12.27.12 Your Morning Buzz

Too many books 

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.

Join ELGL: Free for students; $20 for individuals; $250 for organizations (includes ten memberships). Affiliation is open to current, future, and retired local government leaders.

Upcoming ELGL Forums

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.


Tax structure should first be more understandable; then elected officials should “mind the store” – I recently met with John Williams and Cathy Huber Nickerson, Battle Ground’s city manager and finance and information services director, respectively. I took them up on their offer to meet with me to further explain the recent decision to increase the city’s portion of property tax assessments to the annual 1 percent limit.

Mississippi’s Capital City Doesn’t Have a Movie Theater. Will That Ever Change? The city has been struggling to recruit one since 2009.

Richmond’s Fledgling Street Art Scene – Artists redecorated a dead space between two vibrant sections of Richmond. But connectivity issues still keep visitors away.

Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway? Puerto Ricans voted Tuesday to change their relationship with the United States and become the 51st U.S. state in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.


Inside Portlandia



Outside Portlandia



The Fiscal Cliff

90s problems


Your Guidance Counselor

this level of laziness has saved me money

Why Year-End Reviews Are A Big Fat Waste Of Time – Performance review is an unhelpful barrage of built-up criticism. Instead, give feedback consistently so that your employees hear the good with the bad and make improvement a matter of routine.

How Chopping a Christmas Tree Turned Into a Lesson on Efficiency – Sometimes a do-it-yourself idea just doesn’t work as well as buying something from someone else. In business, there’s a good economic rationale behind the division of labor.


Get Involved


Portland Development Commission is seeking feedback on plans to improve the Foster Road corridor – PDC has listed 10 proposed improvements and is asking for help in setting priorities for the area.

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 Social Network


Get Back to Social Media Basics – Week 5 of New Year, New You – A Jobvite social recruiting survey revealed that 92 percent of recruiters and HR professionals use social media as part of their recruiting strategy. If you’re not incorporating at least some of these channels into your job search, you’re missing out. My goal is to help you understand the best ways to incorporate social media to build up your personal brand, expand your network, and uncover additional job leads.

Oops. Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Has A Private Facebook Photo Go Public.Being a member of the Facebook founder’s family won’t protect you from having your privacy breached on the social network.

We Suggest You Like:

ELGL Google+Linfield College

ELGL FacebookOregon’s Mt Hood Territory

ELGL TwitterSalary Study

ELGL Pinterest: Indiana Assoc. for Community Economic Development

hahahaha napoleon dynamite