12.08.12 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




Will We Finally See an Increase to State and Federal Gas Taxes? The idea of raising the gas tax, which pays for road and transit projects across the country, has been been a political poison at every level of government, across both parties, for many years now. The federal gas tax has been locked at 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993, and many states have gone even longer since raising their own, creating massive gaps in transportation budgets. With fiscal deficits becoming too large to ignore, however, the gas tax appears to be making at least a bit of a comeback.

The Uselessness of Economic Development Incentives – Our biggest takeaway: there is virtually no association between economic development incentives and any measure of economic performance.

How a City in Decline Sold Itself to Its Own Residents – The 14-story Cactus Hotel stands out prominently in the skyline of San Angelo, a distinctive landmark for this oasis of a small city situated amidst the arid scrubland of west-central Texas. Built in 1928–29 as part of Conrad Hilton’s then-fledgling chain of hotels, the Cactus symbolized the city’s burgeoning prosperity during the onset of the region’s first oil boom. With 250 rooms in a town of only 30,000 residents and several other hotels, the hotel proved initially to be a bullish investment in San Angelo’s future. To this day the tallest building in San Angelo, the Cactus remains a symbol of the city’s tenacious optimism.

Greshams new fee essential for publics well-being – It’s a long-established fact that Gresham has the lowest property tax rate among the state’s largest cities. But that particular piece of information bears repeating in light of the City Council’s decision this week to levy a modest fee for the purpose of maintaining a mostly barebones level of city services.

Inside Portlandia

I play to win.


Outside Portlandia


The Career Center

{So cute!}

The Upside of Downtime – One of Jackie’s first jobs after graduate school necessitated that she be on call 24/7. That schedule tested her ability to leave work at the office and fully engage with the rest of her life. Similarly, John spent time in consulting where the sometimes hectic travel and work schedules forced him to think hard about how to guard personal time — to “punch out” from work and create downtime to recharge and rejuvenate.

The Real Reasons Your Employees are Leaving, Part 2 – Last week, we published an article titled “ The Real Reasons your Employees are Leaving You” and it was pretty popular.

Employers vs. legal pot – Now that Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of marijuana, what does it mean to drug-free work policies?

Do Something


Salem seeks public comment on transportation issues – The city of Salem is holding a Mobility Study forum from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Pringle Community Hall, 606 Church St. SE. Topics run the gamut from pedestrian and bicycle issues to circulation of vehicular traffic.

Comments sought on long-term county visioning plan – To view the project’s document and submit comments on the final draft proposal, visit www.nwecon.org/whatcomfuturesproject.

The Social Network

Twitter Reducing Some Tweets to Just 117 Characters – Starting in February, tweets that contain URLs will be reduced to 118 characters, 117 for https links. While that may seem like a huge drop, the change represents a two-character drop per tweet from what you are currently able to send when a hyperlink is involved.

Major Brands Are Losing Hundreds of Thousands of Pinterest Followers – Major brands are currently losing hundreds of thousands of followers on popular photo-sharing site Pinterest, following a newly launched initiative to crack down on spam accounts.

LinkedIn Launches An Incubator To Turn Employees Into Entrepreneurs – LinkedIn has launched [in]cubator, a program that allows any company employee with an idea to organize a team and pitch their project to executive staff once a quarter.

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