Grove named to aerospace committee

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Grove named to aerospace committeeThe interests of the Indian Wells Valley gained an opportunity for better advocacy with the recent appointment of Assemblywoman Shannon Grove to the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace.

“I am so proud to have this opportunity to evaluate issues that are critical to the success of the aerospace industry,” Grove said in a statement released through her office. “Eastern Kern County has a long and proud history of being on the forefront of development in this field. I will work hard in my new role on this committee to support the efforts that make California a more competitive place for aerospace companies to do business.”

This is in line with Grove’s earlier statements to target economic recovery in California through fostering job creation and productivity in private industry. But the focus of the committee hits home for the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding areas.

“I think it is vitally important for lawmakers to recognize that bases like China Lake don’t operate in a vacuum, but rely on contributions from the entire community in order to be successful,” she told the News Review.

“A big part of that is ensuring that local private industry has the tools necessary to develop a highly skilled workforce, extensive distribution systems and diverse offerings to support the base. I plan on using my new position on this committee to develop strong support at the state level for promotion of the Indian Wells Valley private aerospace companies.”

She noted that she is also supportive of the current effort to develop the Cal UAS portal at Inyokern Airport.

“Inyokern has all the qualifications for attracting an FAA test site, including the ideal location and climate. This would be a major step in aerospace innovation that will present tremendous economic opportunity for the region,” said Grove.

“We need to take advantage of this chance to really showcase East Kern County’s power in terms of significant contributions to the aerospace industry.”

Grove will also be working with the committee on how federal efforts to reduce costs will impact DOD programs, including the Navy’s operations at China Lake.

The committee is chaired by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues relating to procurement processes, operational requirements and workforce development.

Story First Published: 2013-03-13