02.08.13 Your Morning Buzz

Traveling nightmare as ‘Nemo’ targets Northeast


Welcome New Member: 

Traci Scherck, Human Resources Manager/Northern Illinois MPA Student

Join ELGL: Students (free), individuals ($20), and organizations ($250)

Upcoming Forums:

March 1: ELGL Conference Planning Committee Meeting

March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

The High Five

  1. An evolved transit city: Portland’s lesson for Minneapolis – As a carless transplant now living in Portland, Ore., I’ve spent a lot of time observing the city from a bus seat. This prompted me to ponder the differences between transit systems in Minneapolis and my new town.

  2. Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office? The postal service is not a federal agency. It does not cost taxpayers a dollar. It loses money only because Congress mandates that it do so. What it is is a miracle of high technology and human touch. It’s what binds us together as a country.

  3. Hillsboro’s ball park will be community asset, not an economic engine, experts say – As construction crews race to finish the 4,500-seat baseball ball park at Hillsboro’s Gordon Faber Recreation Complex set to house the Hillsboro Hops, there are many unknowns, but one virtual certainty – the facility won’t pay for itself, and that’s just fine with city officials.

  4. Nike’s Vancouver threat weighed on Oregon – Three business days before Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called lawmakers into a rushed special session to hand Nike a sweetheart tax deal, an attorney for the company told the state Nike would keep looking elsewhere to expand if Oregon didn’t meet its needs, records obtained by The Columbian show.

  5. A Partnership Seeks to Transform Kent State and Kent – Though it is home to the second largest campus in Ohio’s state university system by enrollment, this small Cuyahoga River city spent much of the last four decades neglecting, if not deliberately retreating from, its history as a college town and its place in the annals of the Vietnam War era.


I’m Just a Bill


The Fiscal Cliff


Inside Portlandia


Outside Portlandia


The Career Center

5 Networking Tips That Create More Click Moments – If you work in business development, networking events are not just a requirement, but a necessity. “Networking needs to be done consistently throughout a career,” wrote The Wall Street Journal. “From the very first moment you begin to realize that your idea is worth pursuing,” Richard Branson said, “The first step on the road to success is building a network.”

31 Excuses That Leaders Use to Avoid Understanding Their Customers – “We already tried that.” “Didn’t we have a task force a few years ago?” “We can’t take a chance on this!” Raise your hand if you have heard one of the statements above from someone in leadership in response to a call for better customer understanding.


A Call to Action

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue seeking volunteers – Individuals interested in serving may become a core volunteer firefighter or auxiliary volunteer.

Talk budget and priorities with Lake Oswego City Council at town hall meeting – The council will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. to get input on what city services are important to residents and what the council’s priorities should be this year.


The World Wide Web

To Do: Update Company’s Social Media Policy ASAP! Employee use of social media has been a controversial topic over the past year, and one about which I’ve been outspoken. While I oppose company policies that unfairly limit employees’ rights to express themselves online, employers must be smart about training employees on what they should and should not share online, especially in times of uncertain job stability.

A comprehensive guide to protecting your social media accounts – Security breaches at major newspapers and social media sites such as Twitter have thrust online protection and privacy into the spotlight once again. While only 250,000 users were affected by the recent security attacks on Twitter—a drop in the ocean for a site with roughly 200 million active users—protecting your social media accounts is vital if you don’t want them falling into the wrong hands.


LinkedIn proves it’s no Facebook (in a good way) – LinkedIn, the first of the big upstarts to go public, continues to prove it can make money where others struggle.

The 1 Thing Every Business Executive Must Understand About Social Media – Social media is still in its infancy, and many business executives still don’t understand how to Ieverage it for their organizations, large or small. They’re too focused on the talking, and not focused enough on the listening.

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