The Michigan Municipal League’s 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island will have a series of vendor-sponsored education sessions on everything from cloud computing to financial reporting.

One of these sessions, by American Fidelity Assurance, will assist communities struggling with budget pressures by giving attendees a road map to better manage the growing costs of their benefit program. Learn what others have done to successfully deal with Section 125 compliance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, debit cards, and changes to their benefit program as a result of health care reform.

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, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Sept. 7 to get the early bird discount.

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