AdventGXtra Feb ’07

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.

February 2007

:: Initiatives
   :. AGX Team Present Nature Tourism Models in Mexico
   :. Tatge Presents Marketing Plan to Fort Stockton EDC Board
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. AGX Attends TTIA’s Unity Dinner
   :. AdventGX Participates in Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association Meeting
:: Projects
   :. Alpine’s Apache Trading Post is Newest Distributor of Texas Mountain Art Frames
   :. Texas Mountain Trail Brochure Unveiled in Van Horn
   :. Registration Open for Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar
   :. AGX Retail Incubator Concept Featured in LCRA Newsletter
Initiatives
AGX Team Present Nature Tourism Models in Mexico
Stan Meador, AdventGX director of nature tourism, and Nacho Paez, director of Mexico operations, met with State of Chihuahua Economic and Tourism Development officials to discuss possible models for development and support of nature tourism in the southern region of the State of Chihuahua. AdventGX has been engaged in a number of initiatives in the region, including identifying nature tourism opportunities and creating strategies for establishing the area as a nature tourism destination for the state.
 
Tatge Presents Marketing Plan to Fort Stockton EDC Board
Joan Tatge developed and presented a marketing plan for the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation, focusing on key marketing objectives outlined as part of a marketing assesment funded by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The plan addresses Fort Stockon’s key marketing objectives, including attracting a qualified workforce, promoting Fort Stockton quality of life and promoting the EDC’s successful projects with new and existing businesses.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
AGX Attends TTIA’s Unity Dinner
Several representatives from AdventGX participated in the Texas Travel Industry Association’s annual Unity Dinner in Austin, TX. AdventGX hosted guests John Clanton of Astin Partners and Scott Hanson of the Astrodome Redevelopment Corporation. During the event, the team enjoyed interaction with some of the stars of the event, including a pair of penguins and a walloby.Six Flags’ CEO and President Mark Shapiro offered the keynote address and Bob Phillips, host of Texas Country Reporter, served as master of ceremonies. The dinner is TTIA’s premier event, and this year it celebrated the many diverse attractions throughout the state with the theme of “Texas Attractions – creating a lifetime of experiences.”

AdventGX Participates in Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association Meeting
AdventGX team members Katrina Hay and Lindsey Hafner recently participated in the annual Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association board meeting. AdventGX produced the Association’s 2007-2008 regional travel guide and took the opportunity to hear feedback and respond to questions regarding the new guide which will be presented online in the coming weeks.
Projects
Alpine’s Apache Trading Post is Newest Distributor of Texas Mountain Art Frames
AdventGX and Parral Woodcraft Consortium welcome Apache Trading Post as the newest distributor of the Texas Mountain Art line of products. Apache Trading Post is located on Highway 90 W. in Alpine, Texas and is home to Spirit of the West Gallery. In celebration of its 30-year anniversary, the Spirit of the West Gallery at Apache Trading Post in Alpine will feature the works of some of the finest artisans of the Big Bend area from March 8 through March 24. To learn more about Apache Trading Post, visit their web site www.ApacheTradingPost.com. To view the Texas Mountain Art frames, as well as the rest of the Parral Woodcraft Consortium product line, please visit www.ParralWoodcraft.com. If you are interested in carrying any of the products at your store, please email order@ParralWoodcraft.com for more information.
 
Texas Mountain Trail Brochure Unveiled in Van Horn
Texas Mountain Trail President Jeff McCoy and Trail Coordinator Beth Nobles welcomed guests from throughout West Texas and across the state to the Van Horn unveiling ceremony for the new Texas Mountain Trail brochure. The brochure is a stunning guide to the many historic and natural attractions in the Texas Mountain Trail region of the Texas Heritage Trails program. The brochure launch event was held at Van Horn’s Blue Quail Coffee in the town’s Mainstreet district and featured the wine of Luz de Estralla Winery of Marfa. To learn more about the Texas Mountain Trail, visit www.TexasMountainTrail.com.PUBLISHERS NOTE: The Texas Mountain Trail brochure and associated brochure launch events are products of the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Mountain Trail program.

Registration Open for Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar
Registration is still open for the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar to be held in Van Horn, Texas March 26-27. Community leaders from throughout West Texas have been invited to participate in this forum. At the event participants will have the opportunity to come together and discuss economic development issues, share resources, foster relationships and define models relevant to the unique challenges facing rural communities.AdventGX is producing the seminar in collaboration with TEEX and the Town of Van Horn. Seminar sponsors include Capital Farm Credit, First Ag Credit, El Paso Electric, Luz de Estrella Winery and Texas Commission on the Arts. The registration deadline is March 9. Space is limited, so sign up today. To learn more or to register for the seminar, please visit www.RETDS.com/RETDS.
 
AGX Retail Incubator Concept Featured in LCRA Newsletter
AdventGX is currently developing a retail incubator for the Town of Van Horn’s Main Street District. The incubator, also known as Texas Mountain Mercantile, is highlighted in the Lower Colorado River Authority’s “True Blue News” newsletter. The newsletter focuses on best practices for communities seeking economic development and revitalization of their Main Street District. The Texas Mountain Mercantile retail store and incubator is currently being developed in Van Horn to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth in the community. Click here to read the newsletter. You will find the article in the “Idea Corner” section. If you are interested in kick starting economic development or Main Street revitalization in your community, send an email to info@adventgx.com. Visit ED- Central for other best practices in economic development.

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