In today’s Buzz, governments bury bad budget news, Ben Kittelson walks like a penguin, and Miami lights their website on fire.  Also, some Chance the Rapper news for @comaddoxThis buzz is brought to you by my Junior High yearbook: before binders full of women, they were full of CDs.

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What I’m Listening to – Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars

What I’m Reading – Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

What I’m Watching – The OA

What I’m Doing – watching all my friends get married, pregnant and have kids


  • Trends to Watch in State and Local Government – 2017: In just four years, people born in 1978 or later will make up 56 percent of the workforce.  Baby boomers will decline from 27 percent in 2016 to 17 percent in 2020.  These demographic shifts may accelerate the movement to offer flexible work practices as younger workers expect to be able to work anytime from anywhere.
  • Bad Budget News? Some States Just Bury It: Brownback administration officials responded that the data was confusing and often failed to reflect current reality. But Kansas is not the only state afraid of the figures its own budget-crunchers present.
  • Cities as the Digital Hubs of the Future: With roughly 3 million people migrating to cities every week and more than half the world’s population now congregated in these urban centers, these regions will be the first to host an array of digital technologies – smart cars, sensors, and more – that will fundamentally change every aspect of human life.
  • Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows: “We are changing the evolution of Earth and urbanisation has a role, a significant role, in that.”



Webinar: Stories from Seattle: Exploring the Nexus of Substance Abuse, Homelessness and Low Level Crime Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Webinar: Stories from San Francisco: How the Navigation Center Navigated a City Planning Process Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Webinar: Stories from San Rafael: Realistic Solutions Developed by a Medium-Sized City Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Webinar: Stories from Eugene: Perspectives About Criminalization Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Supper Club: Cambridge, MA Supper Club (aka Whiskey Wednesday with Soofa) Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Supper Club: Let’s Eat! A Texas-Sized Supper Club Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m

Webinar: The Art of Negotiation: Advice, Guidance, & Best Practices Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am10:00 am

50 Nifty

  • Burned Oakland warehouse received complaints for years; officials disagree on how to proceed: For years, Oakland, Calif. officials had fielded complaints about the warehouse which recently burned, killing over 36 in early December. Now, questions of accountability linger as officials disagree on how to proceed.
  • Mike Sarasti: We’re going to burn up Miami’s website ‘like a ritual fire’: We also want to keep people from having to come into the building. Right now there’s no way around it, you have to come to the administrative building for anything building and permitting related. Why, if you’re a small business owner working out of your house… why you would have to come into this building to do that?”
  • Tupelo, Miss., to Make Online Permits Available Through Citizen Self-Service Portal: While some cities allow their residents to print applications from their websites, Hooper said Tupelo should be the first municipality in Mississippi to allow people to apply and track permits online.
  • How Ariel Kennan Solves NYC’s Most Intractable Design Problems: Government is really good at organizing itself into specific issue areas, and thinking about which policies govern which pieces. But it’s not necessarily looking at the individual resident who has to touch five different agencies to have something change in their lives. My job is to ask the question, how do we bring better services across all of those points?
  • The Man Turning Tulsa into Beta City, U.S.A.:  Kaiser has turned Tulsa into “beta city,” U.S.A., a testing ground for evidence-based social programs that aim to overhaul the way America handles issues related to inequality.
  • Chance The Rapper Lands Board of Trustees Position at Chicago Museum: Chance is all about the uplifting of the Windy City, as he has constantly given back to the Chi throughout his career and become somewhat of an ambassador for the troubled metropolis.
  • A Growing Seattle Goes All In On Transit: Right now, 25 percent of Seattle residents live near a bus that comes every 12 minutes. By 2025, as many as 72 percent of city residents should have that kind of access to transit.
  • Economic Opportunity: Fernando Meza and Traverse City’s Growing Tech Scene: The New Economy project is a multimedia storytelling series that highlights talented millennials in the Traverse City region, and raises awareness about their contributions to the local economy and community. This is a series about northern Michigan attracting and retaining young talent; it’s a series about the workforce of tomorrow; thriving downtowns, local food and farmers markets, restaurants and brewpubs, Internet bandwidth, bike lanes and creative spaces. And it’s a series about young people who took risks and left the big city because they felt a calling in this place. They seized the opportunity to grow roots in the Traverse City region. Now they make their impact on this booming big town.
  • Finding Joy in Urban Winters: There’s a new level of collaboration among cold cities, as well. In early 2017, Edmonton will host Winter Cities Shakeup, a conference for leaders and placemakers from snowy cities to compare notes.

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