General Manager Gary Thulander announcedtoday that the Equinox Resort & Spa has been named one of the World’s 500Greatest Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Travel & Leisure 500is composed of the 500 hotels that have received the highest overallscores from the 2002 World’s Best Awards survey, taking into considerationrooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. “We arethrilled to be recognized as one of the elite properties in the World,”commented Thulander. “This award is a testament to our incrediblydedicated staff. Over the past year we have worked very hard to upgradeour amenities and deliver a memorable resort experience to our guests.It’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized in the form of this award. It’s all part of our goal to be the number one resort in the Northeast.”The Travel and Leisure accreditation is the latest in an impressive arrayof awards bestowed upon the Equinox. During the past year, The Equinox hasreceived; The Golden Key Award 2002 – Meetings & Conventions Magazine,Inner Circle Award 2002 – American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), Silver Metal Award 2002 – Golf Magazine, 100 Best Golf Courses inNew England -New England Journal of Golf, Top 10 Woman Friendly Courses -Golf for Women Magazine, Connoisseur’s Choice 2002 -Resorts & GreatHotels, Excellence in the East -Meetings East and Four Diamond – AAA.The Travel and Leisure award comes on the heels of the opening of two newfacilities at The Equinox. The first new facility is the Rockwell Room,which has created 3,200 additional square feet of flexible,state-of-the-art function space. The Rockwell Room officially opened thispast fall. In January of 2003 the Equinox unveiled the new Avanyu(pronounced ah VAHN you) Spa. The Avanyu Spa is a beautifully appointed13,000 square foot facility that provides the utmost in spa experiencesfor resort guests and the local community. The Spa features a 75’ x 25’indoor pool, 10 treatment rooms, a weight and aerobic room, a relaxationarea and beautiful locker room facilities. Local memberships to the spaare available on a limited basis.
January 03, 2018 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Assurant (NYSE:AIZ), a provider of protection products, insurance services and customer support, will expand its two facilities in Manchester Township, York County, creating 307 new jobs.“Assurant’s expansion is another example of a company with long-term presence in Pennsylvania choosing to invest in its growth here for years to come,” Governor Wolf said. “The jobs created with this project will be great news for York County workers, and the company’s continued growth will bring a significant boost to the local economy.”Assurant plans to expand its two York County facilities to support the growth of its mobile phone repair business. The project includes investment in computer equipment, workstations, furniture, and fixtures. Assurant plans to invest approximately $4 million into the project, which will create 307 new jobs and retain 1,342 more over the next three years.Assurant received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $614,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $138,150 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Assurant is a global leader in risk management solutions, helping protect where people live and the goods they buy. Millions of consumers count on Assurant’s innovative products, services and support for major purchases like homes, cars, appliances, mobile devices and funerals. Assurant partners with leading companies that make, sell or finance those purchases to take great care of their customers and help their business grow.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 307 Pennsylvania Jobs Through Expansion of Assurant
Shortly after is gold medal victory at the World Games in Austria, Chris was draped with the American Flag by fellow teammates.Muncie, IN – Special Olympics Indiana announced during their annual state conference, held at the Horizons Conference Center in Muncie, that Christopher Perdue, of the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties program, was selected as their 2017 Spirit of Special Olympics Athlete the Year.Chris is a snowboarder—among the first to take up the sport when it became an official Winter Games event in Indiana and among the best in the years since, winning gold every year since 2014—and in the last year has achieved a great deal through his work on the slopes. In February 2016, he was selected to join Team USA and compete at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, training for 14 months both on and off the slopes for his chance to be among the best of the best.Training once or twice per week at Perfect North Slopes near his home in Osgood, Indiana, Chris spent untold hours refining his craft and learning from his coaches. When his coaches weren’t available, he practiced on his own; and when he couldn’t be out on the slopes, he watched YouTube videos and movies about snowboarding to learn as much as he could. During the offseason, he trained with the local powerlifting coach to improve his leg strength and balance.In December 2016, Chris traveled to Killington, Vermont to meet and train with Team USA, reaching two more milestones in the process: flying on an airplane and snowboarding on a real mountain for the first time. After impressing the coaches at camp with his skill, positive attitude, and hard work, Chris was nominated to participate in the Unified Giant Slalom event at the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen, where he partnered with professional snowboarder Danny Davis to place fifth and learned a great deal in the process.A focus on lowering his posture to increase speed paid great dividends in Austria, where he took fifth place in the ‘Super G’ event before achieving a personal best time on his first run at the Giant Slalom. On his second run, Chris managed to shed an additional five seconds from his time, vaulting him to the top of the leader board and earning him a gold medal on the world stage.But like so many athletes, Chris was initially motivated to get involved with Special Olympics not so much for the medals, but by a simple desire to “be normal” after years of not being chosen to be part of neighborhood teams. Over the course of the past five years, the high school senior has also competed in basketball, bowling, flag football, powerlifting, and track & field—and he has finally found what he was looking for.In the past year, Chris has met celebrities and dignitaries including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Mraz, Hannah Teeter, and Second Lady Karen Pence. He has stepped out of his comfort zone to give countless interviews to local media outlets, and has been recognized for his accomplishments in front of crowds both large and small. He has worked hard to raise the necessary funds for his travel through various local events and by participating in two Polar Plunges, creating a great deal of interest in and awareness for the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties program in the process. He has even gotten his first job, at a local pizzeria, where customers have recognized him and asked him about his journey to the World Games.His achievements have also inspired many of his fellow athletes and given them the courage to try new sports, like snowboarding, or to strive to improve and to work toward their own opportunities to compete on the national or international level one day.For all these accomplishments and the outstanding character and humility he has shown in reaching new heights, the Special Olympics Indiana Board of Directors selected Chris Perdue as the recipient of 2017 Spirit of Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Go back to the e-newsletterThe newly unveiled renovation of The Peninsula Beijing marks the latest chapter in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ (HSH) long tradition of hospitality excellence in China. With a front-row seat in the capital city, HSH’s hotels have witnessed the remarkable transition of China into an economic superpower. Located in central Beijing, just a short walk from Tiananmen Square and the city’s historic cultural venues, The Peninsula Beijing has welcomed the world to Beijing and Beijing to the world for more than a quarter of a century.The RMB 890 million (US$123 million) renovation of The Peninsula Beijing was conceived in 2013 by celebrated Hong Kong designer, and long-term Peninsula collaborator, Henry Leung of CAP Atelier. The inspiration behind the rebirth of The Peninsula Beijing is informed by the Middle Kingdom’s opulent imperial palaces and tranquil gardens, which provided a serene oasis for Chinese Emperors and nobility to meditate and relax.Chinese artistic expression extends across every floor the hotel, including the restyled guestrooms and suites. Designer Henry Leung has adopted a contemporary take on Chinese culture and heritage as the design concept for the new rooms and suites. The hotel’s original 525 rooms and suites have been reduced and reimagined to just 230 suite-style rooms, each offering a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and dressing room. With standard rooms at an average of 65 square metres, the standard rooms are now the largest in Beijing, and among the most spacious in China.The hotel’s theme suites include The Peninsula Suite – styled after a Chinese aristocrat’s home – and 17 reimagined Beijing Suites, while the Loft collection of duplex rooms offers a chic and sophisticated twist on urban living. Unique in China, the duplex rooms are 69 square metres in size and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, affording expansive views over Beijing from the master bedroom upstairs, and from the entry lobby and living room downstairs.Go back to the e-newsletter