KRVR 2006 Highlights
Written by Admin KRVR   
Thursday, 19 April 2007

Kern River Valley Revitalization, Inc.

Mission: To facilitate the social, natural, and financial health of the Kern River Valley for this and future generations

KRVR 2006 Highlights

During 2006 a number objectives were accomplished that are consistent with the mission, purpose, and function of KRVR; building upon the work and accomplishments of the past 10 years; while supporting and strengthening existing efforts, such as KRVR leadership in the KRV Specific Plan Review Committee and the work of the KRV Tourism Promotion Committee to implement the Community-Inspired Tourism Marketing Plan (CITMP), and other KRVR initiatives.

Strategic Relationships

  • Co-hosted with Sierra Business Council a Sierra Nevada Conservancy Workshop in KRV
  • Achieved KRV listing in SBC’s State of Sierra Agriculture: An Assessment of Working Landscapes in the Sierra Nevada publication
  • Hosted Mojave Desert-Mountain RC&D Quarterly meeting in KRV
  • Opposed Federal funding cut to the RC&D programs
  • Hosted luncheon for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer, Jim Branham
  • Continued to support Southern Sierra Adventures: An Association of Gateway Communities
  • Worked with Kern Community Foundation to get KRV non-profits included in their data base

Leadership Enhancement

  • Ten people from the KRV attended the 2006 SBC Conference, two sponsored by KRVR
  • Eight from the KRV attended the “Opportunities Go Where Relationships Flow” workshop
  • Promoted KCNC’s 2007 Leadership Development Training Program with at least one person applying

Quality of Life

  • Facilitated community review committee to evaluate and comment on KRV Specific Plan drafts
  • Presentations about the Kern Valley Hospital and its future, including Measure M - Construction Bond
  • Presentation by Kern Council of Governments about transportation needs and Measure I - Sales Tax
  • Supported City of Bakersfield ordinance for controls on hillside development
  • Presentations by the Fire Safe Council and Smart Growth Coalition of Kern County
  • Presentation by Kern Community Foundation about their grant programs
  • Supported Sequoia Forest Keeper’s grant application to fund the Kern Valley Cares Program

Economic Sustainability


  • Supported Mohave Desert –Mountain RC&D’s successful application, in collaboration with Kern River Preserve, for a $1 million grant to assist in the acquisition of conservation easements along the South Fork, helping to retain working landscapes
  • Submitted proposal to have Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s southern regional office located in the KRV
  • Saw fruition of KRVR’s suggestion that SCE’s $2.5 M Fishery Resource Enhancement Trust fund be placed with Kern Community Foundation
  • Successfully sought changes in the FS Use Permit Prospectus to enhance local operator’s ability to compete
  • Facilitated a KRV Small Business Financial Expo sponsored by MD-MRC&D and SCE
  • Worked with Kern EDC to offer a “Cherry Tomatoes on Steroids” program in KRV for businesses with 10 or fewer employees
  • Obtained a BOT grant on behalf of the Tourism Promotion Committee for a interactive tourism website
  • Supported KRV’s 4 annual nature Festivals organized by Audubon-California’s Kern River Preserve: Bioregions, Reptile, Hummingbird & Turkey Vulture Festivals.
  • Supported MD-MRC&D’s grant application to fund a Home Town Competitiveness Workshop
  • Supported two local outfitters’ proposals for Kern River Guide permits
  • Sponsored Hwy 178 Corridor Celebration
  • Presentation about the USDA Rural Development Program

Document date: 12/15/06

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