12.20.12 Your Morning Buzz


ELGL Annual Conference Survey is contemplating offering a one-day conference in Fall 2013. Please take this very short survey to share your opinions about this idea, and to guide the ELGL board as they consider this possibility.

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 Upcoming ELGL Forums

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ELGL-Portland Presents Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director, January 15, 2013 (note the date change), 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, 11:45 am – Forum; 1:00 pm – Tour of Port of Portland Headquarters, RSVP to Megan Messmer, ELGL Project Coordinator, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

ELGL-Willamette Valley Presents Triple Bottom Line Decision Making – Come learn about the decision making framework Eugene staff is using to help reach sustainability and human rights goals. Thursday, January 17 at noon.


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Municipalities Fight a Proposal to Tax Muni Bond Interest – Timothy L. Firestine, the top government administrator in Montgomery County, Md., is crunching numbers in his battle to preserve the hallowed tax exemption on municipal bonds.

How Economic Development Is Changing the Geography of Urban Crime – Friday’s tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary is a harrowing reminder of the polar worlds of violent crime in this country. At the very same time that the murder rates in our cities are declining, mass killings, which tend to occur in the suburbs, are happening more often.

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012  – Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

A Few Surprises in New Bike Scores  – Austin and Pittsburgh don’t fare very well in Walk Score’s bikeability ranking.

2012’s Biggest Transportation Successes  – Amtrak posts a record year, California approves high-speed rail, and more.

Charging by the Mile: Oregon’s Alternative to the Gas Tax – A recent NLC blog post talks about the limitations of a diminishing Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the need to explore alternatives to financing transportation infrastructure systems.

Episode 424: How Much Is A Firefighter Worth? Firefighters don’t go to fires as much as much as they used to. That’s because, thanks to modern building codes, fires are much less common than they used to be. Yet the fire dept is still set up the same way: big trucks, lots of fire stations, and lots of firefighters who retire with lifetime pensions.

Blowing the Dam – Science was not driving the conversation at a recent Mirror Pond Steering Committee meeting. Politics and frustrations, however, were.

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

The Fiscal Cliff

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The Guidance Counselor


The Power of Concentration –  We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails – Over the years, I’ve observed just about every type of leadership development program on the planet.

Get Involved

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We need your help! My name is April Buzby. I am a graduate student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. I am conducting a survey of community leaders in Lane County to better understand the region’s ability to come together in local actions towards economic development. These organized local actions, termed as community efficacy, are a vital aspect of a community’s ability to engage in viable and sustainable economic development over time.

The city of Lake Oswego is seeking a 21- to 35-year-old to serve on the city’s Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee. The 15-member committee, convened in 2010, meets one Thursday each month. Members are committed to serve through July 2013.

This coming January, a majority of Lake Oswego city council members will be new. As a result, the city is asking residents for their feedback and thoughts about the city and government through its online forum, Open City Hall.

The Social Network

How the Middle East uses social media, in four charts – During the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, social media was celebrated as a tool for political discourse and democracy building in the Middle East. Nearly two years later, a new reportfrom the Pew Research Center suggests that faith wasn’t misplaced — social media users in Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan still take to social media to discuss politics at nearly twice the rate of their Western counterparts.

Facebook Incites Backlash With Changes in Instagram Terms – Facebook Inc. (FB)’s policy changes to its Instagram photo-sharing site has drawn criticism from consumers, photographers and privacy advocates who said the update forces them to cede control over content.

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