Keep backups on hand when you do any long distance moving

October 31, 2014

Keep backups on hand when you do any long distance moving

When you need long distance moving and storage services, you’ll probably divide your possessions into two groups. The first, which includes some clothes, household items and pieces of furniture, are those things that wouldn’t devastate you if they were lost or damaged. After all, quite a bit of what people use is relatively expendable.

In contrast, many people have prized possessions they could never find replacements for. Family photo albums, for example, are one-of-a-kind and their losses can be extremely tragic. The same is true for home videos, and this idea also applies to important items such as financial documents, government forms and medical records.

Consequently, it’s a good idea to make a digital backup of those materials well before the relocation and moving services come to box up your possessions and cart them across the country. Invest in a scanner and external hard drive or get in touch with conversion specialists. Moving company employees are professionals and won’t be to blame for your losses, but random acts of God can quickly wipe out your family records and keepsakes at the drop of a hat. Don’t take the risk these items will last forever – convert them to digital when you transfer your life from one home to another.

Global Sustainability Conference

October 31, 2014

Pictured are (from left) Brian Eggers, Lindsay Stevens-Eggers,
and Morrie Stevens Sr.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines sponsored the Global Sustainability Conference at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). The event is a result of a partnership between SVSU’s College of Business and Management and the University of Delhi’s renowned business school. Held from September 23-26, 2014, the opening reception took place at the Marshall M. Frederick Sculpture Museum located on the campus. As in the past, Stevens has been responsible for transporting the artwork from the home of the museum’s namesake, the late sculptor Marshall Fredericks, to the museum.

The conference included presentations and addresses from scholars and business professionals from Michigan-based companies and global powerhouses alike. Morrie Stevens Sr., Stevens Worldwide Van Lines Chairman and CEO, was a panelist during the week’s events.

The discussions in global business sustainability covered various sectors including agribusiness, the automotive industry, entrepreneurship, energy, and

Median Household Income in the United States

Where do the RICH live in the United States

Fun with Mapping

With a little help from browsing through census data and experimenting with QGIS, I found an easy way to visually display data sets by combining the US Census Bureau’s TIGER data with data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In particular, I used data that measured the median household income among 72,538 census tracts.

The generated maps show median household incomes for the contiguous 48 states, grouped by census tract (average of 4,000 people per tract). Dark teal areas are high median income (highest being around $250,000), white areas are around the median income (approximately $50,000), and dark brown areas are low median income (lowest being around $4,000). The graduated color scale is based on quantiles, where each shade of color corresponds to an equal count of census tracts.

Notes about the data:

  • Data was only used from the contiguous (lower 48) states. Alaska and Hawaii census tracts were…

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Everyone gets a chance

Warren Morgan's blog

Migrants arriving at Ellis Island off New York City. Migrants arriving at Ellis Island off New York City.

Most of us are familiar with the “American Dream” of the 19th and early 20th Century, when waves of immigrants left Europe for the US in the hope of creating a better life for themselves. I’ve been to Ellis Island and seen the scale and hope of those people. Years later further waves of migration followed when those fleeing war in Europe made the trip across the Atlantic to find safety and a future for their families.

We too are a migrant nation. From the times of the earliest known settlements, groups of people have come here from the mainland of Europe, tribe after tribe, right up to the Norman invasion. Since then waves of migration, whether drawn by the Industrial Revolution or the needs of our post-war economy, have helped keep our economy moving forward. In an increasingly globalised world…

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My 3 Cents: Oct. 30, 2014


This entire post will be about baseball and I’m not even sorry about it.

  • Baseball is over for the year of 2014, and the San Francisco Giants — my San Francisco Giants — are kings once again. In one of the best postseasons anyone has seen in a long time, it all came down to Game 7 of the World Series. I’ll save all the gushiness for my weekly baseball post coming this weekend, but long story short, Giants won it 3-2. The last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth was an easy can of corn caught by Mister Pablo Sandoval.

    Photo courtesy AP Photo Photo courtesy AP Photo

  • The MVP title was bestowed upon San Francisco Giant Madison Bumgarner in a unanimous fashion. Easily the ace of the postseason, MadBum started Game 1 and Game 5, and then came in during inning 5 of Game 7 to put the nail in the…

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A brief intro about IFMA Nashville chapter

Member of the Southeast Michigan Chapter


The organization of International Facility Management Association was founded in the year 1980. It is one of the most popular professional associations making contribution towards development of facility management. This organization is supporting almost18,500 members in their mission towards promoting the concept of effective, efficient, safe as well as humane workplace. In total this association is having around 125 chapters along with 15 councils in 65 different countries across globe.

 The following role plays are done by International Facility Management Association:

  • Certification of Facility managers
  • Conducting valuable research work
  • Conducting educational programs
  • Giving recognition to facility management degree
  • Conducting certificate programs
  • Establishing world work place

There are certain goals for this association which is considered to be their prime vision and mission:

  • Forecasting and directing course of facility management practices
  • Making valuable arrangements for education, information and interaction
  • Taking initiative towards creating awareness as well as recognizing the importance of facility…

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