Where Business
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Dear Kern EDC valued members and partners,

As a result of Governor Newsom’s March 19 statewide stay-at-home order, the entire Kern EDC team will be working offsite for the foreseeable future.

During these uncertain times, we remain dedicated and committed to fulfilling Kern EDC’s mission to cultivate and promote Kern County’s boundless opportunities for business.

While we may not physically be in the office, each person on our team continues to be available via email, phone, or web conferencing, and we continue to work steadfastly on behalf of our members and Kern County’s economy.

To reach us at any time, please refer to our “About Us” tab for contact information to call or email any member of our team.

Thank you for your support!

Take care,

Richard Chapman
President & CEO

Kern Economic Development Corporation (Kern EDC) is a public-private partnership that brings together private businesses, education, elected officials, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of a single goal: creating a strong and diverse economy for Kern County. 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.

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Why Kern County?

Kern’s Business Advantage

Kern County’s centralized location is hard to beat when it comes to reaching West Coast destinations. Within a 5 hour drive, you can have access to 90% of California’s population.

  • California’s population center
  • Access 90% of California’s Population, and 14% of the U.S. Population within a 300 mile radius
  • More than 40 million consumers within 4-hour truck drive
  • Inland port helps lower drayage costs
  • Access: Interstate 5, Highway 99 North & South, Highway 46 West to Central Coast, and Highwy 58 East to Interstate 15

Stretching Your Dollar

If you earn $60K and work in Kern, you’ll be astonished by how much further your money will go compared to other areas in the state.

The following is an annual salary comparison of the amount needed to maintain the same quality of life that you can find here in Kern County.

  • Kern County – $60,000 35% 35%
  • San Diego ~ $79,741 (33% less in Kern) 72% 72%
  • Los Angeles ~ $82,237 (37% less in Kern) 74% 74%
  • Orange County ~ $83,956 (40% less in Kern) 75% 75%
  • Oakland ~ $87,237 (46% less in Kern) 79% 79%
  • San Francisco ~ $110,961 (85% less in Kern) 100% 100%

Cost of Living Calculator

See the Cost of Living calculator below to see what your cost of living would be, based on annual salary, if you were to move here.

If you are looking for a location to start, relocate or expand a business, you’re in the right place. Kern County is one of the most affordable markets in the state (with a median home price of $218,700).

Kern County Business Recruitment & Job Growth Incentive Initiative

Incentive agreements will prioritize sustained, full-time job creation, in addition to capital investment, at better-than-living wage rate for Kern County.

The program provides maximum flexibility in pursuing opportunities with performance-based incentives and quantitative thresholds tested for accountability.

China Lake $2.3 billion renovation project slated to begin in late 2020

The China Lake earthquake recovery project has a tentative start date of late 2020. On February 25, Captain Laurie Scott, the commanding officer heading up the field team that’s overseeing the China Lake construction, gave the community a first look at the projected workload and schedule for the recovery effort as part of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest’s “Meet the Buyers” Industry Day in Ridgecrest.

Here are Some of Our Success Stories

Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming and artificial intelligence.

Amazon’s Fulfillment Center will create 2,000 new jobs.

Walmart

Walmart is the largest retailer of consumer staples products in the world, it started with the idea of a store that would offer its customers the lowest prices in the market.

Walmart’s Cold Storage Facility will create 350 new jobs.

L’ORÉAL

L’Oréal is the world’s largest cosmetics company and has developed activities in the field concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care.

L’Oréal‘s Distribution Center will create 155 new jobs.

HADCO

Hadco delivers aluminum, stainless steel, magnesium and related alloys worldwide from our warehouses in the east and west coast of the US and Korea.

Hadco’s Distribution Center will create 50 new jobs.

Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., is an American multinational technology company based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming and artificial intelligence.

Amazon’s Fulfillment Center will create 2,000 new jobs.

Walmart

Walmart is the largest retailer of consumer staples products in the world, it started with the idea of a store that would offer its customers the lowest prices in the market.

Walmart’s Cold Storage Facility will create 350 new jobs.

L’ORÉAL

L’Oréal is the world’s largest cosmetics company and has developed activities in the field concentrating on hair colour, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care.

L’Oréal‘s Distribution Center will create 155 new jobs.

HADCO

Hadco delivers aluminum, stainless steel, magnesium and related alloys worldwide from our warehouses in the east and west coast of the US and Korea.

Hadco’s Distribution Center will create 50 new jobs.

Our Platinum & Gold Members

Kern Economic Development Corporation (Kern EDC) is a public-private partnership that brings together private businesses, education, elected officials, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of a single goal: creating a strong and diverse economy for Kern County. 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.

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Kern Economic Development Corporation
2700 M Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-862-5150

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