Mojave Businesses to Get Funds for Facade Upgrades

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Mojave businesses are now eligible for grants worth up to $10,000 to upgrade their building facades under a new Kern County program aimed at helping to revitalize the community.

The program will be unveiled at a business mixer next Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Mariah Country Inn on Business Route 58. The mixer, which is being sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, will include light refreshments and drinks.

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Revitalize Mojave Honored With Merit Award

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Kern COG PR) — Kern Council of Governments (COG) will honor 16 individuals, organizations and programs for making major contributions to this area’s quality of life through innovative, cooperative efforts during its 22nd annual Regional Awards of Merit Program on March 7, 2013.

Regional Awards of Merit recipients, as decided by a Kern COG Board subcommittee, are divided among nine broad categories and include:

Local Government: Revitalize Mojave citizen group for its unique private-public partnership and development of a new Vision Plan project that improves Mojave’s physical environment…

This is the 22nd year Kern COG has recognized those programs and people in our region whose ideas and hard work have made life in Kern County better for us all.

The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Petroleum Club on the 12th floor of the Stockdale Towers, 5060 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Cost is $40 per person, which includes a dinner buffet.

Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by calling (661) 861-2191 or emailing lcollins@kerncog.org . No money will be accepted at the door.

Mojave Business Mixer Set for Tonight


Mojave Business Mixer

Thursday, June 15
6 p.m.
Location: TNR Hobbies, 15938 Sierra Highway (between El Jefe and Carl’s Jr.)

Business leaders from town and the Mojave Air & Space Port are invited to meet each other and to learn about how they can participate in the Mojave Chamber of Commerce’s on-going efforts to revitalize the town. Members of the Economic Restructuring Committee will briefly address the gathering and answer any questions. Light snacks and refreshments will be served and prizes given away. Call 661-824-2481 for more information.

Clean Up Day, Business Mixer Set for Mojave Revitalization Effort

The Mojave Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two events over the next week as part of its efforts to revitalize the town.

Mojave Clean Up Day
Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meeting Location: Stoken Donuts on Belshaw Street

Volunteers are needed for cleaning up trash in alleys and vacant lots. Please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes and bring rakes and shovels. Organizers will provide trash bags, work gloves, bottled water and dust masks. Sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management of Kern County.

Mojave Business Mixer
Thrusday, June 15
6 p.m.
Location: TNR Hobbies, 15938 Sierra Highway (between El Jefe and Carl’s Jr.)

Business leaders from town and the Mojave Air & Space Port are invited to meet each other and to learn about how they can participate in the on-going revitalization effort. Members of the Economic Restructuring Committee will briefly address the gathering and answer any questions. Light snacks and refreshments will be served and prizes given away. Call 661-824-2481 for more information.

 

Mojave Space Port Close to Hiring Director of Economic Development

Mojave's runways. (Credit: Mojave Air and Space Port)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The Mojave Air and Space Port is getting close to hiring a director of economic development and aerospace growth and is looking to make other enhancements to improve the experience of tenants at the desert facility and keep Mojave at the cutting edge of aerospace development.

Last Tuesday, General Manager and CEO Stu Witt told the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors that he has interviewed three of four finalists for the economic development position. The new hire will work to promote the airport, develop new business, and provide value-added services for tenants.

Witt said he was very impressed with candidates, saying they all had high quality, depth of experience, and great ideas for how to perform the job. He expects to have a recommendation for the board in April.

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Mr. Witt Goes to Sacramento as Mojave Begins Revitalization Effort

Mojave's runways. (Credit: Mojave Air and Space Port)

Mojave Air and Space Port CEO and General Manager Stu Witt will be visiting Sacramento next week to lobby California lawmakers to provide regulatory relief and the types of incentives that other states have been providing to space companies.

Although Mojave is thriving as a aerospace research and development center, it has done so despite California ranking last among the states in terms of business friendliness, Witt said during a meeting of the East Kern Airport District Board of Directors on Tuesday. Obstacles include high taxes and a substantial regulatory burden.

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