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AdventGXtra Nov. ’05

AdventGXtra

AdventGXtra is the monthly newsletter for the AdventGX team. Each month, look here for the latest information about new AdventGX projects and initiatives and learn about our newest AdventGX team members.

November 2005

:: Projects
   :. First Texas Mountain Art Seminar Attracts Area Artists
   :. Travel Guide Project Launched with ASD Workshop
   :. Project 7 Web Site Launched
Projects
First Texas Mountain Art Seminar Attracts Area Artists
Artists in Van Horn and from throughout the Texas Mountain region came together in early November to show their work and participate in a small business seminar for artists in Van Horn. AdventGX produced the event as part of the Van Horn Economic Development Initiative. Nearly 20 artists participated in the educational weekend and locals and travelers visited the show to take in the art. The event was sponsored by the Texas Commission of the Arts, Van Horn Economic Development Corporation, Van Horn Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Big Bend Arts Council and Red Rock Ranch. To view images from the event, see the complete AdventGX newsletter online at www.adventgx.com/news.asp

      

Travel Guide Project Launched with ASD Workshop
Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge and Lindsey Hafner traveled to Alpine, Texas to kick off the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide project with an AdventGX Strategy Deployment Workshop. Representatives from communities across the region provided valuable insight that will shape the development of the 2007-2008 guide, slated to ship January 2007. AdventGX was awarded the contract to produce the print and online versions of the regional travel guide by the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association and will be providing turnkey services to see the project through to completion.
 
Project 7 Web Site Launched
AdventGX launched the web presence for Project 7 this month, providing a venue for disseminating information about the Van Horn Economic Development Initiative, also known as Project 7. The site features a chronology of the project, background a blog and information about the project team. To view the site and learn more about Project 7, log on to www.Project7.org.

AdventGXtra Oct. ’05

AdventGXtra

AdventGXtra is the monthly newsletter for the AdventGX team. Each month, look here for the latest information about new AdventGX projects and initiatives and learn about our newest AdventGX team members.

October 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. Leading China Tourism Expert Tiger Wood Visits Texas A&M and AdventGX
   :. Skadberg to Present at U.S. – China Conference
   :. AGX Wins Contract to Produce Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide
   :. AGX Joins Forces with IPS Group to Expand Service Offerings
:: Projects
   :. Quintana to Present at TTIA Travel Summit
   :. Van Horn Delegates Plan Leadership Seminar, Meet Rudy Ruettiger
AdventGX News
Leading China Tourism Expert Tiger Wood Visits Texas A&M and AdventGX
Tiger Wood of the Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research at Peking University visited Texas A&M University and AdventGX October 6-8 to discuss areas for future collaboration. Wood is considered among China’s foremost experts on nature tourism and during his visit AdventGX’s Andrew Skadberg and Wood outlined a number of potential areas for collaboration in China. To kick off the partnership relationship, Skadberg invited Wood to lead the China side of the roundtable discussion “Wetland Conservation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Rural Economic Development” during the U.S. – China Conference in November at China’s Peking University.

Skadberg to Present at U.S. – China Conference
Dr. Andrew Skadberg, AdventGX chief knowledge officer, is participating in the U.S. – China Conference as a panel member for the roundtable session “Wetland Conservation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Rural Economic Development.” The research roundtable session will discuss opportunities and challenges facing both China and the United States related to wetlands protection/restoration, natural resource conservation, rural economic development, and sustainable strategies for tourism development. Dr. Skadberg will be joined on the panel by Gan Jianbang, of Texas A&M University, Wu Bihu, of Peking University and Yongxia Skadberg of Texas A&M University. The U.S. – China Conference is scheduled for November 14-17 in Beijing, China and will include addresses by President George W. Bush an California Governor Arnold Schwartznegger. To learn more about the conference visit http://china-us.tamu.edu/index.php.
 
AGX Wins Contract to Produce Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide
Following a presentation to the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association, AdventGX team members secured the contract to produce the region’s travel guide both in print and online. Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge and Lindsey Hafner traveled to Alpine, Texas to discuss the AdventGX Strategy Deployment process and explain the proposed approach to development of the 2007/2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide. The project will involve development of the printed guide, the accompanying web presence and sales of advertising for both. The kick-off ASD workshop to start the project is slated for late November.
 
AGX Joins Forces with IPS Group to Expand Service Offerings
On September 27th, AdventGX signed a Memorandum of Agreement with IPS Group of College Station, expanding service offerings for both partners and opening up new opportunities to bring tourism development strategies to the forefront of municipal planning strategies. Through the agreement, AdventGX now offers professional planning services, including comprehensive planning, zoning and subdivision application processing, code development and more. IPS Group brings some 55 years of combined planning experience and has supported such clients as the cities of Bryan, South Padre Island, Auburn and College Station. To learn more about IPS Group, visit www.IPSGroup.us.
Projects
Quintana to Present at TTIA Travel Summit
AdventGX President Jose Quintana will demonstrate Texas Education Vacation at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s annual Travel Summit on November 1st in Corpus Christi. During the presentation, workshop participants will learn about the current and future capabilities of Texas Education Vacation and have the opportunity to post listings for their educationally oriented tourism attractions. To learn more about Texas Education Vacation or to add your attraction, visit www.TexasEducationVacation.com.
 
Van Horn Delegates Plan Leadership Seminar, Meet Rudy Ruettiger
Representatives of Van Horn traveled to College Station to meet with Texas A&M’s Director of Professional Development, Dr. Tony Brown and Rudy Ruettiger, famed Notre Dame football player and inspirational speaker, to devise a strategy for a rural leadership development seminar series. Van Horn Economic Development Director Jeff McCoy, Van Horn High School Teacher Sondra McCoy, Van Horn High School Students Lindsey McCoy and Brandon Brewster, Van Horn High Alumnus Tristan Brewster and Town of Van Horn Administrator Rebecca Brewster represented Van Horn in the planning session.

AdventGXtra Sept. ’05

AdventGXtra

AdventGXtra is the monthly newsletter for the AdventGX team. Each month, look here for the latest information about new AdventGX projects and initiatives and learn about our newest AdventGX team members.

September 2005

:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. AdventGX Team Participates in Luncheon on Emerging Tech Fund
   :. AdventGX Team Visits Sandia Labs, New Mexico
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX Launches Vestivo.com for Reservation Management Solutions, Inc.
   :. AGX Plans Art Seminar, Show and Sale for Texas Mountain Region
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
AdventGX Team Participates in Luncheon on Emerging Tech Fund
AdventGX was well represented at the September 20 luncheon of the Research Valley Technology Alliance. During the event, Mr. Phil Wilson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Rick Perry, discussed the newly signed House Bill 1765, which created the $200 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund. AdventGX team members Jose Quintana, Ron Robinson, Andy Skadberg, Travis Nance, Joan Tatge and Kelley Stewart hosted Van Horn Economic Development Director Jeff McCoy, along with Texas A&M Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences Department Head Joseph O’Leary, MRI Technologies Vice President Tim Kropp and Robert Toker, Consul, Head of Trade & Investment for the UK Trade & Investment with the British Consulate-General, Houston. During the luncheon, AdventGX team members and guests learned about the goals of the Emerging Technology Fund and how it can support economic development throughout Texas.

AdventGX Team Visits Sandia Labs, New Mexico
Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge and Van Horn Economic Development Director Jeff McCoy participated in the Texas Lyceum Association’s recent meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. September 15-18, the team met with New Mexico leadership to discuss common issues facing Texas and New Mexico and visited Sandia National Laboratories. The team learned about the upcoming X-Prize competition, being held in Las Crueses, New Mexico. New Mexico has allocated $9 million to develop the infrastructure, launch and landing facilities necessary to host and market the competition and related events throughout the state, and to prepare the Southwest Regional Spaceport in Upham, near Las Cruces.
Projects
AdventGX Launches Vestivo.com for Reservation Management Solutions, Inc.
AdventGX recently launched Vestivo.com, featuring Reservation Management Solutions, Inc.’s line of premier reservation and property management solutions for the tourism and hospitality industry. Through its Vestivo line of products, RMS is revolutionizing the way businesses manage their reservations and properties. The Vestivo line of products offers fully integrated solutions designed to improve the efficiency of resort operations and enhance the guest experience. To learn more about Vestivo, visit www.Vestivo.com.
 
AGX Plans Art Seminar, Show and Sale for Texas Mountain Region
As part of the rural economic development strategy being implemented in Van Horn, Texas, AdventGX is developing a seminar and art show series targeting regional artists. The pilot seminar and sale is slated for November 11-13 and will focus on providing regional artists with key business skills, from pricing their work to online promotion. The seminar and sale will feature the work of regional Texas artists that tell the story of the Texas Mountain region through paintings, sculpture and pottery. By supporting regional artists, AdventGX is encouraging the creation, exhibit and sale of artwork that depicts the rich heritage, culture and natural beauty of the Texas Mountain region.