Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Rebecca Neipp

The keynote speaker at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference, presented Feb. 28 by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, told his listeners to be prepared to be “bored” by more of the same trends in the future. “If this is boring, I’ll take boring!” said Harlan . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I  sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Rebecca Neipp

The overall projections presented at the Feb. 28 Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference were optimistic about continued growth this year — and the message from Capt. Paul Dale, commanding officer of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. “I’m here to tell you — . . . Read Full Story >>

Work Ready program returns

The Work Ready program will return to Indian Wells Valley teens and young adults looking to enter the workforce. The five-week training program will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites, beginning March 30 and continuing through May 5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley thrives in booming economy

Valley thrives in booming economy

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. Mark Schniepp addresses attendees at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference — Photo by Laura Austin ------ “I could not find a better time economically in our history. This may be the best time we have ever known.” Dr. Mark Schniepp of California Economic Forecast . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders promote East Kern for base of operations in space development

Rebecca Neipp

A letter dated Feb. 28 to President Donald Trump, co-authored by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is prompting the administration to consider the high desert as a potential base of operations for the Space Development Agency. “As stated in the National Security Strategy, space is . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The future of Kern County is here’

‘The future of Kern County is here’

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Supervisors Mick Gleason and Zack Scrivner update attendees at the EOC — Photo by Ian M. Terry ------ County leadership outlined extraordinary opportunities — both under way and on the horizon — to start the IWV Economic Outlook Conference with an unprecedentedly positive . . . Read Full Story >>

Young Professionals hear from IWV Economic Development Corp.

Young Professionals hear from IWV Economic Development Corp.

Eric Inoco, Suzy Gysler and James Long enjoy refreshments and socializing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest Young Professionals Network. Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation hosted the mixer, which included an interactive presentation by Executive Director Scott O’Neil and Executive Assistant Rebecca McCourt, who . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook Conference is next week

Outlook Conference is next week

Rebecca Neipp

State Sen. Shannon Grove (partly offscreen) captures a photo of Kern County Judge Chad Louie, Supervisor Mick Gleason, Denny Kline, Jim Suver and Dave Ostash during last year’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference — a perennial opportunity to meet with local leaders — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Economic Development Corp. gains new membership

IWV Economic Development Corp. gains new membership

Business owners and other community stakeholders participate in an interactive presentation during the IWV Economic Development Corporation’s annual membership update on Tuesday evening. Executive Director Scott O’Neil discussed ongoing endeavors of the EDC, while testing attendees’ knowledge of the local area. Several polling questions also . . . Read Full Story >>

Project hiring solar panel installers

A job recruitment event for solar panel installers will be held in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kern County Administration Building, 400 N. China Lake Boulevard. The event is co-hosted by Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason . . . Read Full Story >>

‘What can the EDC do for you?’

‘What can the EDC do for you?’

Rebecca Neipp

Chip Yates (left) and a project engineer work on the Silent Arrow project at Inyokern Airport — Courtesy photo ------ “One of our focuses this year is finding out — what can we do to help you?” Scott O’Neil, executive director of the IWV Economic . . . Read Full Story >>

Coldwell Banker under new ownership

Coldwell Banker under new ownership

Rebecca Neipp

New Coldwell Banker owners, Jason and Deidre Patin ------ The most prominent real estate office in town is under new ownership, as Jason and Deidre Patin announce this week their acquisition of Coldwell Banker Best Realty from longtime owners Kathy Vejtasa and Bernie Connolly. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

‘If you want to go far, go together’

‘If you want to go far, go together’

Rebecca Neipp

Stuart Witt, a member of the National Space Council as well as the IWVEDC, speaks at a press conference during his tenure at Mojave Air and Space Port — Photo by Laura Austin ------ “There’s an African proverb that says, ‘If you want to go . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to hold  membership update

EDC to hold membership update

Ongoing efforts to bring additional jobs, housing and services to the Indian Wells Valley will be the theme of an update on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the IWV Economic Development Corp.’s annual membership meeting. “We have been busy!” said IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil. “Come . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to give  annual update

EDC to give annual update

Ongoing efforts to bring additional jobs, housing and services to the Indian Wells Valley will be the theme of an update on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the IWV Economic Development Corp.’s annual membership meeting. “We have been busy!” said IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil. “Come . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Why live and work in Ridgecrest?’

‘Why live and work in Ridgecrest?’

Rebecca Neipp

Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil (second from left, front) sits with IWVEDC board members, from left, (front) Peggy Breeden, John Watkins, Jill Board, (back) Chris Ellis, Donna Hocker, Stu Witt, Denny Kline, Andy Corzine, Jim Suver, Don Zdeba, Dan Spurgeon and Dr. David . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber sets Outlook  Conference

Chamber sets Outlook Conference

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce is now selling tickets and booth space to the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo, set for Thursday, Feb. 28, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. The outlook conference offers stakeholders an overview . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to host ‘sound bytes’ luncheon

Chamber to host ‘sound bytes’ luncheon

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will feature “sound bytes” from some new members at the Tuesday, Dec. 11, luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Speakers will include Scott Miller from Tutu’s Rideshare, Sandy Redding of IT Solutions provider Trowbridge & . . . Read Full Story >>

City hears about more development projects

City hears about more development projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Development projects discussed by the Ridgecrest City Council during its regular meeting on Oct. 3 included the land sale for the proposed TownePlace Suites, a new apartment complex and the long-awaited renovation of the Ridgecrest Senior Center Council . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to present franchising seminar

EDC to present franchising seminar

“Ever wonder why Ridgecrest doesn’t have a specific restaurant or service in town? Many well-known businesses are franchises which only expand into an area if an interested franchisee opens a location,” said Rebecca McCourt of the IWV Economic Development Corp. To help education the public . . . Read Full Story >>