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AdventGXtra Mar ’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.

March 2007

:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Vestivo to Exhibit at Texas Association of Campground Operators (TACO) May Show
   :. Stan Meador Presents at Mexican Nature Tourism Seminar
:: Projects
   :. Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch Hosts Tour for International Seminar Participants
   :. AdventGX, TEEX, College Station Parks Host Henrietta for Best Practices Tour
   :. Quintana Conducts Technology Assessment for New Off-Road Recreation Park
   :. AdventGX Awarded Contract to Implement Fort Stockton EDC Marketing Projects
   :. Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar a Success
:: Team News
   :. Hank Phillips Appointed to Executive Advisory Board
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Vestivo to Exhibit at Texas Association of Campground Operators (TACO) May Show
AdventGX developed Vestivo-RV will be showcased at the May meeting of the Texas Association of Campground Owners on May 15-17 in Kerrville, Texas. This is one of the many industry meetings, conventions and tradeshows Vestivo participates in to stay in contact with industry leaders and up to date on the latest trends. During the events, Vestivo staff communicate with resort owners and operators to understand their needs and take the opportunity to demonstrate how Vestivo is bringing advanced tools to the RV Resort and Campground industry. Software isn’t just for making reservations anymore. Hand held devices for fast check ins, smart guest passes that give guests access to activity centers, and integrated rewards programs are just a few development items Vestivo is working on due to feedback received from show participants and current customers. To learn more about Vestivo-RV and our custom solutions, visit www.vestivo.com.
 
Stan Meador Presents at Mexican Nature Tourism Seminar
AdventGX Director of Nature Tourism Development Stan Meador presented at the “Hunting an Opportunity for Lands” seminar in Parral, Chihuahua, addressing nature tourism development to an audience of more than 60 ranch owners and hunting guides. The seminar addressed such topics as financing nature tourism businesses, best practices in nature tourism development, and regulations associated with the ranching and hunting industry in the State of Chihuahua. Chihuahua’s Association of Ranches and Hunting also participated in the event.

Projects
Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch Hosts Tour for International Seminar Participants
International participants in the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar were invited to participate in a special tour of Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch, an excellent example of nature tourism in the region. Ranch owner and tour operator Darice McVey led the tour of the ranch, pointing out native plant species and unique rock formations.

AdventGX, TEEX, College Station Parks Host Henrietta for Best Practices Tour
Henrietta City Administrator Robert Patrick, Henrietta Growth Corporation (HGC) President Mark Matthews and HGC Board Member Eddie Heard visited College Station for a best practices tour and work session as part of their ongoing project with TEEX and AdventGX to establish a community development plan. During the visit, Steve Beachy, director of College Station Parks & Recreation, led a tour of three of the city’s premier parks and recreation facilities and shared insights regarding best practices and economic and community impact.The best practices tour was a precursor to a Thursday work session led by AdventGX to review findings and recommendations emerging from the TEEX Community Development Workshop and Plan. The Henrietta project is just one of several projects ongoing throughout Texas as part of TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division’s Technical Assistance for Regional Growth in Economic Development (TARGET) program which taps into a wealth of resources found within TEEX and The Texas A&M University System to help communities reach their economic development potential.

Quintana Conducts Technology Assessment for New Off-Road Recreation Park
Jose Quintana recently completed a technology assessment for Carolina Adventure World, a new off-road recreation park in Fairfield County, North Carolina. The impressive park boast more than 100 miles of ATV trails, as well as accommodations and is seeking to launch new property, event and marketing software to support their facility. As part of his assessment, Jose spent a day on-site learning about plans for operating the park and expanded facilities and amenities. In addition to ATV and motocross trails the nature tourism facility is developing what will probably become the longest canopy tour track in the nation. You can find out more about Carolina Adventure World by visiting their website www.carolinaadventureworld.com.

AdventGX Awarded Contract to Implement Fort Stockton EDC Marketing Projects
AdventGX was recently awarded the contract to implement a number of projects in support of Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation’s ongoing marketing and promotion efforts. Joan Tatge presented the recommended projects to the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation Board during February. The Board agreed to fund the full recommendations, including development of an outreach campaign aimed at attracting a workforce to serve Fort Stockton’s booming oil & gas, energy and agriculture industries, development of fresh web sites for the community’s schools and hospital and promoting ongoing EDC projects. Work on the marketing projects will commence in early April and will extend through the summer through early fall.
 
Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar a Success
The inaugural Rural Economic & Tourism Development Seminar in Van Horn was well attended by local and regional leaders as well as a strong contingent of small business and university representatives from Northern Mexico. The seminar featured sessions on the use of 4A and 4B tax dollars as part of an economic development program, community branding and marketing, tourism development and the arts, nature tourism and technology tools for economic development.The seminar series was developed by TEEX and produced by AdventGX as a specialized education, training and networking opportunity for rural leaders to gain insights into the latest trends and best practices in rural economic development. The Van Horn event was supported by sponsorship from El Paso Electric, Capital Farm Credit, First Ag Credit, Luz de Estrella Winery, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. TEEX is now seeking host communities for future seminars that will be held throughout the state of Texas. For more information about the seminars, visit www.ed-central.com/retds or email info@ed-central.com.

Team News
Hank Phillips Appointed to Executive Advisory Board
Hank Phillips, a noted travel industry executive who served as chief staff officer for the National Tour Association, has accepted an appointment to the AdventGX Executive Advisory Board. Phillips, who is based in Lexington, KY, will leverage ongoing projects and his own broad base of expertise to help bring AdventGX services and technology solutions to the national marketplace. Phillips’ background in strategic planning, event planning and execution, corporate partnership marketing, tourism development and publishing are an excellent complement to the AdventGX suite of products and professional services, including strategy deployment, marketing, creative and publishing services and custom technology solutions. Click here to download the full press release.

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.

AdventGXtra Jan ’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.

January 2007

:: Initiatives
   :. Cuauhtemoc Representatives Reach College Station
   :. Cuauhtemoc Group Tours West Texas
   :. AGX Partners with Southwest Texas Tourism to Promote Region
:: Projects
   :. Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Distributed
   :. AGX Leads Community Development Workshop in Henrietta, TX
Initiatives
Cuauhtemoc Representatives Reach College Station
Raúl Granados and son Leonardo, David Aranda and son David made their way to College Station during winter storms and met the AdventGX team there for meetings and community tours including stops in Historic Downtown Bryan’s Old Bryan Marketplace, Texas A&M University campus, the George Bush Presidential Library and the Chicken Oil Company, a classic Texas eatery. The group met to discuss the model for tourism project development and marketing strategies for Cuauhtemoc and the surrounding region, focusing on the development and promotion of nature tourism and crafting and enhanced Tarahumara experience.

Cuauhtemoc Group Tours West Texas
Despite icy roads and bitter cold, the contingent from Cuauhtemoc made the visit to West Texas and toured some of the region’s premier tourism attractions and accommodations. Representatives included Armando Cavazos Fernandez, owner of the Tarahumara Inn hotel and president of the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels in the State of Chihuahua; Veronica Perez, Director of Tourism in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Manuel and Suzzette Enriquez, landowners, outfitters and tour operators in the region. Road closings due to weather prevented the group from making the trip to College Station as planned but didn’t stop them from touring Far Flung Outdoor Centers in Terlingua, TX, the historic Cibolo Creek Ranch north of Presidio, Lajitas Resort in Terlingua and Holland Hotel in Alpine. The team also experienced the warmth and elegance of El Paisano Hotel in Marfa where they met to discuss plans for Cuauhtemoc tourism project development and marketing strategies for Cuauhtemoc and the surrounding region.

AGX Partners with Southwest Texas Tourism to Promote Region
AdventGX and the Southwest Texas Tourism Partnership have agreed to partner in the development of a promotional web presence that will feature a directory of travel related businesses in the region and promote the area’s many nature and heritage tourism offerings. The region includes Ozona, Sonora, El Dorado, Junction, Rockspring and other small communities offering unique traveler experiences.
Projects
Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Distributed
Distribution of the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountains Travel Guide was completed this month with more than 150,000 copies delivered to travel information centers and convention and visitors’ bureaus throughout Texas and the region. The new guide features stunning photography and coverage of the state and national parks in the region, the regions many inviting communities and two maps highlighting the best places to stay and play in the Texas mountains.
 
AGX Leads Community Development Workshop in Henrietta, TX
As part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) technical assistance program for communities, Henrietta, TX received a report documenting state of the community’s economy and AdventGX hosted a Community Development Workshop and planning session with community representatives. During the workshop and a subsequent public meeting later that evening, the community identified heritage tourism, nature tourism and special events among their best developmental opportunities and discussed issues related to downtown and highway development activities along Highway 287 leading to Henrietta. AdventGX will complete the strategy deployment process with the input of community representatives and subject matter experts and will deliver an economic and tourism development plan next month.

AdventGXtra Dec ’06

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.

December 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. AGX Evaluates Nature Tourism Opportunities in Mexico’s Cuauhtemoc Region
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Van Horn’s Jeff McCoy Represents Texas Mountain Trail at TxDOT Meeting
:: Projects
   :. Van Horn Economic Development Initiative Making Strides
   :. 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Goes to Press
   :. Parral Woodcraft Product Line Taking Shape
:: Team News
   :. AGX Welcomes Victor Aguilar as Newest Executive Advisory Board Member
   :. AGX Team Tours Kerrville’s YO Ranch
Initiatives
AGX Evaluates Nature Tourism Opportunities in Mexico’s Cuauhtemoc Region
AdventGX Executive Advisory Board member Jed Elrod joined President Jose Quintana on a visit to Cuauhtemoc in the Mexican state of Chihuahua to evaluate opportunities to establish nature tourism operations. Cuauhtemoc enjoys a rich cultural heritage and an abundance of natural assets which properly developed could form the basis of an experiential tourism center for the state. AdventGX is working with state and local government and existing business owners to identify potential projects and establish mechanisms for supporting new small businesses in the region targeting the growing experiential tourism market.

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Van Horn’s Jeff McCoy Represents Texas Mountain Trail at TxDOT Meeting
Van Horn Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jeff McCoy, who also serves as president of the Texas Mountain Trail board of directors, represented the trail during a recent Texas Transportation Commission meeting. The commission recently announced plans to cut transportation enhancement funds, the primary source of funding for the Texas Heritage Trails program which provides a marketing and development venue for cultural and heritage trails programs throughout the state. Jeff spoke about the importance of the program, particularly for small communities who rely on such innovative programs to bolster tourism and brings funds into ailing communities.
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Projects
Van Horn Economic Development Initiative Making Strides
The ongoing Van Horn Economic Development Initiative is picking up momentum and the project is poised for an exceptional year in 2007. The Van Horn Foundation was granted 501c3 status from the IRS- this will help the community to seek granting and fundraising opportunities more aggressively. Making big news for local housing and accommodations are plans for the new Texas Mountains Apartments, Texas Mountain Lodge and Base Camp facilities which are all in the funding stages. On the business development front, Van Horn Economic Development Corporation took ownership of the Willis Building in the Main Street District and is taking steps to replace the roof, windows and doors in preparation for work on what will soon be the new Texas Mountain Mercantile retail incubator. The EDC board and city council recently reviewed and approved a comprehensive marketing plan including plans for a new web presence that will promote the Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau and the Economic Development Corporation and offer enhanced Town of Van Horn services. The plan builds on campaigns and themes established in the new Van Horn Visitor’s Guide and the CCVB’s full page ad prominently featured on the back cover of the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountains Travel Guide. Finally, Van Horn’s longstanding Trans Pecos Big Buck Tournament enjoyed an excellent turnout as the community continues to build its name as a prime spot for Texas big game hunting.

2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Goes to Press
CPY Printing sent along some Christmas cheer as the AdventGX creative services team was wrapping up production of the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountains Travel Guide. Guide editor Joan Tatge worked with designer Katrina Hay and advertising manager Lindsey Hafner to get the publication to press in time for the team to take a well earned holiday break. The new guides are expected to hit racks by middle of January. Many thanks to our printing partner CPY for their exceptional service and support throughout the production process.

Parral Woodcraft Product Line Taking Shape
The woodcrafters of the Parral Woodcraft Consortium (PWC) have been busily developing product for the new line of fine rustic furniture and decorative items to be marketed throughout Texas and the U.S. The first pieces of furniture arrived at the Van Horn distribution center and were photographed for marketing purposes. Pricing has been set for an initial limited line of furnishings including coffee tables, end tables, a desk, barstool and bar, all of which have been very well received by resellers. PWC will manufacture the Texas Mountain Brand line of products which will initially be sold at fine retailers throughout far west Texas. With the first print ads featured in the new Big Bend and Texas Mountains Travel Guide expected to hit racks in January, interest and sales are expected to pick up with the region’s spring travel season.

Team News
AGX Welcomes Victor Aguilar as Newest Executive Advisory Board Member
Victor Aguilar is an independent financial advisor and trust officer. He provides financial services to private and institutional investors seeking expertise in wealth management, real estate investments, insurance, and trust administration. Victor previously worked for Stanford Financial Group, JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor with an active portfolio of new business in excess of 40 million for US and Latin American clients. He previously held the position of Agricultural Specialist for the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) a USDA Agency at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Victor served as member of the board of directors for Sending Out Servants, a Texas non-profit dedicated to improving the Maya quality of life in Guatemala. He holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, both from Texas A&M University.
 
AGX Team Tours Kerrville’s YO Ranch
As part of its ongoing evaluation of successful nature and heritage tourism operations throughout the state, AdventGX team members and interns visited the YO Ranch in Kerrville and participated in the Ranch’s History and Wildlife Tour. The group enjoyed viewing a broad range of exotic species including a Dromedary Camel from Africa, Blackbuck Antelope from Western Pakistan, Auodad Sheep from North Africa, Sika Deer from Japan and African Wildebeest. The highlight of the tour was an up close and personal visit with YO’s family of giraffes. Mom Iman and Dad Enoch (known as the “Gentle Giant”) will soon be grandparents when daughter Carlita gives birth (sometime very soon). Many thanks to Debbie Hagebusch for her love and care of the animals, the exceptional tour and telling of YO’s history.

AdventGXtra Nov ’06

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 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. AGX Supporting Texas Mountain Apartment Complex Development
   :. AdventGX Conducts Tourism Strategy Workshop in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Vestivo-RV Participates in National Trade Show
   :. AGX Participates in Texas Lyceum Economic Development Conference
:: Projects
   :. Van Horn Streetscape Design and Beautification Project Approved
:: Team News
   :. AdventGX Visits Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Initiatives
AGX Supporting Texas Mountain Apartment Complex Development
Earlier this year the Town of Van Horn Economic Development Corporation asked AdventGX to evaluate solutions to the community’s low housing supply in light of immediate and growing demand from the new Border Patrol Office, Blue Origin’s expanding operations, and Oil Exploration companies moving to the region. In November, following an assessment of the housing shortage, AdventGX proposed the development of an
apartment complex financed under a convertible debenture model. The City Council approved the proposed concept and agreed to donate a city block near the County Hospital for the development of the complex. With the land committed, AdventGX is now managing the fundraising phase of the project and will be issuing debentures to interested parties. To learn more about this investment opportunity, email info@adventgx.com to request information.

AdventGX Conducts Tourism Strategy Workshop in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua
Supported by UACH (Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua) executives Luis Carlos Rivera and Luis Erick Herrera, AdventGX team members Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, Bill Smith, Lindsey Hafner, Stan Meador, Nacho Paez and Ivan Gallardo traveled to Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua to conduct a Strategy Planning Workshop and research trip focusing on the promotion of Nature, Heritage, Agricultural and Cultural Tourism opportunities in the region and during the course of their visit had the opportunity to visit potential sites for future operations.

Among the many local attractions and representing one the strong heritage assets in the region is the Mennonite settlement in Cuauhtemoc:

Another beautiful asset in the region is the Hacienda de Bustillos, we had the opportunity to visit the Hacienda during restoration activities, the chapel is an exact replica of a chapel in France:

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Vestivo-RV Participates in National Trade Show
Amy Williams, Director of Vestivo Operations, and Lindsey Hafner, AdventGX Communications Coordinator, represented Vestivo-RV at the 2006 National Association for RV Parks and Campgrounds Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. The team met with a number of RV Park and Resort operators and showcasing and demonstrating the Vestivo-RV product line. Vestivo-RV is the premier reservations and property management solution for RV parks and resorts. For more information, visit Vestivo-RV online at www.vestivo.com.
 
AGX Participates in Texas Lyceum Economic Development Conference
This year’s Texas Lyceum Public Conference focused on economic development – it was an impressive event with some of the nation’s leading minds in economic development including renowned economist Dr. Michael Porter of Harvard University, Mr. David Spencer, chairman of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and Texas Governor Rick Perry. TEEX executive Gary Sera and Lesa Hill attended the event along with Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, Lindsey Hafner and Chelsea Tatge.

Projects
Van Horn Streetscape Design and Beautification Project Approved
Doctor Carson Watt and his son Jason Watt presented their recommendations for the Van Horn Streetscape Design and Beautification program to the Van Horn City Council during their November meeting. As part of a Texas Engineering Extension Service program, Van Horn received a technical assistance grant and AdventGX and Watt Landscaping conducted the research and developed recommendations for beautification as part of Van Horn’s ongoing Economic and Tourism Development Initiative. Watt Landscaping presented a number of posters with streetscape designs, signature plants for the area and recommendations for welcome and business signs that will promote a sense of place and support the branding of the community. The City Council approved the concepts for inclusion in proposals to various entities to acquire the funds to implement the new concepts throughout the community.

Team News
AdventGX Visits Guadalupe Mountains National Park
AdventGX Lead Developer Aristo Setiawan and Jose Quintana took a short detour during their trip to Far Flung Outdoor Center (in Terlingua) and Van Horn to check progress on the Blue Origin Launch facility and spent Thanksgiving at Guadalupe Peak. During their hike to Devils Hall the night fell rapidly upon them creating a bit of an issue on their last mile hike back to the National Park Headquarters – never a dull moment for these two.

AdventGXtra Oct ’06

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 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. Team Presents to Terrell County Commissioners, Visits Sanderson
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Vestivo Showcased at Nevada RV Tradeshow
   :. AGX Supports TEEX Basic Economic Development Course
   :. AdventGX Well Represented at TTIA Summit
:: Projects
   :. Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar to Launch in December
   :. AdventGX Visits Big Bend National Park
   :. AdventGX Makes Presentation to Cuauhtemoc, Mexico Tourism Board
   :. AdventGX Launches Journey Builder Product with Far Flung Outdoor Center
Initiatives
Team Presents to Terrell County Commissioners, Visits Sanderson
AdventGX recently visited Sanderson, Texas and made a presention to the Terrell County Commissioners Court about AdventGX, recent projects, and the AdventGX Strategy Deployment Process. Terrell County is located in far West Texas, where AdventGX has a growing customer base. Following the presentation, AdventGX was asked to present a proposal to the commissioners for development of an economic and tourism development plan.While in Terrell County, AGX team members hiked Javelina Hill, which the Commissioners Court recently developed as a hiking trail for tourist.

Team members also saw beautiful examples of desert landscaping at the home of Judge Leo Smith, the Terrell County Judge.

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Vestivo Showcased at Nevada RV Tradeshow
Amy Williams, AdventGX Director of Reservations Management Solutions, Inc., recently showcased the Vestivo RV reservation and property management solution at one of the largest RV tradeshows in the state. The product was very well received and Amy is busy following up on leads and the inquiries that are coming in daily as the Vestivo (
www.vestivo.com) name continues to become better recognized in the industry.
 
AGX Supports TEEX Basic Economic Development Course
Andy Skadberg presented the Tourism Development module as part of the recent Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) that was held in Austin, TX. BEDC is developed and managed by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Technology and Economic Development Division. During the tourism module, Andy presented participants with information about tourism trends and the growing desire among travelers to enjoy authentic, engaging experiences, many of which are overlooked or unrealized in small and rural communities. Through an interactive exercise, Andy challenged the participants to look at their communities with a different perspective and helped them to identify the tourism opportunities inherent in their existing natural, cultural and heritage assets.
 
AdventGX Well Represented at TTIA Summit
Several AdventGX team members participated in the recent Texas Travel Industry Association Summit in Grapevine, Texas, making presentations and discussing ways to enhance the state’s travel industry. AGX Director of Nature Tourism Development Stan Meador attended the event along with Jose Quintana. Jose presented the newest enhancements to Texas Education Vacation and AGX Board member Andrew Samson presented on the State Parks and water issues. Scott McGehee, manager of Cibolo Creek Ranch and a good friend to AdventGX, was honored during the event with a Life Time Service Award from TTIA. Congratulations Scott!

Projects
Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar to Launch in December
The pilot Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar is set for December 18 and 19 in far West Texas. The Town of Van Horn will host the seminar which is targeted at rural leadership and aims to provide best practices for a regional approach to rural economic and tourism development. AdventGX developed the seminar in partnership with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Technology and Economic Development Division to target economic development executives, city administrators and elected officials, including city council members, county commissioners and judges. Course participants will receive continuing education units. For more information about the pilot seminar and to register online, visit www.ed-central.com/retds.
 
AdventGX Visits Big Bend National Park
AdventGX team members Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, and Lindsey Hafner took a trip to Big Bend National Park during a recent trip in support of the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide development. After the area had signification rain, the mountains were covered with green vegetation, a beautiful sight in the desert mountain environment. While in the park, the team visited the Persimmon Gap and Panther Junction Visitor’s Center and the Chisos Basin. The team also enjoyed the beautiful view of the mountains from the Chisos Mountain lodge restaurant and gift shop.

AdventGX Makes Presentation to Cuauhtemoc, Mexico Tourism Board
AdventGX was recently invited to Cuauhtemoc in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico to make a presentation on the AdventGX Strategy Deployment process and discuss ways that AdventGX might help with the region’s rural tourism and economic development initiative. Following the meetings and site visit, the board invited AdventGX to present a proposal for a tourism strategy deployment.

AdventGX Launches Journey Builder Product with Far Flung Outdoor Center
Far Flung Outdoor Center Partners to Pilot Web Marketing and Operations Management ToolsAdventGX is proud to announce the launch of its newest web based software for boutique tourism operators. More than three years in development, Journey Builder provides tourism businesses and attractions with a suite of back office tools to help grow their experiential tourism business.

JourneyBuilder provides online reservations and marketing tools, news and information management functionality and state of the art management tools all designed for ease of use for operators and the travelers they serve. AdventGX launched the pilot in association with Far Flung Outdoor Center of Terlingua, Texas. Far Flung was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about travel opportunities in the Big Bend.

AdventGXtra Sept ’06

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 2006

:: AdventGX News
   :. Elrod Featured in ED-Central Newsletter
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Parral Woodcraft Consortium Visits College Station/Bryan
:: Projects
   :. Texas Mountain Art Rustic Frames Now Available
   :. Van Horn Logo and Brochure Debut at State Fair
:: Team News
   :. Nacho Paez Joins AdventGX, Heads Mexico Operations
   :. Meador Elected Chairman of Texas Nature Tourism Council
   :. Katrina Hay Joins AdventGX, Leads Marketing and Creative Services
AdventGX News
Elrod Featured in ED-Central Newsletter
AdventGX Executive Advisory Board member Jed Elrod recently contributed an article to the Economic Development Resource Library at www.ED-Central.com. The article about moving beyond traditional hunting operations as a means to leverage agricultural and other natural assets for economic development was featured in the site’s monthly newsletter which is distributed to economic development professionals across the state. ED-Central is a program of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) aimed at providing small, rural and underserved communities with best practices, ideas and inspiration toward the development of prosperous communities. Visit www.ED-Central.com/newsletter.asp to read Jed’s article.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Parral Woodcraft Consortium Visits College Station/Bryan
AdventGX hosted the Parral Woodcraft Consortium in College Station, Texas, for the group’s first share holders meeting. Attending the meeting were members of the Parral Woodcraft Consortium, representatives of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, and AdventGX team members. The group from Parral, Mexico spent time touring the Texas A&M University campus, as well as the communities of Bryan-College Station, and were treated to a tour of Keystone Millwork, a national supplier of custom architectural millwork. Keystone president and co-owner Bob Kraus shared some best manufacturing practices with the consortium members. The Parral Woodcraft Consortium will create art products and furnishings to be sold in the United States.

Projects
Texas Mountain Art Rustic Frames Now Available
Texas Mountain Art is proud to announce its new product line of rustic frames. The frames are handcrafted in the rustic Texas Mountain style. A wholesale frames package is available for retailers interested in carrying the products. All businesses that order the initial frames package by October 31, 2006 will be included in the Texas Mountain Art advertisement featured in the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide. For more information or to order a frames package, please call (979)216-0548, or email orders@TexasMountainArt.com.

Van Horn Logo and Brochure Debut at State Fair
During the State Fair of Texas starting this weekend, Van Horn, Texas debuted its new logo and brochure as well as an illustrated regional map aimed at promoting tourism assets along the Texas Mountain Trail. As part of its ongoing economic and tourism development initiative, known as Project 7, Van Horn contracted with AdventGX to develop a new brand for the community as well as a new Van Horn brochure. AdventGX developed the illustrated regional map featuring the work of AdventGX Artist in Residence Ricardo Solar as an educational and promotional tool that will ultimately be sold through retail outlets in Van Horn.

Team News
Nacho Paez Joins AdventGX, Heads Mexico Operations
AdventGX is proud to welcome Nacho Paez as our new Director of Mexico Operations. Nacho comes to AdventGX from the Office of Economic Development for the Municipality of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. There, he was responsible for recruiting businesses to relocate to Parral and for bringing and managing special events. Nacho has been instrumental in establishing the Parral Woodcraft Consortium and other initiatives that are showing great promise for AdventGX development in Mexico.
 
Meador Elected Chairman of Texas Nature Tourism Council
AdventGX Director of Nature Tourism Development Stan Meador was elected President of the Texas Nature Tourism Council (TNTC) at the recent Texas Travel Industry Association Travel Summit. TNTC promotes the value of nature tourism in Texas as a major enhancement of the state’s economy and quality of life, and educates its citizens and its visitors about the state’s nature tourism resources. As the founder of the recreational division of X-Bar Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, Stan Meador has considerable experience in the development of nature tourism programs and attractions. He serves on the Texas Mountain Bike Racers Association board and is a past founding board member and president of the Texas Forts Trail, a regional cultural heritage tourism initiative.
 
Katrina Hay Joins AdventGX, Leads Marketing and Creative Services
AdventGX is proud to announce that Katrina Hay has joined the AdventGX team as our new director of Marketing and Creative Services. Katrina has a strong background in marketing, design and creative services, having worked as a freelance designer for several years. Katrina is the former director of membership marketing for Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture where she earned a degree in environmental design. Katrina has served as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M presenting courses in event production and management and has served a broad range of clients with development of identity and brand development projects, and design of collateral and promotional materials.

AdventGXtra Aug ’06

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.

August 2006

:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Skadberg Presents at “Capitalizing on Rural America – South Dakota/North Dakota”
   :. AdventGX Team attends Lyceum Meeting in Ft. Davis
   :. AdventGX Team Presents at the Texas Art Exchange Conference
:: Projects
   :. Skadberg visits McDonald Observatory
   :. AdventGX Team Visits Parral Woodcraft Consortium and Copper Canyon
   :. Van Horn CVB to Sponsor Seminar
   :. Texas Mountain Art Frames Now Available
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Skadberg Presents at “Capitalizing on Rural America – South Dakota/North Dakota”
Dr. Andy Skadberg presented a session on “Tourism Builds Communities” at the third of four conferences hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, South Dakota. The session focused on opportunities for tourism in rural communities, and methods bankers and economic developers use to capitalize on them. Throughout the four conferences, attendees have been presented new approaches for diversifying and revitalizing their communities.
 
AdventGX Team attends Lyceum Meeting in Ft. Davis
The AdventGX team attended a Texas Lyceum meeting in Ft. Davis, Texas July 28- 29. The event focused on the economic drivers behind hunting and outdoor recreational tourism and was held at the Sproul Ranch and Limpia Hotel. Team members took part in several activities at the ranch and hotel including jeep tours, quail hunting, and fine dining. Members attending the meeting included: Jose Quintana, Andy Skadberg, Joan Tatge, Bill Smith, Lindsey Hafner, Stan Meador, and Nacho Paez. Guests of AdventGX that also attending the meeting were Dr. Carson Watt, members of the University of Chihuahua in Mexico, Scott McGehee, Jose Juan Quintana, and Victoria Quintana.

AdventGX Team Presents at the Texas Art Exchange Conference
AdventGX team members Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge presented at Texas Commission on the Arts annual Texas Arts Exchange. The conference focused on the role arts play in developing cultural districts, promoting the creative economy, leadership and succession for the 21st century. Mr. Quintana and Ms. Tatge presented case studies of communities that used art as a revitalization tool, focusing particularly on the Texas Mountain Art Seminar, Show and Sale that took place in Van Horn, TX last fall.
Projects
Skadberg visits McDonald Observatory
Dr. Andy Skadberg recently visited the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains near Fort Davis, one of the anchor tourism attractions in the Big Bend Mountain region. Scientists at the observatory use three of the worlds largest telescopes to investigate other galaxies, space phenomena and to give us a better understanding of our universe. Andy met with Dr. David Lambert the UT McDonald Observatory Director, Sandra Preston, Asst. Director-Education and Outreach and other staff members to begin discussions of possible collaborations that will take advantage of ongoing projects like Texas Education Vacation as well as the potential for creating new experiential education opportunities in far West Texas.

AdventGX Team Visits Parral Woodcraft Consortium and Copper Canyon
Nacho Paez, AdventGX Director of Mexico Operations led fellow AdventGX team members on a tour of Chihuahua, Mexico. Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, Andy Skadberg and AdventGX interns were part of the trip. Van Horn Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jeff McCoy also joined AdventGX, taking the opportunity to visit with prospective business owners seeking opportunities in far West Texas.During the tour, the group visited several natural and historic sites throughout the region. One such site was Copper Canyon were the team took a beautiful hike.

While at the canyon, the team was able to see Taramarra Indians run in the annual ultra marathon, a 100 km race (60 miles) beginning at the bottom of the canyon and up to the rim where the race ends in a small Mexican village. The winner ran the race in 6 hours.

The team also met with several Parral Woodcraft Consortium members to evaluate prototype products for the Texas Mountain Brand line of products to be sold in West Texas.

Before heading back to the United States, the team stopped at a chipotle pepper farm to tour the facilities.

Van Horn CVB to Sponsor Seminar
Van Horn Convention and Visitors Bureau announced in August its sponsorship of the Rural Economic and Tourism Development Seminar which is scheduled to take place December 18-19. The seminar will bring together leaders from throughout the rural West Texas to discuss ideas and strategies for regional economic development. The Van Horn sponsorship will provide participants the opportunity to enjoy a local nature tourism venue, Red Rock Ranch, as well as a closing reception at the newly opened Blue Quail Coffee in Van Horn’s Main Street district.
 
Texas Mountain Art Frames Now Available
AdventGX and Texas Mountain Art is happy to announce the release of an initial collection of rustic picture frames. The frames are available for wholesale purchase for retail establishments in West Texas and distribution is based out of Van Horn. The offering is part of one of our tourism and economic development initiatives and is augmenting regionally branded products for retail and tourism development. Retailers interested in purchasing frames wholesale can send an email to wholesale@AdventGX.com or should
call (979)216-0548.

AdventGXtra Jul ’06

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.

July 2006

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX to Establish Speakers Bureau
:: Initiatives
   :. AdventGX Team Visits Nature Tourism Sites in Mexico
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX Begins work on Van Horn’s Comprehensive Planning Study
   :. AdventGX Partners with Far Flung Adventures to Launch Journey Builder Product
   :. TEEX, AdventGX Launch Fort Stockton Marketing Assessment
   :. AdventGX Conducts Van Horn Traveler Survey
:: Team News
   :. AdventGX Interns Experience Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch
AdventGX News
AdventGX to Establish Speakers Bureau
AdventGX will soon be launching its speakers bureau, expanding our service offering to include facilitation, coaching and speaking engagement. The Speakers Bureau will include experts on tourism, community, and business development, and will provide the resources to help meeting and conference planners find the ideal instructor, facilitator or speaker for a given topic.
Initiatives
AdventGX Team Visits Nature Tourism Sites in Mexico
AdventGX’s newest executive, Nacho Paez guided Jose Quintana and Andy Skadberg on a tour to sites throughout the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The team’s adventure took them to some of Mexico’s most remote, scenic, and historic communities including a four hour drive through the forests and mountains of central Chihuahua and stops in Guadalupe y Calvo, the site where the first silver coins were minted in North America. Guadalupe y Calvo is also home to some of the continent’s oldest churches.

The team made the short but adventurous treak from Guadalupe y Calvo to Mohinora Peak which at more than 9,000 feet is the highest spot in the state of Chihuahua.

The last stop the team took was the town of Guachochi, and Sinforosa which is an exclusive access point to the southern part of the Copper Canyon. While visiting Sinforosa, the team took an airplane tour, flying through the canyon itself.

Projects
AdventGX Begins work on Van Horn’s Comprehensive Planning Study
AdventGX began work on a comprehensive planning study for the Town of Van Horn. The study involves conducting assessing the community’s infrastructure as well as other resources and devising a plan that will complement the ongoing efforts of Van Horn’s Economic Development Initiative. The study will provide a solid foundation for the continued support of the community’s vision for the future. Once the project is complete, AdventGX will present a comprehensive report and several detailed community maps to the Town of Van Horn. This will provide the Town’s leadership with practical information, goals, objectives, and specific recommendations that will lead the community twenty years into the future.
 
AdventGX Partners with Far Flung Adventures to Launch Journey Builder Product
Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua, Texas has agreed to partner with AdventGX to launch the premier edition of our Journey Builder product for small tourism operators. Journey Builder is both a back office suite and marketing tool created for boutique tourism operators. By agreeing to work with AdventGX on the initial product launch, Far Flung is helping to refine the product and ensure that it meets this need of this specialized market.
 
TEEX, AdventGX Launch Fort Stockton Marketing Assessment
Joan Tatge, AdventGX Director of Communications and Deborah Webb of TEEX Technology and Economic Development Division made their initial visit to Fort Stockton to begin a marketing assessment that will establish the basis for a new marketing web presence for the community. Joan and Deborah worked with Kenda Furman, Fort Stockton Director of Tourism and visited the community’s numerous tourism attractions as part of the visit.
 
AdventGX Conducts Van Horn Traveler Survey
AdventGX is conducting a traveler survey in Van Horn, Texas to establish a baseline of traveler perceptions of Van Horn as well as gather information needed to help create a better experience for visitors to Van Horn. The survey is being conducted both through personal interviews and online. Results for the survey should be in by the end of the summer.
Team News
AdventGX Interns Experience Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch
AdventGX interns enjoyed a four hour tour and hike at Van Horn’s Red Rock Ranch. The tour focuses on the geologic history of the region, and tourists get to view evidence of the native Americans that once inhabited the region. The interns climbed an exposure of precambrian rock, hiked to view a petroglyph and cooled their feet in a natural pool.

AdventGXtra Jun ’06

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.

June 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. AdventGX Team Visits Parral, Mexico
   :. AGX, UACH Discuss Nature Tourism Innitiatives at Cibolo Creek Ranch
   :. AGX Signs MOU with Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
:: Projects
   :. AGX Attends Van Horn Youth Rodeo
   :. AdventGX to Partner with TEEX on Ft. Stockton Technical Assistance Program
:: Team News
   :. Guadalupe Reyes Joins AGX Executive Advisory Board
   :. AGX Interns Take on Project 7 Tasks
Initiatives
AdventGX Team Visits Parral, Mexico
AdventGX team members Jose Quintana, Andy Skadberg, and Lindsey Hafner met in San Marcos to begin their trip southwest to Parral, Mexico to visit with the Parral Woodcraft Consortium. Before the team left San Marcos, they visited a popular park that was completely built and supported by the businesses of San Marcos.

Once out in West Texas, the team took a short break from the road in Ft. Stockton to meet with new AdventGX Executive Advisory Board Member, Jed Elrod.

The team headed across the Mexico border to visit the Parral Wood Consortium in Parral Mexico. On the way, they made a stop in the small Mexican town of Valle. Valle was established as a mining community and continues to thrive in the twenty-first century. The ruins of a textile factory, established near a hot spring, were only a short drive away from Valle.

On the way to Parral from the ruins, the team could not help but notice the impressive, hand-built rock fences that wound themselves across the country side. The fences represent hard word, heritage, and lasting quality. Following these fences we eventually found our way to Parral.

 

Once in Parral, the team met with each of the members of the Parral Woodcraft Consortium individually at their factories. The handmade items produced at each of these factories were quite astonishing in their beauty.

The team visited a total of 9 wood and metal factories. The Consortium will create unique, handmade furniture and home decor items that will be sold in the United States as early as this summer.

Before leaving Mexico, the team visited the small town of Guachochi, the headquarters of the Tarahumara Indian tribe. The team spent the day hiking and taking in the natural beauty surrounding the town.

AGX, UACH Discuss Nature Tourism Innitiatives at Cibolo Creek Ranch
The AdventGX team toured Cibolo Creek Ranch in far West Texas to discuss nature tourism initiatives. The ranch has been successful in the nature tourism industry since it was renovated in 1988. Cibolo Creek Ranch is known for its beautiful setting, luxurious accommodations, and great hunting, fishing, and bird watching grounds.

AGX Signs MOU with Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
AdventGX has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Escuela de Economía Internacional (EEI), part of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, located in Chihuahua, Mexico. EEI is a world-renowned program dedicated to improving the human capital of institutions and communities in Chihuahua, the Republic of Mexico and the world through learning, discovery and service. AdventGX is excited about the opportunity to work with EEI to bring the Republic of Mexico new technologies and methodologies in the area of leadership and professional development solutions.

Projects
AGX Attends Van Horn Youth Rodeo
AdventGX team members working on various projects in Van Horn through the summer took a break to enjoy the youth rodeo over the weekend. The cool weather together with the small town rodeo arena and countless youth on horseback made for an exceptional West Texas experience.

AdventGX to Partner with TEEX on Ft. Stockton Technical Assistance Program
The City of Fort Stockton and the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation approved a joint proposal by the Technology and Economic Development Division of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and AdventGX to provide technical assistance in support of their economic and tourism development efforts. Together, TEEX and AGX will conduct a community marketing assessment, examining community resources and identify assets, barriers and challenges related to marketing the community. Based on the assessment, AdventGX and TEEX will work with the Fort Stockton’s Tourism Director and the Economic Development Director to devise a promotional strategy to attract new residents and tourists alike and develop a new web site to launch the promotional strategy.
Team News
Guadalupe Reyes Joins AGX Executive Advisory Board
AdventGX is proud to welcome Guadalupe Reyes, Jr. as the newest member of the AdventGX Executive Advisory Board. Lupe currently serves as Dean of Technical and Workforce Education at the Blinn College Bryan (TX) Campus. He has over 30 years of community and technical college administrative experience as Dean and Vice President at large institutions in Chicago and Seattle. He built and founded the West Side Technical Institute, a $40 million satellite of the City Colleges of Chicago and also built another center in Seattle focused on computer and information technology certification training. In addition, Mr. Reyes is published nationally and internationally in the workforce development and contract education arenas.
 
AGX Interns Take on Project 7 Tasks
Each summer, AdventGX offers bright young students the opportunity to contribute to ongoing AdventGX projects and working members of project teams. Tasking ranges from manual labor in support of community projects to technical tasks. Recently, the interns worked in Van Horn on a renovation project in the historic Clark Hotel. The 2006 team of interns include Tristan Brewster, of Van Horn, Jose Juan Quintana and Colton Wilson of College Station and Cole Tatge of Bryan.