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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