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Hot Off The Press! The Alamance County Antique Trail

September 15, 2016 12:08 PM

We are excited to introduce our newest promotion of Alamance County – our very own Antique Trail.  In addition to our visitors guide and map, and many other area attraction brochures, this information is available at our Visitors Bureau located within the Historic Depot at 200 S. Main Street in Burlington,  as well as all of the listed shops.  We will also provide these brochures to the North Carolina visitor centers.  We are receiving great feedback and look forward to having our visitors explore the many treasures Alamance County has to offer.

Click here to view The Alamance County Antique Trail
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Burlington Royals Baseball Breaking Records Again

August 5, 2016 10:56 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                          CONTACT: MIRANDA ERVIN
August 5, 2016                                                                                                             PHONE: 336-222-0223

Burlington, NC—Burlington Royals

With a month left in the season, and a championship playoff run around the corner we thought we would check in.  A few highlights so far:

*Attendance is at an all-time high, another 22% higher than a record setting 2015.  Fans have thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 season and the all of the ballpark renovations.

*We currently have the best record in the Appalachian League, sitting in first place.

*Last week, we were recognized on many national media outlets including ESPN, USA Today, MLB Network for our Emoji Jersey/Social Media Weekend promotion.  Not only was it great promotion, but raised over $3,500 for our local Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County.

*We have raised over $10,000 and counting for local Alamance County community non-profit organizations.

*We are looking to reach ONE MILLION minutes read for our Home Run Summer Reading Program which concludes next week with a big celebration for all summer readers in Alamance County.

*Most importantly, we continue to put smiles on folks of all ages visiting Burlington Athletic Stadium.

Play Ball,
Miranda, Ryan and your entire Burlington Royals organization

 

 

 

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Drury Hotels is the only hotel to receive 11 consecutive J.D. Power Awards

July 19, 2016 1:28 PM

 Drury Hotels is the only hotel to receive 11 consecutive J.D. Power Awards

St. Louis-based company recognized for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains”

  1. LOUIS – (July 13, 2016): J.D. Power named Drury Hotels its 2016 “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains” award recipient. The recognition marks the 11th consecutive year Drury Hotels received this award and sets a record for the St. Louis-based hotel chain. Drury Hotels is the first hotel company to receive 11 consecutive awards in the J.D. Power Study.

“For more than 40 years, our goal has been to provide our guests with clean rooms, friendly service and an exceptional value,” said Chuck Drury, president and CEO of Drury Hotels. “We are proud and honored to be recognized once again by our guests and J.D. Power. To earn this award for 11 consecutive years is a tribute to the ongoing hard work and dedication of Drury’s 5,000 team members across the country.”

Drury Hotels placed highest in the Upper Midscale Hotel Chains segment. The J.D. Power 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM is based on responses from 63,866 guests who stayed in a hotel May 2015-May 2016.

The Drury Hotels Company has been family-owned and operated since 1973. For a complete listing of all Drury hotels or for reservations, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. For information about career opportunities at Drury Hotels, please apply online at www.drurycareers.com.

About Drury Hotels Company
Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 130 hotels in 21 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm with the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains.” 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year Drury received this award. Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Drury Suites®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – The Extras Aren’t Extra®. For more information, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. Join the conversation on Twitter @druryhotels or on Facebook.

For additional information about the 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm, visit www.jdpower.com.

 

 

 

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Drury Hotels opens new hotel in Burlington, North Carolina

May 16, 2016 10:20 AM

CONTACT: Patrick Barry, Byrne PR
                      314-540-3865
patrick@byrnepr.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Drury Hotels opens new hotel in Burlington, North Carolina
Property is the company’s first hotel in Burlington and fourth in North Carolina

  1. LOUIS (May 16, 2016)– Drury Hotels Company’s new Drury Inn & Suites in Burlington, North Carolina, is officially open and welcoming guests. The hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites Burlington, is the company’s first hotel in this market and fourth in North Carolina. In addition to the hotel’s 150 guest rooms, the property features more than 2,500 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

The hotel is conveniently located in the Alamance Crossing upscale shopping center at I-40/I-85 and University Drive near popular local attractions and institutions, including Elon University, Burlington Springwood Park and the Tanger Outlets shopping center. Centrally located between Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham, the Drury Inn & Suites Burlington is a short drive from Piedmont Triad and Raleigh-Durham International Airports. Because of its central location and numerous amenities, Drury Inn & Suites Burlington is an ideal location for business and leisure travelers.

“My family founded this company in 1973 to provide our guests with clean rooms, friendly service and honest value,” said Chuck Drury, president and CEO of Drury Hotels. “Those principles continue today at all of our properties, and I’m excited to open our first hotel in Burlington. We look forward to being part of the community and welcoming guests to our new hotel.”

Drury Inn & Suites Burlington offers a wide range of complimentary amenities including:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot breakfast featuring fresh waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt and more
  • 5:30 Kickback® reception including beer, wine and appetizers
  • 24-hour business and fitness centers
  • Indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool

The Drury Hotels Company has been family-owned and operated since 1973.
For more information about careers at this location, visit www.drurycareers.com.

About Drury Hotels Company
Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 130 hotels in 21 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm with the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains”, ten years in a row.* Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Drury Suites®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – The Extras Aren’t Extra®. For more information, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. Join the conversation on Twitter @druryhotels or on Facebook.

*Drury Hotels received the highest numerical score among economy/budget hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power 2005-2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudiesSM.  2015 study based on responses from 62,997 guests measuring 11 upper mid-scale hotels and measures opinions of guests who stayed in a hotel May 2014-May 2015.  Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed June 2014-May 2015. Your experiences may vary.  Visit jdpower.com.

 

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Cycle North Carolina 18th Annual “Mountains to Coast” Route

March 15, 2016 12:41 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chip Hofler   chip@ncsports.org

Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of Visit NC, Announces the Cycle North Carolina 18th Annual “Mountains to Coast” Route 

CHEROKEE, North Carolina, March 14, 2016 – Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2016 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives at the Visit NC 365 Conference on Monday.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit: https://youtu.be/E4wi1jWaFhc

The eighteenth annual ride is scheduled for a Banner Elk to Atlantic Beach route, from October 1 to October 8, 2016.  With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on October 1st at the Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk, and will at the Atlantic Beach Circle on October 8th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate.  Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day.  Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Wilkesboro, Lexington, Burlington, Sanford, Clinton and Jacksonville.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners.  Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state.  During the past 18 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited nearly 700 North Carolina communities.

Registration brochures are available and online registration is open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.  Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.

In addition to the “Mountains to Coast” Tour, Cycle North Carolina will host the Coastal Ride in Edenton, NC, April 22-24, 2016.  Cycle North Carolina will also host its third annual Mountain Ride in Brevard, NC, August 13-14, 2016.  Registration for the Coastal Ride is sold out, but registration for the Mountain Ride is open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

Cycle North Carolina is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Lowes Foods, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Cycling Spoken Here.

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please access www.ncsports.org.

 

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Historic Property Receives National Registry Distinction

February 16, 2016 4:12 PM

Historic Property Receives National Registry Distinction, Eligibility for Tax Credits

BURLINGTON, NC— It is with excitement that the City of Burlington shares the news that 204 North Graham Hopedale Road, also known as the old Western Electric facility, was recommended to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places today by the National Registry Advisory Committee with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.

The National Register of Historic Places designation is administered by the National Park Service and serves to recognize property with a significant impact on the Nation’s history. This designation also grants properties eligibility for state and federal historic tax credits which encourage historic preservation and can significantly bolster economic development.

The old Western Electric facility was also known as the Tarheel Army Missile Plant and was once the largest employer in Burlington. Originally a textile mill producing rayon, the Plant transformed into an aircraft factory to support the war efforts during the Second World War. It became best known for its production and testing of the Nike Missile Guidance System during the Cold War. Most recently, the property was home to Western Electric. In addition to the historical significance of the activity that happened on the property, three buildings in the complex were designed by the famous industrial architectural firm, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.

The nomination of the Western Electric property for the National Register of Historic Places was initiated by the City of Burlington’s Planning Department. Not only will the designation help to protect the integrity of a place of historic significance in Burlington, but it has the potential to spur significant economic development.  With this designation comes the possibility of federal and state tax credits totaling 45%.

“With the eligibility for up to 45% tax credits, comes a huge incentive for private developers to come into Burlington to rehabilitate this historic property and, at the same time, create a catalyst for economic development in an underutilized portion of Burlington,” says Senior Planner Daniel Shoffner.

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Grant Funding Allows Additional Upgrades to Fairchild Community Center Gym

December 16, 2015 9:53 AM

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2015

Contact: Lisa Wolff  lwolff@ci.burlington.nc.us

Grant Funding Allows Additional Upgrades to Fairchild Community Center Gym

BURLINGTON, NC— Burlington Recreation & Parks has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Alamance County Tourism Development Authority for the purchase of equipment and mechanisms for volleyball, pickle ball and badminton netting in the gym of the Fairchild Community Center.

The Fairchild Community Center gym has recently received significant improvements, funded by the City of Burlington and federal Community Development Block Grants. Renovations included a new gym floor, bleachers and paint. The gym has been designed to serve multiple purposes and with the grant funding awarded, the gym will soon be home to two regulation-size indoor volleyball courts, four indoor pickle ball and badminton courts as well as four basketball courts. The Community Center is primed to serve the local Burlington community and to attract visitors to a variety of sporting competitions.

The Alamance County Tourism Development Authority, doing business as the Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACCVB), is the official tourism marketing agency for Alamance County. The Mission of the BACCVB is to promote and sell the Alamance County Area to prospective visitors. The BACCVB is located in the Historic Train Depot at 200 S. Main Street in Downtown Burlington.

Of the grant award, BACCVB Board Member Wes Collins said, “The Tourism Development Authority is fortunate to have the ability to assist the Recreation and Parks Department in expanding its commitment to bringing additional sports opportunities to the residents of and visitors to Alamance County.  These upgraded facilities will make it possible to attract and secure State and Regional tournaments that will in turn bring additional tourism dollars into our county.”

Robert Cox, Executive Director of the BACCVB states “The BACCVB is excited to partner with Burlington Recreation and Parks on the soon-to-be installed net system at Fairchild Community Center. This will allow the BACCVB and Burlington Recreation and Parks to solicit events that we currently are unable to host such as volleyball, pickle ball and badminton tournaments.”

The netting and equipment is scheduled for installation in the spring of 2016 and will be put into use immediately thereafter to serve the growing demand for pickle ball, badminton and volleyball in the community and around the state.
For more information about athletics in Burlington, please contact the Recreation & Parks Department at (336) 222-5030.

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“The City of Burlington is dedicated to providing high quality municipal services within our diverse community in a friendly, professional and efficient manner in order to promote the safety, health, and quality of life of residents and employees.”

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Tar Heels Nominate Their Favorite Trails

December 10, 2015 9:47 AM

Tar Heels can nominate their favorite trails for the NC “Great Trails State” map.  The state has thousands of miles of trails, from scenic hiking trails and waterways to urban greenways.
Fill out the form at www.walkbikenc.com by Jan. 15 to have a trail considered for placement on the inaugural map.

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15th Annual Distinguished Service in Sports Award Luncheon

October 19, 2015 4:15 PM

Sponsored by the Alamance County Sports Development Council and the Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, this annual event will honor Don Amos, Billy Bryanm Sherri Pickard and Melody Wiggins.

October 29 at the Best Western Plus
Buffet Line opens at 11:45am
Program begins at 12:15pm
Individual Tickets $25.00
Tables of 8 are $200.00

No admittance at the door.
RSVP to the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 570-1444.

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Governor Pat McCrory to Proclaim Historic Tax Credit Day

October 14, 2015 9:28 AM

PRESS RELEASE
Governor Pat McCrory to Proclaim Wednesday, Oct. 14, Historic Tax Credit Day
– Secretary Susan Kluttz joins Governor at Celebration in Burlington at 2 p.m. –

Burlington, N.C. – To celebrate the return of the Historic Tax Credits, Governor Pat McCrory will proclaim Wed., Oct. 14, Historic Tax Credit Day at a celebration at the Historic Depot in Burlington at 2 p.m.

“The Historic Tax Credit is a tool with a proven track record of creating jobs and renewing main streets all across North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “The Historic Tax credit not only preserves our past, it helps build our economic future.”

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, State Representative Steve Ross and Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall will join Governor McCrory in a short presentation and reading of the proclamation.

“Historic Tax Credits bring jobs and economic development to rural towns and big cities across North Carolina,” said Secretary Kluttz. “The rebirth of one abandoned downtown building has a ripple effect throughout a community and often sparks a renaissance of development in nearby structures. In addition, these historic buildings and mills are an emotional tie to our heritage and exemplify what makes North Carolina unique. These credits are critical for North Carolina’s economic recovery and I am thrilled they have been restored. ”

What:   Historic Tax Credit Day Celebration
Who:    Governor Pat McCrory
Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz
Representative Steve Ross
Mayor Ronnie Wall
Local and state elected officials
When:  Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Depot, 200 S. Main Street, Downtown Burlington

Historic tax credits were used by business and homeowners who owned historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to preserve their buildings within defined guidelines. Used in 90 out of N.C.’s 100 counties, in both rural and urban areas, these historic tax credits boosted local economies and created jobs, while preserving communities’ historic cores and our state’s priceless historic character.

Since 1998, more than 2,400 historic tax credit projects have been completed statewide bringing more than $1.6 billion of private investment into North Carolina communities.  North Carolina’s historic tax credit program ended on December 31, 2014.

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Cary Cox
Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Communications
North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
919 807 7388    office
919 632 2599    mobile
cary.cox@ncdcr.gov
109 East Jones Street
4601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-4600

 

 

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