JAN. 16, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



Meeting focuses on economic development efforts

A trio of economic development efforts will be the focus of the next meeting of the Council of 100 at California State University, Bakersfield.

The noon luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Stockdale Room in CSUB's cafeteria will feature a presentation by Donovan Ropp, a professor in the School of Business and Public Administration, who will discuss three programs in CSUB's Business Research and Education Center.

Ropp, who is also the center's director, will share information on the:

Family Business Institute. The institute is a resource for family-owned businesses and service professionals in Kern County, providing information, research and technical assistance.

Export Facilitator Internship Program. CSUB has 10 students in internships with local businesses that exporting products. The program is supported by the U.S. Labor Department.

Kern County Technology Transfer Group. The group has been working with individuals to help bring ideas and technology to reality. The group has been instrumental in exporting $15 million worth of technology.

"What we're trying to do is provide as much support to community businesses as we can," Ropp said. "We want to augment economic development opportunities, and have developed these programs to help local businesses. We're very much involved in community efforts to support and enhance the local economy."

The Council of 100 is a group of area business executives and community leaders who meet quarterly with CSUB officials to learn of the resources the university can provide.

Chamber of Commerce and Kern Economic Development Corp. members are also invited to the meeting.

Cost for the luncheon is $10, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call Kellie Lundy at 661/664-2136.