Posts Tagged ‘Investing’

Some Economic Background on South Western CO

November 16th, 2022

We were impressed with South Western Colorado as a good place to hang your hat and a pretty good place to run a business. Great labor supply, good transportation and excellent tourist flows. The town is growing in Cortez and up the hill in Durango as well. Their nearest trading partners Montrose and Farmington NM also helped with money flows to the area. We like the area and thought it was completely economically viable and an excellent choice especially for manufacturing.

About the only drawback is the drug issue in the region, but that is with any US City really. It was not as bad there as we have seen in border cities, desert cities of big cities in other parts of the US. We talked with police and city officials about this and they admitted it was an issue, but felt they had a pretty good handle on it and were working hard to clean things up and that it is no longer a growing problem. They know who the bad apples are and they keep an eye on them. Anyway that reminded us of a conversation we had with the City of Cortez Economic Development Association director Bruce A Johnson, who admitted to us they had a drug problem and said even had people making crystal meth in hotel rooms that they rented and advised us that the drugs were made locally and affecting crime rates only a little. Incidentally they shut that tactic down quickly.

Drinking was also an issue with Indians and young white kids getting into mischief that caused several horrific accidents over the years on all the two-lane roads. Lots of car wrecks there, even witnessed a tourist making a slow left turn in front of a local teenager in a Nissan Sentra who broadsided them. Good place for a body shop or tow company. In those Utah cities where the kids are migrating to so they can afford to own homes there are kids hanging out on every corner and everyone knows everyone. The entire area is challenged by the Old West VS New West and Value clash. Value clash of low cost of living, which has self segregated residents, workers and retirees or rich and poor. This has really been an economical development challenge.

The citizens want small businesses not Wal Marts, clean industries and a proper value fit. The areas are growing middle class and upper middle tourism area down town and leaving it difficult for locals to go downtown to hang out and afford things. Some anchor stores have left in shopping centers in Cortez making it an issue for some trying to hold on small businesses. They are willing to give mass incentives to build office parks, but the infrastructure is a problem needing telecommunication systems in place first to compete for company recruitment of mid and large businesses.

Visiting Las Vegas And The Scenic Southwest On A Budget

April 21st, 2022

Vegas on a budget, is what I should have called this article! That’s how I like to travel. I want to be comfortable, have great adventure, for a reasonable amount of money.

For our budget, our trip into the Vegas airport begins on a Sunday through Wednesday. The focus and goal of our trip is to get into the great outdoors. But, we like to stay the first couple of nights in Vegas and then the last couple of nights too, with the middle of the trip spent touring awesome places in the great Mohave Desert.

As soon as you get off the plane you know you are in Vegas and are bombarded by visual entertainment. Everything is bright and flashing, it seems like daytime even at night. Huge screens preview the available shows and entertainment in town. As you leave the airport you will find all modes of transport available along the street including taxis, limos & shuttle buses.

There are a lot of hotels to choose from. Many times I have stayed on the strip at Tropicana Ave. Returning to the car rental lot at the airport is just minutes from this part of the strip. There are many choices for hotels. There are thousands of hotel rooms and more being built every day. There are hotels on Las Vegas Blvd, more just off the strip and some just blocks away from the strip in downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street has been canopied by tens of thousands of lights. The hotel/casinos in this area have almost a neighborhood feel. At night The Fremont Street Experience comes alive with lights, and music. It’s feels almost like a block party.

Will you need a rental car? Many times your best deal on a rental is going to be for a weekly rental. Even if you rent for just 4 days, the weekly rental is normally a better deal. Normally, the car rentals work on a 24 hour period. For example if you pick up at 6 pm, your return would have to be by 6 pm of the day the car is suppose to be returned. Many times I will fly into Las Vegas and take one of the inexpensive shuttles to my hotel doorstep. Then the day I want to begin my weekly rental, I take a taxi to the rental location to pick up my car being careful to pick it up at the same time of day that I will be returning it the day of my departure. You can also consider renting your auto at one of the downtown off airport rental locations. This can save on the airport tax surcharges that are added on to your rental at the airport locations. As you choose your car rental, you might find that they have a location right at the hotel you choose to stay at.