MH&LA LODGING MEMBERS RECEIVE 2014 AAA FOUR DIAMOND® LODGING AWARDS Congratulations to Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel; Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore; Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center; Hyatt Regency Baltimore; Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina; Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel and Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AND ALLIED MEMBER TRADE SHOW The date is Tuesday March 4, 2014 and the location is the historic and majestic Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore. Click here to register and/or to submit your nominations online. MARYLAND CASINO REVENUE WAS UP AGAIN LAST MONTH Maryland's four casinos brought in $66.8 million in November. Excluding Rocky Gap Casino, that opened in the spring, year-over-year casino revenue in the state was up 47%, or $20.4 million, for the month. Almost all the increase came from live-action table games. GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES The Maryland Energy Administration grants can be used 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. NEW WEEKEND TRAINS HAVE GOOD RIDERSHIP NUMBERS More than 1,200 round trip passengers traveled on the new MARC weekend train service between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington DC on Saturday. On Sunday there were 2,465 boardings -- 1,235 riders to Washington and 1,230 riders to Baltimore. STATE BUDGET REVENUE PROJECTIONS ARE REVISED UPWARD The state Board of Revenue Estimates has approved new revenue estimates for FY 2014 and FY 2015 that are up by $42 million. The General Assembly's Spending Affordability Committee will meet this week to develop recommendations for Governor O'Malley who will, in turn, submit his budget in January 2014.