Kern COG seeking nominees for awards of merit

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller

The Kern Council of Governments is now accepting nominations for its 30th annual Regional Awards of Merit Program.

The Regional Awards program honors individuals, organizations and programs dedicated to improving Kern County’s quality of life through innovative, cooperative, regional efforts. The deadline for submissions is noon Friday, February 5, 2021. The application form may be found online at

Regional Awards of Merit recipients, as decided by a Kern COG Board ad hoc committee, are divided among nine broad categories and include: Local Government, Journalism, Community Involvement, Environmental Resources and Conservation, Transportation, Public Safety, Innovation, Distinguished Leadership and Lifetime Achievement

Nominators must attach the official entry form (or a copy) to a typewritten submission of not more than two pages, describing why the individual or organization deserves a Regional Award of Merit. Applications may be submitted by email, fax, or mail to Kern Council of Governments' office or to

The submission must be accompanied by at least 20 photo-quality electronic images or video footage at least two minutes long that presents a comprehensive mosaic of the nominee’s accomplishments. All images should be taken with a minimum of a 4 megapixel camera with at least 300 pixels per inch resolution.

At least one image must be of the individual nominee or program itself. This image may consist of a sign or logo, if that is the only available resource to visually distinguish the nominee from other programs or projects. All materials become the property of Kern Council of Governments and will not be returned.

For more information, contact Susanne Campbell,, (661) 635-2906.