STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN BUT IS STILL ABOVE THE NATIONAL RATE Maryland's rate was 6.0% in October, down slightly from 6.3% in September, but still above the October national rate of 5.8%. The state rate improvement was based on private sector employers adding 3,900 jobs in October, a gain that offset a 2,500 reduction in public sector jobs. CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK CARRIER, CHA Mark, President of Maryland based B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group is the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). Mark served AH&LA previously as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors and as Vice Chair of HotelPAC. CONGRATULATIONS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROW CHILDREN'S HOUSE AT JOHNS HOPKINS Their entire staff earned the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's Guest Service Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) designation. The property is now a Certified Guest Service Property. This unique MH&LA lodging member has served families from all 50 states and 85 countries. MH&LA NETWORKING WORKS When the team at Believe in Tomorrow Children's House needed answers on training/ best practices on housekeeping, food & beverage, and transportation they did not have to go far. The Four Seasons, the Marriott Waterfront, and Sheraton Inner Harbor (all in Baltimore) responded with answers and help. CONGRESSMAN DELANEY ON STATE TOURISM FUNDING U.S. Congressman John Delaney is promoting an economic development plan for Western Maryland for state lawmakers to focus on during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. One element of his plan is ensuring that state tourism funding dollars are "fairly allocated" to Western Maryland. STATE SENATE REPUBLICANS ELECT 2015 LEADERS State Senator J.B. Jennings (Baltimore and Harford Counties) is the new Minority Leader. State Senator Christopher Shank (Washington County) is the new Minority Whip. Senator Jennings replaces former State Senator David Brinkley (Frederick County) who was defeated in the primary election.