Tag Archives: community engagement

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 insightful interview, Jim Damian, Kern County’s Chief Economic Development Officer, discusses the strategies and philosophies that make Kern County a thriving hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Discover how Kern leverages its unique geology, geography, and community spirit to foster economic growth and innovation.

Celebrating Art, Community, and Innovation with Jeanette Richardson

Jeanette Richardson sharing her vision for art and community in Bakersfield.

Join us in an enlightening conversation with Jeanette Richardson, a renowned artist, author, mentor, and Executive Director at the Arts Council of Kern. Discover Jeanette’s inspiring journey to Bakersfield, her profound connection with the local arts community, and her vision for fostering innovation through art and community engagement.

Unveiling Bakersfield’s Innovation Pathway with Justin Salters

Justin Salters discussing community development and innovation in Bakersfield.

Join us in an enlightening conversation with Justin Salters, Interim Executive Director at B3K Prosperity and Founder & President of Hey Salty. Discover how Justin’s journey from a natural communicator in high school through a successful public affairs career has led him to spearhead economic development and community empowerment in Bakersfield. Learn about the challenges, triumphs, and his vision for fostering innovation in Kern County.

Empowering Literacy and Entrepreneurship in Bakersfield with Mike Russo

Mike Russo standing proudly in his bookstore, Russo's Books, surrounded by towering shelves filled with books.

Discover Mike Russo’s journey on the Destination for Innovation series, from a passionate educator to a cornerstone of Bakersfield’s business and literacy community. Learn how his dedication to Russo’s Books and teaching entrepreneurship shapes the future, inspiring both young minds and fellow entrepreneurs.

Elevating Solar Energy Through Innovation & Community Engagement: A Conversation with Rudy Saporite

Rudy Saporite discussing solar energy innovation at Intersolar North America, Energy Storage North America.

Dive into an insightful conversation with Rudy Saporite, Program Director at IBTS, as we explore the integral role of community, innovation, and education in advancing the solar energy sector. Discover how integrating solar into the broader electrical trade can pave the way for a sustainable energy future.

Raji Brar: Pioneering Innovation in Bakersfield, Kern County and Beyond

Raji Brar discussing business development and community impact in Bakersfield.

Explore Raji Brar’s journey from managing diverse family businesses to becoming a leader in community development in Bakersfield. Her insights reveal the significance of inclusive business practices and the power of local engagement in driving sustainable growth.

Advancing Economic Development in California’s Central Valley with Julie Herd of Go-Biz

Les Mood interviewing Julie Herd in Fresno, California on the Destination for Innovation

Join Julie Herd, Business Development Specialist at GO-Biz, in a conversation about economic development and innovation. From her roots in agriculture to her pivotal role in fostering business growth in California, Julie shares insights on the importance of community involvement and strategic communication. Discover how her approach is shaping a more sustainable and economically robust California.

Exploring the Boundaries of Robotics and Education with Stephen Mears

Stephen Mears teaching robotics to students in a lab at CTEC on the Destination for Innovation with GreenTech Network

Discover Stephen Mears’ inspiring journey in the latest Destination for Innovation episode. From overcoming career challenges to leading robotics education at CTEC, Stephen emphasizes the fusion of art and engineering and advocates for continuous learning and community-driven innovation. Join us to explore how robotics is shaping the future of education and community development in Bakersfield and beyond.

Fostering Future Innovators: A Conversation with Brian Miller, Principal at ROC & CTEC

Les Mood interviewing Brian Miller at Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

Join Brian Miller as he unveils his innovative approach to education in Bakersfield. Emphasizing the importance of community partnerships and a hands-on learning model, Brian is leading the charge in transforming the educational landscape. Discover how his efforts at ROC and CTEC are shaping a new generation of learners, ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Spotlight on Solar Leadership: A Deep Dive with Kellie Macpherson of Radian Generation

Kellie Macpherson discussing renewable energy strategies in an interview for Destination for Innovation with host Les Mood.

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Kellie Macpherson, a seasoned veteran in the renewable sector and a key figure at Radian Generation. Explore her journey, insights on community engagement, mentorship, and how she shapes a sustainable future in solar asset management. Discover Radian Generation’s innovative approach to global energy solutions in this episode of Destination for Innovation.