Kern County Spotlight
"As of 2018 the region's population increased by 4.3% since 2013, growing by 37,034. Population is expected to increase by 3.4% between 2018 and 2023, totaling 932,067."
Population (2018)
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Kern County is often referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil and agricultural production. Kern is the nation’s #1 agricultural producing county and consistently ranks in the top-five petroleum-producing counties in the United States. The county is host to major freeway systems, providing access across California and beyond! Kern has become the distribution hub for some of the world’s largest companies with over 50 distribution centers. It has the largest wind and solar projects in the U.S. and is a 4 hour drive from 90% of state’s population. Kern is home to Mojave Air and Space Port, Edwards AFB, and China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center. 

Kern County has Incentives and Opportunity Zones, the newest tool in Economic Development - offering tax incentives for investments in targeted census tracts. Investments made through special funds in these zones are allowed to defer or eliminate capital gains taxes. Click below:
Workforce Training
Kern County Employer's Training Resource  assists companies with "no-cost" hiring and "custom" training needs. They provide customer-focused employment training for dislocated workers and other adults and offer a variety of training options, including on-the-job, classroom, correspondence, Internet, broadcast, and apprenticeship programs.
Shovel-Ready Sites and Spec Buildings If you are looking for a place to start, relocate or expand a business, look no further than Kern County, at the southern end of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Thanks to its prime location at the gateway to Southern California, many major companies have chosen Kern County as their west coast distribution hub.
Kern County Business Assistance
Kern EDC promotes the region to businesses looking for areas to expand, and works with existing local businesses to ensure they have what they need to thrive and grow here in Kern County. Kern EDC offers a variety of services designed to support businesses:
Kern Economic Development Corp.
2700 M Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-862-5150

County Spotlight distributed by:
Jennifer Faughn
California Central Valley EDC
Sponsored by:
Central California Workforce Collaborative (CCWC)
Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium