Citizen group Revitalize Mojave will be recognized with an award for its new vision plan project that improves Mojave's physical environment.
The private-public partnership will be just one of 16 individuals, organizations and programs honored for making major contributions to the quality of life in Kern County during the Kern Council of Governments' 22nd annual Regional Awards of Merit Program on March 7 in Bakersfield.
As decided by a Kern COG Board subcommittee, and recognized for their innovative, cooperative efforts, recipients are divided among nine broad categories, which includes local government, community involvement, transportation, environmental resources, distinguished leadership by a public group or individual, distinguished leadership by an elected official, lifetime achievement by a public official, and lifetime achievement by an elected official.
The other recipient in the local government category is the Shafter Schools Project, while the remainder of the recipients were selected as follows:
Ridgecrest Military Banner Program
East Bakersfield High School, M.O.V.E Program and Peace Freedom and Love Club advisors; Cody Bema, Henri Blane and Don Ott
Elisabeth Newman of Wasco
The Tree Foundation of Kern
Kern Valley State Prison employees
Golden Empire Transit
Ken Volpe Environmental Resources
Kern County environmental group Kern Green, the City of Bakersfield's Solid Waste Department, and Recreation and Park Department, Uplands of Kern River Parkway Project.
Darrel Hildebrand Distinguished Leadership -- Public Group or Individual
CEO William Michael Leming of District Desert Empire Fairgrounds
Darrel Hildebrand Distinguished Leadership -- Elected Official
Taft Councilman Randy Miller
Ronald E. Brummett Lifetime Achievement -- Public Official
Chuck Michel of Golden Empire Transit District
Ronald E. Brummett Lifetime Achievement--Elected Official
Mayor Garry Nelson of Shafter and Ridgecrest City Councilmember Steve Morgan
The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the Petroleum Club on the 12th floor of the Stockdale Tower, 5060 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Cost is $40 per person, which includes a dinner buffet.
Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by calling (661) 861-2191 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. No money will be accepted at the door.