03.24.14 Your Morning Buzz

Happy Spring Break! Your Socks-N-Sandals Edition of the Buzz:



Webinar with Leigh Gallagher, Author of The End of the Suburbs


#Trending on ELGL

Report: Property Taxes Unfairly Influencing Housing Market

Strategic Direction: ELGL Strategic Planning Phase 3

The Ultimate Advisory Board

A New Era for ELGL: Webinar Library


Transaction Wire

Boulder official coming to Asheville

Salem, OR City councilor to leave position before term ends

Former Bartow City Manager Seeks Commission Seat

At retirement, McAllen will pay City Manager Mike Perez roughly $203,000

Ex-city manager sues East Point, Georgia over firing

‘Bold, innovative ideas’ needed in next Middletown, OH city manager

Merucci tapped to be Wayne, MI city manager

Of Lowell, MA manager finalists, two out of job, one soon to be

Cincinnati’s Public Services names new boss after employee study


High 5

Miami, the Start-Up City With its beaches, temperate climate and highly diverse population (third most diverse in the U.S., behind only California and Nevada), its central location to Latin America, Florida has many advantages in this regard and Miami is ripe with multiculturalism and diversity. But Miami is now at a tipping point.

 Millennials in Adulthood The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.

For Kids of Bankrupt Detroit – Challenges Abound In a city scarred by broken promises, the Moore brothers, James and Robert, and fellow student Chelsea Inyard are among the lucky ones. The teenagers attend one of Detroit’s most promising new public schools.

Fighting Traffic One Paint Brush at a Time Frustrated by government inaction, citizens in cities across the country are taking traffic problems into their own hands. But the cities aren’t always thankful.

North Dakota Wants to Help You Find ‘the Good Life’ Do you live somewhere with a stagnant economy? Been looking for a job without any luck? North Dakota would like to invite you to seek employment where the economy is on overdrive, thanks to the oil boom that has transformed the state over a few short years.

Snake Creeps Down

50 Nifty

Strong city mayors advance the green agenda London, Bristol and New York all have working green strategies because their leaders get people onside and have clear priorities

America’s industrial revolution is not over As our feeble recovery shambles on, the question arises as to whether the United States economy is being dragged down by forces, some decades in the making, beyond the power of central banks and policymakers to reverse.

Philadelphia Loosens Restrictions on Farmers Markets Philadelphia has 65 farmers’ markets. Which, given the city’s size, seems plentiful. But it’s no stranger to food deserts, and last week the city council approved measures that make it easier to hawk fresh fruits and vegetables throughout its 134 square miles.

The Week in Public Finance: Clear Skies, Bad Moons and Superstorm Sandy This week in money (and other) news governments can use touches on U.S. fiscal health, trouble in New Jersey and some Superstorm Sandy shenanigans.

Why the Forecast for Tuesday’s East Coast Storm Is So Uncertain After a spring-like weekend for many winter-weary Easterners, cold and snow are set to make a comeback this week. New data show a huge storm—a clash of cold air from the Arctic and moisture drawn north from the Caribbean—will give at least a glancing blow to millions from D.C. to New England, with a worst-case scenario of an epic blizzard still not off the table.

Four Reasons Why Cities Ignore Energy Saving Opportunities Nationwide, select cities are adopting energy efficient practices to their great benefit. Energy expenditures and associated pollution fall with strong support from community citizen groups. So why aren’t more cities overhauling their infrastructure and investing in conservation?

High-Speed Internet? For Cities, It’s About Dollars and Sense An NPR report highlights the broadband beating that College Station, Texas faces. Councilman James Benham says high-tech companies – and the jobs that go with them – are fleeing his city because it can’t offer the faster, cheaper broadband that other communities can.

City-owned golf courses can be a handicap  Local governments that are losing money on their courses should get out of the business, focus on core services

No ‘signs of life’ after huge Washington landslide Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field and crews worked through the night into Monday in rural Washington state.



Inmate dies in single cell at Multnomah Jail The Multnomah County sheriff’s office says an inmate has died at the jail in Portland.

Oregon mid-pack on toxic pollution Across Oregon, 276 facilities released 28.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals to the state’s land, air and water in 2012, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Politics, Politics

Onetime foes Bill Clinton, John McCain bond over Ukraine, Twitter and ‘Snooki’ Fifteen years ago, Sen. John McCain voted twice to impeach Bill Clinton, saying the president had “thwarted justice” by lying about his extramarital affair with a White House intern.


Toby Flenderson Advice

How the most productive people nail networking without being annoying It’s tough to sum up Nilofer Merchant in just a few sentences because she’s accomplished so much. The “Jane Bond of Innovation” has helped launch more than 100 products, worked for the likes of Apple and Autodesk, written two books, givenTED talks and she just received a Thinkers50 Award for “Future Thinker.”

How to ‘Fail Up’ in the Workplace Michael Jordan famously said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Thomas Edison enshrined his failure along the way to inventing the light bulb by saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The Best Job Interview Questions We’ve Heard It’s hard to get past the usual “where do you see yourself in five years?”, but we’ve noticed some more useful options to find out if your next candidate is a good fit.


Management 4-1-1

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents After decades of growth and innovation—in 2000, the company was the fifth-largest toy maker in the world—LEGO hit a major slump. In January 2004, it announced a huge deficit. It was, by its own accounts, bleeding cash to the tune of $1 million a day. Owner and CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson of founder Ole Kirk Christiansen, was at the helm of a strategy to turn the company around. He stepped down and appointed Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, a former McKinsey consultant, as new CEO of the company.

How to break your procrastination habit once and for all I put off writing this article (ironically, I know, and yes I know you’ll put off reading this article) by doing a bunch of smaller tasks, for example. They were less important and I knew it, but they were quick tasks and so easier than writing an article on a tough topic.

Using Salary Prospects to Choose a College Major An Expert Panel Weighs the Pros and Cons for Students and Parents

If You Do One Thing on Social Media, Do This Aaron Aders, co-founder of Slingshot SEO, explains the first step you need to take on social media before anything else.

Increase Workplace Flexibility and Boost Performance  The potential benefits of workplace variability are numerous — increased morale, motivation, and the ability to attract and retain talent — yet many managers don’t know where to start. Others are afraid that performance could suffer or something important could fall through the cracks.

How to Fix a Struggling Department Any business has parts that are in really good shape, where a manager only needs to do flybys. Then there may be other parts that are in trouble, where you need a deep dive.

Social Media Graffiti  Taki 183 is the most famous graffiti artist of all time, and his work was little more than scrawl.


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