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AdventGXtra Nov. ’05

AdventGXtra

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

November 2005

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

      

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

AdventGXtra Oct. ’05

AdventGXtra

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

October 2005

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

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

AdventGXtra Sept. ’05

AdventGXtra

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

September 2005

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

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

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.
 

AdventGXtra Jul ’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.

July 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX Spin-Off Offers Premier Reservation Solution
   :. AdventGX Sponsors Team16 Racing
:: Projects
   :. AdventGX Commissions Artist to Create Original Van Horn Art
:: Team News
   :. Stan Meador Joins AGX as Director of Nature Tourism Development
AdventGX News
AdventGX Spin-Off Offers Premier Reservation Solution
AdventGX recently launched Reservation Management Solutions, Inc., to market it’s premier reservation and property management software to high-end/high-volume properties in the resort industry. Reservation Management Solutions, Inc. is ideally positioned to revolutionize reservation and property management with its Vestivo line of custom and off-the-shelf reservation and property management products. To learn more about RMS or the Vestivo product offerings, contact Travis Nance at travisnance@adventgx.com.
 
AdventGX Sponsors Team16 Racing
AdventGX recently developed and launched a web site to showcase two of racing’s top young talents, Brad Coleman & Colin Braun. Brad and Colin were part of a World Record setting team in February when the 16 year-olds raced in and completed the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, North America’s most renowned and challenging endurance road race. The talented youngsters garnered a Top 10 finish (7th) at the famed Daytona International Speedway, earning the respect of many of the best professional NASCAR, IRL, and Sports Car drivers in the world. Be sure to check out the web site and follow these two incredible young men on their exciting journey: www.team16.info

Projects
AdventGX Commissions Artist to Create Original Van Horn Art
As part of the ongoing Van Horn Economic Development Initiative, AdventGX has commissioned Ricardo Solar to creating paintings of Van Horn’s beautiful landscapes as well as the buildings, events and people that characterize the unique spirit of Van Horn, Texas. The paintings and drawings will be featured in local Van Horn businesses and sold on a consignment basis. Click here to see samples of some of the early pencil drawings by Ricardo Solar.

Team News
Stan Meador Joins AGX as Director of Nature Tourism Development
Executive Advisory Board Member Stan Meador has agreed to join the AdventGX team as our new Director of Nature Tourism Development. In this capacity, Stan will share his insights and expertise in nature tourism through professional services, consulting engagements, articles and speaking engagements. In addition, Stan will serve as lead advisor to the development of AGX’s premier product offering, JourneyBuilder.com. Stan is the founder and general manager of the recreational division (X-Bar Ranch) for his family’s five-generation ranch near Eldorado, Texas.

AdventGXtra Jun ’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.

June 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX Signs MOU with NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center
   :. Bohac Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
   :. AdventGX Joins Texas A&M for Visit to Ellison’s Greenhouses in Brenham
   :. AdventGX Hosts Mexican Delegation From Parral, Chihuahua
:: Projects
   :. Texas Education Vacation Featured in TTIA Newsletter
   :. Van Horn EDC Authorizes Phase II of Economic Development Initiative
AdventGX News
AdventGX Signs MOU with NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center
AdventGX recently entered into an agreement with the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center of the Texas Engineering Extension Service to work jointly in the area of economic development for the benefit of Texas communities. As part of the agreement, the two entities will pursue joint projects, develop and deliver a tourism module for the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC), and develop co-branded marketing materials that will illustrate both partners’ capabilities to support economic and tourism development and leverage emerging opportunities in space tourism.
Bohac Joins AdventGX Executive Advisory Board
AdventGX is proud to welcome Jennifer Bohac to our Executive Advisory Board. Jennifer is the Director of the Traveling Aggies program, the travel program for former students of Texas A&M Univerisity. During her four years with The Association of Former Students, one of the largest and most respected alumni associations in the world, Jennifer more than doubled the size of the Traveling Aggies program. Today, Traveling Aggies is among the most successful travel programs of its kind. As Director, Jennifer travels extensively and has become a noted expert in hospitality and creating unique travel experiences.
 
AdventGX Joins Texas A&M for Visit to Ellison’s Greenhouses in Brenham
Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge recently joined Dr. Joseph O’Leary, Head of Texas A&M University’s Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences, and Paul Serff, President of the Texas Travel Industry Association, on a visit to Ellison’s Greenhouses in Brenham, Texas. PJ Ellison treated the group to a tour of the greenhouses and shared her vision for developing experiential tourism opportunities in the area. Click here to see a picture of the group with P.J. in Ellison’s new retail area.

AdventGX Hosts Mexican Delegation From Parral, Chihuahua
AdventGX recently hosted a delegation of representatives from Parral, Chihuahua during their visit to College Station. The group participated in a series of meetings and tours, including stops at the Texas World Speedway and the George Bush Presidential Library, lunch with representatives of Texas A&M University and dinner with the Mayor of the City of Bryan, Ernie Wentrcek and City Manager Mary Kaye Moore. The delegation included Jesus Flores Olivas, Suplente de Presidente Municipal; Miquel Primo Armendariz Sonza, Director de Atencion Ciudana; Jesus Hernandez Arce, Economic Research Center Coordinator for Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua; Raul Soto Contreras, Director de Desarrolla Economico and Ignacio Paez Arras, Desarrollo Economico. The group made the trip to College Station to share information about their economic and tourism development efforts and learn how AdventGX can support the initiative. Click here to see pictures from the visit.

Projects
Texas Education Vacation Featured in TTIA Newsletter
An article by Dr. Andy Skadberg about Texas Education Vacation (TEV) is featured in the June edition of “The Texas Explorer,” the Texas Travel Industry Association’s monthly newsletter. In the article, Dr. Skadberg provides insight into the importance of TEV as a tool for parents and educators seeking meaningful travel experiences for their children. The full-page article also summarizes criteria for attractions included in the searchable web-based database of educational travel opportunities. To learn more about TEV, log on to www.TexasEducationVacation.com.
 
Van Horn EDC Authorizes Phase II of Economic Development Initiative
Dr. Andy Skadberg, Jose Quintana and Joan Tatge traveled to Van Horn during June to formally present the final report for Phase I of the Van Horn Economic Development Initiative. Following the presentation, the Van Horn EDC Board of Directors authroized Phase II of the project. During their week-long visit to Van Horn, the team had the opportunity to experience youth rodeo, visit with entrepreneurs leading local business start-ups and make visits to nearby West Texas regional attractions. Click here to see pictures from the week in Van Horn.

AdventGXtra May ’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.

May 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. Former Google Executive Joins AdventGX Team
   :. AdventGX Conducts First Jr. Internship Program
:: Projects
   :. Rediscover Texas Campaign Ends June 12
   :. Texas Education Vacation Released During Tourism Week
AdventGX News
Former Google Executive Joins AdventGX Team
AdventGX is proud to welcome Casey Jensen to our team as Vice President for Business Development. Casey has more than 10 years of experience in Internet marketing and advertising. During his three years with Google he helped develop the next generation of media sales. Casey worked with clients such as Hewlett Packard, Wyndham, La Quinta, CompUSA, Kenneth Cole, Fossil and National Instruments, creating new distribution models with search advertising that revolutionized their ROI. Prior to working with Google, Casey managed the online media sales for 170 websites and more than 200 e-newsletters for Meckler Media. Casey began his professional career as an ad agency account manager working with such brands as Apple, Coors, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Fannie Mae and Paramount Pictures.
 
AdventGX Conducts First Jr. Internship Program
Three College Station ISD students were selected for AdventGX’s first junior internship program, wherein a team of high school students are given a development project to work on over the summer. The experience affords the students an opportunity to gain hands on experience working on a professional project and gaining exposure to the tourism industry. This year, the student team has been assigned the task of developing the model for a high end laser tag attraction. The students, Max Sera, Jose Juan Quintana and Felipito Zambrano, will conduct the market research, product development and branding for the attraction.
Projects
Rediscover Texas Campaign Ends June 12
There is still time to register to win a weekend getaway to a great Texas destination as part of the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Rediscover Texas Campaign. AdventGX developed the online sweepstakes and survey on behalf of TTIA. The campaign was developed to raise awareness of the great travel destinations across Texas and provides tourism operators a chance to take part in a statewide promotional campaign. To register to win a weekend getaway, be sure to log on to www.rediscovertexas.org before June 12.
 
Texas Education Vacation Released During Tourism Week
The Texas Travel Industry Association released Texas Education Vacation on May 7 as part of Tourism Week. AdventGX developed the online resource for parents and teachers seeking engaging educational vacations. The product is a collaborative effort of the Texas Education Agency, TTIA and the Office of the Governor. Look for a full-page write-up by Dr. Andy Skadberg about TEV in the June issue of the “Texas Explorer” the monthly newsletter for TTIA.

AdventGXtra Apr ’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.

April 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. Rediscover Texas Campaign in Full Swing
   :. Van Horn Workshops Kick off Economic Development Project
   :. AdventGX Hosts Chihuahua Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Skadberg, Tatge Present Texas Education Vacation to B/CS CVB
   :. Meador Presents at ANGADI Conference in Nuevo Laredo
   :. Skadberg, Ebel Visit Iowa Landowner, Evaluate Tourism Opportunities
   :. Skadberg and Tutor to Attend Mobile Showcase in California
AdventGX News
Rediscover Texas Campaign in Full Swing
The 2005 Rediscover Texas campaign is well underway – the campaign started April 1st and will close on May 15, 2005. Registrants from all over the world have signed up for the Texas sized sweepstakes for seven weekend getaways that stretch across Texas. If you haven’t entered the sweepstakes, be sure to register at www.rediscovertexas.org.AdventGX developed the Rediscover Texas online sweepstakes as well as the online media kit promoting special advertising opportunities in honor of Tourism Week. AdventGX is tracking the registrations, survey results and web-analytics collected via the sweepstakes registration process on behalf of the Texas Travel Industry Association. Early data supports the growing importance of online promotion by the tourism Industry. Last year over 40% of registrations were generated from web references (search engines, eNews articles, affiliates) making it the largest source of registrations (over TV, Radio, Print and Bill Board sources).
 
Van Horn Workshops Kick off Economic Development Project
Six AdventGX team members traveled to Van Horn, Texas April 10-12 to participate in a series of workshops with Van Horn community members. During the workshops participants shared their dreams and aspirations for Van Horn and identified keys issues they want to address through the economic development initiative.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 strategy will prioritize community projects and provide estimated levels of effort to the Van Horn Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Upon delivery of the strategy, and approval by the EDC, the project will move into the implementation phase wherein AdventGX will support Van Horn with individual projects and fundraising.
 
AdventGX Hosts Chihuahua Secretary of Commerce and Tourism
On April 18, AdventGX had the honor of hosting Hector Valles, Secretary of Commercial and Tourism Development for the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, and Dr. Raul Favela, International Services, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. During their visit, the Secretary presented his vision for commercial and tourism development in the State of Chihuahua and shared a beautiful slideshow about the state’s abundant natural assets. In turn, Dr. Andy Skadberg and Jose Quintana presented the AdventGX approach to tourism development. As a result of the meetings, AdventGX is submitting a proposal to the Secretary for a comprehensive commercial and economic development effort.
   
 
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Skadberg, Tatge Present Texas Education Vacation to B/CS CVB
Mr. Barry Bigger, President and CEO of the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, invited AdventGX to present Texas Education Vacation to the CVB’s board of directors in late March. Dr. Andy Skadberg and Joan Tatge provided an introduction to AdventGX and demonstrated both Texas Education Vacation and Lauren and Erin’s Travel Adventures to participants. Both online promotional tools were well received by the BCSCVB board.
 
Meador Presents at ANGADI Conference in Nuevo Laredo
Executive Advisory Board Member Stan Meador gave a presentation at the annual conference of the Asociacisn Nacionalde Ganaderos Diversificados (National Diversified Wildlife Breeders Association) on April16th in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Meador discussed opportunities to further develop existing hunting opportunities and to diversify into other non-consumptive nature tourism enterprises. Stan’s presentation included the AdventGX approach to tourism development and was mentioned in local news coverage of the event.
 
Skadberg, Ebel Visit Iowa Landowner, Evaluate Tourism Opportunities
Dan Wells of the famous Wells Blue Bunny ice cream invited Andy Skadberg and Executive Advisory Board Member Gary Ebel to visit his ranch located in Northwest Iowa to evaluate nature tourism opportunities. Well’s “Hole ‘n the Wall” ranch currently provides great hunting opportunities, and Dan hopes to expand the operation to include very high end executive hunts and potentially an executive retreat center. Andy spent April 29th touring the ranch, conducting an inventory of resources and learning about Dan’s aspirations for his property. AdventGX is using this information to make recommendations about next-steps for developing the property to fulfill Dan’s goals and objectives.
 
Skadberg and Tutor to Attend Mobile Showcase in California
Craig Tutor, AdventGX Executive Advisory Board Member, and Andy Skadberg will attend Mobile Showcase – an upcoming conference being held May 9-11, 2005 in Indian Wells, California. The conference allows enterprise IT decision makers to see the latest and greatest mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services live on stage. In two short days, more than 40 companies will demonstrate their mobile and wireless products and services, providing Andy and Craig with an excellent preview of technologies with potential application to AdventGX tourism products.

AdventGXtra Mar ’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.

March 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. AdventGX to Manage Texas Governor’s Tourism Ad Tracking System
   :. AdventGX Establishes Partnership with StarVision Technologies
   :. Team Makes Scouting Visit to Van Horn
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Skadberg Invited to Speak at Iowa Tourism Conference
   :. Team Members Participate in Border Governor’s Conference
   :. Andy Skadberg Speaks to Texas Association of Museums
AdventGX News
AdventGX to Manage Texas Governor’s Tourism Ad Tracking System
AdventGX was recently awarded the contract to maintain the Texas Advertisement Tracking Database and Reporting System for the Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism. AdventGX will design, build, host and administer the database, provide a web-based user interface, conduct market analysis and report findings. This high profile project solidifies AdventGX’s position as a lead provider of tourism technology products and support in Texas and will serve as a springboard to similar opportunities throughout the U.S. and internationally.
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AdventGX Establishes Partnership with StarVision Technologies
AdventGX recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with StarVision Technologies, a College Station based high tech start-up that is producing intelligent vision technologies with broad application to the tourism industry. StarVision and AdventGX have agreed to jointly engage in the development of novel technologies in the areas of Visitor Characterization & Metrics, Visitor Origin, Special Events, crowd flow analysis at special events, visitation measuring and facilities usage metrics, and Space tourism.
 
Team Makes Scouting Visit to Van Horn
Jose Quintana, Andy Skadberg and Joan Tatge traveled to Van Horn, Texas for a scouting trip in anticipation of the upcoming workshops that will formally launch our Van Horn Economic Development project. The team enjoyed the hospitality of Economic Development Corporation CEO Jeff McCoy who shared valuable insights into the project. Van Horn is nestled in a beautiful far-West Texas valley. The town has a rich history and beautiful natural resources.
 

Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Skadberg Invited to Speak at Iowa Tourism Conference
Andy Skadberg has been invited by the Iowa Department of Economic Development to speak at their October conference. Andy will present on “Successful Community Tourism Development” in two break-out sessions during the conference on October 24th.
 
Team Members Participate in Border Governor’s Conference
AdventGX team members participated in the 2005 Border Governor’s Conference on March 15. Executive Advisory Board member Rosy Saenz-Padilla hosted the Mexican delegates attending the conference, while Andy Skadberg and Joan Tatge both participated in the one day event. The team made great contacts with representatives of Mexican border states and will be following up on prospective relationships.
 
Andy Skadberg Speaks to Texas Association of Museums
Andy Skadberg was one of three panelists who addressed participants at the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums on March 30th in Dallas. The panel discussed the Texas Commission on the Arts’ new statewide Craft Initiative designed to support cultural tourism and economic development opportunities for rural communities and the artisans. Andy was joined on the discussion panel by Jim Bob McMillan, Director of Administration and Community Development, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Janie Headrick, State Coordinator, Texas Trails Program, Texas Historical Commission. The panel was chaired by Ann Lancaster, Executive Director, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

AdventGXtra Feb’ 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.

February 2005

:: AdventGX News
   :. Van Horn Project to Kick Off Soon
   :. X-Bar Ranch Featured in Texas Highways
   :. Lauren and Erin’s Travel Adventures Now Online
   :. Travel By Road International Summit Coming Soon
:: Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
   :. Texas Education Vacation, Rediscover Texas Featured at TTIA’s Unity Dinner
   :. Skadberg, Meador Participates in A&M’s Nature Tourism Banner Program
AdventGX News
Van Horn Project to Kick Off Soon
The Van Horn Economic Development Corporation recently informed AdventGX of plans to contract for our economic and tourism development services in support of the Far West Texas region. AdventGX will develop a comprehensive master plan for Van Horn, Texas involving the merging of numerous past planning studies, innovative concepts and existing initiatives. Once contract documents are formalized, the project is expected to kick off quickly with the first ASD workshop expected to take place in March.
 
X-Bar Ranch Featured in Texas Highways
EAB member Stan Meador’s X-Bar Ranch is featured in the February 2005 edition of Texas Highways magazine. The four-page feature presents beautiful photos of the 7,100 acre ranch that beckons ecotourists, hikers, mountain bikers and star gazers to make an escape from the ordinary.
 
Lauren and Erin’s Travel Adventures Now Online
Municipalities and attractions now have a new online promotion tool that captures travel experiences in an engaging virtual travel journal. Lauren and Erin’s Travel Adventures combine the Wyatt sisters’ creative zeal and fun loving perspective in an entertaining and insightful web site that is sure to draw attention online as a powerful promotional tool.The College Station Adventure features stops at the George Bush Presidential Library, the Children’s Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Corps of Cadets Museum. The virtual journal of Austin features the Capital Building, Texas History Museum, Zilker Park and the Nature and Science Center. Check it out online at: http://www.adventgx.com/laurenwyatt/.
 
Travel By Road International Summit Coming Soon
AdventGX will host the first Travel By Road International Summit in College Station later this year. The conference will focus on issues and opportunities facing industries serving business and leisure travelers. Watch for more information on this exciting upcoming international event brought to you by AdventGX.
Meetings/Presentations/Workshops
Texas Education Vacation, Rediscover Texas Featured at TTIA’s Unity Dinner
Chief Knowledge Officer Dr. Andy Skadberg presented the Texas Education Vacation and Rediscover Texas programs as part of the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Unity Dinner program. AdventGX developed the Texas Education Vacation program on behalf of TTIA and the program was formally announced during the dinner which was attended by some 1,100 representatives of the travel industry in Texas. AdventGX also developed the online media kit for the Rediscover Texas campaign, enabling participants to browse media buying options and make advertising reservations online.
 
Skadberg, Meador Participates in A&M’s Nature Tourism Banner Program
AdventGX EAB member Stan Meador hosted and Chief Knowledge Officer Andy Skadberg participated in the first of a series of workshops that are rolling out under the Texas Cooperative Extension’s Nature Tourism Banner Program. The first workshop was held in Eldorado, Texas and was attended by representatives from Texas Farm Bureau, small business land owners and a large ranch owned by Riata Energies. Guiding business owner Pete Szilagyi (writer for the Austin American Statesman), and Jeff McCoy with the Van Horn EDC also participated. Board member Dr. Carson Watt has provided guidance to the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Dept. for developing the program and future collaborations with AdventGX.