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November 15, 1987 | By Vanessa Herron, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Brandywine Hotel & Resort for years has had a hammerlock on big conventions, but it now plans to court business customers with a conference center. And in building such a center, which includes smaller meeting rooms tailored to business training programs, the hotel will face unaccustomed competition - at least four other local companies have similar plans. For all its convention business, the Brandywine was initially conceived as a resort hotel. It was built in 1963 by Daniel Tabas, who amply suppied it with amusements, such as tennis courts, a driving range, a softball field, horseback riding and a roller rink.
NEWS
July 17, 1990 | BY DAVID S. CORDISH
The June 18 column by W. Russell G. Byers, "Who Gets Action in Urban Grants?" is replete with factual inaccuracies and even when he occasionally gets a fact right, he mixes totally unrelated subjects to form erroneous conclusions. Byers begins by denominating the developers "poverticians," which it appears connotes a developer who specializes in making money or a profit by utilizing public monies as his means of financing. I have owned my own real estate company for 25 years, and 90 percent of all of my projects have been solely and exclusively with private partnerships, I have never charged a developer's fee nor to this day taken one dime of profit.
NEWS
November 4, 2001 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Burlington County College anticipates a January opening of its Enterprise Center, a nonresidential conference center offering meeting space and high technology for area businesses and organizations. The building, located on the college's Mount Laurel campus, will offer 44,000 square feet of meeting space, including 12 conference rooms, computer laboratories, and a focus group suite. The 575-seat auditorium includes power and data ports at every seat. In addition, on-site meetings can be broadcast anywhere in the world.
NEWS
October 15, 1989 | By Valerie Reed, Special to The Inquirer
The Buck Hotel Banquet and Conference Center in Feasterville opened this month after construction was completed. The center, at Bustleton and Bridgetown Pikes, offers meeting rooms for groups ranging from 15 to 450 people. "We can take care of all business needs fully," general manager Adam Garbinski said. He said videocassette recorders and overhead projectors were available for presentations. The center also includes the new Carriage Restaurant and Bar. Barry Sexton, formerly a chef at Jean Pierre's Restaurant in Newtown Borough, heads the culinary staff.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2005 | By Henry J. Holcomb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A New York developer with Philadelphia roots will announce today that his firm will build a resort community along the Delaware River in New Jersey with an executive conference center, restaurants and residences. The Riverwinds complex, scheduled to open in late 2007, will be next to the RiverWinds Community Center and the 7,100-yard public golf course that opened in 2002 in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, directly across the river from Philadelphia International Airport.
NEWS
April 7, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Depending on your point of view, the structure was going to be a scholar's dormitory that would enhance historical understanding of Valley Forge - or a hotel that would speed the commercialization of a treasured national park. Either way, its construction is now in serious doubt. The head of the American Revolution Center, a controversial museum complex planned for 78 acres of private land inside the park, yesterday announced a voluntary 15-year moratorium on building a particularly contentious piece of the project, the conference center.
NEWS
July 24, 2008 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than a million visitors come each year to explore its rich Revolutionary War history, but the fact is that there's never been a battle fought at Valley Forge. Until now. Tonight, a conservation group and several local property owners plunge into what could be a long and contentious attempt to stop a nonprofit organization from building a museum and conference center on private land inside the national park. "Our ultimate goal is to protect Valley Forge," said Cinda Waldbuesser, state program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
NEWS
June 7, 2005 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tentative plans to build a convocation/conference center with room for a new basketball arena at West Chester University have come under fire from one organization whose funds may be targeted to finance it. Details about the facility are scant, but yesterday the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau said it would oppose any attempts to increase the hotel tax to help pay for it. "Every hotel we have talked to is against this," said...
NEWS
August 3, 2000 | By Melia Bowie, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A project to transform 10 acres of the Normandy Farms property from a vacant historical hub along Morris Road and DeKalb Pike into a functional, architecturally preserved landmark has gained approval from the Board of Supervisors after a conditional-use hearing. After a two-year hiatus and a recent change in ownership, new developers presented plans to build a 120-room hotel and vowed to maintain the property's mid-1800s heritage by restoring and converting the farm's 200-foot-long barn - said by area residents to be the oldest on the East Coast - into a restaurant, banquet hall and conference center.
NEWS
March 11, 2003 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This did not begin as an act of faith. The 4,000-strong Living Faith Christian Center - where members cram into four weekend services and staffers toil in closets - just needed more space. Three years ago, leaders of the Cherry Hill church began eyeing the South Jersey Expo Center, which, at the intersection of Routes 130, 73 and 90, was convenient to their sprawling membership. Then, in November, plans for the $65 million South Jersey Civic and Conference Center emerged from years of political maneuvering with key funding needed to become reality - in Pennsauken.
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REAL_ESTATE
August 31, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Once, Blue Bell was known for "Realtors and gas stations," says Keller Williams Real Estate agent Gary Segal. The gas stations are largely gone now from this section of Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, replaced "by a lot of banks," Segal says. But just about every area brokerage - his included - has a Blue Bell office. Skippack Pike (Route 73) is "Real Estate Row," says Weichert Realtors' Diane Williams, who is based in its Blue Bell office.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three proposals submitted to the Gloucester County Improvement Authority this week have raised the prospect that new development at the RiverWinds complex in West Deptford is on the horizon. Presenting familiar ideas - for housing, shops, offices, and a hotel and conference center - the three developers laid out their competing visions for about 60 acres of available land. The projects would help complete the 1,100-acre redevelopment, whose origins predate 2000. "The fact that there are three of them is promising," Mayor Denice DiCarlo told township and authority officials Wednesday morning during the unveiling of the proposals, solicited in late May. "I couldn't be more excited.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The $126 million project to test whether this struggling city can have a multifaceted corporate meeting and convention business to compete with other Northeastern cities was showcased Wednesday. With a projected early August opening, the new Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Casino Hotel in the city's Marina District is still a work in progress, rows of steel beams on concrete throughout, with a crew of about 200 per shift working to complete it. Once finished, the conference center will add 100,000 square feet of meeting space spanning two floors, and two ballrooms, each measuring 50,000 square feet, making it the largest conference center hotel in the Northeast between Boston and Baltimore.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
OXON HILL, Md. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been raising money and drawing buzz as the perceived favorite of the Republican establishment for the 2016 presidential nomination. But to many conservative activists who gathered this week near Washington, Bush was - another Bush. And that wasn't a good thing. "I'm not voting for another Bush," said Mallory Rascher, 29, a courthouse worker from Virginia, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I respect both the Bushes, but it's time for someone else to run the country," said Rich Julason, a retiree from Glen Mills, Pa. Hours before Bush's appearance at the conference Friday, talk radio host Laura Ingraham drew a parallel between Bush and a Democratic political dynasty: "Why don't we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary [Clinton]
NEWS
February 28, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
OXON HILL, Md. - Gov. Christie played up his pugnacious side as he appealed to a conference of conservative activists Thursday, pushing back against the idea that his presidential chances were faltering in the face of early momentum by rivals. Pledging to wage a "hard, fighting" campaign if he runs, the New Jersey governor drew a contrast with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been seen as a threat to Christie's ability to win the support of establishment Republicans. "If elites in Washington make backroom deals where they decide who the president is going to be," then Bush is "definitely the front-runner," Christie said at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in this Washington suburb.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With a group of meeting planners in tow and a clear blue sky as a backdrop, Caesars Entertainment Inc. executives showed off progress Friday on the company's $125.8 million Harrah's Resort Waterfront Conference Center, which is designed to draw business travelers to a city that is losing four, maybe five, casinos this year. The steel frame of the project, supported by $45 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and $24.1 million in tax breaks that can be earned over 20 years, is just weeks away from completion.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - In 2010, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million for helping expose the widespread tax-evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth. The dizzyingly abrupt turnabout in Birkenfeld's life leaves him with the largest government whistle-blower award ever to an individual, said Stephen M. Kohn, one of Birkenfeld's attorneys and executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
NEWS
April 12, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's been a nasty, hateful and, at times, personal fight, one that seemed destined to go on forever. But last week, momentum swung sharply toward those striving to build a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge National Historical Park. Key tactical concessions and legal victories, building upon favorable government votes, have moved the American Revolution Center closer to being constructed at the Lower Providence site where its supporters want it to go. "When you get a court order in your favor, the momentum shifts," said Paul Decker, head of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and a studied observer of the drama.
NEWS
April 9, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge Park - a big blow to the project's opponents. The existence of a federal suit held out the prospect of a years-long delay in building the proposed American Revolution Center, which would make it hard for the organizers to raise money and sustain interest. But in a decision released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
NEWS
April 7, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Depending on your point of view, the structure was going to be a scholar's dormitory that would enhance historical understanding of Valley Forge - or a hotel that would speed the commercialization of a treasured national park. Either way, its construction is now in serious doubt. The head of the American Revolution Center, a controversial museum complex planned for 78 acres of private land inside the park, yesterday announced a voluntary 15-year moratorium on building a particularly contentious piece of the project, the conference center.
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