MH&LA HAS NEW VISION AND NEW MISSION STATEMENT Vision: We strive to actively advance the interests of the lodging industry in Maryland at the state and local levels. Mission: We provide advocacy, information, recognition and networking opportunities that benefit lodging industry owners, managers, associates, related businesses and communities in Maryland. HOWARD COUNTY REGIONAL MEETING IS TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 The meeting is 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the Sheraton in Columbia. It is great networking opportunity as well as a time to learn more about current and emerging issues that impact your bottom line. There is no fee to attend but a RSVP is requested. For more details go to mdlodging.org and click on the events tab. ADA WORKPLACE POSTING AVAILABLE MH&LA has a sample posting to use in complying with a new Maryland state law on reasonable accommodations for pregnancy related disabilities. Go to mdlodging.org, go to Members Tab, go to Legal, HR and Operations and go to the HR section. This information requires member log in to access. LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES PROPOSED Bills have been introduced in the Montgomery County Council and the Prince George's County Council to raise the minimum wage in those counties to $11.50 an hour over three years. Bill sponsors are also working with the Washington DC City Council on a uniform increase in the Washington metropolitan area. GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES The grants, available through the Maryland Energy Administration, are to help fund commercial building upgrades that reduce electricity usage by 20% or more. Details or questions -- call Daniel Seligman at 410-260-2602 or go to http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/EmPOWERMDchallenge/. 2014 MARYLAND TOURISM AND TRAVEL SUMMIT SEEKS HOTEL HOST The Summit, Maryland's premier tourism industry conference, provides educational and networking opportunities for tourism professionals from Maryland and the Mid Atlantic. It will be held between late October and mid November 2014 based on site availability. For an RFP, contact Sandy Turner at email@example.com.