Nevada Homeowners and Auto Insurance Discounts

Although it may not seem like it to many residents of Nevada, homeowners and auto insurance discounts do exist! It is simply about knowing the different discounts that are available for your state, knowing the ones you qualify for, and taking action with the insurance companies to get them (it’s called asking). We’ll show you some discounts for both types of insurance, provide the search tools to compare policies, but leave it up to you to pursue the discounts.

Nevada Homeowners Discounts

Nevada homeowners discounts are available for a number of different reasons. Here are a few to keep in mind while searching for companies to insure with:

New home discount: If the home you live in has been constructed within the last nine years (as always, depends on the company), you may qualify for a discount.

Home renovation: If purchasing a brand new home wasn’t in your budget, did you update the plumbing or heating/cooling system to your home recently? If so, you may be eligible for a small discount.

Homeowners association: Do you live in a restricted access community? Check with the insurance company to see what other criteria apply, but you may qualify for a discount up to 10% based on the security of your location.

Multiple line insurances: Have you considered combining your auto, home and life insurance under one company? Many will reward you with hefty discounts on all policies!

Protection devices: Do you have a security system or even a sprinkler system in your home? Ask your insurance agent if this qualifies you for a discount.

Nevada Auto Insurance Discounts

On to more savings on the NV auto insurance side! Here are some discounts to have in your back pocket while comparing companies:

Sponsored marketing/affinity groups: If you belong to certain professional groups throughout the community, check with them to see if they have negotiated a discount with certain insurance companies.

Alternative fuel: If high gas prices weren’t enough to convince you to go green, maybe another discount will. By driving a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle, you can find additional savings with certain “green” insurance companies.

Good student: Unfortunately, if you are a new driver between the ages of 16-24, you understand the misfortune of expensive insurance premiums. Bring down that premium by showing your insurance company your last transcript/report card with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

New parent: Statistically it has been shown that new parents with children under the age of 6 are extra responsible out on the road. As a result, a discount has been created to reward you!

Multi-vehicle discount: If you have more than one vehicle, make sure its combined under one auto insurance policy to qualify for an automatic discount.

Unique Wedding Venues in Nevada

A large number of brides and grooms seek out unusual places to marry so as to enhance the memories of their special occasion. Northern Nevada offers many such places that are out of the ordinary, but three in particular markedly standout in comparison. Gold Hill Hotel, Saint Mary in the Mountains, and the Orchard House provide a visibly novel setting with each having its own captivating historical origins, giving the couple a matchless experience on a very special day in their life.

Gold Hill Hotel

This ancient hotel dates back to the boom days of Virginia City that began with the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859. Gold Hill was amidst a great gold discovery and the hotel was quite important during the bustling mining days, especially at the height of the Big Bonanza strike in the 1870’s, which was the peak of silver ore extraction that is commonly referred to as the Mother Lode.

The Gold Hill Hotel is situated off of State Route 342 just south of Virginia City overlooking Gold Canyon. The construction of the hotel occurred around 1859, and though portions of the building had decayed over the years, those sections have been fully restored.

One of several different wedding venues within the hotel is the Great Room. The Great Room is very appealing and consists of furniture characteristic of the Victorian era, salient wooden floors, an attractive fireplace, and an aged winding staircase that makes for a grandiose entrance for the bride. When the ceremony is completed, the Great Room converts to the reception hall for toasting and dancing.

The hotel also has a second outdoor wedding venue option available. The Gazebo, which is located next to the Brewery Lodge, is just a short jaunt away from the hotel. It is an attractive setting composed of scenic landscaping with picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Gazebo location functions as a ceremonial site as well as a reception area and is able to accommodate considerably sizeable parties.

St. Mary in the Mountains

Along the hillsides of Mount Davidson in the legendary ghost town of Virginia City lies the oldest Catholic Church in Nevada and one of the most beautiful structures imaginable able to host a wedding. The church was built in 1876 upon the ruins of the earlier church structure that was destroyed by the “Great Fire” in 1875.

This magnificent cathedral is truly remarkable with its 140 foot spire, Gothic style interior that’s evidenced by the pointed doorway arches and windows, choir loft and galleries, a large beautiful alter, and a 2,264 pound church bell. The bell was part of the former church but survived the catastrophic fire of Virginia City and actually rang for the first time in 1870, the year the original building opened for service.

Although it’s over a century old, this beguiling church still radiates great beauty. With exceptional exquisiteness and located within a town that embraces an extraordinarily enriching history of the “Old West”, St. Mary in the Mountains offers an inviting setting for a wonderfully sanctified wedding experience.

Orchard House

Located at the base of the Sierras in Genoa is the Orchard House, a Bed and Breakfast facility situated within the heart of Nevada’s oldest settlement. The town of Genoa is a quaint and sparsely populated town whose origins date back to 1855 during the “Territorial” days of Nevada. Originally, the area was one that explorers would merely pass through, but when a trading post was erected in 1851 it soon became a permanent settlement.

The Orchard House devotes several acres of garden and lawn area for ceremonies and receptions. Fruit trees a century old lining the property along with the appealing open garden and lovely landscaping provide a serene setting for most any special occasion. Because of the wide open space of this venue that’s dedicated mainly to weddings, it not only allows for sizeable parties of up to 400 guests, but also for a horse and carriage to cart in the bride and groom if they wish to make a grand entrance.

Destination and adventure weddings are alluring to many couples and are often sought after by brides and grooms looking to wed in a somewhat nontraditional way. Wedding venues of an unusual nature or those that have rousing historical backgrounds are equally favored as well. Because Nevada has a history rich in “Old West” traditions and contains an abundance of intriguing western settlements established in the 1800’s, there are many desirable places for couples to choose from when seeking the extraordinary. Gold Hill Hotel, Orchard House, and St. Mary in the Mountains are only a few of what Nevada has to offer, but are without question three sites that will meet your every expectation if desiring a unique setting and wedding day experience.

Bordering California and Nevada is Lake Tahoe, home to many more unique wedding and reception venues. To visit this historic town, see the website of Alpenglow Weddings and view photos of the biggest alpine lake in North America and legendary Emerald Bay, an exceedingly popular wedding venue in Northern California.

New Solar Farm Near Primm, Nevada

With its more than 20 million residents, no area of the country has greater demands for power with limited water resources than Southern California. With its ample sunshine and available land, Southern California is at the center of the push for solar energy. Solar energy is green energy and both President Barack Obama and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are proponents of solar power.

Currently there are eleven large solar thermal farms going through the permitting process with the California Energy Commission. There is a rush for approval of these planned industrial sized projects as Federal stimulus funds, which could contribute up to 30% projects’ costs, expires at the end of 2010. The funds would only be contributed if construction begins by year end. If all these projects break ground, the amount of federal contribution towards their costs could be near ten billion dollars.

Balancing energy needs, economic benefits, and environmental concerns is a difficult task. This deadline has created significant coordination between different interest groups with billions of dollars are at stake. Environmentalists want to ensure that these areas are protected and all projects comply with environmental laws. However, some believe that some habitat destruction is worth the substantial economic and energy gains from these projects.

Ten of the eleven proposed solar farm sites are desert areas, with one site in the southern San Joaquin Valley. One of the eleven proposed sites is called the “Ivanpah” farm. It is located just 4.5 miles southwest of Primm, Nevada on the Ivanpah dry lakebed. The project would bring significant economic impact to the Primm area, as the project would require hundreds of construction workers. Long term, the farm would need over 50 employees for its operation.

If built, the Ivanpah solar farm would generate electric power for more than a half million California homes. It would also give a big boost to California utility companies, as by 2020, under federal mandate, they are required to produce 33% of their energy from renewable resources. California has stringent environmental standards that must be met for the projects to go forward. Also, several of the projects are on federal land, which require approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and local counties are also involved in the permitting process.

The California Energy Commission typically approves about 7 major energy projects a year in the state, typically natural gas or other energy sources. These planned industrial size energy farms, under such a tight deadline for federal stimulus funds, are creating demands on the agency not seen before. While the government of California faces a budge crisis and many other state workers face furloughs, the energy commission has had to take on more staff in light of the demands of these projects. The commission is stretched to the limit.

In an attempt to meet environmental laws, the Ivanpah solar farm project, has been shrunken 12% in size to 3,500 acres, to lessen damage to desert tortoise and rare plant habitat. Due to the tight timeline, project developers are hoping that the deadline for the stimulus funds will be extended. Legislation has been proposed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. However, there is no guarantee of an extension so the push is on to get approval on these solar farm projects by years end.

Nevada Real Estate Market – Why the Southern Nevada Market Is Still Slow

The Nevada real estate market was one of the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. The state has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Nevada has topped the foreclosure lists since the start of the recession. The average value of a house in the state has fallen by almost 50 percent from the highs experienced in 2006. The Nevada real estate market had a foreclosure filing that was 3.5 times the national average. As of January 2010, one in every 95 households in the state had received a foreclosure filing according to RealtyTrac. This was the highest in the nation. Even as the economy slowly recovers, there are various reasons why the Nevada real estate market continues to struggle.


High unemployment levels is one of the biggest reasons why demand for properties and land has not picked up in southern Nevada. The state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the whole country. The high unemployment rate has made it more difficult for people to pay their mortgages. It also makes it very difficult for people to buy houses. New housing construction has decreased significantly as developers see very little demand for new homes.

Underwater Mortgages

The majority of mortgages in Las Vegas are “underwater.” This means if you bought a home at the height of the housing boom, it is now worth about half as much. Many people now have mortgages that exceed the value of their homes. Instead of making the monthly payments, more people are choosing to walk away from their homes.

Bigger Housing Bubble

Nevada, especially Las Vegas, was an economic hub during the housing boom. Many people moved to the area because of the increase in housing sales and home values. It was one of the hottest housing markets in the country. Buyers and speculators alike bought homes at inflated prices. They expected values and prices to continue to go up. However, when the bubble burst, the record high home values began to plummet as quickly as they accelerated. The housing markets in Las Vegas and Reno are still correcting themselves and adjusting their prices to meet with the lower demand and higher supply.

The housing market in Nevada is slowly stabilizing itself and adjusting to supply and demand. However, no real significant improvement will happen until unemployment decreases and people feel comfortable spending again. Many experts believe it could years for the Nevada real estate market to fully recover.

With over 20 years of experience in northern Nevada real estate, Greg Hughes understands what factors can influence real estate in Nevada. His firm offers clients a great way to invest in real estate. For more tips about real estate, visit Reno Real Estate Investment Advisor Greg Hughes’ blog.

Las Vegas Nevada Real Estate-Predictions For 2007

Predictions are that the Las Vegas Nevada real estate market is about to go bust which will result in the prices starting to stabilize and those instant profits disappearing.

After all in the past few years Las Vegas Nevada real estate housing market has seen some amazing gains with buyers having to dig deeper into their pockets while the seller smiles at the excessive gains reaped.

The belief is that the Las Vegas Nevada real estate trend for overpricing is going to come to a screeching halt as the Las Vegas Nevada real estate market discovers it has out priced itself from what the consumer can afford. It’s unlikely that there will be any real gains seen in the Las Vegas Nevada real estate home prices in the next year or so because the over inflated prices are simply unsustainable over the long term.

By the end of 2007 the Las Vegas Nevada real estate should see prices on the rise again. And although there won’t be any more flipping properties for 100% profit there will still be some excellent money to be made.

If you were one of the buyers to enter into the Las Vegas Nevada real estate market on the exaggerated prices don’t expect to be able to make a profit on your investment for at least a few years after all you didn’t just buy on an inflated price but on a an extremely overvalued price. So disappointed if you have to hold out for awhile for the Las Vegas Nevada real estate to rebound.

If you bought for all the right reasons and not just to flip with a 5 year term and today’s low interest rates you can just get comfortable and get ready for a long nap waiting for the Las Vegas Nevada real estate to turn around.

If you are looking at Las Vegas Nevada real estate construction projects in residential the prediction is a definite slow down. Some projects probably won’t see it through to finish due to the falling prices compared to when the project started.

If you have put a down payment down on one of these Las Vegas Nevada real estate projects that are in the works then you need to make sure you keep an eye on the project. Don’t’ be putting any more money down unless you are sure things are moving forward. It’ll will hurt enough if you loose your deposit but it could get a lot uglier and cost you a lot more so pay attention.

General projections would indicate overall it’s going to be a stable year for Las Vegas Nevada real estate. Perhaps if we had our very own crystal ball we could see more clearly. Oh well I guess we’ll just sit back and see what the outcome is. After all it’s fun to speculate about what the future Las Vegas Nevada real estate may bring isn’t it?

Presenting: At Nevada’s Ristorante Hospitality is a Family Affair

You have probably realized by now that I spend the majority of my spare time in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. Over the years I have had a chance to check out a number of the different hospitality establishments in the Beach, and one of my favourites is Nevada’s Ristorante. Centrally located at the intersection of Queen Street and Kenilworth Avenue, it is an easy walk up from the Boardwalk; its appealing warm décor and the colourful murals inside and on the outside of the building create a unique ambience. But even more important is the food, and I have always enjoyed the culinary offerings at Nevada’s.

So I decided to make the call and find out who is behind this fine establishment. I arranged an interview with Chris Housseas, co-owner of Nevada’s restaurant, and on a chilly Friday evening at 6 pm I had a chance to sit down with Chris for an interview, just before the evening rush was going to start. His mom Dimitra, nicknamed Toula, joined us and pitched in to give me the story of the Housseas family.

Chris grew up in the restaurant business. His father Gus, a Greek immigrant, started his first restaurant in Canada in 1961, long before Chris was born. Even earlier than that, at age 17 he had embarked into restaurant ownership back home in Greece. After his arrival in Canada he moved back and forth between his birth country and Canada several times. During one of these trips back to his home country he met Chris’ mom in 1976, and they fell in love. Shortly thereafter Chris was born, and in 1978 the whole family, including the parents, two sisters and a brother, moved to Canada.

Originally Gus had worked as a dishwasher and server. Once he came to Toronto he owned several fast food outlets, including a Dairy Freeze outlet near St. Clair and Caledonia. Various other fast food establishments followed near Bloor and Christie, and he added a Steak Queen near Rexdale and Martin Grove Avenues to his hospitality portfolio. Both the parents and Chris joined together as a team to buy Nevada’s in 2004. Nevada’s has a long tradition in the Beach, and Chris said that it has been around for about 50 years now.

Chris explained that the cuisine at Nevada’s Ristorante is a mixture of Californian and Italian-style cooking with a dash of Asian influences and several New Orleans style dishes. The signature dishes at this restaurant are the Pollo Gorgonzola which includes chicken, penne and mushrooms in a gorgonzola sauce. The New Orleans inspired Bourbon Street Ribs are in the oven for two and a half hours and get coated in a delicious honey garlic sauce.

The list of mouth-watering delicacies continued. The Pollo Pesto Pasta consists of linguine noodles, chicken, vegetables and leeks in a pesto-cream sauce, sprinkled with pine nuts. Soups are home made, and salads are also very popular, especially the Warm Spinach Salad and the Wild Mushroom Salad. Desserts round out the tasty treats and include, among others, a Bourbon Street Chocolate Cheesecake, a Chocolate Raspberry Tartufo as well as an Ice Cream Crepe and various sorbets.

The regular menu is spiced up by nightly features. In the winter a C$21 prix- fix dinner, including a soup, an appetizer and an entré with three to five choices, entices people to brave the cold and titillate their taste buds. Nevada’s Ristorante is open every day, from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 10 pm, and on weekends the restaurant opens up at 9 am for brunch. Chris explained that brunch is extremely busy, and interestingly the most popular item on the brunch menu is the Big Breakfast, consisting of three eggs, maple smoked bacon, sausage, home fries and fruit. Eggs Benedict (with Canadian pea meal bacon), Eggs Nova (with smoked salmon), and Eggs Florentine (with spinach) are also favourite choices.

Nevada’s is quite a large restaurant: the main dining room downstairs and an equally sizeable dining room upstairs offer 135 seats, while the patio in the summer holds an additional 35 to 40 people. Nevada’s patio is particularly popular with athletes, for example the beach volleyball players that come up from Ashbridges Bay, as well as the tennis players from the Kew Gardens Tennis Club. The restaurant employs 35 to 40 people in the summer, and has 15 regular staff members during the slower winter months. Chris emphasized that they try to hire local residents as much as possible.

In addition to learning about the restaurant I wanted to find out a little more about the owners. Chris was born in Greece, and his parents moved to Toronto when he was 18 months old. He grew up in Etobicoke and in the Victoria Park and Lawrence area. Even as a child he often came down to the Beach; he added that he always liked the area and got very excited when Nevada’s Ristorante became available for sale.

Chris’ personal background is actually not in the hospitality industry: he studied computer science and worked for several years for Sony Canada. Three years ago he decided to team up with his parents to get into the restaurant business himself. He indicated that one family member is on the premises at all times, and they enjoy a great working relationship and have lots of fun together. He does not have much spare time these days, but is gearing up towards a big change in his own life: Chris and his wife are expecting their first baby this March!

Dimitra, Chris’ mom, was born in Greece in Kalamata, located on the large Southern Greek peninsula called the Peloponnese. She graduated from high school in 1973 and by that time her older sister and brother had already immigrated to Toronto. Her mother was here too, and in 1974 Dimitra herself came to Canada. From 1976 to 1978 she moved back to Greece, where she worked together with her husband. Since then the couple moved back to Canada, where they now have strong roots. Altogether 16 of Dimitra’s nephews and nieces were born in Canada and all the uncles, aunts and cousins have a tight family relationship and enjoy spending time together.

Gus and Dimitra only live ten minutes away from the restaurant, and Dimitra often comes here to cover the mid-day shift, while Gus or Chris cover the evening shift. Gus also handles the purchasing and buys the fruits and vegetables at the Ontario Food Terminal. Chris added that they have made a commitment to healthy eating, so they now use vegetable oil instead of shortening in the deep fryer. 95% of the sauces are now home-made, and they have minimized the use of preservatives or MSG.

Chris enjoys making people happy. He said when people come out to a restaurant they want to have a good time. Many of the regulars have become like family to Chris, and they are drawn back time and time again by the cozy atmosphere, the friendly service and the excellent food.

There are also a few new initiatives on the horizon for Nevada’s Ristorante: in the next few weeks the restaurant will be closing down for two to three weeks for some renovations. Chris is planning to relocate the bar to the back of the main dining room, so tables can be set up in the front which will allow for a beautiful view of the action on Queen Street. He has also been thinking about integrating live music and theme nights into his entertainment offering. This could include a Greek night with some belly dancing, or an Italian or Mexican themed night with ethnic music and food.

Another new initiative will include freshly baked bread that can be purchased on a walk-in basis. This will include olive bread and foccaccia. Cooking classes are another idea that has been floating through Chris’ mind; he is planning to set up the dining room upstairs for free cooking classes which he is planning to hold three to four times a year. Chris is envisioning many things to get the neighbourhood more involved in the hospitality experience.

Creative entrepreneurship also manifests itself in the form of a collaboration with the recently opened Bizzy Bee Playcentre, a safe and fun indoor playground complete with slides and ball pits, pretend play areas, sand table, paints and crafts, construction play, and an infant zone. Along with a number of other local businesses, Nevada’s Ristorante participates in a Shop + Dine program, where patrons receive two hours of free child care at the Bizzy Bee Playcentre if they spend $25 or more per child. A practical idea for a local romantic dinner getaway…

After this detailed explanation and a tour of the facilities, I went upstairs to get ready for my own dinner. My friend Leslie and I sat down at a cozy second floor table overlooking busy Queen Street. We both commented that we really enjoyed the décor, and one table in particular, a small table at the north-west corner with a private window, is ideally made for a romantic tête-à-tête dinner. With Valentine’s Day coming up we figured that this table would have no trouble getting sold out.

All this dinner talk had got us nice and ready for our own culinary experience. I started my meal off with a tasty Potato Leek Soup, accompanied by a piece of foccaccia bread with subtle Mediterranean flavours. I am a huge fan of appetizers, and it was hard to choose just one from a wide selection of appealing choices. I did settle on a Walnut Crusted Brie while Leslie had the Indochine Spring Rolls. I then moved on to a Shrimp – Asparagus Risotto while my friend had the Pollo Maximus, consisting of a breast of chicken with wild mushrooms, leeks, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic in a sweet basil chardonnay reduction. After an amazingly filling and scrumptious dinner neither she nor I had any further space in our bellies to try some of the amazing desserts. I would have loved to have a bite of some of Nevada’s sweet treats, but I was not even able to finish my main course and had to bring half my dinner home in a doggie bag.

Chris and his staff came by several times to check up on us and see if we needed anything else. The service was discreet yet attentive. Leslie and I had a wonderful time catching up, two busy women who had not seen each other for quite some time, and our evening at Nevada’s Ristorante was the perfect opportunity to reconnect.

OSHA Construction Safety Training – New State Requirements

Since 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has helped to minimize hazardous work environments and promote worker safety. As a result, the total rate of workplace injuries and illnesses significantly declined. What’s even better, numerous states have adopted OSHA approved safety and health programs to perpetuate the trend. And now some states are taking it a step further.

Several states have passed a bill requiring OSHA training including: New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Missouri, Nevada, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Similar in each state, the bill requires all construction workers to complete an OSHA approved construction training course. This not only is a smart idea for employers and contractors to provide the training (even if not required) but to ensure a safe job site. In addition, an OSHA citation can be a costly one.

Most recent is Nevada’s bill, signed on June 5th, 2009, which was said to be driven by the 12 construction deaths that occurred along Las Vegas Boulevard in a period of just 18 months. Created to increase construction safety, this new bill requires all employees and supervisors to complete OSHA training within 15 days of being hired. The law goes into effect January 1st, 2010.

Not surprisingly, OSHA 10-hour construction course enrollments for Missouri, New York and surrounding states have dramatically increased over the last few months. And Nevada is soon to follow.

A new trend? With OSHA training available online, meeting the state requirements is even easier. For workers needing their OSHA 10-hour card, location, class availability and access will not be an issue. Even travel costs and time away from work are eliminated. Students are given up to 6 months to complete the training which provides an OSHA 10-Hour Completion Card upon graduation.

OSHA online 10-hour training can cost anywhere between $89-$125 depending on the course and the training institute you select. Also, certain companies give bulk discounts for signing up multiple students at one time which gives a nice discount to employers impacted by these new state laws.

An Accountant Talks About The Many Benefits Of Living In Nevada

Living in the state of Nevada may not seem special, but it is a big deal as far as taxes are concerned. Nevada is one of five states that do not have a personal income tax. As an accountant who works with individuals and businesses in Nevada, I wanted to discuss the tax benefits of living here.

No Make-Up Taxes

If a state does not have a personal income tax, they tend to make up for it with another tax. For example, the state of Texas does not have a personal income tax, but property taxes are substantially higher than in other parts of the country. Nevada is the best of both worlds because there is no state income tax, there are really no hidden taxes, and our sales tax is not outrageous.

Where Does Nevada Get the Money?

Historically Nevada gets the needed tax revenue from the mining, casino, and construction industry. The state needs the money to fund emergency services and other state services, so in this state that is how they make up for not having an income tax.

What Does It Mean?

If you compare our taxes to our neighbor to the west, California, we have huge benefits. The first is the income tax benefit, because California has income taxes of up to 9.3% at the individual level. In addition, the utility cost, and other costs to run a business are substantially lower in Nevada. Because of the lower taxes, Nevada is known to be great place to relocate your business to.

Other Reasons to Move to Nevada

The other major benefits for moving to Nevada are related to energy efficiency. Nevada is a state that sees a lot of sun and wind. Because of the surplus of sun and wind, companies who are exploring alternative energy may choose to relocate to Nevada. We also are an attractive state to geo-thermal companies with the numerous hot springs we have. As an accountant, I think that Nevada has many benefits and if you are thinking about relocating your business, it might be the right place.

Why Do Some Businesses Not Move To Nevada?

Although I think there are some great financial benefits and energy benefits to moving to Nevada, there is one thing that restricts some companies-water. When I worked for a division of Dole, we considered moving our frozen fruit operation into the state of Nevada for all the reasons that I talked about before. We could save a lot and it looked like a good decision until we realized that water is not abundant in Nevada. The reason that we did not move to Nevada was that we required a large volume of water.

If you are considering moving your company to Nevada, you should contact an experienced accountant and discuss the benefits. You will also want to consider the cost to move your company. Sometimes the cost to move will be so large that the savings will never make up for it.

Nevada Jobs Decline

More Nevada jobs were lost last month.

During May, the State of Nevada saw its unemployment rate increase from 10.6 percent to 11.3 percent. The state had a total non-farm employment of 1,199,300 workers during May, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 1,201,600 workers during April and a 6.1 percent decrease from last year.

Once again, as with many other states and industries, Nevada’s construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 95,100 workers during May, down from 97,100 workers during April and a 20.3 percent decrease from last year.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in jobs during May include:
-manufacturing by 7.8 percent
-trade, transportation and utilities by 3.4 percent
-information by 8.8 percent
-financial activities by 4.2 percent
-professional and business services by 8.7 percent
-leisure and hospitality by 6.2 percent
-other services by 1.6 percent
-government by 2.6 percent

Only two industries saw an increase in jobs when compared to last year. The mining and logging industry employed 12,400 workers during May, down from 12,500 workers during April, but a 2.5 percent increase from last year. The education and health services industry employed 96,800 workers during May, down from 97,300 workers during April, but a 1.4 percent increase from last year.

The nation as a whole saw its unemployment rate increase from 8.9 percent to 9.4 percent during May. Non-farm payroll employment declined by 345,000 jobs, about half the average monthly decline for the last six months. The country experienced strong losses in the manufacturing industry, while losses in the construction industry and other service-providing industries began to level off.

Charter Bus: Nevada for Conventions and Entertainment

Las Vegas in Nevada is known as the live entertainment capital of the world although Los Angeles is also claiming the title because Hollywood is located there. Nevada is also famous for its convention facilities with groups of people coming and going through Charter Bus. Nevada conventioneers find the state an ideal venue because of its numerous attractions and recreation possibilities.

Nevada enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually. The public lands of Nevada just outside the casino strip provide various types of outdoor recreation like biking and hiking or hunting and fishing. For people whose preference is indoor fun, there are cultural experiences, historic landmarks, spas and resorts in addition to the casinos. This is why conventioneers from every type of industry or group choose Nevada because the area offers something for everyone.

Must see places in Nevada are Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, Cowboy Country, Silver Trails and the Indian Territory. During winter, Nevada provides excellent snow sports with its perfect powdery snow. There are numerous resorts in Lake Tahoe in the northern part of Nevada to visit or you can choose to go to southern Nevada to the Last Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. This is why it is best to plan your trip with a Charter Bus. Nevada charter buses will make you maximize the recreational opportunities of your convention group.

Throughout Nevada are numerous state parks with historical significance that offer visitors peace and serenity. For history buffs, there are state museums with ancient artifacts. One notable attraction is riding the restored Virginia & Truckee railcars at Carson City’s Nevada State Railroad Museum. Those who want pampering can do so at any of the luxurious spas found throughout Nevada.

Convention trip planning needs to incorporate special memories for the visitors. However, the planner must keep in mind that the main purpose of the delegation is to network with associates and possible business partners. Opportunities to mingle and meet other people must be provided in the itinerary, aside from attendance of the formal program and listening to the speakers.

When In Nevada, do not fail to visit Boulder City’s Hoover Dam – one of the best known of Nevada’s landmarks. Constructed in 1936, it is located between Lake Mead and the Colorado River, towering more than 720 feet and weighing more than 6 million tons. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit the dam every year.

Both glittering cities of Reno and Las Vegas welcome visitors to Nevada with flashing neon lights. Reno in northern Nevada is called the “biggest little city in the World.” On the other extreme is the 110,000 sq. mi. of desert, valleys, mountains, rivers and lakes found in Nevada. There are sand boarding and snowmobiling activities, fishing, horseback riding and hunting. It will not be as tiring when you are riding to your destination in a comfortable and spacious Charter Bus. Nevada trips can be exhausting if you are riding a compact car or a small van.

Itinerary planning should be based on the prevailing weather conditions during the days of the trip on the intended destination. As Nevada offers interesting outdoor destination as well as indoor attractions, there is no need to radically adjust the planned dates if the weather conditions do not permit outdoor activities. Sightseeing and good companionship can still be enjoyed while riding a Charter Bus. Nevada has lots to offer indoors and outdoors.