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Engaging Your Community with MindMixer – May 21

Midwest ELGL Evening Buzz – May 22 

Combatting Gresham’s Gang Problem, a Webinar – June 4

The Mixed-up World of Oregon Property Taxes – June 17

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Twittersation: Assistant City Manager vs. City Manager with Julie Underwood

The Rest of the Story on “LYH Happy”

Social Media Training

The ELGL Strategic Plan: From Strategery to Tenawesome

Economic Development Intern – Cities of West Linn & Sherwood

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Transaction Wire

Eagleville seeks city manager applicants

Newberry swaps city manager

Bluefield board in no rush to fill vacant city manager post

Your choice or their choice as new Norwich City manager? All it has to be is the right choice

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High 5

1) How politics, population shaped Asheville’s water debate – A decades-long controversy led directly to the dispute over control of the Asheville water system that will land in the courts again on Fridayd.

2) Fort Worth takes a new look at restrictions on payday lending – Fort Worth, the only major city in the state not to pass an ordinance restricting the operations of payday lenders, is taking a new look at the issue.

3) Millennials drawn to Northwest Philly, but will they stay put? – Jose Casalina absolutely loves living in Roxborough. After spending a few years in Cleveland, the 34-year-old and his wife returned to Northwest Philadelphia — where they had met at Philadelphia University years earlier while getting their degrees.

4) Report finds Boston schools food program in chaos – Widespread dysfunction in the Boston school system’s food service program is leading to millions of dollars in losses each year and creating an apparent “hostile work environment” for employees, according to an external review obtained by the Globe.

5) Police union files objection to Detroit bankruptcy, calls city ‘cynical’ – Detroit’s largest police union filed an objection to the city’s plan for exiting bankruptcy, saying it has been unable to come to an agreement on collective bargaining terms and calling the city’s treatment of public safety workers “cynical.”



50 Nifty

Bristol Tennessee City Council to host first town hall on budget – City Council is giving residents access to the budget process by hosting its first town hall meeting to discuss the fiscal year 2015 spending plan approved on first reading last week.

Phoenix leaders to vote on deficit fix – After four months of contentious debate and warnings of red ink, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher’s plan to erase the city’s $37.7 million deficit all comes down to an upcoming vote.

Park City is site of emergency drill – Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in an emergency drill Sunday night at Park City Center.

Surge in projects raises Portland’s income, but tax hike still needed – Even an $87 million jump in property value doesn’t offset new costs in the budget.

Local, state officials at odds over tax, fee bill – A number of towns say they may impose a tax through an “all powers” clause in their charters, which are issued and amended only at the approval of the Legislature.

Daly City could face layoffs to close budget deficit – The city has streamlined its staffing in recent years by consolidating high-level administrative positions and not filling vacancies left by retiring employees, but officials warn that these changes haven’t yielded enough savings to prevent further cuts when the new budget is finalized July 1.

Salisbury City Council to consider bike lanes on Newsome Road, sidewalks on Bringle Ferry Road – City Council will consider an agreement with N.C. Department of Transportation for the project, which is expected to cost $1.4 million.

Wichita may turn to rejected water plan – Wichita officials grappling with how to secure the city’s long-term water supply are reconsidering a groundwater project that was discarded earlier.

Millionaire returns to his dream of affordable housing in Sarasota – Harvey Vengroff has had a change of heart about leaving Sarasota for Belize. A phone call from a city official had a lot to do with it.




Portland police to initiate ‘Click it or Ticket’ seat belt safety campaign – Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division will initiate a “Click it or Ticket” seat belt safely campaign starting Monday and ending June 1.

Power outages affect more than 6,100 customers in Washington County after power restored in Multnomah, Clackamas counties – Power outages are affecting more than 6,120 Portland General Electric customers in Washington County.

Mount St. Helens anniversary leads an explosion of news – Sunday is the 34th anniversary of the day Mount St. Helens exploded into history, and the occasion brought forward the never-before-publicized photographs of two men who were in the air that day over or near the mountain.

Clackamas County Justice Court opens for business Monday in a new location – The court, which handles traffic tickets, violations, evictions and small claims cases, has been in leased space in Oak Grove since opening in 2010. It was intended to be a temporary location.



Yakima looks to place more limits on panhandling – The city of Yakima is likely to expand its anti-panhandling ordinance to more of the city’s intersections Tuesday.

Eugene City manager backs 12-month test drive  of Willamette design – Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz is recommending that the City Council approve a 12-month trial of bike lanes on a busy stretch of Willamette Street before making permanent changes.

Searching for diversity: Few females, minorities apply for top Port Huron jobs – The finalists for the jobs of Port Huron city manager and superintendent of the Port Huron Area School District cover a wide spectrum of experience and experience, but they share a couple of things in common. They’re all men — and they’re going to replace men.

Sumner City Council members embrace design for new bridge – Sumner is closing in on a final design for replacement of an iconic bridge that crosses the White River in the southwest part of the city.

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Pure Midwest

Pekin, IL City Council shows ‘clear consensus’ for Girdler – The Pekin City Council, said Mayor Laurie Barra, will not seek candidates to fill the Pekin city manager position when Joe Wuellner retires on June 30.

Put focus on remaking La Crosse, WI City Hall – While the city’s immediate focus will and should be on the charrette planning process for Riverside North, it’s vital that La Crosse keep high on its priority list a plan to reorganization City Hall.

Columbia City, MO council members push to raise development fees – The debate about Columbia’s deteriorating central-city infrastructure has led some members of the Columbia City Council to push for the city to consider increasing development fees within a year.

Proposed Topeka capital improvement plan totals more than $313 million – More than $313 million. That is the total amount the city of Topeka would spend for purposes that include repairs and improvements to streets and the city’s water and sewer systems under the five-year capital improvement plan the city council will consider adopting Tuesday.

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South by Southwest

Gonzalez praised, not hiring process – At a time when El Paso is getting ready to hire its second city manager and wanting to look sharp in the process, things have gotten messy.

Sale of downtown land OK’d by Midland City Council – The Midland City Council has approved the sale of a downtown lot to SSP Associates to enable the Saginaw-based firm to construct a new residential development.

Downtown challenge for Odessa convention center – As the Odessa City Council continues their search for an area to put a proposed hotel and convention center, several issues have been raised about some of the older structures in the area.

Do Houston bayous hide gruesome sights? – Houston’s bayous, dotted by marshy banks and filled with bass and catfish, weave through the city, providing an appealing landscape for joggers and cyclists. But beneath the murky, brown waters is something not as pleasant: a makeshift dumping ground of cars, trucks and vans.


The Southeast

City of Durham renewing scrutiny of GREAT – City officials are going to try this month and next to prod the Durham Public Schools into picking up part of the check for operating an in-school “gang-resistance” program.

Spartanburg, SC City Council to study lean city budget, slight tax hike – City residents can expect a slight tax increase next year, as the city fills gaps from state and federal cuts and a reduced payment from the Commission of Public Works.

North Miami Fights to Keep Its Art Museum – Anyone looking to meet the director of the tiny but highly regarded Museum of Contemporary Art here has two choices. Head into the museum, where its interim director, Alex Gartenfeld, has an office. Or go next door to City Hall, where the mayor’s appointee to the same position, Babacar M’Bow, is essentially working in exile.

City seeks legislators’ update for Durham’s parking regulations – City Council members have one thing they want legislators to do during the General Assembly’s current short session. They have more things they want legislators not to do.

Manheimer announces formation of Asheville development task force – Mayor Esther Manheimer announced on Friday the formation of a development task force established to make recommendations promoting sound growth and development within the city.

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