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Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

Meet Jim Mauer

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Jim Mauer was recently hired as the general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager of Mayfair Hotel & Spa?

Environmentally Friendly Hotel Opens in Ohio

The Hotel Oberlin in Ohio, is leading the way in the hotel industry for creating environmentally sustainable hotels.

The standout hotel is the only one in the US to use solar, geothermal and radiant heating and cooling systems. It’s also one of only five hotels in the U.S. specifically designed for the LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Developed by SMART Hotels, the hotel is managed by The Olympia Companies and owned by Oberlin College.

Winnebago County Sees Tourism Growth

Tourist spending in Rockford and Winnebago counties has continues to rise year after year—in 2015 it reached $349.91 million, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism.

"We are delighted to see such strong results again this year for the tourism economy in Winnebago County," says Roberta Holzwarth, board chair, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Sustained economic growth is crucial as we transform our region.”

Keansburg Unveils New Website

The Borough of Keansburg, N.J., recently revealed its new branding, logo and website with Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey Kim Guadagno and other public officials during an opening event for the area’s newest restaurant—La Playa.

The branding initiative was designed to allow viewers to instantly recognize Keansburg—a square-mile coastal town. The website provides easily accessible information to residents, businesses and visitors.

CRDA Honors Outstanding Customer Service

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority honored 26 individuals last night May, 6 at the 18th Annual Atlantic City Host Awards.

The awards, presented each year during National Travel and Tourism Week, acknowledge and inspire outstanding customer service by tourism, hospitality and retail industry employees who contribute to the success of Atlantic City as a sought-after destination.

Local Restaurant Gives Back

One day, a customer walked into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia and asked to pre-purchase a slice of pizza for a homeless person who didn’t have $1.

Now, all customers have the option to buy a $1 slice for themselves and pay another $1 to underwrite the cost of a slice for someone in need.

“[The donation process] has grown very organically from there,” says Mason Warman founder and owner of the restaurant.

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