Doing Business Here
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.
Businesses 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.
Kern County Business Recruitment and Job Growth Incentive Initiative
Enhancements to the County’s incentive program include:
- The County eliminates all caps and special terms on potential sales tax, use tax, and property tax rebates, and will add transient occupancy tax rebates for the first time, setting the stage for opportunities for more meaningful, robust and competitive incentive packages in pursuit of impactful business investments.
- The County’s incentive agreements prioritizes sustained, full-time job creation, in addition to capital investment, at better-than-living wage rate for Kern County.
- The County expands the list of targeted industry clusters for these incentives, to include: e-commerce, general manufacturing and destination retail.
- The initiative provides for maximum flexibility in pursuing opportunities with performance-based incentives requiring quantitative thresholds, tested for accountability.
- New business ventures will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for overall net benefit and value added, with incentives tailored to meet County objectives.
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- Employment Training Panel (ETP) – funds offsetting the cost of developing and implementing customized training programs.
- America’s Job Center Workforce Investment Act (WIA) – Free assistance, customized recruitment plans, positions advertising, qualifying applicants and hiring.
- Manufacturing equipment + sales and use tax exemption.
- New Employment credit between Jan 2014 – Jan 2026.
- California Competes Tax Credit – Criteria includes number of jobs to be created or retained, extent of property in business development area, minimum compensation limitation, and set job retention period.
- Research and Development Tax Credit – Reduces income or franchise tax.
- Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing – tax exemption of 3.9375% for basic manufacturing equipment.
- Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Agriculture – tax exemption for the sale, storage, use, or other consumption of farm equipment, and machinery.
Foreign Trade Zone 276
- Tejon Ranch Commerce Center
Recycling Market Development Zone
- Low interest loans and assistance for manufacturers using recycled materials.
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.