06.21.12 The Morning Buzz







RSVP for ELGL Forum with Former Governor Barbara Roberts – Please join us on Thursday, July 12, for an ELGL brown-bag session with former Oregon Governor and current Metro Councilor Barbara Roberts.

Talkin’ About My Generation with ELGL-Eugene – Please find the attached announcement regarding the upcoming lunch seminar scheduled for Thursday, June 21 in Springfield. Special thanks to Judy Williams at Lane County for putting the agenda together and Jeff Towery at Springfield for agreeing to host us next month.

ELGL Social Hour at OCCMA Conference – Learn more about ELGL and how our membership is redefining the future of local government in Oregon!

Settin’ the Table – You are invited to take a seat at Oregon’s Kitchen Table – an experiment to connect all Oregonians to real decisions in Salem.

Jefferson Smith or Charlie Hales? Which Portland mayoral candidate should ELGL invite to speak at an upcoming forum?



’12 state and local spending tumbles – State and local governments are keeping the tightest lid on spending in three decades, even though tax revenue is rising again and powerful interest groups are asking for more money.

Half.com is history, but Halfway lives on with small-town charm and small-town problems – The town is hoping to raise more money to fix its rickety fairgrounds grandstand, weakened by frost heave and needing $107,000 in repairs.

City to look at new taxes – The Eugene city manager suggests councilors study ways to create a “sustainable” government budget.


If only....

8 reasons to dump press releases for a blog – If press releases are part of your work life, you’ve probably asked this question once or twice in the past year (or more). Press releases require a lot of time and effort to produce and distribute.

How to Find and Hire Great Employees – A founder can’t grow a winning enterprise singlehandedly. Some may try, but it is nearly impossible to do so. Every famous entrepreneur has built a flourishing company with great employees by his or her side.

Four Ways to Become a More Interactive Leader – Until recently, organizational leaders had no choice but to rely on communication channels that were one-way in structure, and on communication practices that were one-way in spirit.

Transform Your Employees into Passionate Advocates – Employee happiness is becoming a hot topic among CEOs and in boardrooms, and it’s about time. The current issue of Harvard Business Review, which includes a series of articles focused on employee happiness, is just one more sign of the growing recognition that happy, engaged employees are more productive and generate better outcomes for their companies.

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