Refresh Detroit to hear about PhoneGap: The Refresh Detroit group will meet May 28 on the topic “Harness your web-development expertise in the mobile space using PhoneGap.” Find out how to build your app once using HTML, Javascript and CSS, wrap it up in PhoneGap, and deploy it to multiple platforms — including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Symbian, and (soon) Windows devices. This talk aimed at providing developers with an introduction to PhoneGap, and how it can be used to build cross-platform native mobile apps using Web tech. PhoneGap Only Open Source Mobile framework that supports 6 platforms. It is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with Web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. Speaker Erik Daniel received a used Vic-20 for his 12th birthday, and has been pounding keys ever since. A father, husband, nerd, and writer, Erik still gets excited about building elegant and useful applications with Flex, PHP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Erik works as a Systems Designer for Compuware Corp. in Detroit, where they are kind enough to let him develop software for Volkswagen of America. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans in the Compuware building, One Campus Martius in Detroit. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register at Registration closes the morning of May 24. Refresh Detroit is a part of the Refreshing Cities organization. We are a group of Web professionals whose goal is to promote Web standards, usability, and accessibility, and to spread the knowledge of Web design in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit.

MEDC Offers Community Development Workshops: The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is hosting a series of community development workshops covering Community Assistance (CATeam) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) training at eight locations around the state between May and October. “This is a golden opportunity for economic developers and local officials to learn about all the tools available to facilitate strong communities,” said MEDC president and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Putting Michigan’s economic and community development tools to work can help make communities more attractive to residents, visitors, employers and employees.” The CDBG presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the following communities: Gaylord (May 26), South Haven (July 21), Marquette (August 31) and Brighton (October 27). The cost to attend is $40. The workshops will focus on Community Development Block Grant administration, including federal laws and regulations. Attendees will learn about environmental review, Uniform Relocation Act, labor standards, record keeping requirements and more. First-time grantees or those looking to apply for a grant in the next two years are highly encouraged to attend. The Community Assistance workshops will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in these locations: Ann Arbor (June 9), Traverse City (August 3), Kalamazoo (August 25), and Marquette (August 30). The cost to attend is $15. The Community Assistance workshops will provide overviews on the Michigan Brownfield and CDBG programs. Community leaders will be able to discuss challenges and share solutions with each other and discuss specific projects and topics with MEDC’s CATeam. For more information or to register for a workshop, visit

Latitude Learning to appear at training show: Saline-based Latitude Learning will be demonstrating its learning management system at the American Society for Training and Development conference in Orlando on May 22-25. Each spring, this premier event for workplace learning and development professionals welcomes 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations. Latitude Learning will provide in-booth demonstrations of its Cloud-based LMS system, This comprehensive LMS, originally developed for global Fortune 50 companies, is now available to companies, non-profit organizations and associations to host proprietary learning classes, develop social capital through Web 2.0 tools and manage student records. Additionally, Latitude Learning offers its Free Forever program which provides free access to the first 100 users from any organization. This offer presents a risk-free opportunity to experience the benefits of a robust LMS. Please go to for additional information.


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