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Content 3 Business Overview 4 Community Overview 18 Friends of Kern EDC 20 Government Services and Regulatory Process 24 Incentives 26 Kern County’s Industry Cluster 28 Market Access 31 Quality of Life

All photos and photo captions courtesy of The Bakersfield Californian, unless otherwise indicated.



he Kern Economic Development Corporation (Kern EDC) is a public private partnership formed in 1988 with the mission of stimulating a diversified and strong economic climate in Kern County. This is accomplished through new business recruitment and assistance with retention and expansion of existing businesses. In 2007, Kern Economic Development Foundation (KEDF) was created to support Kern County businesses and communities in reaching their full economic potential. KEDF is a research-based and educational organization which includes programs such as the Alliance of Women in Energy (AWE) Mentoring Initiative and the East Kern Economic Alliance (EKEA).

President’s Message If you are looking for a place to start, relocate or expand a business, then Kern County is calling your name. While it was oil and agriculture which laid the foundation of Kern’s economy, a variety of other industries are flourishing. They’re contributing to a welcoming and rewarding business climate, one which any company would be proud to call home. Residents and business owners alike reside in Kern County for a variety of reasons. Some appreciate the area's proximity to California's most prized natural wonders, including the impressive Sequoias, the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mojave Desert, as well as the state's stunning central and southern coastlines. Others enjoy the easy access to metropolitan centers like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. All seem to appreciate Kern County's cost of living, featuring one of the most affordable home markets in the state (the median housing price is $126,500). Richard Chapman Looking for empirical evidence of Kern’s draw? President and CEO Here are just a few of the accolades the county received last year: • Top large metro for Real GDP growth in the nation • Top 2 county on its way to economic recovery in the state • Top 3 large metro for job growth in the state • Top 3 major county for growth of average compensation per job in the state • Top 20 strongest metro for recovery from recession in the nation This Market Overview is designed to give you a glimpse of Kern County's many benefits, and to offer some of the specifics that executives need when making important business decisions. If you have any questions, please contact anyone on our staff. We'll be happy to help!

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Local Industry Projections (2008-2018) Industry Professional Services Healthcare Services Transportation/Warehousing Energy and Natural Resources Manufacturing Agriculture

Employment 2008

Projected Employment 2018

Growth Percentage

31,300 33,300 10,700 11,400 15,500 48,800

25,000 23,600 9,600 10,700 13,700 49,600

25.2% 41.1% 11.5% 6.5% 13.1% -1.6%

Aerospace and Defense industry unavailable at time of print. Source: State of California Employment Development Department, January 2012

Kern County's Top Private Employers Company

Business Type

Grimmway Enterprises Giumarra Vineyards Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Wm. Bolthouse Farms San Joaquin Community Hospital Chevron State Farm Insurance Paramount Citrus Aera Energy LLC Kaiser Permanente Rio Tinto Minerals-Borax Sun World Target Distribution Center Frito Lay

Number of Employees

Agriculture Agriculture Health Care Agriculture Hospital Oil Production Insurance Agriculture Energy Health Care Chemicals Agriculture Retail Distribution Food Processing

4,600 3,500 3,053 2,350 2,100 1,500 1,269 1,000 950 850 813 800 661 632

Partial List. This is the most current information available at time of print. Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012

Kern EDC-assisted Relocations and Expansions Company Dollar General Corporation Califia Farms Caterpillar, Inc. enXco (Three projects/sites) Maricopa Partners NextEra Energy (Two projects/sites) Paramount Citrus Recurrent Energy (Five projects/sites) The Spaceship Company (FAITH Project)

Location Lebec Unincorporated Kern Lebec West Kern Maricopa Kelso Valley Delano East Kern Mojave

Business Type Distribution Agriculture Distribution Solar Solar Wind Agriculture Solar Aerospace

New Jobs Year 250 30 150 175* 500+* 270* 500 380* 100+

Business Overview


long with the phenomenal success of the energy and agriculture industries, Kern County has begun to achieve economic success in the aerospace, logistics, and healthcare sectors. Abundant and affordable local workforce, reasonablypriced real estate opportunities and business-friendly government has been the catalyst to growth in the county. The budding population, numerous interesting and profitable business opportunities, and high quality of life will surely help that trend continue.

2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011

*Totals include construction jobs. Source: Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012

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Community Overview

Population Trends Total Kern County Population: 815,693 Source: State of California, Department of Finance, December 2011

Total Bakersfield Population: 331,868


Source: State of California, Department of Finance, December 2011


Kern County Projected Population






Source: California Department of Finance, January 2012

Bakersfield Projected Population


ern County’s unique combination of metropolitan offerings and small-town feel is a trait that residents love. Located within an easy drive of some of California’s most popular destinations, visiting Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, or the Pacific Ocean is a breeze. Add to these benefits the fact that Kern County boasts one of the lowest costs of living in California, and it is clear why Kern is an ever-growing area.




Source: City of Bakersfield and Kern COG, January 2012


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Kern County Population by Ethnicity Population Estimate



Total Population

Photo courtesy of City of Arvin

Arvin City Hall.

Hispanic or Latino




Black or African American




American Indian and Alaska Native

5,893 995

Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Some other race Two or more races

1,472 15,967

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey

Cities of Kern County Arvin Felix Adamo / The Californian

Local dignitaries, developers, and others attend the ribbon cutting of the new City Place apartments near Mill Creek. The 70-unit complex is aimed at low to moderate income families.

The city of Arvin is best known for its strong agricultural industries, especially the Grimmway carrot packaging plant. Positioned with Highway 223 running through the city, easy access to Interstate 5 and Highway 99, a State Enterprise Zone (1,000+ acres) for commercial and industrial development, low land prices, availability of skilled and non-skilled labor, and a fast-growing population (currently over 16,500), Arvin is an ideal business locale. The Tejon Ranch Commerce Center alone, southwest of the city, is expected to create 6,000 jobs when filled to capacity. The city of Arvin presents an excellent opportunity for business growth in the next decade and beyond



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The crowd starts to settle in for the evening performances at the Bakersfield Jazz Festival.

Strategically located in one of the world's largest economies, and within four hours of 90% of California’s population, Bakersfield is a place where cutting-edge technological development is blended with a rich history of agriculture and oil production. Bakersfield is a regional hub that boasts a number of highly-recognized employers like Nestlé, State Farm Insurance, Aera Energy LLC, Chevron, and Occidental Oil and Gas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bakersfield Metro is one of the top three major metros for job growth in the state. Although Bakersfield’s population increased more than 37% between 2000 and 2010, the area offers an oasis of friendly people that feels like coming home. Within the city limits alone are 54 city parks, including the Park at Riverwalk, a 32-acre oasis adjacent to the Kern River. The newest green space is Mill Creek Linear Park, a 1.5 mile waterfront gem linking new downtown housing, antique shops, and museums with the Bakersfield Convention Center and its adjacent entertainment district. Bakersfield also has more than 100 miles of bike lanes and paths and has received Tree City USA designation 14 years in a row. Add to this the close proximity to much of California’s natural wonders and Bakersfield promises so much more to explore.

California City California City, with its endless sunshine and humidity-free climate, is positioned for a commuting workforce to reach East Kern’s seven major employers within under 30 minutes. Some of those businesses include Edwards AFB/NASA Dryden, Mojave Air & Space Port, Golden Queen Mines, and Wind Hub Generation. The 20-acre Business Park at California City Airport provides the opportunity for new business development 2 0 1 2 K E R N E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T C O R P O R AT I O N | M A R K E T O V E R V I E W • V I S I T




to take advantage of the many benefits its Foreign Trade Zone satellite designation provides. The city has an increasing population of approximately 14,000 who value its affordability, and brand new schools, along with the outdoor recreational opportunities, which are a popular destination for the off-roading community of over 100,000 visitors each major holiday. California City is California’s third largest city in land mass, with over 203 square miles, which gives the city the ability to grow to meet virtually any business need.


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The City of Delano is the second largest city in Kern County boasting a population of approximately 53,000. Located along State Highway 99 and well-connected to surrounding communities, Delano is emerging as a center of trade. Current retail demand is calculated over $520 million and it is projected to increase to $795 million. On the industrial side, Delano has over 900 acres with the General Plan Designation. Delano’s economy has been enhanced by the arrival of the Sears Logistics Distribution Center, Paramount Citrus, the California State Prison Correctional Facility, Delano Energy and Railex. Paramount Citrus is currently expanding its facility with the construction of a 10-acre facility which will create an additional 500 jobs. Both commercial and industrial industries can greatly benefit from the State Enterprise Zone which offers state tax breaks and other benefits for all companies for the next 15 years. With all its success, Delano’s roots remain embedded in agriculture. The city’s citrus and table grapes are particularly renowned for their high quality, and the region ships hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of commodities throughout the US and to 85 foreign countries. The City of Delano is a commercially-active and culturally-diverse community that maintains its small town character while experiencing a rapidly-growing population. Ready to embrace change, Delano is exploding with potential and possibilities. Come and Feel the Momentum…

Several different mountain ranges can be seen from the Desert Tortoise Preserve near California City.

Photo courtesy of the City of Delano

McFarland The City of McFarland is one of Kern County’s most progressive rural communities. With its 12,707 population and a thriving commerce agenda predicated on the citrus and agriculture landscape, the city is quickly growing. One of McFarland’s strongest points is a planned 750 acre proposed industrial park. Housed in this state-of-the-art facility will be businesses focused on both the distribution industry and highly-sensitive technology industry. The city has a HUB Zone, designed to foster economic benefits for companies, along with designation as a part of California’s Free Trade Zone. In addition to a growing business environment, homes are affordable, cost of living is low and and consumer opportunities are abundant within a 30 minute drive. McFarland is a great place to raise a family with excellent schools and a new Police Department which officially opened their doors in 2010. Opportunities in McFarland are many. The City and County are serious about assisting corporations with any of their needs, and welcoming employers and their families with open arms.

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Matt Billings, a partner in the Billings Ranches in Delano, walks through one of his almond orchards in 2004.

Ridgecrest The City of Ridgecrest is a small town of 27,616 residents that offers affordable housing and metropolitan amenities. Focusing on business expansion, Ridgecrest has streamlined licensing/permit procedures, created the Ridgecrest Redevelopment Agency, and constructed a brand new 63-acre business park. All of these elements, combined with a highly-trained workforce and technologically-advanced naval base


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McFarland captain Miguel Lastra scores a goal against Sierra Pacific's Jared Oakey at a recent game.



make Ridgecrest a great place to locate a business. Some of Ridgecrest’s recent success stories include: • Construction of two new hotels • Final approval construction and engineering plans of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter representing over 225,000 square feet • Construction of a 14,550 square foot medical office building in the Ridgecrest Business Park • Construction of new low and moderate income housing developments • Construction of a new solar energy project for City Services • The development of Downtown revitalization and improvement plan

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Construction is nearing completion on a Marriot building in Ridgecrest. Many companies have invested in the community in anticipation of new jobs coming to the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.

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Leslie Broker surveys land for new commercial development off of China Lake Boulevard in Ridgecrest.

Shafter The City of Shafter is one of the most active areas of California for both business and residential development. The City’s general plan has made it a priority to have good connectivity between jobs and homes. Thus, Shafter has two of the larger industrial areas in California: the International Trade and Transportation Center (ITTC) and the Shafter Airport Industrial Center. Shafter is within 300 miles of 14% of the entire U.S. population and within 89 miles of the Los Angeles basin. The city has easy access to Interstate 5 and Freeway 99. As a result, Shafter is becoming a major manufacturing and distribution center in the west. Companies currently in Shafter include Target Distribution, Formica, America’s Tire Distribution, GAF/ELK, Performance Foods D.C., Grimmway Farms, Cemex Corporation, Insect Lore Products, Paramount Farming and MiSwaco to name a few. The City has also installed $5M of rail infrastructure in the first phase of what will be the premier transload facility in the southern San Joaquin Valley and will serve a wide spectrum of clients both locally and around the world. Shafter has done a tremendous job of installing infrastructure and entitling land to enable major projects to be permitted and built without delays. With a recent annexation of over 5,000 acres that places the Shafter City limits adjacent to the City of Bakersfield; the City is growing rapidly and committed to keeping its eye towards the future. Creating Jobs… Building better Lives!

Taft Troy Harvey / The Californian

John White, president of Insect Lore "Bugseum" and visitor's center in Shafter.

Taft’s central location and connection to larger metropolitan areas via major interstate and state highways, will benefit any relocating business. Proximity to the growing Central Valley and Southern California markets provides easy and direct access to the entire state. The city has an Enterprise Zone designation, which offers substantial tax benefits to businesses located within the zone area. Recently, the city of Taft acquired a 46-acre site for redevelopment in the heart of downtown. Planned for the area is “Green Landmark” development (locally referred to as the Union Pacific Rail Road Project - UPRR) with a mix of uses that will create a vibrant 24/7 community lifestyle center. The Oil Workers Monument, donated to the City of Taft in October of 2010, is the center of the UPRR project and has become a significant draw for tourism. Honoring the oil industry upon which Taft was founded and built on the site of the Historic Union Pacific and Sunset Railroad lines, the $1.1 million sculpture was dedicated during the 100 Year Anniversary of the city’s incorporation and is located within walking distance of the Oil Museum. It is also recognized as the tallest bronze in the State of California. Rails to Trails, a lighted bike and walking path, travels the length of the city providing a safe and beautiful view of the downtown area with water fountains, covered picnic areas, and displays of sculpture and art. Its appreciation for its roots and commitment to growth gives Taft a special and unique sense of place.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Bob Foreman, left, a volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum in Taft, leads a group of Bakersfield home schooled children from Bakersfield on a tour of the museum.

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Tehachapi Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills on the crossroads of commercial connectivity, Tehachapi boasts a family friendly, business-growth oriented, comfortably convenient and healthy environment. Population within the city limits is approximately 8,000, and there are an estimated 40,000 individuals living in the greater Tehachapi region giving this mountain community its small town-feel, with all of the amenities of a big city. Recent major relocations and expansions in the area include American Carriage, Chemtool, Woodward West Sports Camp and Home Depot, all of whom have had overwhelming success with their move to the mountain community. With excellent market access, Tehachapi is primed for new development. Tehachapi’s local economy and labor force are linked directly to East Kern and communities with a particularly strong concentration of aerospace-related industries. Thanks to the Mojave Air and Space Port and Edwards Air Force Base, high-tech support industries are flourishing. The Tehachapi Pass is located in the epicenter of unprecedented growth in the wind energy industry, making Tehachapi an ideal location for a variety of industries and services that can provide direct support to the wind industry. The Alta-Oak Creek project sponsored by Terra-Gen Power is under construction in Tehachapi representing a 1.6 billion dollar investment in wind power. The wind farm will eventually include 750 turbines, and be the largest in the world. The city of Tehachapi is the “right environment for the right company.” Casey Christie / The Californian

An oilfield worker works on the top side of an oil rig in Taft.

Wasco It would be difficult to find a more dynamic location for your business than the City of Wasco, "The Rose Capital of the Nation." Located in the heart of Central California, Wasco is one of the fastest growing areas in the western United States and offers an ideal home for business growth. Aside from being one of the most progressive and beautiful parts of the county, Wasco provides an exceptional business climate with strong competitive advantages for manufacturing, value added agriculture, and logistics operations. Discover the benefits and share in the success of Wasco, California - Where Everything Grows! Wasco is in the center of California's population, with a one day turnaround to thirty-eight million people. Wasco provides excellent access to the world's eighth largest economy via Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 43 north and south, Highway 46 west to the coast, and Highway 58 east to Interstate 15. A short two-hour drive can take you to the beach, the mountains, or a major metropolitan area. With many new subdivisions under construction, the variety of housing choices in Wasco is exploding. New homes range upward from 1,200 square feet and $100,000 to executive homes on one-acre lots. In the City of Wasco, you’ll find safe and quiet neighborhoods, an available workforce, commercial and industrial-zoned land ready for development, reasonable prices, and a business-friendly environment ready to work with you to quickly move your project through the approval process. Strategic location, affordable land, available labor and quality of life make Wasco a great place to raise a family and your business. Come Grow with us!

Photo courtesy of George Gilbert Lynch

The #5 Modern Santa Fe Engines at the famous Tehachapi Loop.

Troy Harvey / The Californian

A clock that commemorates the 100-Year Anniversary of the first settlers to Wasco can be seen in the middle of 7th Street and E Street, which is located in the business district.


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Other Communities in Kern County Frazier Park / Lebec Situated in southernmost Kern County, the unincorporated Mountain Communities region of Frazier Park, Lebec, Lake of the Woods, Pinion Pines and Pine Mountain Club serve as a vacation spot for Southern California and San Joaquin Valley residents. The area is home to a diverse population of over 7,000. An attractive location for light manufacturing, the area maintains a small-town sensibility yet offers easy access to the major transportation artery provided by nearby Interstate 5. Proximity to major outdoor attractions (Los Padres National Forest, Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area) and easy access to Bakersfield and the Los Angeles basin not only create a wealth of opportunities for tourism-related businesses but provide a quality-of-life incentive for potential employees. Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Kyle Holifield leaves his opponents Josh Thompson on the ground and Luke Thompson making a last attempt to tackle as he runs for a touchdown in Tehachapi.

Kern River Valley The Kern River Valley (KRV) and its nearly 15,000 residents are at the heart of California's southern Sierra Nevada. This outdoor recreation paradise is home to Isabella Lake and features affordable, service-oriented communities around its shores including Alta Sierra, Bodfish, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Mountain Mesa, Onyx, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, Weldon, and Wofford Heights. Lake Isabella/Bodfish is the Kern River Valley's recognized commercial retail center. Kernville, with its tasteful, western-themed architecture, is the tourism/visitor center. Increased high-end Internet connectivity is attracting non-polluting, high-techbased businesses, fully complementing the 500+ service businesses and light industries already found in the KRV. The presence of the Kern Valley Hospital is recognized as a key to the health of a vibrant KRV. The Kern River Valley is the eastern and southern gateway to the Sequoia National Forest and its 327,769-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is home to two National Wild & Scenic Rivers. Some of the widely recognized world-class outdoor recreational offerings centered in the KRV are birding, hiking, kayaking (Olympic training area), rock climbing, and whitewater rafting (40,000 rafters per year). Among recreational amenities of national, state, or regional renown are cross-country skiing, fishing, getaway weekends, water skiing, and windsurfing. Kern County residents are increasingly recognizing that nature’s playground is right here in their own backyard…in the Kern River Valley…benefiting the County’s economy by keeping locally earned money in Kern County.

Lamont Casey Christie / The Californian

Thunder clouds roll into the Kern River Valley over Isabella Lake.

Since 2000, Lamont has experienced population growth of over 10% and is now home to approximately 15,000 residents. Due to its growth, Lamont enjoys a significant available workforce. Because of its close proximity to Bakersfield (11 miles) and Los Angeles (89 miles), it is a great commercial resource for Kern County businesses both big and small. Lamont boasts an affordable cost-of-living and dedicated immigrant community (from both Mexico and Central America) which serve as the cornerstone of its population and workforce.


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Jack Thomson and his dog Madison in the middle of a cotton field on Thomson Farms property near Lamont.

Mojave is an unincorporated community of over 4,000, governed by the businessfriendly Kern County Board of Supervisors. From its origin as a railroad construction camp in 1876, Mojave has emerged as the hub of Kern County aerospace activity. Nearby Edwards Air Force Base is a key employer while the facilities at Mojave Air and Space Port (location of the first private spaceflight, the launch of SpaceShipOne, on June 21, 2004) include the civilian National Test Pilot School, Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites, The Spaceship Company, and several space-related businesses. The nearby Tehachapi Pass is a reliable source of renewable energy and is one of the world's largest

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wind energy areas. In addition, a booming solar energy business is developing thanks to nearly 300 sunny days per year. The community is strategically situated at the crossroads of transportation, served by two state highways (SR 14 and SR 58) and the confluence of the Union Pacific and the BNSF Rail Systems. Mojave Spaceport's 12,000-foot runway is capable of handling heavy commercial aircraft including a fully-loaded 747.

Rosamond Officially established in 1877, Rosamond was named after the daughter of an official of the Southern Pacific Railroad and is often referred to as the Gateway to Edwards Air Force Base. It is home to approximately 18,000 residents and is a familybased community with that small-town feeling, neighborhood parks, schools and local shopping. Visitors to Rosamond can watch racing at the Willow Springs International Raceway, visit the Exotic Feline Compound, see the old mining town of Tropico and eat soft-serve ice cream at one of the oldest established Fosters Freeze. As a growing community, Rosamond provides opportunity for new home development, business opportunity and growth. Conveniently located in the southeast corner of Kern County, residents of Rosamond have easy access to local mountains, beaches and cities for both work and play. Mildly high desert temperatures and clean air afford residents the ability to enjoy the outdoors all year-around.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Sir Richard Branson, left, founder of Virgin Galactic and Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites LLC founder, poke their heads out of mothership White Knight Two "Eve" as the new aircraft is unveiled at Scaled Composites hanger in Mojave.

Information compiled by Kern EDC and provided by individual cities, January 2012.

Community Resources Kern County Home Page - • Board of Supervisors - • Community Development Department - • Council of Governments - • Department of Human Services - • Employers’ Training Resource - • Engineering - • Environmental Health - • Kern Government Portal • Permit Assistance Center - • Planning Department - • Resource Management Agency - • Roads Department - • Waste Management Department -

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Jonathan Martinez, the principal at Alicante School in Lamont, drives through a turn at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Rosamond in his Dodge Viper.

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A North Chinese Leopard wakes from sleep, at The Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond.

California Department of Motor Vehicles - California Home Page - Industrial Relations -

Tax Information • • •

Internal Revenue Service - State of California Board of Equalization - State of California Franchise Tax Board -

Casey Christie / The Californian

Kern County Supervisors Ray Watson, Jon McQuiston, and Michael Rubio.


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Utility Information


ern County's reasonable utility costs and economic development incentives make it a smart place to do business in California. Local government works closely with the individual cities to provide water services and waste disposal to residents at a low cost. Kern County has a number of major telecommunications providers, including nation-wide servers as well as local companies. The county also offers several cable and high-speed internet providers such as AT&T and Brighthouse Networks.

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AT&T - Brighthouse Networks – California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) - Kern County Waste Management - Pacific Gas & Electric Company - Southern California Edison - Southern California Gas Company - Verizon –

Electric Power Electricity in Kern County is provided by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison, depending on the area. Both companies offer a number of incentives and rebate programs for their customers.

Natural Gas Natural Gas for commercial/industrial companies in Kern County is provided by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Gas Company. Both utilities provide residential service and industrial service at competitive rates and offer a number of incentives and rebate programs for their customers. Casey Christie / The Californian

Refinery spokesman Chad Druten walks between two long rows of tanker cars that bring vacuum gas oil into the Alon USA Bakersfield Refinery on Rosedale Highway. The tanks to the right store the gas oil.

Waste Disposal and Recycling Programs


ern County provides environmentally-safe management of solid and hazardous waste. Handling more than 800,000 customer visits annually, the Kern County Waste Management Department manages all disposal, diversion, compliance and closure programs for the County operated landfills and recycling/transfer stations. The Department also provides hazardous waste recycling and disposal services at three County-operated Special Waste Facilities for residents and small businesses. The County of Kern, along with its eleven cities, is a state-designated Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ). The Kern County RMDZ is designed to create local markets for the processing, manufacturing, and marketing of products made from recycled materials. Businesses are eligible for a variety of state and local incentives and assistance if they use recycled or reused materials to make products. Services and incentives include: • Low Interest Loans • Permit Streamlining • Location Assistance • Materials for Manufacturing • Technical Assistance

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For more information regarding these programs and services, visit the Kern County Waste Management Department website at

Johnny Stowe works in the Material Recycling Facility at BARC where he spends most of his time sweeping, a job that he likes to do.

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Bakersfield ARC Bakersfield ARC employs a full-service recycling center at 2240 South Union Avenue (main yard) in Bakersfield, and buy-back centers throughout the city and county. The Bakersfield ARC provides employment opportunities for 350 people with developmental disabilities. Most of their industries are related to recycling, which reduces landfill disposal and helps the county and cities to achieve their waste diversion mandates. Millions of tons of recyclables are collected and processed by the Bakersfield ARC. All CRV Materials: Cans, Glass, Plastic All Paper Grades: Cardboard, white and colored ledger, newspaper, magazines and junk mail. Industrial/Commercial Services: The Bakersfield ARC provides productive services for many organizations, following their specifications. Office Recycling Programs: From desk side to high-rise, custom tailored recycling service including, secure document shredding. E-Waste: Computers, Televisions BARC (Main Yard) 2240 S. Union Avenue (Between White Lane & Planz Road) Monday through Friday: 8 am - 5 pm Saurday 8 am - 4 pm (661) 834-2272



ater for Kern County is provided by a variety of water districts and private water supply companies through both ground and surface water. The primary source of surface water is the Kern River and the Isabella Dam, which has a usable capacity of 568,075 acre-feet. Supplemental surface water supplies consist of the California State Water Project, which includes an extensive network of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and pump stations, and the Federal Central Valley Water Project, which provides irrigation water to the area through the Friant-Kern Canal System. Groundwater is provided by the Southern San Joaquin Groundwater Basin, and is pumped from the ground in a series of water-bearing aquifers, and is recharged through a number of natural sources. Excess water is banked in recharge facilities, ensuring that Kern County will maintain the same level of water flow. Water Information • Association of California Water Agencies - • California Department of Water Resources - • California Water Association - • San Joaquin Water District - • Water Association - Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.


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Labor Unemployment Rate Comparison (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

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Cherrelle Moore, 21, right, was one of several hundred in line at the McDonald's on Real Road, south of California Avenue, Tuesday, seeking employment with the restaurant. She said she was waiting in line for an hour and a half and needed a job. Source: State of California Employment Development Department, January 2012

Kern County Job Openings Industry


Salary Range

Business and Professional Services


$8.00 - $34.00

Energy and Natural Resources


$8.00 - $25.00

Healthcare Services


$8.00 - $15.50

Tourism, Recreation and Entertainment


$8.00 – $13.84

Transportation, Logistics and Warehousing


$8.00 - $12.00

Value-Added Ag


$8.00 - $13.50



Aerospace and Defense industry unavailable at time of print. Source: Workforce Investment Board, December 2011

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Kern County Department of Human Services worker, Andrea Caldwell, (right), gets information from Maria Valles, left, who is signing up to take a test to become a U.S. Census worker along with dozens of others.

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Education Providers


ern County has a number of educational and job training programs, helping to provide area residents with needed job skills and assist them with career advancement. There are ten high school academies in the county, each concentrating on a separate industry, focusing primarily on the areas showing the most growth. Kern also has junior colleges and universities, both public and private, with state of the art technology and instructors from all over the United States. In addition, Kern hosts the Division I, California State University, Bakersfield, and a number of job training providers who work with the students to prepare them for work with specific vocational training for a variety of areas and industries.

K-12 Education (2010-2011) Students per teacher


School districts


Elementary Schools

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Harding Elementary School kindergarten teacher Sharon Gutierrez helps Rebecca Gonzales, right, during a writing lesson in the second week of school. Paris Frausto is in the background.


Junior High/Middle Schools


High Schools


Total Enrollment (K-12) Teaching Staff with Full Credential

Linda Sappington / Special to The Californian

Meandering curves are evident in walkways, streams, and recycled concrete walls on the campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

173,733 94.2%*

*Data from Fiscal Year 2008-2009. New data unvailable at time of print. Source: California’s Education Data Partnership, Fiscal Year 2010-2011

Junior Colleges and Trade Schools Bakersfield College

San Joaquin Valley College

1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA 93305 Phone: (661) 395-4011

201 New Stine Road Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (661) 834-0126 Certificate and Associates Degrees Associates Degrees

Cerro Coso Community College 3000 College Heights Boulevard Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Phone: (760) 384-6100 Certificate, Associates Degrees and Honors programs

Kaplan College 1914 Wible Road Bakersfield, CA 93304 Phone: (661) 836-6300 Certificate and Associates Degrees


Santa Barbara Business College 5300 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (866) 749-SBBC

Michael Fagans / The Californian

Bakersfield College place kicker Josh Gallington works on his technique during practice. Certificate and Associates Degrees

Taft College 29 Emmons Park Drive Taft, CA 93268 Phone: (661) 763-7700 Certificate and Associates Degrees

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Photo courtesy of Brian Drake

Taft College's Alex Lyons slides safely into third base.



Four Year Universities California State University, Bakersfield Enrollment: 8,000 Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93311 Phone: (661) 664-2782

Programs Offered

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Stephanie George waves to loved ones after receiving her degree in marketing during the December Commencement ceremony at California State University, Bakersfield.

Arts and Humanities: Art, Communications, English, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, History, Modern Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy & Religious Studies, and Theatre. Business and Public Administration: Accounting & Finance, Economics, Environmental Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Public Policy Administration. Natural Science and Mathematics: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Physics. Social Sciences and Education: Advanced Educational Studies, Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies, Physical Education & Kinesiology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, and Teacher Education. Interdisciplinary: Chicano Studies, Environmental Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Special Major.

California State University, Bakersfield is a comprehensive public university committed to offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. An emphasis on student learning is enhanced by a commitment to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness and life-long learning. The University collaborates with partners in the community to increase the region's overall educational level, enhance its quality of life, and support its economic development. Since classes were first offered in 1970, two traditions have emerged at the 8,000 student-strong CSU Bakersfield: an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning atmosphere. The schools of Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Social Sciences and Education offer 32 bachelor’s degrees, 7 credentials in education, and 18 graduate degrees.

Dan Ocampo / The Californian

California State University, Bakersfield students are silhouetted as they walk down a campus sidewalk.

Students enjoy a range of extracurricular activities including sororities, fraternities, clubs and organizations, and student government. CSUB's 17 sports programs have won 30 national championships. In 1998, CSUB won the Sears Cup as the best NCAA Division II program in the nation with 241 individual national champions and more than 1,100 All-Americans. In June, 2006, President Mitchell announced the university's intention to move its athletics program to NCAA Division I. That move became official in 2010. Situated on 375 acres in southwest Bakersfield, campus landmarks include the Stiern Library, the Doré Theater, Madigan Art Gallery, Hillman Aquatic Center, the Antonino Sports Center, the 4,000-seat Icardo Center, and the outdoor amphitheater. The newest buildings on campus include the 54,000 square foot Science III building and a 75,000 square-foot state-of-the-art student recreation center, featuring 60 cardiovascular machines, a 32’ foot rock-climbing wall, and suspended indoor track. Both are “green” buildings, built with environmentally-conscious energy-efficient design. Signature events include: Celebrate CSUB!, its open house held each April; the Spring Barbecue; winetasting at Party in the Park; and the Bakersfield Jazz Festival at CSUB, held Mother’s Day weekend, now in its 25th year. CSUB’s annual Alumni Hall of Fame, honoring distinguished alumni, is held offcampus. CSUB – it’s your university!

Dan Ocampo / The Californian

California State University, Bakersfield students Onesimo Sixtos, Adriana Delgado, and Blanca Flores study for a final exam on campus.

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Four Year Universities - continued from page 15 National University Bakersfield Academic Center 4560 California Avenue, Suite 300 Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (661) 864-2360 Certificates and Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees Felix Adamo / The Californian

University of LaVerne 1201 24th Street D-200 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 328-1430

A view of the UC Merced Bakersfield Center at 2000 K Street, which provides the university with about 16,000 square-feet of space. Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

University of California, Merced 2000 K Street, Suite 300 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 861-7955 Teaching Certification, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

University of Phoenix Bakersfield Learning Center 4900 California Avenue, Tower A Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (800) 266-2017 Teaching Certification, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Gretchen Wenner / The Californian

Fresno Pacific University's new building is one of many signs of life at Castle & Cooke's business park on River Run Boulevard, at Stockdale and Buena Vista.

Fresno Pacific University 11000 River Run Blvd. Bakersfield, CA 93311 Phone: (661) 617-4500 Teaching Certification, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees Information compiled by Kern EDC and provided by individual schools, January 2012. Felix Adamo / The Californian

Fresno Pacific University President Dr. Merrill Ewert and director Angie Paquette outside the school's new facilities on Stockdale Highway where it will occupy the second floor of the building.


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Employment and Training Centers


he Career Services Center offers services for business, ranging from applicant recruiting and screening, to on-the-job training, to testing and interview facilities. They also provide assistance to local job seekers. Career Services Center has multiple locations throughout Kern County. A list of locations can be obtained by contacting the main office.

Southeast Center Casey Christie / The Californian

Kern County workers tried to keep the lines flowing at the Career Services Center on East Belle Terrace as people lined up to take a test to become a U.S. Census worker.

1600 East Belle Terrace Bakersfield, CA 93307 Phone: (661) 325-HIRE Fax: (661) 635-2762 Services and training vary by institution. For more information on what is offered, please contact the individual program.

Bakersfield Adult School 501 South Mt. Vernon Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93307-2859 Phone: (661) 835-1855 Fax: (661) 835-9612

Carney’s Business Technology Center Dan Ocampo / The Californian

Officer Brent McElmurry, left, gives Mario Zavaleta information about the California Highway Patrol during a job fair hosted by Career Services Center at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

Delano Adult School

North Kern Vocational Training Center

8701 Swigert Court Bakersfield, CA 93313 Phone: (661) 833-5600 Fax: (661) 833-5608

Employment Training Panel Statewide program which funds training needs of employers for skilled workers.

Kern County Regional Occupational Program Casey Christie / The Californian

R.O.P. students Alex Herrera, left, and Lauren Hurley help each other on their floral arrangements. Arrangements were pre-sold as a class business project and fundraiser to help the students purchase professional folders to take on job interviews.

McFarland Learning Center 599 5th Street McFarland, CA 93250-1174 Phone: (661) 792-3178 Fax: (661) 792-6758

Diamond Technologies Solutions John Harte / The Californian

501 South Mount Vernon Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93307-2859 Phone: (661) 831-3327 Fax: (661) 398-8239

2001 Westwind Drive, Suite 1 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 327-0030 Fax: (661) 327-2499

1811 Princeton Street Delano, CA 93215 Phone: (661) 720-4173 Fax: (661) 725-5852

Jim Wardrup is an instructor at the Westec campus in Shafter and helps out-of-work students prepare for new opportunities. His classes are overflowing.

Kern High School District Regional Occupational Center

2150 7th Street Wasco, CA 93280-1563 Phone: (661) 758-3045 Fax: (661) 758-5956

West Side Regional Occupational Program 515 9th Street Taft, CA 93268 Phone: (661) 763-2367 Fax: (661) 763-2375

WESTEC East 5801 E. Lerdo Highway Shafter, CA 93263-4022 Phone: (866) 4WESTEC Fax: (661) 393-1015 Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.

15926 K Street Mojave, CA 93501-1713 Phone: (661) 824-9313 Fax: (661) 824-9316

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2012 BOARD MEMBERS John Anderson Wallace & Smith Contractors

Borton, Petrini & Conron Legal Counsel to the Board

*Dean Brown, Vice-Chair Tejon Ranch Company

*Supervisor Mike Maggard County of Kern

Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company

Dennis Mullins Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb and Kimball, LLP

Anker Fanoe Rabobank Jeff Foy S.C. Anderson, Inc. Christine Frazier Kern County Superintendent of Schools Dean Gehring Rio Tinto Minerals Susie Geiger Occidental of Elk Hills Jeff Giumarra Giumarra Vineyards Corporation

Michael Neal California State University, Bakersfield Steve Renock Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Tom Saba Saba Agency/Creative Concepts Sandra Serrano Kern Community College District *Robert Severs, Treasurer GEMCare Mercy Memorial Health Systems/Managed Care

Jeff Green Grimmway Farms

*Laurel Shockley, Secretary Southern California Edison Economic Development Services

Ben Hanson Wells Fargo Bank

Marie Walker East Kern Airport District

Dave Hook Kern County Board of Trade

Chris Ward State Farm Insurance

Bruce Jay Valley Republic Bank

*Supervisor Ray Watson County of Kern

Linda Jay Bakersfield Association of Realtors

John Wells The Bakersfield Californian

Tom Jones Pacific Gas & Electric

Fred West City of Wasco

*Rick Kreiser, Chair Carney’s Business Technology Center

David Womack Kaiser Permanente


Chicago Title Company

Gestamp Solar

ACT - 1 Personnel Services

City of Bakersfield

ACT Business Services & Solutions

Giumarra Vineyards Corporation

City of California City

Advance Beverage Company, Inc.

City of Shafter City of Taft

Aera Energy LLC

City of Tehachapi

Antelope Valley Board of Trade

City of Wasco

AT & T

Clean Harbors Buttonwillow, LLC

Automated Control & Technical Services

Coffee-Brimhall, LLC.

B & B Surplus, Inc.

Coldwell Banker, Preferred

Bakersfield ARC

Colliers International

Bakersfield Association of Realtors

Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center

The Bakersfield Californian

Continental Labor & Staffing Resources

Golden Empire Managed Care Golden Empire Transit District Golden Hills Sanitation Company, Inc.

The Law Offices of Kristin A. Hagan The Lodge at Painted Rock The Marcom Group Incorporated Maricopa Sun, LLC McIntosh & Associates

Sierra Printers Soils Engineering, Inc. South Valley Electrical Contractors, Inc. Southern California Edison Economic Development Services

Golden Queen Mining Company, Inc.

Mercy Hospital

Southern California Gas Company

Goodwill Industries of South Central California

Mid State Development Corp.

State Farm Insurance

Minter Field Airport District

Stinson Stationers

Granite Construction Company

Mojave Desert Bank

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Monroe Construction, Inc.

Stockdale Property Management, Inc. SunEdison

Grimmway Farms

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/The Buena Vista Group

Heart of Nature, LLC

Mortgage Connection

Heise Media Group

Motor City Auto Center

Continental Wind & Power, Inc.

Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn & Suites

Mountain Grove Freight Brokerage

County of Kern

Houchin Community Blood Bank

MT-Energie USA, Inc.

Terra-Gen Power, LLC

County of Kern Community & Economic Development Department

International Flight Training Academy

National Cement Company of California, Inc.

Tel - Tec Security Systems, Inc.

Bakersfield Heart Hospital Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center

Courtyard Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

Creative Concepts

Bank of the Sierra

Dagny Energy Group

Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman

Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock

Baymarr Constructors, Inc.

DB & Company

Bill Wright Toyota

Design Mark & Associates

BNSF Railway Company

DeWalt Corporation

Borton Petrini, LLP

Doubletree Hotel Bakersfield

Bright House Networks

Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.

Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corporation

E&B Natural Resources

Bakersfield College Bakersfield Condors Professional Hockey Bakersfield Family Medical Center

Building and Construction Trades Council

EDP Renewables North America, LLC

Jaco Oil Company Jim Burke Ford Jim’s Supply Company, Inc.

Kern Community College District

Ordiz - Melby Architects, Inc.

Kern County Board of Trade Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kern County Taxpayers Association Kern High School District Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Kern Wind Energy Association

Bustos Insurance Agency

East Kern Airport District

California State University, Bakersfield


Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP

enXco Development


First Solutions Insurance Services

KMTG - Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann, & Girard, A Law Corporation

Castle & Cooke California, Inc.

Foundation for Medical Care of Kern County and Santa Barbara Counties HealthEdge Administrators

Knight's Pumping and Portable Services, Inc.

CB Richard Ellis

Frito Lay

Central Valley Fund



GEMCare Mercy Memorial Health System

Carney’s Business Technology Center

O’Dell Cross CPA Olivieri Commercial Real Estate

ESI- Electrical Systems and Instrumentation, Inc.

Career Services Center

Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.

Kaiser Permanente

Business Initiatives


NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

Klassen Corporation

Krazan & Associates

PCL Industrial Services, Inc. Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Taft College Target Corporation Distribution Center T – 593 Taylor Teter Partnership, LLC Tejon Ranch Company

Ticor Title Company Towery Homes Tracy Ranch, Inc. Trans - West Security Services, Inc. Trek Imaging Tri Counties Bank Turman Construction Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel

Pac-Van, Inc.

Union Bank of California

Paramount Farming Company

United States Cold Storage

Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc.

University of La Verne Kern County Regional Center

Provost & Pritchard Engineering Group, Inc.

US HealthWorks Medical Group

Prudential Tobias Realtors

Valley Republic Bank

Quad Knopf, Inc.

Volt Services Group

Quality Steel Builders, Inc.

Vulcan Materials Company


W. Reyneveld Construction

Rio Tinto Minerals

Wallace & Smith Contractors

Rosamond Community Service District


S.C. Anderson, Inc. Saba Agency

KSA Group Architects

San Joaquin Community Hospital

Larry Pickett/Public Relations

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Sidles Duncan & Associates

Wells Fargo Bank Western Hiways Westside Waste Management Company, Inc. Willis Design Studio WZI, Inc.


Government Services and Regulatory Process


ern County has a business-friendly atmosphere, and works closely with the business communities to provide timely service and to stimulate economic growth. The county also has a favorable tax climate, with fewer taxes over-all than other California counties. With a typical permit process of just a few months and low development costs, Kern County's governmentbusiness partnerships have proven that this is the best place in the state to do business.



Local Government County of Kern, Administrative Office 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Fifth Floor Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 868-3140 Fax: (661) 868-3100 Website: Since 1866 Government - Five elected supervisors representing separate districts – four-year terms Management – John Nilon, County Administrative Officer

City of Bakersfield 1501 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 326-3000 Website: Year Incorporated - 1898 Government - Seven elected council members representing separate wards – four-year terms Management - Alan Tandy, City Manager

City of Arvin 200 Campus Drive Arvin, CA 93203 Phone: (661) 854-3134 Website: Year Incorporated - 1960 Government - Four elected council members Management – Tim Chapa, City Manager

The City of California City 21000 Hacienda Boulevard California City, CA 93505 Phone: (760) 373-8661 Website: Year Incorporated - 1965 Government - four elected council members Management – Tom Weil, City Manager

City of Delano 1015 Eleventh Avenue Delano, CA 93215 Phone: (661) 721-3300 Website: Year Incorporated - 1915 Government - four elected council members Management – Maribel Reyna, City Manager Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.


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City of McFarland 401 West Kern Avenue McFarland, CA 93250 Phone: (661) 792-3091 Year Incorporated - 1957 Government - Four elected council members Management – John Wooner, City Manager

City of Ridgecrest 100 West California Avenue Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Phone: (760) 499-5000 Website: Year Incorporated - 1963 Government - Five elected council members Management – Kurt Wilson, City Manager

City of Shafter 336 Pacific Avenue Shafter, CA 93263 Phone: (661) 746-5001 Website: Year Incorporated - 1938 Government - Four elected council members Management - John Guinn, City Manager

City of Taft 209 East Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 Phone: (661) 763-1222 Website: Year Incorporated - 1910 Government - Four elected council members Management – Robert T. Gorson, Jr., City Manager

City of Tehachapi 115 South Robinson Street Tehachapi, CA 93561 Phone: (661) 822-2200 Website: Year Incorporated - 1909 Government - Four elected council members Management – Greg Garrett, City Manager

City of Wasco 746 Eight Street Wasco, CA 93280 Phone: (661) 758-7214 Website: Year Incorporated - 1897 Government - Four elected council members Management – Alan Christensen, City Manager KEDC.COM




Chambers of Commerce Lancaster/Rosamond Chambers of Commerce (Rosamond Office) 2861 Diamond Street Rosamond, CA 93560 Phone: (661) 256-3248

Arvin Chamber of Commerce Greg Nichols/The Californian

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, located at 1725 Eye Street, in downtown Bakersfield.

P.O. Box 645 Arvin, CA 93203 Phone: (661) 854-2265

Boron Chamber of Commerce 26922 Twenty Mule Team Road Boron, CA 93516 Phone: (760) 762-5810

Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce 104 W. Second Street Buttonwillow, CA 93206 Phone: (661) 764-5406

California City Chamber of Commerce

8001 California City Boulevard California City, CA 93505 Phone: (760) 373-8676

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 1725 Eye Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 327-4421

Greater Delano Area Chamber of Commerce 931 High Street Delano, CA 93215 Phone: (661) 725-2518

Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Casey Christie / The Californian

General manager of the Mojave Air & Space Port, Stuart Witt, walks past a long row of wind turbine blades that are stored at the airport until used in the field for the windmills in and around Mojave and Tehachapi.

209 E. Tehachapi Boulevard Tehachapi, CA 93561 Phone: (661) 822-4180

Inyokern Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 232 Inyokern, CA 93527 Phone: (760) 377-5440

Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce 1222 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93304 Phone: (661) 326-1529

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Luncheon meeting in Tehachaphi.

231 H Street Bakersfield, CA 93304

Phone: (661) 633-5495

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 6404 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Suite B Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Phone: (760) 379-5236

Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Kernville, CA 93238 Phone: (760) 376-2629

Lamont Chamber of Commerce 12312 Main Street Lamont, CA 93241 Phone: (661) 845-1992 Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Phone: (661) 769-9329

Mojave Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 935 Mojave, CA 93502 Phone: (661) 824-2481

Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce 3717 Mt. Pinos Way, Unit A Frazier Park, CA 93225 Phone: (661) 245-1212

North of the River Chamber of Commerce PO Box 5551 Bakersfield, CA 93388 Phone: (661) 871-4555

Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce 128 E. California Avenue, Suite B Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Phone: (760) 375-8331

Shafter Chamber of Commerce 336 Pacific Avenue Shafter, CA 93263 Phone: (661) 746-2600

Taft District Chamber of Commerce 400 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 Phone: (661) 765-2165

Wasco Chamber of Commerce 700 G Street Wasco, CA 93280 Phone: (661) 758-2746 Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.

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Permit Overview Table Processing Time

Permit Building Permit / Commercial Plan Check

• 3-4 weeks.

Conditional Use Permit

• 2 weeks preliminary review. • Once deemed complete 2 months public process (Planning Commission) if no environmental document is needed. • If Negative Declaration is needed, then 4 - 6 months. • If approved, then 14 day appeal period.

Grading Permit

• 10 working days preliminary review.

Precise Development Plan

• 2 weeks preliminary review. • Once deemed complete 2 months to public process to Directors Hearing if no environmental document is needed. • If Negative Declaration is needed, then 4 -6 months.

Impact Fees

• Traffic Impact fees/sewer fees may or may not be required depending on location.

Fire Inspection Permit

• Part of plan review.

Zone Change

• 2 weeks preliminary review. • Once deemed complete 4 months public process and hearings (Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors) if no environmental document is needed. • If Negative Declaration is needed, then 6 – 8 months. • If EIR is needed, then 12 to 18 months. • If approved, then 30 days before change is effective.

General Plan Amendment

• Notice of Intent is filed. • 2 weeks preliminary review. • Once deemed complete requires Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors General Plan Window (4 times per year). • If Negative Declaration is needed, then 6-8 months. • If EIR is needed, then 12 to 18 months.

Sign Permit

• Part of plan review

Business License

• Majority of businesses in unincorporated areas do not need a business license. • 2 weeks within city limits.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Construction crews set boulders and rocks along the bank of the Mill Creek canal between 18th Street and Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield.

Casey Christie / The Californian

A new sign, mostly made out of foam, goes up in front of the downtown Kern County Department of Child Support Services office.

Kern County Resource Management Agency offers over the counter, on-line, fast track and fax permitting options, depending on the permit type. Source: Kern County Resource Management Agency, January 2012

Photo courtesy of San Joaquin Community Hospital


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Other Permits & Licenses Fictitious Business Name Statement Kern County Clerk's Office 1115 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 868-3588 A fictitious business name statement is needed if you are conducting business under a name other than your legal name.

Weights and Measures Device Registration Felix Adamo / The Californian

Art Chianello at the waste water treatment plant. Cooking grease collected from restaurants is brought here.

Department of Weights and Measures 1001 S. Mount Vernon Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93307 Phone: (661) 868-6300 If commercial weighing and measuring equipment is used, the Department of Weights and Measures must be notified within 24 hours of equipment installation so they may inspect the devices for accuracy.

Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials /Underground Permits Environmental Health Services Department 2700 M Street, Suite 300 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 321-3000 An Environment Health permit is required for businesses and activities involving food, housing and institutions, land development, recreational health, underground storage tanks, waste, and water supply. If operating underground storage tanks, a Hazardous Materials permit is necessary.

Industrial Waste Treatment Into a Sewer

Troy Harvey / The Californian

A refinery off of Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield.

Kern Sanitation Authority 4101 Kimber Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93307 Phone: (661) 862-8984 This permit is needed if disposing of treated wastewater in the public sewer.

Encroachment, Driveway and Transportation Permits Roads Department 2700 M Street, Suite 400 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 862-8850 An encroachment permit is needed when using right-of-way owned by the County. Examples are awnings, underground storage tanks or signs. Driveway modifications require Driveway permits and business using large vehicles or those with loads over state limits requires a Transportation permit.

Cal/OSHA - California Occupational Safety and Health Act Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901 Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 286-7000 Cal/OSHA provides employers with information on employee safety and health standards. Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012. Felix Adamo / The Californian

The husband and wife trucking team of Tom and Karen Moore in front of their International big rig truck.

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usinesses looking to relocate or expand in Kern County can find a wide variety of incentives available. The Kern Economic Development Corporation can direct businesses to select federal, state and local economic incentives available to attract new jobs, investment and development. Some of the available incentives include: Employee Training Panel Funds (ETP), providing direct employment training grants and Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ), which provide for some goods to pass in and out of the area with no import tariffs.

Workforce Employment Training Panel (ETP) Provides funds to offset the cost of developing and implementing customized training programs for current and new employees.

Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) Federal tax credit up to $9,000 per individual based on qualified first-year earned wages.

Employers' Training Resource Workforce Investment Act (WIA) On-The-Job Training program offers employers reimbursement of trainees’ wages during their training. This incentive to employers will increase employment, promote job retention, and provide occupational skills while improving the quality of the workforce.

Career Services Center No-fee services include: developing a customized recruitment plan, posting available positions locally and on the internet, qualifying applicants according to employer specifications, and providing technical assistance during the hiring process.

Incentive Zones Enterprise Zones Arvin, Delano, Taft offer substantial state tax credits and benefits, including: • Hiring Credits - Firms can earn $37,440 or more in state tax credits for each qualified employee hired; • Up to 100% Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry-forward. NOL may be carried forward 15 years (suspended for tax years 2002 and 2003); • Corporations can earn sales tax credits on purchases of $20 million per year of qualified machinery and machinery parts; • Up-front expensing of certain depreciable property. Lenders to Zone businesses may receive a net interest deduction; • Unused tax credits can be applied to future tax years, stretching out the benefit of the initial investment; • Enterprise Zone companies can earn preference points on state contracts.

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) California City, County of Kern Department of Airport, Mojave Airport, Rockefeller Group at Tejon Ranch, and Shafter allow manufacturers and importers to manufacture, assemble, process, store, test, re-label, repack or process imported materials without paying customer duties or government excise taxes and export the final product from the United States with no tax liabilities. Other benefits include: • Duty Deferral -- FTZ users pay U.S. Customs duties only when merchandise is shipped into a Customs territory. Inventory held in an FTZ is exempt from payment


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The Californian

Kathy Campbell (left center) and Jan Lambert (right center) from Career Service Center provide foster youth helpful job searching techniques at the "Extreme Job Search Makeover," hosted by Kern County Network for Children and Chevron.

of duties until shipped. • Duty Reduction -- Also called "inverted tariff," duty reduction allows any FTZ importer or manufacturer to pay the duty rate applicable to either the imported components or the finished product, whichever is lower. • Duty Elimination -- FTZ users are not required to pay U.S. Customs duties on merchandise exported from an FTZ, or on merchandise that is damaged, scrapped or unused. • Increased Flexibility -- FTZs offer users greater flexibility for merchandise subject to just-in-time delivery constraints, quotas or marking requirements. In addition, Customs clearance of merchandise may be expedited through use of an FTZ. • U.S. Quota -- FTZ users may store most merchandise in an FTZ even if the goods are subject to quota restrictions. In addition, the merchandise may be shipped when a quota is opened.

Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) Low interest loans and assistance for manufacturers using recycled materials.

Financial Industrial Development Bonds

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

The International Trade and Transportation Center in Shafter.

Provide manufacturing and processing companies low-cost, low-interest financing for capital expenditures. Eligible capital expenditures include the acquisition of land, building construction, building renovation and the purchase of machinery and equipment.

Kern County Incentive Program Offers cash payments to qualified, non-retail businesses whose investment will yield not less than $50,000 over a five year period and create at least 10 full-time equivalent permanent jobs with benefits. Individual cities may offer additional financial assistance.

Kern Microenterprise Opportunity Program Financial and business assistance for businesses with fewer than five employees, which will benefit low to moderate income people in Kern County excluding Bakersfield, Delano, Maricopa, Taft, and Wasco.

Research & Development Credit Dan Ocampo / The Californian

Karen Sherman, left, and her sister-in-law Melanie Sherman are owners of A Good Time Out, a licensed hourly drop-in child care center in Bakersfield.

Fifteen to 24% state income tax credit.

SBA 504 Loans Long-term financing to purchase commercial real estate, to expand existing operations, or to purchase machinery/equipment.

Sales Tax Exemption State sales tax exemption on purchase of tangible property for manufacturing, processing, refining, fabricating or recycling businesses.

Small Business Assistance Small business assistance, financing, business plans.

USDA Rural Development Infrastructure grants, loan guarantees, rural economic development grants and loans. Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Ramon Rodela prepares dough for baking at the Pyrenees French Bakery.

Disclaimer: Use of some incentives may trigger impacts of Senate Bill 975 (prevailing wage). Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.

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Kern County’s Industry Clusters


ur economic performance is driven by our “portfolio” of industry clusters. Clusters are groups of related businesses who export products and services from the county (bringing in new dollars). Clusters grow and change over time and competitive clusters generate high value-added jobs whose multipliers (salaries and expenditures within the county) create other jobs. A healthy economy has a diverse portfolio of competitive and newly emerging clusters. These are what our county “does for a living” and bring net new revenue into Kern by exporting goods and services beyond our communities’ boundaries. Kern County’s Economic Development Strategy outlines six industry clusters of focus. The Kern County Board of Trade develops and markets the large Tourism and Entertainment cluster, while Kern Economic Development Corporation recruits and works to retain businesses in the other five.

Aerospace and Defense

Photo: Naval Air Warfare Center

Two F/A-18 fighters fly over the main airfield at China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center.

While over 1,400 people are engaged in aerospace, the total employment picture reaches nearly 20,000 when engineering contractors and public sector defense jobs are included. Kern County’s strongest aspect of the cluster is in aircraft manufacturing, which has seen much growth since 2000. The growth is promising considering the extremely high wages employees in the industry receive. The aerospace and defense cluster is focused in East Kern, where both China Lake Naval Weapons Air Station and Edwards Air Force Base are located.

Energy and Natural Resources Kern County’s natural resources create a marketable energy industry in our current economy. The county is abundant with both traditional energy (petroleum) and renewables such as large and small solar projects, and an expanding wind power market. Additionally Kern County is home to geothermal and biomass facilities. The industry employs 17,000 people. Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

One of the new towers, for the wind turbines of the new Alta Wind Energy Center east of Tehachapi can be seen among older wind turbines. The center will be able to generate up to 1,550 megawatts of wind energy when completed.

Healthcare Services

Casey Christie / The Californian

This cluster provides 24,500 jobs primarily in services, hospitals, and nursing care facilities in Kern County. Physicians’ offices, mental health practitioners, medical and diagnostic labs, and homes for the elderly are where Kern County shines. With the development of this cluster, medical device and equipment manufacturing should become just as successful. Wages in this industry are typically higher, adding to Kern County’s promise in this area.

San Joaquin Community Hospital on Chester Avenue has made many improvements including their new inpatient burn center rooms on the third floor.


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Transportation, Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing

Felix Adamo / The Californian

The IKEA Distribution Center is a warehouse that seems to go on forever.

This industry has been a boon to Kern County with over 46,000 employed locally. The available and skilled workers offer an intact labor force to employers, while the central location allows access to thirty-six million people within four hours. The industry is strongly united with oil and agriculture, which continue to be Kern’s strongest assets. As long as oil and agriculture succeed, this cluster will follow.

Value Added Agriculture

Casey Christie / The Californian

Farm hands go through the orchards on Kyte Avenue and Famoso Road.

Kern County plays a major role in providing the state’s and nation’s food supply. Numerous exports (almonds, grapes, cotton, carrots, milk, pistachios, potatoes) rank at the top of California and the U.S. and that prominence makes Kern a natural area for value-added agriculture businesses to locate. Existing product can be processed and packaged locally, adding value to that product. Over 40,000 employees comprise this industry.

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Market Access


ajor companies consistently choose Kern County thanks to its centralized location. No other county offers the easy access to all the population of California, let alone the entire Western United States. Combine the county’s location with the usual lack of traffic congestion, and the road ahead is a painless one.


Major Highways

Distance From Kern County to Major Markets


ituated on two major north/south routes, Interstate 5 (the major route from California to Canada) and State Highway 99, Kern County cannot be beat when it comes to reaching West Coast destinations. Businesses needing to reach the California coast enjoy easy access, thanks to State Highway 46. Delivering products to eastern destinations is also a breeze, as State Highway 58 (which also connects with I-40, I-15, and US395) runs through Kern County.

Source: Rand McNally & Mapquest

Los Angeles Port of Long Beach Fresno Riverside San Diego Port of Oakland Stockton San Francisco Sacramento Las Vegas, NV Phoenix, AZ Salt Lake City, UT Albuquerque, NM Denver, CO

Kern County Market Access

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73 miles 96 miles 110 Miles 164 miles 193 miles 230 233 258 260 196 404 657 755 985

miles miles miles miles miles miles miles miles miles



Casey Christie / The Californian

The Westside Parkway project groundbreaking for the interchange with Allen Road after a brief ceremony by Raul Rojas, Public Works Director, speakers Mayor Harvey Hall, City Manager, Alan Tandy, former Congressman Bill Thomas and councilman, David Couch.

Meadows Field (BFL) Airport

Inyokern Airport

3701 Wings Way Bakersfield, CA 93308 Phone: (661) 391-1800

1669 Airport Road Inyokern, CA 93527 Phone: (760) 377-5844

Meadows Field offers nonstop flights to Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco and one-stop flights to hundreds of domestic and international destinations on United Express and US Airways.

Bakersfield Municipal Airport 2000 South Union Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (661) 326-3155

Andy Craw and his son, Jack, check out the Curtiss C-46 Commando China Doll during the Warbirds In Action show in Shafter.

1434 Flightline Street Mojave, CA 93501 Phone: (661) 824-2433

Shafter-Minter Field (MIT) Airport 201 Aviation Street Shafter, CA 93263 Phone: (661) 393-0402

High Desert and California City Municipal Airport Casey Christie / The Californian

Mojave Air and Space Port

22636 Airport Way California City, CA 93505 Phone: (760) 373-4867

Tehachapi Municipal Airport 314 N. Hayes Street Tehachapi, CA 93561 Phone: (661) 822-2220 x?nid=26

Rail Services Amtrak Passenger/Cargo Accessing destinations in every major city across the U.S. To book your ticket on Amtrak, go to Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Stuart Witt, general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port, stands next to the operations building at the airport

Burlington Northern/Santa Fe (BNSF) Main line Nearest Intermodal - Shafter, Los Angeles, Fresno and Barstow

Rail America 42 short line and regional railroads, operating approximately 7,800 miles in the United States and Canada

Union Pacific Main Line Nearest Intermodal - Los Angeles, Fresno and Modesto Casey Christie / The Californian

The California Amtrak train preparing for its next trip northbound out of the Bakersfield Amtrak station on Truxtun Avenue at sunset one evening.

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Deep Water Ports


ern County has two easily accessible deep water ports, extensions of the Port of Los Angeles. One is located in the City of Shafter at the International Trade and Transportation Center (ITTC) and the other is in Lebec at Tejon Industrial Complex (TIC). These provide a tariff-free transfer of goods into the United States prior to assembly and packaging, and later, distribution throughout the United States via all methods of transportation. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

US Coast Guard officers stand on-guard on their vessel in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.

Public Transportation


ern County offers a wide variety of local and commuting public transit services. Amtrak serves the Central Valley, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area with daily train service.

The Golden Empire Transit District (GET)

provides daily bus services throughout the Bakersfield area; including dial-a-ride service to Meadows Field and express service to IKEA. GET has an active fleet of 81 buses plus 19 GET-A-Lift units for people with disabilities which are all fueled with clean burning, compressed natural gas (CNG). All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. With low bus fares, residents use GET to travel to work, school, to reach appointments, to go shopping or visit with friends. . . wherever they need to go.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

The downtown GET bus terminal.

Number of Bus Routes: 20 Days of Operation: 7 days a week Number of Bus Stops: 1,600

Call 869-2GET for customer service and bus schedule information or visit their website at

Photo by Linda Sappington

Mark Shaw, an 18-year-old Australian tourist, on the southbound Kern Regional Transit bus.

Kern Regional Transit (KRT)

provides public transit service for the outlying areas of Kern County with local dial-a-ride service, community fixed routes, and intercity service. The intercity service provides service in almost every community in Kern County.

Kern Commuter Connection offers free carpool-matching services and information about commute alternatives. For travel destinations outside Kern County, Airport Bus of Bakersfield provides service from Bakersfield to Los Angeles International Airport five times daily, and Greyhound Bus Lines offers daily departures to a multitude of locations. Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012. Casey Christie / The Californian

The Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Bakersfield.


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Cost of Living Index



Quality of Life

F Source: ACCRA Cost of Living , 3Q 2011 (The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA) Cost of Living measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating areas equals 100, with each participant’s index read as a percentage of the average for all places.)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) San Joaquin Valley 2001-2010

rom families to college students to business professionals, Kern County has much to offer anyone looking for an affordable and attractive place to live their dreams. Cultural and outdoor activities abound, various professional sports teams offer entertainment, and housing prices are more reasonable than anywhere else in California. Kern County’s combination of a large community’s opportunities and small town appeal is just right.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, September 2011

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Annual Salary Comparison Annual Base Salary

Salary Required to Maintain Same Quality of Life in Bakersfield, CA


$50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00

Fresno, CA Los Angeles, CA Riverside, CA San Francisco, CA San Diego, CA Sacramento, CA

$44,991 $36,926 $43,998 $30,103 $37,881 $42,753

Kern County Median Home Sales Price: $126,500 Source: CSU Bakersfield School of Business and Public Administration Kern Economic Journal, 3Q 2011

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 3Q 2011

Rent Paid In Kern County Rent

Total percentage

Less than $200 $200-$299 $300-$499 $500-$749 $750-$999 $1,000-$1,499 $1,500 or more Median Rental cost

2.0% 3.3% 9.1% 24.5% 24.4% 24.2% 12.5% $855

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Survey, 2012

Commute Time


Casey Christie / The Californian

hen it comes to commute times and road congestion, few major metropolitan areas can compete with Kern County. Travel within the county is significantly shorter, cheaper, and more manageable than most other counties in the state.

Early evening traffic is starting to flow along Chester Avenue and 18th Street, in front of the historic downtown Padre Hotel.

2011 Annual Commute Pattern Comparisons Areas Peak Time Travelers

Bakersfield (MSA)


San Diego

Los Angeles



1.1 million

1.7 million

7.2 million

2.2 million

3.9 million

23.3 million

37.4 million

132.2 million






10 hours

13 hours

31 hours

38 hours

64 hours






(per day)

Freeway Vehicle-Miles of Travel (per day)

Congested Travel During Peak Time (per day) Time Lost/Peak Traveler


(per year)

Congestion Cost/Peak Traveler (per year)

Source: Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study, 2011


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Casey Christie/ The Californian

City workers trim trees in the median, along Chester Avenue, near 18th Street as the traffic heads north and south on wet a wet street after a light rain. KEDC.COM




Hospitals and Medical Facilities Bakersfield Heart Hospital 3001 Sillect Avenue · Bakersfield, CA 93308 · (661) 316-6000

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 420 34th Street · Bakersfield, CA 93308 · (661) 327-4647 Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Dr. Dennis Martinez walks through the emergency department at Bakersfield Heart Hospital where he heads the department.

Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center 6501 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309 · (661) 322-2206

Delano Regional Medical Center 1410 Garces Highway · Delano, CA 93215 · (661) 725-4800

Good Samaritan Hospital 901 Olive Drive · Bakersfield, CA 93308 · (661) 399-4461

HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital Felix Adamo / The Californian

The Bakersfield Heart Hospital is celebrating its 10th Anniversary of service to the community.

5001 Commerce Drive · Bakersfield, CA 93309 · (661) 323-5500

Kern Medical Center 1830 Flower Street · Bakersfield, CA 93305 · (661) 326-2000

Kern Valley Hospital (Healthcare District) 6412 Laurel Avenue · Mount Mesa, CA 93240 · (760) 379-2681

Good Samaritan Hospital Southwest 5201 White Lane · Bakersfield, CA 93309 · (661) 398-1800

Mercy Hospital 2215 Truxtun Avenue · Bakersfield, CA 93301 · (661) 632-5000 Kenneth Wong / The Bakersfield Californian

Southwest Mercy Hospital, located on Old River Road in Southwest Bakersfield.

Mercy Southwest Hospital 400 Old River Road · Bakersfield, CA 93311 · (661) 633-6000

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 1081 North China Lake Boulevard · Ridgecrest, CA 93555 · (760) 446-3551

San Joaquin Community Hospital 2615 Chester Avenue · Bakersfield, CA 93301 · (661) 395-3000

Tehachapi Hospital Casey Christie / The Californian

Paul Hensler, Kern Medical Center CEO, in front of the hospitals 65 Slice CT scanner.

115 West E Street · Tehachapi, CA 93561 · (661) 823-3000 Information compiled by Kern EDC, January 2012.

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Recreation and Entertainment • • • • • •

Rabobank and Convention Center - City of Bakersfield Parks & Recreation - Discover Kern County - Kern County Parks & Recreation - Kern County Superintendent of Schools - North Bakersfield Parks & Recreation -

State Parks and Wildlife Areas Col. Allensworth State Historic Park Fort Tejon State Historic Park Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area Kern River Preserve Lake Isabella Los Padres National Forest Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Red Rock Canyon State Park Sequoia National Forest Tehachapi Loop Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park Tule Elk State Reserve

Bakersfield Blaze - Advanced Class A Professional Baseball League for the Cincinnati Reds

Bakersfield Condors - East Coast Hockey League Bakersfield Jam – Development League Basketball

Other Events Bakersfield Jazz Festival Kern County Fair Ridgecrest Air Show and Balloon Festival Wasco Festival of Roses

Museums and Art Galleries

Outdoor Activities

20 Mule Team Museum Air Force Flight Test Museum, Edwards AFB Bakersfield Museum of Art Buena Vista Natural History Broadway in Bakersfield California Living Museum Cowboy Memorial Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB Insect Lore Bugseum Visitor Center Kern County Museum Lori Brock Children’s Museum Maturango Museum – Ridgecrest Metro Galleries Surface Gallery Tehachapi Museum The Arts Council of Kern U.S. Borax and Visitors Center West Kern Oil Museum

CALM- California Living Museum Kern River Parkway Bike Path Lake Ming Murray Family Farm Skylark North Glider Flight School Spring Kern Wildflower Tours Camping Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing Golfing Hiking Trails Rock-climbing Whitewater Rafting Fishing

Music and Dance Bakersfield Community Concert Association Bakersfield Music Theatre Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Bakersfield Youth Symphony Desert Community Orchestra Association - Ridgecrest Kern Classical Ballet Company

Live Theaters Bakersfield Community Theater Kern Shakespeare Festival – Pine Mountain Club Stars Theater Spotlight Theater Fox Theater Buck Owens Crystal Palace Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center Ridgecrest Community - Light Opera and Theatre Association


Professional Sports

For more information on recreation and cultural activities go to or the Greater Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at

Climate Bakersfield and Kern County Annual Temperature Average Annual Temperature (F)

65.3 Degrees

Average Annual High Temperature (F)

76.9 Degrees

Average Annual Low Temperature (F)

53.6 Degrees

January Temperature Average January High Temperature (F)

56.0 Degrees

Average January Low Temperature (F)

39.0 Degrees

July Temperature Average July High Temperature (F)

97.0 Degrees

Average July Low Temperature (F)

70.0 Degrees

Precipitation Annual Rainfall

5.4 Inches

Source:, January 2012

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