05.19.12 Saturday Post




Call for RSVPs: Economist Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, June 13 – ELGL is hosting a luncheon with former State Economist and current Chair of the Portland State Economics Department, Dr. Thomas Potiowsky. The discussion will be on the US recovery and the new economic environment. This information will be relevant to long-term local government revenues and anyone interested in budgeting.

Columbian.com – Live chat with transportation departments set for May 24 – Bring your questions about road construction projects in progress — or projects slated to begin later this year.

Sumner Mayor Asks Public for Transit Ideas – Mayor Dave Enslow announced that he is looking for ideas from the public for providing shuttle service to the disabled and elderly in the wake of Sumner being outside the Pierce Transit district.


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OHA Director’s Message – Information about budget reductions – May 18, 2012 – As you recall, last February lawmakers were faced with continued budget shortfalls driven by the reduced economy and greater demand for state services.

In Our View: Work Here? Live Here – Local residency requirement is a tough but fair one for city department heads.

See materials from CIC’s successful Diversity Outreach Workshop with Central City Concern | Multnom – Over 50 people from Multnomah County and other metro area organizations listened as staff from Central City Concern (CCC) discussed their experience doing outreach to veterans and Latinos.

Zero-Base Budgeting: Modern Experiences and Current Perspectives – Though the apex of its popularity is long past, ZBB has seen renewed interest in today’s environment of fiscal constraint.

PM Magazine: Do local governments under 10,000 population use online services? Our survey reveals mixed results.

Budgeters’ views on using reserves vary – Facing a massive funding gap, Lane officials look into ways to lessen the damage to public safety needs.

Gregoire visits Vancouver, discusses her faith – Gov. Chris Gregoire on Friday morning shared a glimpse into the private budget talks she had with key lawmakers as the Legislature neared an agreement on the state’s long-contested operating budget this year.


Time Travel by Generik11, via Flickr

Workers Consider Training To Be as Valuable as a Raise – Employer-provided training has the same effect on job satisfaction as a 17.7% net wage increase, according to a study of nearly 5,000 workers in Spain by Santiago Budría of the University of Madeira.

Boringness: The Secret to Great Leadership – Until recently, I hadn’t really known any great leaders. As a writer, the highest-ranking people I deal with are editors, and they’re pretty much just writers who have gotten lazy. The only thing an editor has ever led me into is a bar.

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