. Our top 10 Pinterest pins are a look at the images that captivated us and left us thinking, “That is really cool!”

How 3 nonprofits successfully use Pinterest – What I am going to give you is three examples of small nonprofits that use Pinterest to drive social change. You know, stuff that makes us feel better about humanity.

50 ways to use Twitter more effectively – With more than 170 million active users, Twitter has turned into the go-to site for real-time news updates and snippets of information from those we follow. Every user knows how to put together a tweet and how to reply to users, but what about more advanced features such as shortcuts, apps, and search engine optimization (SEO).

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