Chattanooga CVB Honored
The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau was awarded Successful Meetings magazine’s 2012 Pinnacle Award and the Chattanooga Convention Center was awarded ConventionSouth magazine’s annual 2012 Readers’ Choice Award. Meeting planners voted and gave feedback based on their professional experiences.
“We were extremely pleased to have received this outstanding award for the eighth time. Our Convention department, hotels, restaurants, attractions and airport all work seamlessly together, going above and beyond, to ensure that the needs of our clients are met. This is an extremely high honor and speaks volumes of our hospitality industry,” said Bob Doak, president & chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Pinnacle award celebrates hospitality excellence by identifying the convention & visitors bureaus, hotels and conference centers that set the standards for others to follow. The awarded organizations have done an outstanding job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year.
Ed Dolliver, vice president of sales at the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau added, “What makes this award so significant is that the Chattanooga CVB was nominated by the loyal readers of Successful Meetings based on their ‘successful’ meeting experiences. It’s great to have such an incredible Chattanooga team to work with and to receive such great acknowledgments from our clients.”
For a full list of CVB’s that received the 2012 Pinnacle Award, visit www.successfulmeetings.com/article.aspx?id=15013
Chattanooga Convention Center’s Readers’ Choice Award
The Chattanooga Convention Center is among 100 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive the ConventionSouth magazine 2012 Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provided exemplary service for group events. The nominated properties were then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals were asked to vote for the best of the best. More than 1,500 voters participated in the selection process.
“ConventionSouth readers have nominated and voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Chattanooga Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth publisher J. Talty O’Connor. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who book events held in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that the Chattanooga Convention Center indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”
Mike Shuford, director of the Chattanooga Convention Center said, “It’s truly an honor to be selected for this prestigious award. It affirms that meeting planners are acknowledging Chattanooga as a first-class meetings destination and our commitment to providing top-notch, quality service to our clients. Our team would not have been able to receive this award without the collaboration of our partners who continuously help us sell Chattanooga for conventions, reunions and sporting events.”
A complete list of award winners can be found online at:
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The Labor Department says productivity, which is the amount of output per hour of work, fell at 1.9 percent rate in the first quarter. Productivity dropped at a 2.1 percent rate in the final three months of 2014.
Labor costs surged at a 5 percent rate in the first quarter, after having increased 4.2 percent in the fourth quarter.
The drop in productivity and rise in labor costs are signs of nearly flat economic growth in the first quarter, when overall growth was hammered by harsh winter weather and falling oil prices that hurt energy firms.
Still, economists say quarterly changes in productivity and labor costs are extremely volatile.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, as a strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.
Payroll processor ADP says businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, down from 175,000 in the previous month. That was the fewest since January 2014. March's total was revised down from 189,000.
The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and sometimes diverge from the government's more comprehensive report, which includes government agencies.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Fed and other banking regulators have made significant progress in correcting flaws in the financial system that triggered the worst banking crisis in seven decades.
She also says banking regulators are remaining "watchful" for any areas where further reforms may be needed. She cites the need to address the problem of "too big to fail" -- the perception among investors that some institutions are so large that the government will step in and save them if they get into trouble.
In remarks at a financial conference, Yellen says the Fed and other regulators are taking steps to make sure that the collapse of even very large banking institutions can be handled in ways that don't jeopardize the stability of the entire system.
BRITAIN-FLASH CRASH TRADER
LONDON (AP) -- A British financial trader accused of setting off a "flash crash" in U.S. stocks in 2010 from his London home claims he was just good at his job.
Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, is fighting extradition to the U.S. and appeared at a London court Wednesday.
He failed in a bid to have the payment of a 5 million pound ($7.5 million) security removed from his bail conditions. The sum is equivalent to what he says he has in his trading account.
As he was being led away from the dock he turned to the public gallery and said: "I haven't done anything wrong apart from being good at my job. How is this allowed to go on, man?"
Sarao is accused of manipulating the market and setting off the crash.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With Greece's cash flow problems growing by the day and negotiations with its creditors on the ropes, Athens still managed to make a 200 million euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday.
But another, much larger repayment looms next week that Greece will struggle to manage. The country once more faces the possibility of having to default on its debt, which could set off a chain of events jeopardizing its membership in Europe's joint currency.
On May 12, Greece is due to repay 770 million euros to the IMF, money it will have to scrape together from local reserves, such as those of local governments and hospitals. It's not clear whether Greece will be able to meet both that payment and pay some pensions and salaries due mid-month.
The country's left-wing government has been locked in troubled negotiations with its creditors and the institutions overseeing its bailout -- the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission -- for the past three months.
A potential Greek debt default could set off a chain reaction that jeopardizes its membership in Europe's joint currency and roils the global economy.
LONDON (AP) -- A closely-watched survey is indicating that economic activity across the 19-country eurozone grew at a steady pace in April, with Spain and Ireland doing particularly well.
Financial information company Markit says Wednesday its purchasing managers index, a broad gauge of business activity, was 53.9 points in April. Though slightly lower than the near-four-year high of 54.0 in March, it remains well above the 50-point threshold that separates growth from decline.
The firm says the survey provides further evidence that countries that have made bold economic reforms over the past few years are reaping the benefits.
Chris Williamson, Markit's chief economist, says companies in Spain are seeing the largest inflows of new work for 15 years, while Ireland is enjoying one of its longest growth spells since the dot com boom.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has unveiled a strategy to unify the continent's digital sector and help its technology companies compete with the dominant U.S. firms. It will also open an antitrust inquiry into the e-commerce sector.
EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip said Wednesday that the EU is still far too fragmented into 28 national markets and needs more common rules to be competitive inside Europe and around the globe. Ansip said that new plans to unite the digital economy should help create jobs and growth.
At the same time, the Commission opened an inquiry into the sector to see where open competition is stifled, especially when it comes to cross-border online trade in sectors like electronics and clothing.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar's state-owned oil company says it is soliciting bids from international energy companies for the chance to operate the small Gulf nation's largest oil field.
Qatar Petroleum said Wednesday it is inviting bids to operate and further develop the al-Shaheen field starting in the middle of 2017, when an existing 25-year deal with Denmark's Maersk Oil expires.
Maersk Oil is one of the companies that has been invited to compete for the project.
Al-Shaheen sits 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the coast of the OPEC nation and produces about 300,000 barrels of oil per day.
OIL TRAIN DERAILMENT-NORTH DAKOTA
HEIMDAL, N.D. (AP) -- A town of about three dozen people in central North Dakota has been evacuated after an oil train derailed and caught fire.
Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich says no injuries have been reported from the Wednesday morning accident near Heimdal (HYM'-dahl), about 115 miles northeast of Bismarck.
Roehrich says the town's roughly 35 residents have left and are staying with family and friends.
State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says 10 tanker cars are on fire, creating thick black smoke.
It's unclear how many cars were part of the train, or how many derailed. There's no immediate word on the cause.
A team of investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration was expected to arrive on the scene by mid-day Wednesday.
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