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Impact of economic change on business, education is topic of conference

FLINT — Economic initiatives in Flint and how they will impact area employment needs and opportunities will be the focus of the fall Design and Manufacturing Alliance (DMA) conference Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon on the campus of Mott Community College (MCC) in Flint, Mich. Titled “Flint-The Changing Landscape in Business, Community and Education,” the conference will highlight the Flint-area turnaround and provide a new perspective on potential collaborations between the educational and business communities in order to facilitate job growth in the area. “For years our region has looked to higher education as a key part of our economic growth. This conference will highlight partnerships between business, higher education, local and state government and explore how they can be used to accelerate our recovery,” said Tom Crampton, executive dean for Regional Technology Initiatives at MCC . Keynote speaker Tim Herman, President and CEO of the Flint & Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, will discuss new growth initiatives. Additional speakers include: • Claire Brisson and Scott Palmer, discussing State Vocational Legislation Changes impacting K-12 education; • Amy Cell, Vice President MEDC, reviewing the development and piloting of the MAT2 internship programs; • Dr. James Zhang, Provost, Kettering University, sharing new initiatives at Kettering University. — G.G.

Hurley Bariatric Center offers seminar

FLINT — Hurley Bariatric Center of Excellence is hosting a free seminar on weight loss surgery options on Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Hurley Bariatric Center is the region’s first and most trusted, expert leader in weight loss surgeries. Our Board Certified surgeon, Dr Jamal D. Farhan, MD, FACS, specializes in gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band surgery, and is credentialed in critical care at our Level 1 Trauma Center, the only in the region. As a result, post-surgical patients have 24/7 access to the highest level of clinical care from skilled bariatric surgeons, clinicians and support staff.

Farhan will discuss minimally invasive, state of the art weight loss surgeries which can help patients lose weight, with faster recovery times. Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience, along with the ability to speak with bariatric surgery patients, nurses and dietitians.

The free, no obligation seminar is open to the public. To register, call 810-262- 4855, as space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. – G.G.

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