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Office 365 and Microsoft Cloud is Topic at Convention Session

clock August 31, 2012 07:50 by author Matt Bach


Are you in the cloud? Find out from officials at Microsoft why local governments are moving their email and collaboration workloads to the cloud during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5.

In this vendor-sponsored session, learn what it is that makes Microsoft different from other cloud service providers. You’ll get a demonstration of what’s included in Office 365, along with real-world examples of how others have successfully made the move. The Microsoft expert will also address common concerns for cloud computing such as security and compliance, cost benefits, and data migration.

Other vendor-sponsored sessions are on placemaking, health care reform, and building today's infrastructure for tomorrow. In addition, the League's Anthony Minghine will have a session on solutions to the many financial and other challenges communities are faced with today.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by today (Aug 31) to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Learn how to Leave a Placemaking Legacy at League Convention

clock August 30, 2012 10:44 by author Matt Bach


How can we best use our natural and cultural assets to create viable, diverse, and economically sustainable communities? Stories from Petoskey, Marquette, and Monroe illustrate the value of creating a consensus vision. Hear about these stories and leaving a placemaking legacy during a special vendor-sponsored session at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5. The session will be presented by Beckett & Raeder Inc.

Aligning public policies and initiatives helps community leaders leverage support for project implementation, and it can even establish the kind of relationship with residents that will guide development decisions into the future. By drawing on the unique voices of our citizenry, we almost can't help but create unique, comfortable places that continue to inspire every generation to leave a legacy of their own.
Other vendor-sponsored sessions are on placemaking, health care reform, paperless government, and building today's infrastructure for tomorrow. In addition, the League's Anthony Minghine will have a session on solutions to the many financial and other challenges communities are faced with today.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by tomorrow (Aug 31) to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Rise of Walkable Urbanism Focus of Session at League Convention

clock August 30, 2012 08:52 by author Matt Bach



The convergence of the two largest generations in American history—baby boomers and millennials—is creating a profound structural shift in demographics and real estate. Both are driving market demand for walkable urban centers in core cities and inner-ring suburbs. Christopher Leinberger—author, developer, president of LOCUS, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor of urban and regional planning—will  present a compelling case for what Michigan must do to take advantage of this shift, while growing the economy and creating jobs.

You can hear Leinberger during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5.

Leinberger is president of Locus, Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors; the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business; Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC; and a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transitoriented development firm. His most recent book is "The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream." He is an Op-Ed contributor to the The New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic.

Check out the Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Paperless Government is Possible, Learn How at League Convention

clock August 30, 2012 08:29 by author Matt Bach



Michigan Municipalities are facing challenging times. Fewer and fewer people are covering more and more job functions, reducing efficiency and increasing pressure on staff.

As part of a series of vendor-sponsored sessions at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5, BS&A Software will give a presentation on developing feature-rich and seamlessly integrated financial management applications that help increase productivity. This session will demonstrate how technology can be used to share information electronically, automate paper processes and eliminate repetitive tasks.

Other vendor-sponsored sessions are on placemaking, health care reform, and building today's infrastructure for tomorrow. In addition, the League's Anthony Minghine will have a session on solutions to the many financial and other challenges communities are faced with today.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by tomorrow (Aug 31) to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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Learn How to Build Today’s Infrastructure for Tomorrow at Convention

clock August 29, 2012 08:06 by author Matt Bach



The Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention on Mackinac Island October 3-5 will have a series of vendor-sponsored education sessionson everything from placemaking to financial reporting. One such session, titled “Your Infrastructure, Your Buildings – For Today and Tomorrow” will address the question: How do you build infrastructure for the future while addressing the immediate needs of your citizens and businesses?

The session, presented by Siemens, will review how renewable energy solutions, sustainable infrastructure upgrades and green building projects can enhance property values, improve wellbeing, increase business and employee productivity and improve public relations. Learn about fiscally responsible solutions to municipal planning that will help your community thrive into the future.

Check out the Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, health care reform, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Aug 31 to get the group discount rate at the Grand Hotel.

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