June 2022
ExPGC Reimagined

Employ Prince George’s, www.employpg.org, is Prince George’s County’s principal workforce development entity. We provide an array of FREE business services to business who are interested in hiring Prince George’s County residents. For more information visit https://www.employpg.org/job-seekers/what-we-can-do-for-you/. The purpose of the Rapid Re-Employment Grant is to reduce Prince George's County unemployment rate by incentivizing the hiring of unemployed Prince George's County residents.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Exelon launched a Racial Equity Capital Fund (RECF), in partnership with the Exelon Foundation, to expand access to capital to minority businesses so they can create more jobs, grow their companies, and reinvest in their neighborhoods and communities. The fund builds on Exelon’s longstanding history of supporting the underserved and under-resourced communities and further delivers on Exelon's commitment to drive economic equity and opportunity for Exelon's customers and communities.

Experience Prince George's continues to promote Prince George’s County as a desired destination for hospitality and tourism and your membership is key to the success of our community. ExPGC aggressively markets to enhance awareness of our businesses, attractions and assets and there’s no better way to highlight our destination than with your partnership! Join ExPGC and partner with us for the future! Application available by visiting: https://www.experienceprincegeorges.com/member/

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Industry News

“Travel tourism strategy has four pillars,” Harris said. “First, promote the United States as a travel destination; second, facilitate travel to and within the United States; third, ensure diverse, inclusive and accessible travel experiences; and fourth, foster resilient and sustainable tourism.”

Business travel is back. The benefits of being a business traveler are not. After two years of virtual meetings and remote work, “companies are getting back to doing interviews in person, and even conferences and conventions are coming back in full force,” said Nina Herold, the general manager of TripActions, a travel management company.

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to overturn last month's court decision by a federal judge that declared the mandate requiring masks on airplanes and other public transportation unlawful. In a 48-page document filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department argues that the order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early 2021 "falls easily within the CDC's statutory authority."

“We think the summer is going to be gangbusters for travel demand,” said Marriott CEO Tony Capuano in a CNBC interview. “We see extraordinarily strong leisure demand…but I think what gives us continued optimism is the recovery we’re seeing in the other two segments, in groups certainly but also in business transient.”
Meetings & Events

As event professionals, we often talk about best practices for safety protocols and contingency plans. But an equally important, yet often overlooked topic is the importance of inclusion. 
Planners must make sure that all of their attendees feel safe, comfortable and acknowledged at their gatherings. Doing so requires taking a strong stance on inclusion and embedding it into the entire planning process. 

Guru: When we refer to someone as a “guru,” we are attempting to imply a level of unparalleled expertise and wisdom. How can that be a bad thing to talk about some of our conference speakers? In Hinduism and Buddhism, the title of guru is given to the highest of spiritual leaders or guides. Therefore, using it to describe Mark as an “event planning guru” is just plain inappropriate. 
Consider: expert, authority or specialist instead. 

“Maybe the only silver lining to the pandemic: Decision makers are learning that adding a virtual component to events is not only an equitable move but a cost-effective one for their attendees. I’ve set up multiple self-contained systems for low-budget nonprofits—camera, mics, switchers, mixers, the whole shebang—to run their own virtual events without needing AV RFPs, and I’ll tell anyone who will listen that it can be done on a shoestring budget..."

Whether they’re exhibiting their products and services on the tradeshow floor, lending a helping hand in executing the event, or sponsoring what’s happening on stage, vendors play a key part in the event ecosystem. The problem is, that ecosystem has been a little challenging of late, in part because of the shift to virtual and then hybrid events, which has changed the value equation a bit.
Accommodations & Hospitality

A major shift from business to leisure travel is taking place in the hospitality industry. While corporate travel is gradually increasing, analysts agree that it may never return to 2019 levels. The way we work has changed. For the once-frequent business traveler, the new normal consists of more video calls and fewer in-person meetings. At the same time, people plan to spend more on leisure travel than before the pandemic. This shift is already having an impact on loyalty programs.

What are the latest trends in the hospitality industry? It goes without saying that the pandemic and ensuing economic downturn greater than the 2008 recession and chaos caused by fluctuation in demand have had a significant impact on hospitality throughout 2020 and 2021 - no doubt with lingering effects.
Arts & Culture

Riversdale House Museum is using its gardens to teach about the history of indigenous and enslaved people who resided in the area.
There are six garden plots at the historic Riverdale Park property. One plot represents the kinds of crops grown by enslaved people to supplement their diet, including cabbage, collard greens, beets, carrots and spinach.

Earlier this year our tours reporter, Nicole Edenedo, began looking at the growing interest for experiences that highlight Black history and culture. Notable Black Americans in Paris, the first free town in the Americas, in Cartegena and U.S. tours that go beyond the Civil Rights movement are just a few examples.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — Pride events will be held all month long in Prince George's County including family pride story time and a Rainbow Festival Saturday. For LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System will offer more than two dozen events ranging from storytimes to educational and social events for adults.
Celebrate Juneteenth at National Harbor

Celebrate with National Harbor and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council on June 19, 2022, at 2pm for a day of education, reflection, and celebration of Juneteenth. Located at the Plaza stage, see performances from the Prince George's County Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate, SOLE Defined, a black-owned dance company, live music from DuPont Brass, and more.
Celebrate Juneteenth at Watkins Regional Park

Live entertainment – Kindred Presents page, Sugar Bear & EU, Dance Place, Prince George’s Police Department Band, A Tribute to Maze Featuring the BRENCORE Allstars.
  • Visual art exhibition - Stained Glass by Arvid Lee
  • Arts activities – Arts on a Roll, Words Beats and Life, Taratibu Youth Association Dancers... and more

Monster Jam comes to FedEx Field for an exciting show!

AFROBEAT! Antibalas is coming to the Publick Playhouse! Don't miss your chance to catch this Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive Orchestra! Learn more.

The Prince George’s Cultural Arts Foundation supports the growth and enrichment of Prince Georges County Culture through the development of collaborative platforms and community partnerships that promote music, drama, the fine arts, entertainment, sports, recreation and other activities.
Reserve your tickets now for events from Mother's Day to July.
Sports & Recreation

FIFA has announced that its host for the 2026 World Cup in North America will be revealed on June 16 as part of a live show from New York City.
Twenty-two candidate host cities are vying for the right to stage matches for the 48-team tournament across three countries: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC/Baltimore.

Explore a healthy and active lifestyle at the Glenarden Health & Sports Expo. Enjoy health and wellness activities, vendors, and giveaways.
There’s something for the whole family including ninja warrior obstacle course, parkour, urban gardening, rock climbing, fitness demonstrations, and sports activities. Discover the importance of exercise, nutrition, stress management, healthy relationships, rest/ recovery, and avoiding risky substances.

Do you enjoy artwork and the great outdoors? Through the Art on the Trails program, local artists repurpose materials found along nature trails to create sculptures, totem poles, and other park fixtures that reflect the wildlife and environment of the trail. Link to the passport!
Food & Beverage

Riverdale, Maryland’s stylish new food hall locked down a respected trio of chefs serving top-tier sushi, hot fried chicken sandwiches, and Korean dishes. Le Fantome, situated at The Station at Riverdale Park Development (4501 Woodberry Street), carves out room for three dedicated dine-in stalls, a full-service bar, and six ghost kitchen vendors.

A new cafe in Riverdale Park will double as a training facility for workers in the restaurant industry. Located at 5711 Sarvis Ave. inside the Crestwood Medical Building, Sarvis Café will serve breakfast and lunch featuring dishes from a variety of different cuisines, including halal meals. The new restaurant spot also includes an expansive wooden patio for meetings and other events.
Community Highlights

The grocer will be part of a larger mixed-use development being built on the site of the former Plato's Diner and Quality Inn hotel.

NASA scientist Sabrina Thompson is combining fashion and STEM to change space flight for women, as well as STEM education for youth. Thompson works remotely, designing orbits and trajectories for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Along with this day job, she runs a fashion company called Girl in Space Club.
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