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The Mesquite Regional Business, Inc and the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce are jointly hosting the Mesquite Business Summit on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Sun City Community Center, 1350 Flat Top Mesa. Steve Hill, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development Executive Director will be the keynote speaker followed by a panel of local experts representing Mesquite's economic drivers. The cost to attend is $25 for early reservation and $30 after November 1st. Table sponsorships available for $250 (table of 8). Hors d'oeuvres will be served and early reservations are suggested because the 2013 event sold-out early. This joint venture is to inform the business community what is on the horizon for the Mesquite region.
In 2012, Steve Hill was appointed to the position of Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. "Nevada's commitment to economic development is resulting in real jobs for Nevadans," said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. "Over the last several months, the number of high-caliber jobs that are resulting from companies relocating to Nevada or expanding within our state has continued to increase, and our economy is feeling the positive impact from this."
Following the keynote speaker a panel will be discussing topics that drive Mesquite's local economy such as recreational tourism, gaming, residential housing and healthcare. The panelist include Andre Carrier, Eureka Casino Resort President & COO; David Bennett, Fidelity National Title Las Vegas; Patty Holden, Mesa View Regional Hospital CEO; and Bryan Dangerfield, City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services Director. A question and answer session will be open to the attendees.
Due to the sold-out event last year, early reservations are suggested. Call the Mesquite Regional Business to make your reservations (702) 345-3075.
In addition to an appearance at the Welcome Dinner, Tommy will be invited to hit the ceremonial first tee shot at 8:30 a.m. on Friday during the Opening Ceremonies on the tee box at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. He will hit the first ball with a selected one-armed ParaLong Driver.
“We are extremely excited to join the ParaLong Drive team and the gifted athletes gathering in Mesquite from around the world to participate and celebrate tremendous individual achievement,” said Joe Morrissey. ”It is an honor for us to have our son Tommy hit the ceremonial ‘first ball’ and represent all individuals with physical challenges in such a special way! “
Morrissey continued; “We hope Tommy's story and participation in ParaLong Drive inspires individuals of all ages with physical challenges and gives them strength to pick up the clubs with a goal of being a ParaLong Drive participant and Grip and Rip it!“
Mosier, of NBC Universal’s Golf Channel, is an on-air host and reporter for the 24-hour network, and is an award-winning writer for GolfChannel.com. Mosier has appeared on “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central.” She currently hosts two weekly web-exclusive shows on GolfChannel.com – “Grill Room” and “Big Breakdown.”
“It is our pleasure to have the Morrisseys join Bailey for an incredible evening as we honor perseverance and sportsmanship and pay tribute to an international group of disabled golfers and the sponsors and volunteers of the ParaLong Drive Worlds,” said Bryan Dangerfield, director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee.
The public is invited and a limited number of tickets are available for $30 per person. Tickets are available at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from any Local Organizing Committee volunteer. Dress is golf casual. Additional information is at www.ParaLongDrive.org or by calling 702-346-8732.
Golf Channel will showcase ParaLong Drive athletes this week with feature stories on ALDC founder Dean Jarvis Tuesday (Oct. 13) and one-arm golfer Brad Clayton Wednesday (Oct. 14). The segments will be featured during the popular Golf News Shows on the Morning Drive (7 AM Eastern/4 AM Pacific) and Golf Central (6 PM Eastern/3 PM Pacific).
On Friday following the two-day ParaLong Drive Worlds competition, Golf Channel's Bailey Mosier will do a live interview of the ParaLong Drive World Champion (8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific), on the tee box at the World Famous Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.
A ParaLong Drive Worlds highlight segment will air on Monday (Oct. 20) during the Morning Drive program.
The ParaLong Drive Worlds begins on Wed. (Oct. 15) with a Skills Challenge (putting and chipping) at the Conestoga Golf Club. The first two rounds of ParaLong Drive is on Thursday (Oct. 16) and the Championship rounds on Friday (Oct. 17) at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.
For more ParaLong Drive information including event schedules, player bios, videos and results are posted at www.ParaLongDrive.org, YouTube Channel and Facebook at “Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive” and Twitter @ParaLongDrive.
In concert with Nevada's focus on medical tourism, Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. (MRB) is hosting the Mesquite NV Innovation and Technology Summit (MITS) at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on October 16, 2014 in the Grand Canyon Room at the Eureka Casino and Resort (275 Mesa Boulevard, Mesquite, NV).
Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. (MRB) is pleased to announce the new Presenting Sponsor for the Mesquite NV Innovation and Technology Summit. Stratasys, Ltd. Manufactures in-office prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems for automotive, aerospace, industrial, recreational, electronic, and medical and consumer product OEMs. In a field where innovation saves lives, 3D printing empowers doctors, researchers and medical device manufacturers to work fast, test thoroughly and customize like never before. 3D rapid prototyping systems are enabling significant advancements in the prosthetic and orthotics industry. Stratasys will have representative at the MITS demonstrating one of their rapid prototyping 3D printers with examples on display.
The inaugural speaker Easton LaChappelle will unveil his latest technological advancement. LaChappelle, who was selected to show his invention to President of the United States at the White House with other young scientists earlier last year, will give a presentation demonstrating the capabilities of his newest and final robotic arm. This innovative arm is intended for prosthetic use but will also be used as a robotics learning tool..MRB is extending a special invitation for those interested in prosthetics, orthotics, robotics, etc. to share stories of successes, network with like-minded individuals to improve human performance through robotics and prosthetics.
MITS will also feature:
The Mesquite NV Innovation and Technology Summit (MITS) is being held in conjunction with the Mesquite ParaLong Drive WORLDS Competition, October 16-17, 2014. MITS is an integral part of the two-day world championship event. “The ParaLong Drive Worlds competition where disabled athletes from around the world will compete for the disabled golfers’ longest drive bragging rights,” stated Dean Jarvis, Founder Amputee Long Drive Championship. Mesquite Nevada works hard to create meaningful value for disabled athletes.
For more information, please contact Gaye Stockman at (702) 345-3075 or via e-mail atGStockman@MRBNV.org.
Defending National ParaLong Drive Champion Jared Brentz and runner-up Brendon Jacks will lead a field of disabled long drivers representing 10 countries onOct. 16-17, at the inaugural ParaLong Drive Worlds in Mesquite, Nevada. Brentz and Jacks will tee it up along with 60 amputees, paralyzed and blind golfers at the world's top Long Drive grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex.
"There are many great story lines going into our first 'World' event, but everyone is anxious to see what Jared and Brendon can do in their rematch that will top their first two ParaLong Drive battles in Mesquite," said Bryan Dangerfield, Director of the Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive Local Organizing Committee. "We also look forward to seeing many new competitors from overseas and women for the first time; and to see our wounded soldier and paramobile (paralyzed) divisions becoming even more competitive."
While Brentz, of Nashville, Tenn., won the first two ParaLong Drive titles, it was Jacks, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., who became the first amputee golfer to surpass the 400-yard mark with a 401-yard blast in the early rounds of the Nationals on May 9. Jacks fell in the next round, but worked his way back to the Championship matchup versus Brentz and won, forcing a playoff in the double-elimination format. It was during that playoff that Brentz let loose with a 409-yard drive to claim the overall title and became the longest driver ever in ParaLong Drive history.
Hoping to add "World Champion" to their ParaLong Drive Nationals divisional titles are Jesse Florkowski, one-arm unassisted (333 yards); Brad Clayton, one-arm assisted (295); Anthony Netto, paramobile two-arm champ (295); Jake O’Donnell, paramobile one-arm (221); Chris Osborne, leg-above the knee (332), Brendon Jacks, leg-below the knee (401), Jared Brentz, leg-multiple (409); Bob McDermott, leg and arm amputee (304); and Bill Davis, blind (324). Added for the Worlds event will be wounded soldier and women's divisions.
“I am very excited about the enormous opportunity that the City of Mesquite, Local Organizing Committee and the Eureka Casino Resort has provided for ParaLong Drive athletes to showcase their abilities at the world famous ‘Home of Long Drive’, the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex,” said Dean Jarvis, founder of Amputee Long Drive. “It’s more important than ever before to bring together amputee, blind, paralyzed, and other differently abled athletes around the world to achieve a goal that is long overdue…ParaLong Drive and Golf being in the Paralympics.”
Producing and sponsoring many events during the week is the Mesquite NV Local Organizing Committee, City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services, Eureka Casino Resort, Golf Mesquite Nevada, Mesquite Regional Business and other service organizations and businesses.
In addition to the U.S. and Canadian athletes, the international contingency represents Australia, England, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, South Africa, Scotland and Wales. Others may sign up in the next three weeks.
The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, based out of Fife, Scotland, has organized the contingency coming from overseas to participate in the ParaLong Drive Worlds. After competing in the ParaLong Drive they will play a "Ryder Cup" format golf tournament called the Phoenix Cup. It will feature disabled golfers playing rounds on Oct. 18-22 at the Palms and Palmer Courses in Mesquite with North America vs. the World.
There will be a last chance qualifier, skills challenge and a recreational division for disabled athletes who want to be a part of the ParaLong Drive experience.
A Welcome Dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., honoring athletes, sponsors and volunteers. The general public is also invited to hear inspirational stories and meet the athletes. Also in attendance will be members of the media and invited guests from the International Network of Golf and participants in the Mesquite Innovation & Technology Summit (MITS). The ParaLong Drive Worlds dinner is open to the public and tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets are available at the Mesquite Recreation Center or from any Local Organizing Committee volunteer.
The MITS event is headlined by teen inventor Easton LaChappelle, who will demonstrate the latest in brain-powered prosthetic robotic devices along with other presenters introducing leading-edge human performance innovations. MITS presentations are on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at the Eureka Casino Resort's Grand Canyon Room. Admittance is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Mesquite Regional Business Inc. and the Eureka Casino Resort.
A complete schedule of events, including times for the ParaLong Drive competition on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17, will be posted on the "Mesquite NV ParaLong Drive" Facebook page and at www.ParaLongDrive.org.
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on Friday and Saturday at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex. Friday will feature three Open Division sessions with the first one from 7:30-9 a.m., 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday’s session begins at 7 a.m.
The top Open Division competitors from this Regional Championship, representing California and Nevada, will earn spots in the 2014 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship field in Mesquite on Sept 20-27.
The Golf Channel, in their second year of extensive Long Drive coverage, designated October as “Long Drive Month.” The Golf Channel will show player feature stories and cover all the drama and action during events in Mesquite and will premier four distinct shows on Tuesday nights on Oct. 14, 21, 28 and on Nov. 4 (live).
“We welcome the longest golfers on the planet and their fans to the best Long Drive facility in the world at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex,” said Bryan Dangerfield, Mesquite Director of Athletics & Leisure Services. “Long Drive is a fan-friendly sport--it gives golf an adrenaline rush, the athletes are up close and personal and there is one objective; whoever crushes the longest ball, conquers all. We are anxious to see who will qualify to come back for Championship Week in September.”
In addition to earning a spot in the World Championship Field, a $2,000 purse is up for grabs with first place $1,000; second place $600, third place $400.
Mesquite has hosted the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships for the past 19 years, the last seven were on the Grid at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex (which was constructed in 2008).
Eureka Casino Resort will host a patriotic night under the stars with the Nevada POPS Orchestra on July 4th
The live performance will begin at 8:00 pm followed by fireworks at 9:00 pm. The orchestra will accompany the fireworks show. The fireworks and concert are free to attend and is a continuing gift to the local community. “The Nevada POPS have been a staple in Southern Nevada for more than 20 years and bringing them to Mesquite is something we are honored to do. Celebrating through music is a fantastic way to bring our community together,” said Eureka co-founder, Doris Lee.
Arrive early and enjoy the Backyard BBQ Premier Buffet in Town Square. The buffet will feature favorites such as BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs. The buffet will be open from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Also, don’t miss the charity vendor village from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and charity hot dog eating contest at 7:15 pm located behind the casino.
The viewing area will be set up behind Eureka Casino. Bring your own chairs. Everyone is invited to attend. Weather permitting.
About Eureka Casino Resort
Family owned and operated since 1997, the Eureka Casino Resort is a newly renovated, 214 room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada. The hotel recently renovated each guest room, and built a resort pool and cabanas with scenic views of mesquite’s red-topped mesas. The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games include blackjack, craps, roulette, and more. The casino has Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room with a race and sports book. The Eureka offers three full service restaurants: the all new Town Square Buffet; The Mason Street Courtyard; and Eureka’s signature restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka hosts weddings, corporate gatherings, and golf groups in its newly remodeled Grand Canyon Ballroom, Aquarium Meeting Room, and other meeting venues. Additional information is available online at www.EurekaMesquite.com.
As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including Mesquite, Nevada at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.
“This round of applications overwhelmingly confirms what we heard from local elected officials at the National Bike Summit this year -- riding a bike embodies the quality-of-life aspirations of communities across the country,” said League President, Andy Clarke. “Making this healthy and active transportation mode safe and easy is of growing importance to the 8 million residents of New York City and the 6,000 people in Franklin, Pa. alike. We’re excited that Mesquite has made the smart and vital investments to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states across America. The bronze BFC award recognizes Mesquite’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Over the past several months, a group of local residents formed an ad-hoc bicycle advisory group. They worked closely with various government agencies during the development of the Mesquite’s bikeways development plan. Ultimately, the city council approved the community-wide bikeways development plan. Simultaneously, the group also obtained the bronze level of designation from the League of American Bicyclists for Mesquite as a bicycle friendly community. Ken Cook a member of the group said, “As private citizens, Nancy Hewitt and Bunny Wiseman, were integral in helping the plan get approved and the designation awarded.” Cook went on to say, “This recognition enhances Mesquite’s reputation as a great place to live, work and play.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 769 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.