11.27.12 Your Morning Buzz

Posted on November 27, 2012


#Giving Tuesday – A national day of giving on Nov. 27, 2012

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RSVP: CFM Presents the Local Impact of the Fiscal Cliff – The Fiscal Cliff, Sequestration, PERS reform, CRC – What is the local impact? Join us to hear about the high profile issues that are likely to dominate the 113th Session of Congress and the 2013 Oregon State Legislative Session and the potential impact to local government.Thursday, November 29 from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Madison Room at the Oregon Historical Society.

Economic Impact of Bicycle Recreation and Travel in Oregon Survey – Information gathered will aid our understanding of the impact of bicycle visitors on Oregon’s economy and cycling-related opportunities in the state. Your answers will be used for statistical purposes only and kept strictly confidential. Your insight is pivotal to our success and will enable us to deliver a richer bicycling experience in the future.

County’s comprehensive plan panel holding public meetings this week – Residents will get three chances this week to comment on where and how they’d like to see Cowlitz County grow.

New web tool helps travelers, residents think about Southwest Corridor strategies – Called “Shape Southwest,” the interactive website lets users select their preferred future transit connections, divvy out funds and give personal feedback to project staff and decision-makers.

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Honoring the legacy of a visionary – All of these elements come together in a new public sculpture that honors the life and work of Steve Apotheker. Apotheker, an environmental visionary, worked at Metro for 13 years – his last stop in a long career blazing a reduce-reuse-recycle trail at the local, state and national level. He died last year after a six-year battle with multiple system atrophy. He was 58.

How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Got Himself Removed From Office – The controversial mayor of Canada’s largest city is out of a job as of this morning, thanks to a technicality.

Eugene Downtown Revitalization Efforts – With a detailed plan already in place, Springfield has seen early success as they have launched several phases of downtown growth, receiving positive feedback from the local community. The most recent addition was that of Sprout, a food hub that will house the Springfield Farmer’s Market year round while offering a full-service kitchen for those seeking a place to rent.

Hitler Pond to Judas Creek: A Brief History of Controversial Place Names – As Russia considers reviving “Stalingrad,” we scan the map for other unsavory historical figures.

The Case for Listening to NIMBYs – We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.

4 Reasons Retailers Don’t Need Free Parking to Thrive – A major rationale for the supply of parking spaces in city shopping centers is that customers won’t come without them. The anecdotal argument makes sense — retailers believe that most consumers arrive by car and believe free or cheap parking plays a major role in choosing a destination — but the actual evidence is scant at best.

How Places Like Columbus, Indiana, Outrank Silicon Valley – When Pat Wilson arrived in Columbus, Indiana, in the early 1970s, it was because she’d left behind Hazard — the small, Kentucky coal-mining town that inspired The Dukes of Hazzard.

California Bonds Get Another Look – California has long ranked second only to Illinois in the dubious honor of being the least-loved state among municipal-bond investors.

The Fiscal Cliff

Basically, you just gotta do out and do something! Why not do it on Giving Tuesday?!

Fiscal cliff may clip Powerball winner

Sen. Corker: “Rip the band-aid off” and solve the “fiscal cliff”

CNN Poll: Two-thirds say fiscal cliff poses major problem

City Manager Jon Ruiz asks Eugene councilors to consider a revenue measure to avoid deep spending cuts

Inside Portlandia

Wise words about charity, generosity!

How the doors to Portland City Hall will soon be more accessible: Portland City Hall roundup

Hales Aiming to Break Contribution-Limit Promise Again

Braze officially snags Hillsboro city council seat in unusual write-in race

Washington County Board of Commissioners to address affordable housing at retreat

Minter Bridge crossing dispute back on Hillsboro committee’s agenda

Forest Grove City Council tackles conflict between fire safety and building codes

Outside Portlandia

Winston Churchill on giving.

City of Bainbridge Island hit with extensive public records request from mystery citizen

Vancouver awarded $750,000 federal grant for new waterfront trail

The Career Center

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Women on Corporate Boards Encourage Better Financial Reporting – “The researchers found that a woman’s board presence does more to encourage financial integrity than such tried-and-true measures as requiring the board’s audit committee to consist entirely of independent directors, one of them with financial expertise, and mandating that it meet at least four times annually.”

The Best Business Books Of 2012: Find Fulfillment, Get Productive, And Create Healthy Habits – These 12 books have shaped not only the way we work this year, but how we think and the conversations we’re having. Authored by luminaries like Nate Silver, Clay Christensen, and Susan Cain, these delightful-to-read tomes offer insight into the power of vulnerability, habit, social media, and more.

10 Tips to Be an Effective Innovator – Innovation is one big struggle. Not being able to change habits within the orginization. Being creative at the wrong moment. Frustrated by budget cuts. Confronted with a lack of entrepreuneurship. Putting pressure on people in operations who resist change. Taking the credits as team leader myself instead of praising the team.

Locality Pay and How it Impacts Federal Employees – The federal pay system continues to creak along in its current form despite criticism from those who think federal employees are paid too much and those that think they are not paid enough.

The Social Network

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Could Twitter help urban planners improve transport networks? Data-mapping expert Eric Fischer has used geolocated Tweets to find the most frequently travelled routes in US cities. Could this sort of data be used to plan transit systems in the future?

Social media drives little traffic on Black Friday; no worries, says social-media expert – Shoppers referred from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube generated only 0.34 percent of all online sales on Black Friday, a decrease of more than 35 percent from 2011,according to a report by IBM.

Why You Can’t Protect Your Facebook Privacy With A Wall Post -In the past few days, you may have noticed a whole lot of your friends pasting a long message in legalese about privacy into their Facebook news feeds.

You’re in America! Twitter Account Corrects Dumb Grammar – Who would have thought a Twitter account could gain nearly 8,000 followers in 60 tweets over 3 days — just by correcting one piece of poor grammar over and over?

The best social media advice for 2013 – With the new year right around the corner, there’s no doubt you are in the process of planning your marketing strategy for 2013.

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