MSU Economist To Present 2012 Forecast In Flint: Charles Ballard, a Michigan State University economics instructor since 1983, will present his 2012 economic forecast at Baker College of Flint on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. until noon, in Baker’s auditorium, 1050 W. Bristol Road, Flint. Titled “Michigan’s Economy: Past, Present and Future,” the presentation is free, and open to the public and the media. No RSVP is required. Ballard holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he was named director of the State of the State Survey for MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. He also won the MSU College of Social Science Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007. In 2011, Ballard was named to the Michigan League for Human Service board of directors. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and also with research institutes in Australia, Denmark and Finland. Ballard is the author of several books, including “Michigan at the Millennium” and “Michigan’s Economic Future.” The event is sponsored by Baker College of Flint and the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact John Cote, Baker College of Flint dean of business administration, at, or 810.766.4191.

Re-Source Partners sets event on hard drive data loss: Re-Source Partners is hosting a “lunch and learn” Thursday, Feb. 16 at its Clinton Township offices, 24541 Maplehurst. The company will the statistical evidence of data loss during major change points like deployment and retirement. Industry experts will be present to discuss solutions on how to avoid a data loss from happening at your company. The event begins with an 11 a.m. meet and greet, the program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and demonstrations and peer-to-peer discussions from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served. Register by contacting John Spagnuolo at (586) 783-0700, ext. 239 or


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