NCOT Provides Grants for Rural Tourism
The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has funded nearly $900,000 in grants to organizations promoting rural Nevada tourism. The funds are provided through the NCOT’s Rural Grants Program. Organizations that received the grants include the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership, Backcountry Discovery Routes, Wells Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Territory and the Virginia City Tourism Commission among others.
Housing Prices Rise Throughout the State
According to Chase International’s mid-year statistics report, both the Reno-Sparks and the Carson Valley housing market saw an increase of 9 and 1 percent, respectively, in median home prices compared to the same period last year. Similarly, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtor’s latest report indicated a 6.8 percent in median home prices. Condo sales were also up by 27 percent in Reno-Sparks. Las Vegas condo sales were flat with the median price sold holding at $115,000, the same as one year ago.
Republic Services’ Recycling Center Earns Award
Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center, which was completed in November of last year, has received a Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category from the Solid Waste Association of North America. The center is the largest and smartest such center in North America and can process two million pounds of recyclable material per day. The award is given to organizations that represent the best solid waste management practices in North America.
UNLV Offers Fast-Track Program for Teachers
In an effort to help solve the teacher shortage, the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Rebel Academy has completed a fast-track certification program for the second consecutive year. The program is geared towards professionals who are switching careers and had 13 teacher candidates participate. The four-week academy required candidates to work with mentor teachers in a variety of subjects and complete online and preparatory coursework. Participants become certified teachers and are eligible for hire by the Clark County School District in the fall.