As our 25th year anniversary draws near, the MDAQMD's signature cooperative working relationship with regulated industry continues to serve as the model for air districts across the state and I'm honored for the opportunity to carry on this tradition. At the MDAQMD, teamwork and working hard for our constituents are key factors in protecting the air breathed by over 550,000 High Desert residents. As Executive Director of the second geographically largest air district in the state, I’m always looking for ways to implement improvements - “business as usual” is not my style. Whether it’s working on new ways to streamline the permitting process, keeping an eye on our air monitoring equipment during the recent fires or keeping a finger on the pulse of the District’s budget to ensure transparency and continued solvency, it’s all in a day’s work.
Besides the responsibility of preserving healthful air quality within our region, two of our most important jobs at the District are keeping the lines of communication with regulated industry open and helping them to comply with our regulations. When businesses understand what is expected of them and we provide the tools to help them comply – whether these tools are in the form of compliance assistance, grants or just a friendly ear – we all benefit through increased business retention, enhanced economic development and most importantly, improved air quality,
While growth and change are inevitable, our mission statement – “to attain and maintain a healthful environment while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth “– will not change; this is the way we will always do business here at the MDAQMD.