Ruby Falls Honored by Tourism Society
On Tuesday evening, November 5th, Southeast Tourism Society (STS) announced Ruby Falls as the winner of the Tourism for Tomorrow Award during their Shining Example Awards Banquet, a recognition identifying the attraction as a leader in sustainable tourism efforts. The award was accepted by Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls. This STS award requires notable accomplishments in sustainable tourism development, while safeguarding local culture and protecting the environment.
“To be recognized by such a great organization as STS two years in a row is quite frankly very humbling,” said Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls, LLC. “As the 2012 Travel Attraction of the Year, the “what” our great team at Ruby Falls accomplished has now been followed by this year’s award, recognizing the “how” we are getting there. Focusing on sustainable business practices not only makes sense in stewarding such a grand natural attraction, but has also shown that it makes great economic sense too.”
Ruby Falls has saved almost 1,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from their solar panel installation in 2009. This has offset the use of approximately 51,000 gallons of gasoline, the equivalency of about 5300 round trips from Atlanta to Ruby Falls.
Three years ago, Green Globe International, Inc. announced Ruby Falls as the first US attraction to receive certification for tourism businesses. Green Globe certification requires extensive work in sustainable management, social and economic development, cultural heritage and environmental stewardship. Since then, the attraction has been re-certified, continuing to hold this distinction.
The Tourism for Tomorrow award given to Ruby Falls follows on the heels of another recent achievement in Chattanooga. On October 29, 2013, TVA gave a platinum ranking to the city in its Valley Sustainable Communities program, a top environmental sustainability rating. Ruby Falls’ contribution is one of many made by entities throughout the city to increase the quality of the environment for visitors to Chattanooga.
Southeast Tourism Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the Southeast. STS had eight member states when founded in 1983 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee). Since then, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas were added.
Ruby Falls is home to America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall open for public viewing. It features a 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Go to www.rubyfalls.com for more.
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The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods jumped 3.4 percent in June from May, when orders had fallen 2.1 percent. The gain was the best result since March.
A category viewed as a proxy for business investment plans increased 0.9 percent, then best showing since a 1.6 percent rise in March. This category had declined in April and May and has been weak for a number of months.
U.S. manufacturers have struggled this year from the effects of a strong dollar and a big plunge in energy prices.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's Wage Board has finalized its recommendation to endorse a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in chain restaurants.
The formal step by the three-member board is necessary before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner can approve the increase. The commissioner, who also could make modifications, will have 45 days to act on the recommendation once he receives it.
Cuomo, a Democrat, supports the proposal, so it's unlikely that Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino will make many big changes.
The wage increase would apply to fast-food workers in restaurants with 30 or more locations. It would be phased in over three years in New York City and six years elsewhere. The first phase of the increase would take effect on Dec. 31, when the minimum wage for affected workers would go from $8.75 to $10.50 in New York City and to $9.75 in other areas.
Franchise owners say the increase unfairly singles out their industry and will force them to raise menu prices, cut employee hours or even replace workers with automation.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- McGraw Hill Financial, owner of ratings agency Standard & Poor's, is buying SNL Financial for about $2.23 billion.
Privately held SNL Financial, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a provider of financial news, data and analysis.
McGraw Hill Financial President and CEO Douglas Peterson says in a written statement that the transaction will enhance existing offerings, help in developing new services and allow the company to expand into adjacent markets.
McGraw Hill Financial Inc., based in New York, says it expects approximately $70 million in savings to be realized by 2019.
The deal is targeted to close in the third quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Burger King has gotten a boost from the return of its "Chicken Fries."
Parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. says sales rose 7.9 percent at Burger King locations in the U.S. and Canada during the second quarter. After taking Chicken Fries off the menu in 2012, Burger King had said last year it was bringing back the long, deep-fried piece of chicken as a limited-time offer in response to customer demands.
The campaign was so successful the company brought them back this year.
Restaurant Brands CEO Daniel Schwartz says Chicken Fries are also profitable because they have a high gross margin and restaurants sell a lot of them. They are positioned as a snack or meal and cost around $3.
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Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island. It hopes to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.
It began attaching the first of the steel foundations to the ocean floor Sunday. The first one touching the seabed is known in the industry as the "first steel in the water."
The foundations will rise about 70 feet above the waterline, about three miles off southeastern Block Island.
UNDATED (AP) -- Republic Airways is warning the biggest U.S. airlines that the regional service it provides for them may be disrupted because of a pilot shortage and labor dispute.
The company says it's talking with the airlines about reducing their reliance on Republic planes through the first half of next year.
Shares of Republic Airways lost half of their value today.
The Indianapolis company disclosed late Friday that it faces possible disruptions in the service it provides for American, United, Delta and US Airways. The company says it's facing a pilot shortage because of rules that raised training requirements for new pilots and a standoff in contract talks with the Teamsters, which represents Republic pilots.
Shares of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. are $4.40, or 51.8 percent, to $4.10 in midday trading.
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Norfolk Southern posted $433 million net income, which is down from $562 million a year ago.
Its revenue decreased 11 percent to $2.71 billion because coal volume fell 21 percent and total volume declined 2 percent. That revenue figure was also more meager than expected.
Union Pacific and CSX railroads both cited similar challenges when they released results earlier this month.
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Purk says Norfolk Southern fared worse than its peers because it has more exposure to export coal and its fuel surcharge program has a bigger lag than other railroads.
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