Dea McDonald, general manager of the Eastmark master-planned community in Mesa, Ariz., says discussions are continuing with Marriott International regarding the stalled project involving a Gaylord-brand convention center and resort in the area. "They intend to grow the brand at some point in time, but it's just a function of the economy at this point. So we're cautiously optimistic that at some point we'll have an opportunity to have Gaylord begin designing the construction of a convention center here at Eastmark," McDonald said.

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