Kern County Economic Development

Kern County Economic Development

Economic Development

Mission Statement:   Improve the economic viability of the County and its residents by facilitating the creation and retention of employment opportunities.

The goals of the County's Economic Development effort are to expand the County's economy by developing businesses in six industry clusters, which will in turn improve employment opportunities for County residents.

To achieve these goals, the County created a Partnership of numerous entities to help existing businesses to expand and to encourage the location of new business in Kern County. The Board of Supervisors directed the County Administrative Office to coordinate the efforts of the Partnership and make periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors regarding Partnership activities. The Board also designated the Kern Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) as the County's lead economic development entity. Partnership Information

County Economic Development Strategy


Economic Road Map for Kern County released in March.


County Economic Development Strategy Update, Final Report was adopted by the Board of Supervisors.


County Economic Development Strategy Annual Report presented to Board of Supervisors


Revision (Amendment No.1) of the 2005 County Economic Development Strategy Final Report approved by the Board of Supervisors. Revised Report


The Board of Supervisors adopted the County Economic Development Strategy, Final Report. This update replaces the County's 1999 strategy. An executive summary, The Path to Sustainable Prosperity: Kern County's Economic Development Strategy, is also available.


The Board of Supervisors contracted with ICF Consulting, Inc., to update and revise the Economic Development Strategy.

County of Kern Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Updates


FY 2012 - 2013 Annual Update - Draft Report for public review



2012 Kern County Labor Market Study published


Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020 implemented: "Our Future...Our Responsibility"


California Business Portal
Last week GO-Biz launched a new on-line business portal ( which provides information to business owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, and local resources. Key features include:

  • Quick Start Guide: contains essential information for starting, and expanding by business type in the State
  • California Business Navigator: provides custom information such as permits, licenses and incentives
  • Service Desk: Get answers to commonly-asked questions. If the information for a particular situation is not posted, submit your question and GO-Biz will provide a customized answer.


California Competes Tax Credit
Notice of program funding for fiscal year 2015/16:

  • July 20, 2015, through August 17, 2015 ($75 million available)
  • January 4, 2016, through January 25, 2016 ($75 million available)
  • March 7, 2016, through March 28, 2016 ($50.9 million plus any remaining unallocated amounts from the previous application periods)
  • Updated program flyer for FY2015/16


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Federal Funding Opportunity
U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration grant assistance for projects that result in private capital investment and the creation of new jobs: Public Works, Economic Adjustment Assistance, and GCCMIF Economic Development Assistance Programs

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is updated each year to maintain the eligibility of Kern County applicants to apply for and receive U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration grant assistance. Projects must result in private capital investment and the creation of new jobs. Each Annual Update is approved by the CEDS Committee prior to being adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Initiatives for military base retention include support of Edwards Community Alliance on behalf of Edwards Air Force Base/Air Force Flight Test Center and participation in California Defense Alliance and Southwest Defense Alliance. These groups lobby on behalf of base missions, capabilities, and capacities with the goal of retaining and expanding Department of Defense investment and jobs within their respective areas.

County of Kern Industrial Development Authority is an alternative source of tax-exempt financing for manufacturers seeking to make qualified capital investment within the County and create new jobs.

Referrals are made to Kern Economic Development Partners - local, State, and federal business resource providers. These agencies promote, support, and encourage capital investment and job creation.

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