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House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal; details are still becoming known
The Washignton Post
House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85 billion agreement late Tuesday, Dec. 10, to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015, averting another government shutdown and ending the cycle of crisis that has paralyzed Washington for much of the past three years.
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8 steps for achieving government transparency in public meetings
The Hill
With the government shutdown among other challenges, 2013 has been a tough year for transparency and openness in the federal government. But that doesn't mean government officials on the state and local levels can't take steps to achieve transparency in their public meetings. During the October government shutdown, we saw plenty of lapses in government transparency in the form of information blackouts, and Americans were none too happy.
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America's favorite cities
Travel and Leisure
A national survey created rankings of America's favorite cities in 2013 using a variety of categories and criteria. Check out the five lists where Portland, Ore., finished in first place. Or, simply see how your favorite city fared.
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Taking advantage of online reviews
Suzanne Mason
Once upon a time, word of mouth was one of the most important ways to drive business. With the click of a button, a consumer can either drive business to a hotel or drive it away by posting an online review. Recently, at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York, industry experts from TripAdvisor, Worldhotels and Yelp spoke about the importance of online reviews. And here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to online reviews.
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Chapter scholarship opportunities for 2014 NEC are coming soon
SGMP
The deadline for scholarships from National has passed. But keep your eye out in the new year for local announcements regarding the opening of additional scholarship programs that support chapter members to attend the 2014 NEC.
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Is sequestration killing innovation?
Associations Now
Could the country that introduced household electricity, airplanes and the microwave oven soon lose its competitive edge? U.S. trade groups and academics say continued across-the-board cuts to federal funding could stymie the R&D necessary to shore up the nation's economic future.
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Budget deal asks new feds to contribute more to pensions
Government Executive
New federal employees and military retirees would have to contribute more to their pensions under the bipartisan deal the congressional budget conference committee unveiled. Federal workers hired on or after Jan. 1, 2014, with less than five years of service would have to pay 4.4 percent toward their defined retirement benefit — 1.3 percent more than the current 3.1 percent that employees hired after 2012 contribute.
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Federal agencies to move to One World Trade Center
GSA
The U.S. General Services Administration announced federal agencies will be moving to One World Trade Center in New York City. This move marks the return of the federal government to the site and delivers on the federal government's commitment to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center.
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How to make your events easier for attendees with disabilities
International Meetings Review
Planners in the United States must always make accommodations for requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some other helpful hints from a European source that apply everywhere.
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Going ... Going ... Deadline for early bird registration for 2014 NEC exhibitors is Sunday, Dec. 15
SGMP
First booth registrant early birds save $300. Additional booth registrants also receive a nice early bird discount! Our website always features the most accurate and updated 2014 NEC information.
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Stop avoiding the drama
ExpoWeb
An event that delivers only the status quo gives people nothing to talk about. Don't you want the word to get out on what was missed to those who were not at your event? Make them feel that missing the event was a mistake — and, at the same time, encourage them to be there the next time for another "must not miss" moment (or two).
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The leadership elements that made Nelson Mandela an icon
Associations Now
Millions of people around the world are mourning the death of South Africa's Nelson Mandela. His leadership skills — forged and measured under strife — are a significant reason for that.
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