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Legislative News: Seventh Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 50th day of the 2017 session, so we are nearly half-way through the 105 scheduled days of session. A significant cut-off passed on Friday, Feb. 24. Friday was

Industry News

Accor CEO: We Want to Transform the Way Everyone Uses Hotels

AccorHotels is undergoing a major transformation in an effort to become a new breed of hospitality company, and the biggest example of that is the company’s most recent pilot program. Dubbed “Accor Local” by AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin during the company’s analyst conference on February 22, this pilot brought to life a concept that Bazin first mentioned to Skift last year, shortly after the company completed its $2.7-billion acquisition of the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel brands. (Skift)

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In Trump era, restaurants risk backlash with political stances

More restaurants are serving meals with a side of politics. In the month since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, local bars, restaurants and cafes have staged politically laced fundraisers and bake sales. (Chicago Tribune)

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In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him including Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N), Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and U.S. Steel Corp (X.N). (Reuters)

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Jeff Davis: Restaurants pave the path to achieving the American dream

A new president and a new Congress are getting to work with the promise to protect jobs and increase opportunities for American workers. Their goal, and ours, is that our employees can build happy, quality lives for themselves and their families. (Tulsa World)

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April 13, 2017 – Pierce County Hiring Event

REGISTER YOUR ORGANIZATION TODAY! CONTACT:  roxannel@wahospitality.org Hospitality labor shortages are creeping across the state.  When you need employees to help your business succeed, not being able to connect with competent job

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Here’s What Hotel CEOs Think of Trump’s Travel Ban

While we wait for the Trump Administration to deploy the second iteration of its controversial travel ban affecting seven Muslim-majority countries, the travel industry has had a few weeks to process the original ban, which went into effect on January 27 and was blocked by federal courts earlier this month. During recent analyst calls to discuss fourth quarter and full year earnings, hotel CEOs and executives discussed what kind of impact, if any, the ban has had on their business, as well as what kind of potential, longer-term impact it could have going forward. (Skift)

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What’s (Really) Old is New: An Ancient Ingredient Makes a Comeback

If their success as a menu item at health-focused restaurants is any indication, ancient grains are here to stay. Although, to be fair, many of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, so they’ve been “here” for a while. (QSR)

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Is Facial Recognition the Future of Fast Food?

QSR recently reported on the burgeoning trend of voice activated ordering in foodservice. Facial recognition ordering is coming, too. (QSR)

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Did Refugee Hiring Plan Hurt Starbucks?

Last month Starbuck’s announced plans to hire 10,000 refugee from around the world in the 75 countries where it operates over the next five years, a move that resulted in calls for boycott from some conservative groups. It was also a move that may have hurt the brand’s perception, according to YouGov’s BrandIndex in a report Wednesday. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Weekly Update: Congratulations, 2017 Sysco ProStart Invitational Winners!

Congratulations, 2017 Sysco ProStart Invitational Winners! Hospitality’s future was on display at the 2017 ProStart Invitational, on February 18. This is the state’s premier youth culinary and restaurant management competition

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Project Taste Test

Through a partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, Project Taste Test is an ongoing video series that features leading industry executives and gives advice to ProStart students seeking a foodservice career.  Click

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Eye on Hospitality: WSU Hospitality School Hall of Fame Honors Industry Stars

Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a gala event, honoring some of its top alumni who have contributed to the industry over the years.