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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Monday, June 11, 2012

National Elite and National Harbor are on their way - in Prince George's County

National Elite coming to National Harbor, Prince George's County, Maryland

               National Harbor is on its way to becoming the premier destination for visitors and residents to Prince George's County and the Washington, D. C. region.  National Harbor is therefore an engine of economic growth creating both direct and indirect business opportunities and jobs. The creation of economic growth in turn could provide additional revenues of for local government services and programs such as libraries, health, schools, and safety.

               As a new and dynamic center for the hospitality and tourism industries, National Harbor will soon welcome the newest addition to Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises   Washington, DC Metro based fleet—the National Elite. Like its sister ship Capital Elite which is based in Washington, DC, the new National Elite provides a "private yacht for a meeting, networking event, celebration or any other unique gathering". 

               The target market for the charter yacht consists of residents in Prince George’s County, the DC Metro area, Baltimore, tourists traveling to the area who may be looking to sail out of National Harbor and any conventions being held at National Harbor. Operating year-round National Elite will be a first-class amenity expanding the menu of reasons to come here to Prince George’s County rather than some other jurisdiction.

               The arrival of the National Elite will create as many as ten new restaurant-related and marine-related hourly positions. In addition, the National Elite is expecting to add two salary positions to the workforce in the county. Entertainment Cruises will add extra routes and deliveries for their current vendors, many of which are based in Prince George's County.

               The National Elite plans to look for locally grown produce in season from its nearby neighboring Prince Georgian farmers, and we expect to hear more about this as the ship comes to its new home at National Harbor. This is a perfect branding partnership that will increase economic development in the county.

               The National Elite is hoping to host a charity event this summer and as a director of the Community Foundation for Prince George's County, I am predisposed to hope that the company will reach out to the Foundation as it looks for a partner and collaborator.

               We in Prince George's County are committed to the idea of being the premier hospitality destination. This cimmitment happened when we first agreed to the development of National Harbor. Now we need to continue to work with the economic development engine and encourage the addition of world-class businesses like the National Elite and the jobs they bring to our community.