Cultivating Innovation in Kern County: Insights from Chief Economic Development Officer Jim Damian

Jim Damian discussing economic development strategies for Kern County, CA.

In this enlightening episode of the Destination for Innovation series, brought to you by The City of Bakersfield and GreenTech Network, we dive into an inspiring conversation with Jim Damian, the Chief Economic Development Officer of Kern County.

Jim shares his unique journey from a private sector entrepreneur who led a successful technology company to spearheading economic development efforts in Kern County. His insights shed light on how Kern County is fostering an environment ripe for innovation and economic growth.

Cultivating Innovation in Kern County: Insights from Chief Economic Development Officer Jim Damian

Key Takeaways:

  • Community and Collaboration: Jim emphasizes the importance of community and collaborative efforts in driving economic success, highlighting how Kern County’s spirit of cooperation has been essential for fostering innovation.
  • Strategic Advantage: Kern County’s unique geology, geography, and community spirit form the “secret sauce” that makes it a prime destination for business and innovation. Jim illustrates how these elements combine to create a robust platform for growth and opportunity.
  • Government’s Role in Innovation: Despite being part of the government, Jim describes how Kern County embraces a culture of experimentation and innovation, aiming to streamline processes and support entrepreneurs and businesses effectively.
  • Championing Economic Development: Jim’s approach to economic development focuses on removing barriers and ensuring that government processes are clear and facilitate rather than hinder progress.

Join us as Jim Damian details how Kern County is not just keeping pace but setting the pace in economic innovation and development.

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Les Mood

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