Record International Visitation for Las Vegas
According to data garnered primarily from US Department of Commerce research, international visitors now contribute to Las Vegas’ bottom line more than ever before. Comprising 18 percent of overall visitation to Las Vegas and 27 percent of tourism revenue in 2010, international visitors have increased in the double digits over the previous year. Visitation from China has been especially marked with increases of 38 percent with data from the US Department of Commerce projecting an additional increase in Chinese visitors of 219 percent by 2015.
Revolving Loan Program Funds Hydro Projects in Nevada
Nevada Controls, LLC used low-interest loans from the Nevada State Office of Energy’s (NSOE) revolving loan program to fund two construction projects in Lander and Nye Counties and are working on a third in Elko County. The projects utilize existing streams to produce hydro power. Just one of the small power plants is expected to generate an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
Colbalt Data Centers to Build $60 million Data Center
Colbalt Data Centers, LLC has announced intentions to build a 60,000 square-foot data center. The company has acquired 2.4 acres in Las Vegas and expects the project to create anywhere from 75 to 100 construction jobs and 30 permanent technology jobs in the area.
Saint Mary’s Partners with First Health
Saint Mary’s Health Plans (SMHP) has partnered with First Health to serve as the statewide health plan’s national PPO network for use outside of Nevada. The new network is now being offered to all new group PPO plans and, throughout the next year, SMHP will be available to all insured groups at the time of renewal. First Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry Health Care.