The Michigan Municipal League's Capital Conference is going mobile. Starting now, League members and others can get all Capital Conference related information from their smart phones and tablets for their Android and Apple devices. To get the Capital Conference app for your device, simply go to the Android Marketplace or Apple App Store and search for "Michigan Municipal League".

The apps are free and contain everything you'll need to know about the 2012 Capital Conference taking place March 20-21 in Lansing. By using this app for Capital Conference, you can view the full agenda of sessions, photos from the event, blogs written by League staff about the Conference, a map of the Lansing Center where the conference is occurring, a list of vendors participating in the annual expo, and much more. The apps even have a map of the expo hall showing where particular vendors will be set up.

The mobile apps for Capital Conference are part of a larger mobile application initiative by the League. We've also launched in the Android marketplace apps for "The One Clear Voice", "Economics of Place" and "Let's Save Michigan". These apps push our blogs and social networking feeds directly to users' mobile devices.

Through its Center for 21st Century Communities, the League has identified eight assets for making vibrant communities and restoring Michigan to prosperity. One of those assets is messaging and technology and this endeavor into mobile applications feeds into that asset, said Rob Ferrari, director of digital strategies for the League.

"The League has put an emphasis on creating technology solutions that will deliver up-to-date information to our members anytime, anywhere," Ferrari said. "We realize that smartphones and tablets are becoming more prevalent with our members and the public, and these platforms provide the League another opportunity to deliver information to our members where and when they want it."

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org or (734) 669-6317.

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