XpressWest Wins Bid to Build and Operate Interstate High-Speed Rail Line
The Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority recently heard multiple proposals for railways and other transportation lines between Las Vegas and Southern California, and ultimately selected Las Vegas-based XpressWest to build and operate a new rail line between the two regions.
XpressWest, which has been securing government clearances for the project since 2005, partnered with a Chinese company and has already secured $100 million in initial capital.
The initial phase of the project will link Las Vegas with Victorville, Calif. Eventually, XpressWest will extend the track to Palmdale, Calif. The firm will have to give the NHSRA updates on the project every six months.
Spaceport America Will Hold Educational Drone Summit in 2016
New Mexico-based Spaceport America, in conjunction with DroneU and New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, will present the first Spaceport America Drone Summit from March 11 to 13, 2016. Spaceport America will host the event at its facilities in southern New Mexico.
The organizers created the event in order to educate and develop interest in drone operation amongst amateur enthusiasts and business professionals in multiple industries, including engineering, construction, development, ranching and farming, cinematography, weddings, government, oil and gas and real estate.
“We are thrilled to host this exciting and educational summit for small drones at Spaceport America,” says Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson. “Our 12,000-foot spaceway and north campus are perfect for this type of multifaceted event and can easily accommodate thousands of participants.”
The three-day conference will feature workshops, demos, drone industry vendors and three drone race categories. Those categories include obstacle, cinematography and freestyle.
“Our race program has been designed to test pilots abilities based on speed, safety, and navigation around obstacles,” says Chief Pilot DroneU™ Paul Aitken. “As well, a panel of experts will be judging aerial footage shot and edited on the spot.
Organizers expect over 1,000 attendees at the event. Interested parties can purchase tickets on the Spaceport Drone Summit website.
Dignity Health and Kindred Constructing New $25 million Hospital In Chandler
Dignity Health and Kindred Healthcare Inc. recently broke ground on the $25 million Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Chandler, Ariz. Dignity Health expects to open the brand new 50-bed, 58,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital in 2016 at 1515 W. Chandler Blvd. It will call for the hiring of 190 employees to run the two-story facility once it is complete.
Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for the project.
“Collaborating with high quality providers like Dignity Health is critical to our commitment to meet patient needs and manage care throughout the entire care continuum as we lower costs and improve patient outcomes,” says Kent H. Wallace, Kindred’s chief operating officer. “This new joint venture adds to our strong relationship with Dignity Health, and we look forward to working together to provide health solutions for patients in the greater Phoenix community.”
The two organizations announced their partnership last March, though Kindred will own a slight majority in the joint venture and manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital. This is Dignity's first rehab hospital in the Valley, but the San Francisco-based nonprofit hospital operator has plenty of experience in partnerships and joint ventures.
“For patients being treated in one of our hospitals, the partnership with Kindred will make available to them additional long-term medical and rehabilitation resources to help them return to a healthy life,” says Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health in Arizona.
Dignity has had previous medical projects completed in Arizona. In March, Dignity partnered with Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health for its first freestanding emergency room in Chandler.The nonprofit also operates several facilities in the Phoenix-metro area, including Arizona General Hospital, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph's Westgate.
Kindred operates two transitional care hospitals in the Phoenix-metro area and is developing a 120-bed transitional care center.