03.14.13 Your Morning Buzz

Pope Francis takes to Twitter right away

Welcome Newest Members

Individual Members

Aubrey Lindstrom, City of Beaverton, Special Projects Coordinator

Corporate Member

Johnson Controls delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings for more than one million customers.

Upcoming Forums

March 15 Webinar: Creating and Getting Assistant City Manager Positions with Alex McIntyre, Menlo Park City Manager

March 21: ELGL Willamette Valley Presents “No Comment” — and Other Stupid Things You Should Never Say to Media

April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School


The High Five

  1. A Few Points About the Mayors Challenge Winners – By now you might have seen that Providence, R.I. today won the Mayors Challenge, a national competition in which city governments vied for grant money from Bloomberg Philanthropies to put toward problem-solving projects.

  2. Ideas Trump Resources When it Comes to City Growth - The future of plenitude isn’t high tech and software-driven, it isn’t interactive or knowledge-powered; and it doesn’t come from Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or New York City, David Brooks argued in his New York Times column Monday. It comes from old-fashioned, boring extractive industries like mining and oil drilling, and from un-sexy places like the Great Plains, Texas, and the Dakotas.

  3. The Streetlight of the Future Will Do So Much More Than Light Your Street – It could also catch criminals, broadcast WiFi and… detect meth labs?

  4. Phoenix Just Might Be Serious About Building ‘The Pin’ – A honey dipper-shaped observation tower inches one step closer to reality.

  5. Expand State Partnerships for Passenger Rail - As passenger rail ridership grows nationwide, Amtrak and some states are engaging in innovative new partnerships to foster this demand. To comply with the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) that passed in 2008, federal and state policymakers will not only need to focus on the financial and operational performance of short-distance routes, where over 80 percent of the system’s ridership occurs, but also on the future of long-distance routes.

I’m Just a Bill

The Fiscal Cliff

BREAKING: Pope Francis to SAVE Google Reader!

Inside Portlandia

Outside Portlandia

The Career Center

The ELGL Resume Book…It’s Back - ELGL is now accepting entries for the 2nd edition of the Resume Book. We encourage all ELGL members to submit a resume whether you are employed or you are looking for employment. Non-ELGL members can also submit a resume but members will receive priority placement in the book.

The 3 Things All Humans CRAVE–And How To Motivate Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere – Forbes - As you probably know, once we have food and shelter, but before we can seek self-actualization—the Smart State—we must feel safety, belonging and mattering. Without these three essential keys a person cannot get in their Smart State—they cannot perform, innovate, feel emotionally engaged, agree, move forward.

The World Wide Web

LinkedIn gives $30K to employees helping communities around the world - LinkedIn has donated a total of $30,000 in grants to a dozen of the professional social network’s employees who are volunteering their off hours for various community causes around the world.

Hey Google, We Still Love Reader - Hear that clunking sound? That’s thousands of jaws dropping at the news that Google Reader is going to be retired come July 1, 2013. That whooshing sound is “Google Reader” shooting to the top of Twitter’s worldwide trends, even on a day when a new pope was picked.

15 Hilarious Smokin’ Pope Tweets - Twitter users have found a way to keep themselves occupied — pope smoke jokes in 140 characters or fewer. When you’re staring at a chimney all day, weird things come to mind.

Chips, Video Clips and Citizen Sourcing - Crowd sourcing, a.k.a citizen sourcing, is a hot topic. Businesses are looking to customers to help them make product decisions. Simply put, citizen sourcing will engage consumers early on in the process, increasing the likelihood of a successful new product.

Social Media Suggestions

ELGL Facebook: National Brownfields Conference

ELGL Google+: City of San Diego, California

ELGL Pinterest: MailChimp

ELGL Twitter: hypervocal

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