By Irene Plenefisch, Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Welcome to Seattle! Microsoft is proud to be the Host Committee Title Sponsor of the 2013 Congress of Cities.
For years, the Seattle area has been a center of innovation, and Microsoft is proud to call it our home. Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the largest software developer in the world and today employs over 41,000 employees in Washington State and 99,000 worldwide. Today, we develop the software and services that enable government, educators, companies and consumers to reach their fullest potential, whether that be running modern data centers, harnessing the power of data to improve the delivery of citizen services, or connecting people to increase their productivity and mobility.
While in Seattle, please join us for one of two mobile workshops that bring this to life:
Gain insight into Making Your City Safer Using the Power of Big Data: Public Safety is one of the core missions of any city, and increasingly dependent on making sure that the right agencies have the right information to take the right action. From New York City to Ogden, Utah, Microsoft is a partner in making this happen. Visit the Microsoft campus in Redmond to see firsthand how to leverage the power of business intelligence and analytics to increase public safety. You can tour the Microsoft Global Security & Operations Center and see a demo of the intelligence and communications cities are using today to improve security and sustain operations during emergencies. (November 13, 1:00-4:00)
Modernize Your City with Connected Citizen Services: In many respects, Microsoft is a small city, and our Redmond campus is a glimpse of the future. With 125 buildings, spread over 500 acres, hosting over 41,000 employees, the Microsoft Headquarters has become a model for the "City of the Future". You'll tour energy efficient buildings, try services delivered to citizens on the go, and visit the leading edge operations center to see our vision become reality for a more connected and responsive city government. (November 14, 9:30-12:30)
Enjoy your time in Seattle, and come see how Microsoft can help enable a lean and modern government.