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AdventGXtra May ’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.

May 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. Van Horn EDC Accepts TEEX/AGX Technical Assistance Proposal
   :. AGX Launches Parral Woodcraft Consortium
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. O’Leary, Skadberg Present at Tourism Week Celebration in Brenham, Texas
   :. Skadberg Presents at “Capitalizing on Rural America – Missouri”
:: Projects
   :. AGX Visits Alpine, TX Chamber of Commerce
   :. AGX Visits Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Sites
   :. Tatge, Quintana Present Guide Plan to BBTMTA Board
:: Team News
   :. Ed Brooker Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
   :. Brian Smith Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
Initiatives
Van Horn EDC Accepts TEEX/AGX Technical Assistance Proposal
The Van Horn Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors 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 Van Horn’s ongoing economic development initiative. Together, TEEX and AGX will develop the Town of Van Horn’s Road Improvements Plan and Beautification Strategy, providing research and identifying viable options for landscape design improvements to key roadways within and entering the Town of Van Horn. The team will create conceptual landscape designs for entrances into and key roadways within Van Horn for use in communicating plans to the residents of Van Horn as well as prospective sponsors of specific Van Horn projects.
 
AGX Launches Parral Woodcraft Consortium
After a series of meetings and presentations to woodcrafters from Parral, Chihuahau, Mexico, AdventGX has officially launched the Parral Woodcraft Consortium, a Texas corporation that will provide marketing, manufacturing and distribution support for member manufacturers of handcrafted items such a picture frames, furniture, and various leather items to be distributed throughout the United States. The consortium will support regional economic and tourism development initiatives underway in Van Horn, TX as well as Parral, Mexico.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
O’Leary, Skadberg Present at Tourism Week Celebration in Brenham, Texas
On May 16, AdventGX Board Member Dr. Joe O’Leary, head of Texas A&M’s Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences, and AGX Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Andy Skadberg presented to the Tourism Partners of Washington County, civic and business leaders, the Brenham Rotary Club and others from Washington County who are interested in promoting area tourism. Among the community leaders in attendance were Paul Kruse, CEO and president of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing and Sales Manager Keith Godwin, who is also a member of the AGX Executive Advisory Board, organized the event to showcase the many ways that tourism impacts Washington County’s economy. Washington County, home to Washington on the Brazos – the birthplace of Texas – is a growing center for heritage, nature and other forms of experiential tourism in Texas.

      

Skadberg Presents at “Capitalizing on Rural America – Missouri”
AdventGX Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Andy Skadberg presented in Osage Beach, Missouri at a conference hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. The “Tourism Builds Communities” session focused on opportunities for tourism in rural communities and illustrated methods bankers and economic development entities can use to capitalize on them. Attendance is equally split between banking executives and community economic development professionals. The FHLBDM is a cooperative bank that represents about 1250 community banks, credit unions and savings and loans in Iowa, Missouri, South & North Dakota and Minnesota. Over 80% of the banks are located in communities with populations less than 2500. The conferences feature nationally recognized speakers like Ben Stein and Bill Curtis.
Projects
AGX Visits Alpine, TX Chamber of Commerce
Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge stopped in for a visit with Alpine Chamber of Commerce Director Johnny Johnson during their recent visit to far West Texas and discussed Alpine’s participation in the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide. Johnson shared information about Alpine’s many cultural events, from Cowboy poetry to stage productions that attract tourists to the area. The Chamber takes an active role in promoting and supporting Alpine events, providing visitors with a great selection of activities and in turn contributing to the town’s growing economy. Pictured below is a sampling of the posters the Chamber creates to promote area events.

      

AGX Visits Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Sites
During their recent trip to West Texas for a Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide project meeting, Joan Tatge and Jose Quintana enjoyed a tour of Alpine’s Maverick Hotel and visited the Museum of the Big Bend, also in Alpine. During the trip they also stopped at Marathon’s historic Gage Hotel. Both communities will be well represented in the upcoming 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide which AdventGX is producing under contract with the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association.

   

Tatge, Quintana Present Guide Plan to BBTMTA Board
Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge presented an update on the progress of the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide to the Travel Association’s Board of Directors during a meeting of the group in Alpine, Texas. The Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association contracted with AdventGX for turnkey services to produce both the print and online edition of the 2007-2008 guide. Advertising sales for the guide continue through July 31st and the guide is set to print late this year. The online travel guide will feature enhanced web promotion and analytics for participants, enabling advertisers to track the effectiveness of their online promotions.
Team News
Ed Brooker Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
Ed Brooker is a campground and RV park consultant, assisting potential owners with building an RV Park or campground as RV Park and campground management consulting, planning and design. Ed has managed a number of parks, campgrounds and RV parks for a variety of public and private corporations. For the past 15 years, he has offered customized consulting services specifically targeted towards newcomers to the industry and veteran operators across Canada, the United States and Australia. Ed has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand in a continuous search for insights of best practices, unique design, and promotional ideas. Ed is now pursuing a PhD through the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, with a focus on the International Use of Foresight and Innovation within the Outdoor Hospitality Industry.
 
Brian Smith Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
AdventGX is pleased to welcome Brian Smith to the Executive Advisory Board. Brian is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and a Certified Economic Developer. He currently serves as a Government Affairs Representative for such clients as Texas Association of Public Educators Interlocal Agreement Self-Insurance League, and Texas Association of Political Subdivisions Interlocal Agreement Self-Insurance League. In this capacity, he provides legislative support for the roughly 110 member school districts and 93 member political subdivisions. He also represents developers before local governmental bodies across the state with permitting, land use, and other ordinance compliance matters.

AdventGXtra Apr ’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.

April 2006

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX Participates in Texas Lyceum Meeting on Gambling
   :. Texas A&M RPTS Department Celebrates 40 Years
:: Initiatives
   :. Parral Wood Product Manufacturers Visit with AdventGX in West Texas
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Dr. Skadberg Presents at Bankers Conference
   :. Dr. Skadberg Presents at Basic Economic Development Course
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX Launches TEEX ED-Central Newsletter
   :. AdventGX, TEEX Present Technical Assistance Proposal to Madisonville City Council
AdventGX News
AdventGX Participates in Texas Lyceum Meeting on Gambling
Gambling in Texas was the topic of the April Texas Lyceum meeting, held in Galveston. Experts on the topic discussed the effects gambling has on communities, the workforce, and the tourism industry. The weekend ended with a trip to the Sam Houston Race Track to watch the annual Conally Cup. AdventGX President Jose Quintana is a member of the Texas Lyceum Board of Directors. Joan Tatge, Lindsey Hafner and Jose Juan Quintana joined him for the meetings.

Texas A&M RPTS Department Celebrates 40 Years
Texas A&M’s Recreation Parks and Tourism Science Department (RPTS) celebrated its 40th anniversary at the annual Spring Banquet this month and the AdventGX team joined in the festivities. The event was held at The Association of Former Students’ Clayton W. Williams Alumni Center where awards and scholarships were presented to former students, students and professionals in the tourism industry. AdventGX team members participating in the celebration included former RPTS Department Head and Professor Emeritus Dr. Carson Watt, Dr. Warren Evans, AdventGX board member, Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, Kelley Stewart and Lindsey Hafner. Keith Godwin, AdventGX executive advisory board member and director of Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau also joined the team for the event.

   

Initiatives
Parral Wood Product Manufacturers Visit with AdventGX in West Texas
Representatives of wood product manufacturers from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico made the five-hour drive to Fort Davis, Texas to meet with AdventGX at Sproul Ranch to discuss a new initiative aimed at developing a marketing channel for regionally branded wood products. Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge and Lindsey Hafner presented plans for a marketing, manufacturing and distribution consortium of manufacturers of handcrafted items such a picture frames, furniture, and various leather items to be distributed throughout the United States. As part of the Van Horn, Texas regional economic development initiative, AdventGX is establishing the consortium to support the production, distribution and sale of these regionally branded products. The consortium will also support regional economic and tourism development initiatives underway in Parral, Mexico.

      

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Dr. Skadberg Presents at Bankers Conference
Dr. Andy Skadberg presented at a conference hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa. The “Tourism Builds Communities” session focused on opportunities for tourism in rural communities and illustrated methods bankers and economic development entities can use to capitalize on them. The FHLBDM is a cooperative bank that represents about 1250 community banks, credit unions and savings and loans in Iowa, Missouri, South & North Dakota and Minnesota. Over 80% of the banks are located in communities with populations less than 2500. The conferences feature nationally recognized speakers like Neil Cavuto, Ben Stein and Bill Curtis. The next conference will be held May 24th & 25th in Osage Beach, Missouri. For more information visit www.primezone.com/newsroom/news.html?d=96422.
 
Dr. Skadberg Presents at Basic Economic Development Course
AdventGX Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Andy Skadberg presented at the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) in Frisco, Texas. The TEEX BEDC provides economic and community development professionals an introduction to issues, opportunities and resources. Tourism development sessions have recently been added to the seminar as a diversification strategy for economic development.
Projects
AdventGX Launches TEEX ED-Central Newsletter
Under contract with the Texas Engineering Extension Service Technology and Economic Development Division, AdventGX recently developed and launched www.ED-Central.com as well as the monthly e-newsletter for the Economic Development Resource Library. The online resource and monthly e-newsletter aim to provide economic developers in small, rural and underserved communities throughout Texas with ideas, best practices and inspiration for successful, sustainable economic development. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit www.ed-central.com/subscribe.asp.
 
AdventGX, TEEX Present Technical Assistance Proposal to Madisonville City Council
AdventGX Director of Communications Joan Tatge and Lesa Hill of the Texas Engineering Extension Service Technology and Economic Development Division recently presented a proposal for technical assistance to the Madisonville City Council. AdventGX is partnering with TEEX to provide rural and underderserved communities with technical assistance related to economic and tourism development planning and implementation. To learn more about the technical assistance program, contact Joan Tatge at joantatge@adventgx.com.

AdventGXtra Mar ’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.

March 2006

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX Team Attends Unity Dinner
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX to Produce Promotional Video for Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation
   :. AGX Conducts Strategy Workshop for Economic and Tourism Development Seminars
:: Team News
   :. AdventGX Well Represented at iWeek Talent Show
AdventGX News
AdventGX Team Attends Unity Dinner
AdventGX team members attended the annual Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) seminar and Unity Dinner, themed “Texas Events” on March 23 in Austin. Team members Nancy Millar, Stan Meador, and Andy Skadberg attended the nature tourism council meeting and discussed items affecting the growing nature tourism industry. Senator John Cornyn gave the keynote address at the dinner which was attended by AdventGX team members Ron Robinson, Carson Watt, Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, Kelley Stewart, and Lindsey Hafner. Gary Sera of the Texas Engineering Extension Service and Jeff McCoy of Van Horn also joined AdventGX for the event.

   

Projects
AdventGX to Produce Promotional Video for Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation
AdventGX was recented awarded the contract to develop the economic development video for Fort Stockton, Texas. AdventGX will kick off the project with an AdventGX Strategy Deployment Workshop wherein members of the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation will share their vision for the promotional video. Through the workshop, AdventGX will define the goals of the Fort Stockton Economic Development Corporation and establish a development strategy for the video.
 
AGX Conducts Strategy Workshop for Economic and Tourism Development Seminars
AdventGX hosted the AdventGX Strategy Deployment workshop for the upcoming Economic and Tourism Development Seminar Series. The seminar series will be conducted in partnership with the Technology and Economic Development division of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The tourism and economic development seminars will help communities identify best practices and network with fellow communities leaders. TEEX’s representatives Gary Sera, Lesa Hill, Trina Wacasey, and Deborah Webb participated in the workshop along with Keith Godwin from the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and AdventGX team members, Jose Quintana, Joan Tatge, and Lindsey Hafner.
Team News
AdventGX Well Represented at iWeek Talent Show
International students celebrated and shared their heritage at Texas A&M University’s annual International Week. Several AdventGX members participated in the talent show portion of the week. CEO, Dr. Ron Robinson, judged the talent show, and Rosy Saenz, Executive Advisory Board Member, presented at the event. Former AdventGX student intern, Erika Benyamin, performed in the show with the University’s Indonesian student group.

      

AdventGXtra Feb ’06

AdventGXtraAdventGXtra 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 2006

:: Initiatives
   :. AGX Publishes Article in TTIA’s Nature Tourism Newsletter
   :. AdventGX Proudly Sponsors International Week at Texas A&M
   :. Check out our AdventGX ad in TTIA Directory!
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Quintana Presents Guest Lecture at Texas A&M University
   :. Skadberg Presents at North American Farmer’s Conference
:: Projects
   :. AGX Team Tours West Texas for Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide
Initiatives
AGX Publishes Article in TTIA’s Nature Tourism Newsletter
AdventGX President Jose Quintana and Communication Director Joan Tatge co-authored the first article in a two-part series that will appear in the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Nature Tourism Council Newsletter. “Travel Trends Online: Enhancing Your Nature Tourism Experience with Effective On-Line Promotion – part one: A Comprehensive Web Presence Strategy” appeared in the February edition of the newsletter. Visit www.adventgx.com/iMarket/060112-NatureTourismC-AdventGX-Aricle-101.pdf to read the full text of the article.
 
AdventGX Proudly Sponsors International Week at Texas A&M
Each year the International Student Association at Texas A&M presents iWeek. Short for International Week, the event brings together international students to celebrate, educate, and share their respective cultures with the community. AdventGX was a proud sponsor of the 2006 event lending support to the program by hosting its official website. AdventGX Executive Advisory Board member Rosy Saenz, who serves as President of ISA did a fantastic job providing the leadership to help make iWeek 2006 a great success. You can visit the iWeek website at www.adventgx.com/iweek2006/index.html.
 
Check out our AdventGX ad in TTIA Directory!
AdventGX is featured in a full-page ad promoting our web services in the Texas Travel Industry Association’s latest Membership Directory. Visit the online version of this newsletter at www.adventgx.com/news.asp?action=link&month=2&year=2006 to view the ad.

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Quintana Presents Guest Lecture at Texas A&M University
Jose Quintana presented a lecture on information technology solutions for tourism as a guest lecturer for Dr. Ulrike Gretzel’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences class at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gretzel is the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems in Tourism within the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M.
 
Skadberg Presents at North American Farmer’s Conference
Dr. Andrew Skadberg, AdventGX Chief Knowledge Officer made two presentations at the recent conference of the North American Farmer’s Direct Marketing Association. In the first session, “On the Ecotourism Trail,” Dr. Skadberg presented “Stepping Back to See the Big Picture: Successful Community Tourism Development.” During the session, “Capturing Clicks: Best of NAFDMA Web Sites” he made the presentation titled “What makes a good Web site?”
 
Projects
AGX Team Tours West Texas for Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide
En route to make a presentation to the Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Association, AdventGX team members Jose Quintana, Lindsey Hafner and Jonathan Kelly made a few stops to capture some memories. Jonathan stayed behind the camera. Visit the online version of this newsletter at www.adventgx.com/news.asp?action=link&month=2&year=2006to view pictures from the trip.
Jonathan captured his view from the back seat – Jose Quintana and Lindsey Hafner.


In Kerville, the team stopped at YO Ranch and spotted some exotics in the beautifully appointed lobby.

From Kerville, they hit the road toward Marathon.

After the meeting in Alpine the team headed north through Marfa and stopped to check out the newest art exhibit – Prada Marfa.


Before heading home, they took in the sights (and said hello to good friends) in Van Horn, Texas.

AdventGXtra Jan ’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.

January 2006

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX Partners with Alchemy Training Systems, Studios to Extend Service Offering
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Meador Presents at Texas Farm Bureau Conference
   :. AGX Participates in China Conference
   :. Meador Presents at North Dakota Conference
:: Projects
   :. Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Ad Sales Underway
   :. AGX Hosts Workshop to Devise Van Horn Promotional Strategy
AdventGX News
AdventGX Partners with Alchemy Training Systems, Studios to Extend Service Offering
AdventGX will now offer extended multimedia production services as well as video training solutions. These new products by AdventGX will be developed in partnership with Alchemy Training Systems, a digital media development company. With this new partnership, AdventGX is positioned to provide full service video production for both training and promotional projects, as well as multimedia DVD movies, web casts and much more. If you have a video or multimedia project in mind, contact Joan Tatge, AdventGX Director of Communications, to learn more. Joan can be reached via email at joantatge@adventgx.com.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Meador Presents at Texas Farm Bureau Conference
AdventGX Director of Nature Tourism Development Stan Meador addressed an audience of 150 during the Texas Farm Bureau Leadership Conference on January 30th in San Antonio. Stan presented strategies for diversifying traditional farming and ranching operations, including development of wildlife and nature based tourism opportunities.
 
AGX Participates in China Conference
Andrew Skadberg, (AGX Chief Knowledge Officer), Andrew Sansom, (AGX Board Member), Dr. Jianbang Gan, (Forest Sciences, TAMU) and Dr. Yongxia Skadberg (Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, TAMU) all presented at a Research Roundtable at the U.S. – China Conference in Beijing in November. The roundtable participants especially want to thank Dr. Rick Giardino (AGX Board) for his support to make this roundtable a reality.The session titled “Wetland Conservation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Rural Economic Development” ties directly to AdventGX’s core strategies for realistic, sustainable rural economic development. The roundtable participants are planning interim activities to continue the momentum created by the conference and are already preparing to participate in the next U.S. China Conference that will take place in the U.S. in 2007.
 
Meador Presents at North Dakota Conference
Stan Meador was invited to deliver a keynote presentation at the 4th Annual North Dakota Nature & Rural Tourism Conference held in Fargo, ND on January 17, 2006. This year’s conference theme was titled, “Community Success through Tourism”. Meador’s presentation delivered to approximately 100 attendees, titled “Community and Regional Growth in Rural America; a model based on Van Horn, Texas” highlighted the ongoing Van Horn EDI. In a break out session on the second day, Stan presented, “Nature Tourism: Moving from Individual Enterprise to Regional Destination.” This session was attended by CVB directors, regional tourism coordinators, researchers and a couple of individual enterprise operators.Andy Skadberg also attended the conference and took the opportunity to reach out to other conference participants including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Senator Kent Conrad, and North Dakota Nature & Rural Tourism Association’s Marty Anderson. To view images from the event, see the complete AdventGX newsletter online at www.adventgx.com/news.asp

      

Projects
Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide Ad Sales Underway
AdventGX is producing the 2007-2008 Big Bend Texas Mountain Travel Guide, providing full service production and advertising sales to support both print and online versions of the guide. Advertising sales are now underway and space is limited. The travel guide will make its debut January 1, 2007 with a circulation of 250,000. A 5% discount will be passed along to businesses that purchase their advertisements before May 1, 2006. Special sponsorship opportunities are also available and represent outstaning promotional opportunity for participants. For more information about purchasing advertising space, or becoming a corporate sponsor, please call (979)216-0548.
 
AGX Hosts Workshop to Devise Van Horn Promotional Strategy
AdventGX teamed up with Van Horn Representatives to devise a comprehensive Promotional Strategy for the Town by completing a series of ASD workshops. During the workshops, participants Becky Brewster, Brenda Hinojos, Jeff McCoy, and Andrea Ramirez, shared their vision for the Town’s new website and promotional travel brochures. Based on participant’s comments and a follow-up survey, the AdventGX team will devise a comprehensive strategy for moving forward with the effort. The new website and brochure will both be coming out later this year.

AdventGXtra Dec. ’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.

December 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. Esteemed Tourism Authority Dr. Joseph O’Leary Joins AGX Board of Directors
:: Initiatives
   :. Vestivo Showcased at 2005 ARVC InSites
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. AdventGX Builds Bridge to China
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX Wins Contract to Produce Van Horn Promotional Strategy
   :. Did you know?
AdventGX News
Esteemed Tourism Authority Dr. Joseph O’Leary Joins AGX Board of Directors
AdventGX is proud to announce that Doctor Joseph O’Leary has joined the AdventGX Board of Directors. Dr. O’Leary is a professor and department head in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. O’Leary’s research has involved knowledge management, and analysis of large national and international studies of travel and recreation behavior. The results of his work have been used by public and private organizations throughout the world. Dr. O’Leary joins fellow AdventGX board members Dr. Carson Watt, professor emeritus of Texas A&M University in the Dept. of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Mr. Andy Sansom, former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Mr. Brandon Coleman, brand development & marketing authority, Dr. Rick Giardino, Texas A&M University dean of graduate studies and Dr. Ronald Robinson, AdventGX CEO & Board Chairman and member of the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Council. To read Dr. O’Leary’s extended bio, visit our web site at www.AdventGX.com/our_team.html.
Initiatives
Vestivo Showcased at 2005 ARVC InSites
Amy Williams, Casey Jensen and Travis Nance participated in the National Association of RV Parks & Campground (ARVC) InSites 2005 Convention held in Austin, Texas. Vestivo was one of about 120 exhibitors who where able to showcase products and services for 1000 RV Parks and Campgrounds attending the convention. ARVC InSites was also an opportunity for Vestivo to announce their newly forged partnership with Friend Communications. Click here to read the full press release.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
AdventGX Builds Bridge to China
Andrew Skadberg, (AGX Chief Knowledge Officer), Andrew Sansom, (AGX Board Member), Dr. Jianbang Gan, (Forest Sciences, TAMU) and Dr. Yongxia Skadberg (Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, TAMU) all presented at a Research Roundtable at the U.S. – China Conference in Beijing in November. The roundtable participants especially want to thank Dr. Rick Giardino (AGX Board) for his support to make this roundtable a reality.The session titled “Wetland Conservation, Nature-Based Tourism, and Rural Economic Development” ties directly to AdventGX’s core strategies for realistic, sustainable rural economic development. The roundtable participants are planning interim activities to continue the momentum created by the conference and are already preparing to participate in the next U.S. China Conference that will take place in the U.S. in 2007.
Projects
AdventGX Wins Contract to Produce Van Horn Promotional Strategy
AdventGX was awarded the contract to develop the promotional strategy for Van Horn, Texas, including their printed travel guide and the web architecture for the Town’s comprehensive web presence. AdventGX will kick off the project with a marketing and promotion strategy deployment workshop in Van Horn shortly after the new year. Through the workshop, AdventGX will define the promotional goals for the Van Horn Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, the Van Horn Economic Development Corporation and the Town of Van Horn and define a promotional strategy, including both print and online components, to achieve them. The project is being performed in conjunction with the ongoing Van Horn Economic Development Initiative. To learn more about the project, visit www.Project7.org
 
Did you know?
More than 80% of travelers plan their trips online, so not only is important to have a web site, it’s important to have a strong, attractive, efficient web presence that works for your business. AdventGX has produced the web presence and brand for more than 25 tourism related businesses in the last 2 years. Here are just a few of the customers we serve:Herradura Ranch

Wells Outfitters

Captain Eric Glass

Tule Creek Outfitters

Captain Andy Thompson

Wired Lodge

VestivoRV Reservation Management Solutions

If you are in need of a web presence – new or enhanced – please contact us at info@adventgx.com or call 979-216-0548 for more information. We are currently scheduling our 2006 projects and we’d love to help you capture your customers online.

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.

AdventGXtra Aug ’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.

August 2005

:: Projects
   :. Skadberg Visits Washington D.C., Promotes Rural Economic Development
   :. Quintana and Tatge Visit Van Horn
:: Team News
   :. Amy Williams Joins AGX, Launches Reservation Management Solutions, Inc.
   :. Brad Cunningham Joins AGX, Brings New Internet Technology
   :. Rosa Elena Saenz Offers Invocation and Benediction at Texas A&M Commencement
Projects
Skadberg Visits Washington D.C., Promotes Rural Economic Development
Dr. Andy Skadberg recently traveled to Washington D.C. to promote rural economic development and inform legislators and government program directors about the AdventGX approach to economic and tourism development for our nation’s rural places. Andy showcased the AGX model for rural economic development using the Van Horn, Texas Economic Development Initiative as a case study. With the help of Jim Maetzold of USDA, Andy was able to meet with several program leaders of the USDA and Forest Services, which will be helpful to AdventGX’s programs supporting rural communities across the nation. In all, Andy met with four legislators (or their representatives) and 7 program leaders. He was also able to take a tour that focused on agritourism in the region. The trip assisted AdventGX in building relationships with business leaders and Congressmen from around the country, and built awareness of AdventGX and its services.
 
Quintana and Tatge Visit Van Horn
Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge experienced the full family vacation atmosphere when they took their own families to Van Horn July 26 through August 3. Besides working on the economic development project for Van Horn they also got to help put trash cans out on Main Street, hike through the Texas Mountain region, and watch the Movie on the Wall – a summer fun event for the Van Horn community.
 
Team News
Amy Williams Joins AGX, Launches Reservation Management Solutions, Inc.
Amy Williams recently joined AdventGX as Director of our new Reservation Management Solutions Division, bringing some 12 years experience working in real estate management and investment. In 1993, Amy was hired by Trust Property Management which owned and managed 130 multi-family properties across the United States, Amy assisted with property acquisitions, on-site training, income reporting, and property audits. Moving to the The Arkad Group in 2000 as the Director of Property Operations, she was involved with property rehabilitation, and oversight of property operations, policies and personnel. In 2002, Amy joined Diversified Investments, a real estate investment company specializing in RV resorts to manage their training and software support departments. During her career at DI, Amy implemented new reservation software and wireless Internet solutions on the properties. Amy is Director of Reservation Management Solutions, Inc., bringing the Vestivo line of premier reservation and property management solutions to high-end resorts, casinos and cruise lines throughout the U.S. and internationally.
 
Brad Cunningham Joins AGX, Brings New Internet Technology
Brad Cunningham, a lifelong entrepreneur and web-based application developer, recently joined the AdventGX team and will head up the implementation of the new technology community networking software. Having tested under the names “VipZip” and “Powervox,” the new software will be integrated into some of AdventGX’s existing products including JourneyBuilder and TrueJourney. Brad has extensive experience in web-based application design and enterprise system implementation. Prior to joining AdventGX, he served as Director of Internet Systems and Information Technology for American Lightwave Communications, a Houston telecommunications company. He also founded Proactive Intelligence, a company specializing in the Internet education-to-consumer market, and served as Manager and Senior Technical Consultant for Insource Technology. After graduating from Emporia State University, in Emporia Kansas, Brad served in the United States Navy, and then taught computer science and webmastering for the Katy, Texas Independent School District.
 
Rosa Elena Saenz Offers Invocation and Benediction at Texas A&M Commencement
AdventGX Executive Advisory Board member Rosa Elena Saenz became the first international student in A&M’s history to provide the invocation and benediction at Texas A&M’s graduation ceremony in August. The ceremony took place August 12, 2005 in College Station, Texas. Ms. Saenz is currently the President of the Mexican Student Association at Texas A&M University and a graduate student in the Department of Hispanic Studies.