Council to hear about iDEA hub

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Another endeavor to make Inyokern Airport a center for innovation will be presented at tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council.

China Lake Alliance Executive Director Eileen Shibley, in her role of fostering compatible private industry to support the DOD mission at China Lake, will give a presentation on the airport’s application with the state to become a California Innovation Hub (iHub). For the local proposal — dubbed the iDEA (Innovation in Defense, Energy and Aerospace) — Shibley and her team are drawing on the existing regional culture of technological and future-focused projects.

(The iDEA?venture is separate from the Cal UAS?Portal effort, outlined on this page.)

She will relate to the city how such a designation from the state would capture local resources to creative growth in the area.

The only item of discussion before the council is the continuation of appointments to various positions, including a member to the Personnel Commission.

Consent calendar items include authorization to finalize work on Drummond Avenue, an agreement with Quad Knopf to improve Sunland Drive, a letter of support for the iDEA Hub at Inyokern Airport and a lease agreement with Waste Management.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Proceedings will be broadcast live on Mediacom channels 6 and 41, as well as justintv.com (search “Ridgecrest”).

Story First Published: 2013-04-03