Good morning and welcome to your Friday Morning Buzz! Today we are taking a look at historically low voter turnout in the midterm election, the rural creative class, and transportation funding options. If you live in the South, odds are you’re freezing. So, grab a nice hot cup of coffee and warm up with us here on the Morning Buzz.
- The Fall and (Partial) Rise of the Rural Creative Class. While so much attention is given to the creative class in America’s urban centers, the creative class in rural areas is often overlooked. Research shows that rural areas are adapting similar to their urban counterparts; around the knowledge economy.
- Long After Its End, Great recession Still Plaguing US Cities. If you thought the recession was behind us, you are wrong. According to research done by the Pew Charitable Trust, cities and states are still feeling the burn 5 years after the recession officially ended. Declining revenues mean less state shared revenue, which means much- needed projects can be stalled before they even begin.
- Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in US. The President is expected to announce the plan next week that could protect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.
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Upcoming ELGL Events
- Innovation Webinar: Philadelphia and Procurement Reform – Nov. 18
- Southeast ELGL Trivia Night – Nov. 19
- Innovation Webinar: The HUD Resource Locator – Dec 3
- Michigan Senate OKs Sharp Gas Tax Hike. The State of Michigan is one step close to more funding for transportation infrastructure improvements… and to paying more at the pump.
- As Seattle Gets Richer, the City’s Black Households Get Poorer. Seattle’s median household income is at an all-time high but its African American residents have seen a steady drop over the last several years.
- Colorado OKs $20 Million in Incentives for 1,600 Jobs. The incentives went to multiple companies either looking to bring jobs to Colorado or retain them in the State.
- City to Allow Ride-share Operators at Houston Airports. Houston joins other cities like San Francisco and Chicago who have enacted similar statutes.
- Developer Says Dallas Midtown Will Begin to Take Shape on Valley View Center Site in 2105. After 3 years, Dallas may finally see some progress toward a $2 billion mixed-used development in the area.
- Coyotes Are Here to Stay, Residents Told. Did you know that the Latin name for coyotes (Canis Latrans) actually means “barking dog”?
- Los Angeles Police Use Data to Target Crime. The City has already seen tangible results from its LASER system.
- Arvada Breaks Ground on $30-million Station for Gold Line Commuter Rail. The new line will run from downtown Denver out to Wheat Ridge.
- Troy City Leaders Aim to Make Big Beaver Corridor More Pedestrian-Friendly. A new initiative called “Move Across Troy” could be the impetus for change in the traditionally car-centric suburb.
- How to End Gerrymandering Forever in Just 2 Steps. Hint: it has to do with money.
Local Government Confidential
- Blue Ribbon Commission Proposes New Citizen Panel to Advise City Council on Water and Sewer Spending. Portland may be looking at a new Public Utility Board assigned to advise Council all things water & sewer.
- Durham County Board Backs Whitted Renovation Despite Rising Costs. The renovation of the aging school will go forward despite the loss of $1.2 million in state funding.
- Abele Touts Efficiency of Part-time County Board. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is pushing for the Board to move to a part-time basis.
- County Hears Concerns About Pot Grow, Store Locations. Despite the fact that the State of Washington is in charge of licensing pot dispensaries, counties can regulate through zoning as well.
- City Councilor, Former City Clerk in Line to Become Next South Portland (Maine) Mayor. Linda Cohen could be the uncontested choice come December 1.
Take a Bow
- A Ton of People Didn’t Vote Because They Couldn’t Get Time Off From Work. Lame excuse, America! 54% of Americans cited personal reasons for not voting in this year’s midterm election; which yeilded the lowest voter turnout since the 1940’s.