Green Building Council talks LEED concepts in community development: The Detroit Regional Chapter of the United States Green Building Council invites you to “Making LEED ND Happen In Your Community: How Planners Can Leverage Its Advantages,” on Friday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. The cost is $45, with Lawrence Tech students and faculty free. Advance online registration is required at this link. After years of phenomenal success with its LEED rating systems for buildings, the USGBC has rolled out the new LEED for Neighborhood Development program (LEED ND). It’s now ready to start bringing the advantages of LEED to the community planning process. The Detroit Regional Chapter has assembled top experts in the field, putting together an intensive one-day interactive forum packed with practical strategies and tools for planners to begin implementing LEED ND in their communities. Attendees will include community planners, consultants, government officials, regional organization representatives, and students and faculty, and they will come away with a solid foundation on the LEED ND rating system, its underlying principles, and the tremendous advantages it can bring to their local communities.  Effective strategies for encouraging and promoting LEED ND developments and streamlining the project approval process will be explored.  All of this will take place in an interactive, inspirational environment where fellow planning professional can contribute their own perspectives and discover what others have learned. For more information, call (248) 233-0006.

Online Tech To Host Cloud Computing Seminar: A free cloud computing seminar, “2 Cloud or Not 2 Cloud: The Business Case for Cloud Computing,” will help business leaders get context for deciding if and when cloud computing makes sense. The seminar will be held the morning of Tuesday, March 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield. For a complete agenda and to register for this seminar, visit The free seminar will feature real cloud computing case studies from companies that have leveraged the technology, provide valuable breakout discussions, and a chance to ask questions and get answers from cloud computing experts. Panelists for the seminar include virtualization and VMWare expert Rod Mach, Principal of Hiperlogic; PCI Compliance expert Adam Goslin, Co-Founder of High Bit Security; data security and auditing specialist David Barton, Principal of UHY Advisors Georgia Inc.; Marc Malotke, Dell Enterprise Solutions Specialist; Dean Scaros, President of Pay-Ease, a company that attained PCI Compliance with a cloud computing platform; and Tom Numbere President of PCG Technology Services. Topics covered in this seminar include: cloud computing benefits and options, data security, disaster recovery, e-commerce and PCI compliance, cloud architecture, and data storage options.

GL-SPIN, Broadsword offer talk on risk management, agile development: The Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network and our Gold Sponsor, Broadsword, offer a presentation on “Risk Management in an Agile World” by Marie Joppich of Compuware Corp. The event will be held Thursday, April 14 at Compuware, One Campus Martius in Detroit. Networking and a light supper begin at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation. Joppich has more than 25 years of IT experience. She has been working in quality assurance, as a senior test lead, for the past 15 years. She is currently studying for an MSIS certification with concentration in project management, and obtained her PMP certification in December 2010. Joppich will share how she managed risks in two projects that used the Agile process. The first project was to build an infrastructure to support three million page views per hour for a software-as-a-service Christmas shopping offering. The second project is a software development project for a new mobile feature. RSVP to by 6:00 a.m. the day of the meeting. If your RSVP-name is drawn and you are present at the meeting, you may receive a desirable process improvement tool. More at


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