New Sensation with Scott Aycock, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Posted on March 7, 2013


Since ELGL is not a big fan of icebreakers and since we would rather not know what animal you want to be, this blog feature will serve as a means of introducing new members. While you won’t learn about their favorite animal, you will learn about their ideal Sunday morning, which dead people would they FaceTime with, and which song best describes their life.

After an extended stay in Gresham, we head over the mountain and through the woods to introduce you to individual has made a lasting impact on transportation planning in Central Oregon. If you disagree, feel free to share those thoughts with him just don’t tell him if you are a Dook fan.

Scott Aycock, Transportation Planner

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council


Most interesting project you’ve worked on in your current position:

Developing a new regional transit system for Central Oregon.

What do you think about when you are driving to work/school?download

It’s a short commute!  I bike when I can, so then I think about the lovely neighborhoods that I’m passing through, and then I wonder about all the early Bend residents as I go through the cemetery.  And, COFFEE.

Most recent concert you attended:

Japandroids at the Wonder in Portland.  Also, a small group of local bands at the M&J in Bend.


What sites are bookmarked on your internet browser?

My go-to sites are Facebook, InsideCarolina (I grew up in Chapel Hill North Carolina) and several music blogs.


Proudest career/school accomplishment:

Developing our regional transit system.  I’ve also worked a lot in collaboration, and have enjoyed finding areas of agreement between environmental groups and industry.

What song best describes your life?

This is hard for me b/c I DJ and there are so many songs/albums/bands that I could list.  Tongue in cheek answer:  I Won’t Lie to You by Let’s Wrestle.

Suggest two or three topics for the ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School on October 4.

  • Managing the growing succession from Boomers to Gen Xers in public administration.  What changes are in store?

  • New ideas for public finance.  We may need to think more locally due to the large credibility gap with state and federal governments in Oregon.

If you could FaceTime or Skype with three people either dead or alive, who would they be?

Anyone brave enough to face the challenges of their day/age and stand up for what is right, but may not be popular.  Dalai Lama, Gandhi come to mind.  But there are millions of ordinary folks doing it as well.

Your work/school mentors:

School:  Peter Boothroyd, UBC SCARP

Work:  A network of incredibly talented local government staffers here in Central OR:  Chris Doty, Eric King, Andrew Spreadborough, Heather Richards, etc.  (they may not know it but I’m taking notes!)

Favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning:

Sleep in, drink coffee, read a book.  If that actually happens, wow it’s a good day.

(Fill in the blank) Government is…..

…very important, but increasingly out of touch and needs better responsiveness and honesty.  Many “Millennials” don’t believe in it at all and libertarianism is becoming increasingly popular.

(Fill in the blank) ELGL is….

…very new to me, but I’m hoping it will be source of inspiration, community, networks.

Is there any question I should have asked you?

Why did I choose a public sector career? 

Because I want to work on issues systemically and help deliver public goods.  I felt that the public sector, specifically policy and program development, was the best opportunity to do so.  I now understand that we need to work a lot better with non-profits and grassroots initiatives and balance the top-down with the bottom-up.



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