12.04.12 Your Morning Buzz

Next ELGL Forum:

Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director

January 15, 2013 (note the date change), 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218

11:45 am – Forum; 1:00 pm – Tour of Port of Portland Headquarters

RSVP to Megan Messmer, ELGL Project Coordinator, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

The Fiscal Cliff


The Fight to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Phoenix Legacy  – A builder wants to tear down one of the architect’s most prized buildings. And in this developer-friendly city, stopping them is nearly impossible.

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable – In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars to dominate urban spaces for decades. I don’t necessarily agree with every detail, and my own list might differ in some ways that reflect my own experience and values. But it’s a heck of a good menu to get city leaders and thinkers started in making their communities more hospitable to walkers.

Dead Stop: LUBA Remands Water Project Back to City – In what is just about the perfect timing ever for opponents, a state board has told the city it must redo portions of its plan to upgrade a surface water project. Critics of the project are calling it a victory. Meanwhile, a city official said the problems found by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals “are fixable issues.

A Town Woos Hollywood, but Ends Up With a Bit Part – A studio was built to attract filmmakers and bring jobs to Pontiac, Mich., but for millions given in incentives to the film industry, only a handful of local jobs have appeared.

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

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The Career Center

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3 Major Trends That Are Shaping The Future Of Hiring And Management [CHART] – The Boston Consulting Group put out its third annual global report on people management. They surveyed more than 4000 executives from more than 100 countries on 22 of the most important factors in developing a great workforce.

One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get) – Pay, benefits, training, opportunities: All important. But this is more important.

More Companies Embrace the Standing Desk – As more research finds health hazards in sitting for prolonged periods, more manufacturers are offering desks that let workers stand, or even walk.

Do Something


ODOT open house: 99W Newbury and Vermont streets bridges rehab (Southwest Corridor Plan) – The Oregon Department of Transportation is currently designing a project that will rehabilitate two bridges on Southwest Barbur Boulevard (Oregon Highway 99W), just south of Capitol Highway. This project is scheduled to start construction in early 2014.

Apply to become a Planning Commissioner – The City of Sandy is recruiting to fill two vacancies on the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission reviews land use applications and advises the City Council on legislative changes and typically meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

City seeks committee applicants – The City of Bend is seeking applicants for positions on the following volunteer commissions and committees.

The Social Network

Why Successful Crowdfunding Requires a Social-Media Mind-Set – If you tell experienced investors you’re planning to crowd-fund your business idea, you’re likely to hear that you’re walking into a minefield: You’ll be relying on naïve individuals who expect to make a killing and are crushed every time they lose a dollar.

A Third of Young Adults Use Social Media in the Bathroom – The Nielsen company’s latest report shows that social networking has become ubiquitous while watching TV and while using the bathroom.

Why Facebook Can’t Be The Center Of Your Social Strategy – Barriers to entry are very low in public social networks. Time and again, we see brands put up aFacebook Page, a LinkedIn page, start Tweeting, and then wonder where the value is.

How to Email Tweets Directly From Twitter’s Website – Announced mid-November, the feature allows you to send a tweet directly to someone else, complete with your own personal comments, regardless of whether or not that person is a Twitter user.

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