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Vegas third best for retirement, says study

Reno and Henderson beat Las Vegas on WalletHub’s 2015 list of the “Best and Worst Cities to Retire.”

The personal finance website compared the retirement-friendliness of the 150 largest U.S. cities and looked at data such as the cost of living and percentage of the elderly population to the availability of recreational activities.

Reno ranked 30th on the list while Henderson wasn’t too far behind at 35. Las Vegas was farther down the list but still above the midpoint at 61.

Florida dominated the top five best cities to retire, which were Tampa, Fla.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Boise City, Idaho; Cape Coral, Fla., and Orlando, Fla.

The worst was Newark, N.J., followed by Jersey City, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Aurora, Ill., and New York.

For more information or to view the entire list, visit http://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-retire/6165/.

What medical district?

A survey conducted by Jeremy Aguero of Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis revealed that while city officials are trying to build support for the Las Vegas Medical District, nearly one-third of the 800 residents polled were unaware of the project.

The Las Vegas Medical District, located along Charleston Boulevard near Rancho Drive, is slated for an expansion.

Aguero presented the survey results to the Las Vegas City Council on Aug. 19 and said that 44 percent of Las Vegas Medical District area residents said expanding and revitalizing the district will add value to the neighborhood and Southern Nevada while 74 percent of valleywide residents agreed.

The survey garnered opinion from Las Vegas residents about their general opinions about health care in Southern Nevada, their awareness about the Las Vegas Medical District, and their thoughts about its future development.

Key findings include: 27 percent of Las Vegas Medical District area residents have left the state to receive health care for themselves or family members and 25 percent of valleywide residents have done the same.

Those surveyed said their top health care concerns include the cost, quality and availability of services; ability to meet the needs of a growing population; and access to health care coverage.

City officials said the survey results will be used to create a new public relations strategy and business development plan for the expansion of the Las Vegas Medical District.

App for Chute-Out

Boyd Gaming released a new mobile app that will provide content and interaction opportunities for fans attending the inaugural CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, scheduled for Dec. 10-12 at the Orleans Arena.

“The Chute-Out app offers an entirely new way for fans to experience the thrill of rodeo,” Chris Gibase, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Boyd Gaming, said in a statement. “This app will become an integral part of the Chute-Out, providing fans with innovative and exciting ways to become a part of the actual event.”

The app provides a number of additional features for fans getting ready for the Chute-Out, including “Chute-Out 101,” with individual event descriptions and scoring tips for the new rodeo fan. It also provides fans of western lifestyle and entertainment with exclusive event information, behind-the-scenes videos, social connectivity capabilities, room and ticket packages, and ticket purchasing options.

The Chute-Out app is available at the Apple and Google Play stores, as well as BoydChuteOut.com.

“The Chute-Out is happening in Las Vegas, which makes it a big deal, and having Boyd Gaming at the reins makes it spectacular,” Chute-Out announcer Bob Tallman said in a statement. “This new app is just another example of how it’s innovative and different. It’s a new way to rodeo and I promise, you’re gonna love it!”

Tickets for the CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out are on sale. To purchase Chute-Out tickets and room and ticket packages, download the app or for further information about all of Boyd Gaming’s NFR events, visit BoydChuteOut.com.

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