Community Spotlight: Rebecca McCourt

Community Spotlight: Rebecca McCourtBy JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent

For the last several weeks, we at the News Review have been shining a light on some the dedicated and talented residents who work behind the scenes to continue improving the safety of our country and the quality of life in our valley. This week, we are looking at a relative newcomer who is juggling the schedule of a full-time mother with a burgeoning effort to strengthen the economic prospects of the Indian Wells Valley.

Rebecca McCourt is the executive assistant at the IWV Economic Development Corporation and the administrative vice president for the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Ridgecrest. Rebecca was born and raised in Tucson, Ariz., and attended the University of Arizona, where she completed a double major in economics and political science as well as a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Davis, where she worked in retail banking for seven years. Her husband is an engineer at China Lake, and as with many other families in the area, his job is what brought their family to Ridgecrest in 2015.

The Ridgecrest MOMS group focuses on connecting at-home moms for support. Rebecca has two young sons, so naturally this was the first group she joined in town. Rebecca remains involved with the group, and this year she helped to organize the MOMS Club’s first community-service project which was an education fair; a venue for schools to come together and provide information about programs and enrollment to community members.

As the executive assistant for the IWV Economic Development Corporation, Rebecca is currently helping to coordinate the feasibility study for the proposed aquatic center. The corporation recently had its first visit from Counsilman-Hunsaker, an aquatic design company. “After speaking with some key users and the public in general, we will now see what kind of proposals they come up with for a venue in Ridgecrest,” she said. (See also related story, Page 1.)

Rebecca loves Ridgecrest, her neighborhood and the surrounding region. “The transient nature of the work can make it difficult at times to see friends move away,” she said. “But really that is why things like the IWV EDC and MOMS Club are so important — so that those new to town have somewhere to go to network and establish themselves in the community.

“I think there are a lot of people with a lot of good ideas for our community and I am excited to support them and watch them take root.”

It is clear that Rebecca enjoys participating in efforts to improve our community and that is something to be extremely proud of. Thank you for your dedication, Rebecca!

Story First Published: 2017-06-30