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East Kern federal labs, companies form ‘innovation hub’

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he newly formed Innovation Hub for Defense, Energy and Aerospace (iDEA), which includes the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, has been selected as a member of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development initiative. The iDEA Hub joins 15 other communities throughout California designated as centers of innovation. The iDEA Hub partners consist of the Navy’s China Lake center and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, as the participating federal labs, the China Lake Alliance, Ventura County Economic Development Association, China Lake High Tech Consortium, InSitech, Cerro Coso Community College, Tech Venture Network of Ridgecrest, Inyokern Airport District, City of Ridgecrest and Kern County, along with various high-tech companies in the region. “In an effort to harness and enhance California’s innovative spirit, the State of California launched its forwardthinking Innovation Hub (iHub)

initiative. The iHub initiative improves the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters through state-designated iHubs,” explained the Governor’s Office. “The iHubs leverage assets, such as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories, to provide an innovation platform for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists.” The primary objective of the iDEA Hub is to accelerate innovation by enhancing opportunities for technology companies, non-profits, and universities to leverage the unique capabilities of federal labs and vice versa. Innovation can drive regional economic growth and advance critical national objectives in defense, energy and aerospace. The iDEA Hub geographic borders cover the California counties of Kern and Ventura with headquarters at Inyokern Airport. — Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake

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