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Young Visionaries Make Good Planners

…the youth of the community. These also require planning and follow-through. … End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for…

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On Gauging Public Opinion

…business in your community. Names should be optional. … article continues with an overview of several other techniques. Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan ,…

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When Labels are Counter-Productive

…Should both be represented on the board? … End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years…

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Working Effectively With Elected Officials

…End of excerpt. Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning processes….

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How Effective is Your Planning Board?

Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning processes. Cogan has been…

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When Is Enough Enough?

…formal term limits or are there other ways to balance the need for fresh ideas with wisdom and institutional memory? … End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications…

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Is Your Community Being Invaded by NIMBYs?

…excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning processes. Cogan has…

Getting Out to Where the People Are

Getting Out to Where the People Are

…excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning processes. Cogan has…

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Do You Have the “Write” Stuff?

…… End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning…

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Who Hires Your Planning Director?

…by Portland citizens is that the planning director be able to work well within the political structure of the community as well as with the planning board members. … End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding…