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How US flag bearer Todd Lodwick could have broken the law at Opening Ceremony (but didn't)
Yahoo Sports
While marching into a stadium and parading a flag might seem like a relatively routine task — albeit with billions of eyes watching — flag bearers must follow the protocol outlined in the United States flag code as they perform the honor at an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Making sure the American flag is held high is considered the most important.
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CIC releases new data on economic impact of meetings industry
Convention Industry Council
The Convention Industry Council released data on the economic significance of meetings to the U.S. economy. An update to a 2009 study, new figures show significant increases in meeting participants, tax contribution and job growth from 2009 to 2012. During the 2012 calendar year, 1.83 million meetings were held in the United States, attended by 225 million participants, providing more than $115 billion in contribution to GDP to fuel the economy.
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Tester combines rural sensitivities with support for federal employees
The Washington Post
Don't let that dirt farmer from Montana fool you. From his brush cut to his size 12C cowboy boots, Jon Tester exudes the image of the wheat grower he is. With his frequent references to his farm near Big Sandy, you'd almost think he drove to Washington on a tractor. But his plain-spoken, self-effacing manner can be disarming. Tester, a second-term Senate Democrat, has a way of confronting administration officials without making a show of it, a skill not always practiced by some of his blow-hard congressional colleagues, particularly those in the House.
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What happens when a crisis 'attends' your event?
Smart Meetings
What if a major storm or other external crisis disrupted one of your big events? What would you do? This is a question Casey Cote, CEO of Omnience, asked himself. The answer is what savvy meeting planners do routinely: contingency planning beforehand and crisis management as life's curveballs break toward your chin. Here are a few of his thoughts on what to do if a storm becomes an uninvited attendee at one of your events.
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Register now for the 2014 SGMP NEC & Expo
SGMP
Register today for our 32nd Annual National Education Conference. The NEC is on May 6-8, 2014, at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower and the Oregon Convention Center. The Doubletree by Hilton Portland will also support the meeting.
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Travel industry reaches pre-recession employment levels
Successful Meetings
Employment in the U.S. travel industry has returned to pre-Great Recession levels, according to the U.S. Travel Association, which released an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor's January jobs report. Overall, the Labor Department reported unemployment in January declined to 6.6 percent as the U.S. economy added 142,000 new private-sector jobs — 7,000 of which were in the travel industry, which currently supports 14.6 million American jobs and directly employs one in eight Americans.
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Travel spending for federal employees on track to fall
Washington Business Journal
Travel spending for federal employees last year was off 18 percent compared with 2012, and is on track to be even lower in 2014, according to Federal Times. The figures are based on data from the General Services Administration's SmartPay charge card program. Spending since the start of fiscal 2014 points to a 33 percent drop in travel.
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Attract new attendees to your tradeshow
Associations Now
A new study sheds light on how you can attract a desirable new group of attendees to your exhibitions: executives — with the power to make purchasing decisions — who are actively looking to go to trade shows they've never attended before.
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You can still register for either of SGMP's two Feb. 20 education events: Webinar (free) or Education Day (limited space available)
SGMP
"The New Normal: Government Meetings And You In 2014," the first of our 2014 Webinar Series, will be presented by a panel of industry experts on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. So, register NOW. Also, seats have been filling up fast for our Education Day 2014 in the Headquarters' Training Center in Alexandria, Va. Earn while you learn ... all in one day and all in one place. Members can register NOW by logging into the SGMP website and clicking on the "Upcoming Events" link (after clicking on the event you want, click on the "Registration" button).
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Cities look for boost from light rail connections at airports
NBC News
Getting to and from the airport can sometimes be the most irritating part of a trip. But when DART Rail Orange Line trains begin serving Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport later this year, Dallas will join 2014 and 2015 SGMP NEC & Expo hosts Portland and Minneapolis, and an increasing number of other cities, with rail links that make it easy for business and leisure travelers to make that journey.
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Senator warns extreme weather is 'new norm'
The Wall Street Journal
As another fierce winter storm swept through the Southeast and was set to engulf the nation's capital, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing to discuss how to better prepare the nation for extreme weather events. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office offered testimony on their departments' efforts to boost the resilience of critical infrastructure in the face of extreme weather, and discussed the impact climate change is having on cities across the country.
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7 ways Olympians stay motivated
The Atlantic via Government Executive
We can't all be Olympic athletes. But we all face times when we really don't want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog.
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