Membership

When you team up with Kern Economic Development Corporation, you join a growing group of local businesses and organizations who are committed to using their resources to better our community.

Kern EDC creates local jobs by recruiting new businesses to Kern County and helping existing companies grow. We carry out our mission with support from businesses like yours, who recognize the ROI is seen in the big picture…a flourishing business environment and a better quality of life for us all.

Be a Part of Something Bigger

Kern EDC 2020-2023 Strategic Plan

The strategic plan will guide Kern EDC’s business development activities and programs over the next three years.

Kern EDC’s new vision is to advance employment opportunities and economic well-being. This bold vision is supported by a new mission to cultivate and promote Kern County’s boundless opportunities for business.

Benefits

Direct Impact on Your Bottom Line

Many members and other local businesses will benefit directly from companies locating to or expanding in Kern County. New companies will use goods and services in their new community and your business will be there to fulfill those needs.

Benefit of Growth in Local Industry

Everyone benefits from a healthy economy. Even organizations that don’t immediately receive financial return from companies relocating to or expanding in Kern County will feel the economic impact of Kern EDC activities. When those new or growing companies hire their workforce and pay a good wage, those new employees will spend their money locally, on businesses like yours. Whether it’s increased spending on major purchases, clothing, recreation or other discretionary spending, we all benefit. These civic-minded organizations recognize the value of a vibrant economy and know that Kern County residents highly value their first-rate quality of life.

Current KernEDC

Investment Partners

City of Bakersfield
Chevron
Kern County
Valley Strong Credit Union
Wonderful Real Estate Development
Aera Energy LLC California Resources Corporation
City of Shafter CSUB
Kaiser Permanente The Marcom Group, Inc.
McIntosh & Associates Tejon Ranch Company
City of Arvin Seneca Resources, LLC
8minute Solar Energy The AES Corporation Advance Beverage Co., Inc.
AT&T Bakersfield Association of Realtors Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman
Berry Corporation Cal Water Carney’s Business Technology Center
City of McFarland
City of Taft City of Wasco CSUB BPA
Dignity Health – Mercy & Memorial Hospital Dignity Health Management Services Grimmway Farms
Kern Community College District Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kern Health Systems
KGET-17 Klein, Denatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb, & Kimball, LLP Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC
Mechanics Bank PG&E Tangram Interiors
Sentinel Peak Resources, LLC Sierra Printers
A-C Electric Co.  Adventist Health Bakersfield ASU Commercial Bakersfield Adult School
Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield Family Medical Center Bakersfield Marriott Bank of America
Baymarr Constructors, Inc. Bolthouse Development Co. Braun Electric BSK Associates
Castle & Cooke California Chicago Title Co. City of California City City of Ridgecrest
City of Tehachapi Clean Harbors Buttonwillow Columbo Construction Company, Inc Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center
Cushman & Wakefield/PACCRA Daniells Philips Vaughan & Bock E&B Natural Resources Management Golden Queen Mining Co.
Granite Construction Co. Griffith Company Houchin Community Blood Bank Incentive Health IPA
Jaco Oil Co. JEH Ranch Jim Burke Ford Lincoln Klassen Corporation
Knight’s Services Macpherson Energy Corporation Majestic Realty Co. Mojave Air and Space Port
Omni Family Health PCL Industrial Services, Inc. Recurrent Energy Rio Tinto Borates & Lithium
Southern Cal Edison/ED Services Southern California Gas Co. Sullivan Petroleum Company Taft College
Towery Homes Trans-West Valley Children’s Hospital Valley Republic Bank
Verizon Waste Management Westside Waste Management Grapevine MSP

 

ABM Building Solutions AMR Plastics, Inc. Anacapa Engineering and Design, Inc. A&H Safety and Environmental LLC
B&B Surplus, Inc. Bank of the Sierra The Bakersfield Californian BARC, Inc.
Belden, Blaine, Raytis LLC BHE Renewables, LLC Blackwell Land & The Lavender Garden BNSF Railway
Building & Construction Trades Council Business Initiatives Charter Communications Colatruglio Wealth Management Group
Coldwell Banker Preferred Colliers International Continental Labor & Staffing Resources Covenant Coffee
Dewalt Corp. DPSI, Inc.
Farm Credit West First Solutions Insurance Services Giumarra Vineyards
Golden Empire Transit District Goodwill Greater Bakersfield Chamber Hagan Law Group, LLP
Johnson Controls Key Staffing, Inc. Kern County Builder’s Exchange
KFT Holdings, LLC Klassen & Smith Construction Inc. Krazan & Assoc. Kwik Signs Inc.
 Madland Toyota-Lift Make-A-Wish Foundation Maricopa Sun, LLC Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Mid State Development Corp. The Mogharebi Group Moneywise Wealth Management Motor City Auto Center
Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. Pacific Western Bank The Social Vibe
Media Solutions, Inc. PROforma Solutions for Printing Providence Strategic Consulting Inc. Reyneveld Construction
Rosamond News and Rosamond E-news Saba Agency S.C. Anderson Hey Salty Marketing
SJ Green Hydrogen SITREP Security Solutions  Stinson’s Tejon Indian Tribe
Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Ticor Title Co. Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC Tony Moreno Photography
 Tracy Ranch, Inc. Trek Imaging  Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel  United Staffing Associates
 United States Cold Storage University of La Verne Volt Workforce Solutions WESTEC
Western States Petroleum Association  Willis & Williams Design Studio Yankee Communications

 

Member Benefit Levels

PLATINUM

$20,000

  • Complimentary tickets to KEDC events — Receive four tickets to Kern EDC events at no cost (Annual State of the County, Kern EDC Annual Dinner, and Kern EDC Energy Summit)
  • Full-page display ad in Annual Market Overview/Membership Directory — Be featured in this publication which is distributed to hundreds of other members and businesses considering expansion in Kern County ($1,200 value). Priority placement or upgrades available at a discounted rate.
  • Company logo prominently displayed in Kern EDC lobby.
  • Opportunity to contribute news items — Submit your news releases or story ideas for inclusion in Kern EDC’s newsletter and website.
  • Opportunity to win tickets to local sporting or cultural events.
  • Plus all benefits listed in the Active Category

GOLD

$10,000

  • Half-page display ad in Annual Market Overview/Membership Directory — Be featured in this publication which is distributed to hundreds of other members and businesses considering expansion in Kern County ($650 value). Priority placement or upgrades available at a discounted rate.
  • Company logo prominently displayed in Kern EDC lobby.
  • Opportunity to contribute news items — Submit your news releases or story ideas for inclusion in Kern EDC’s newsletter and website.
  • Opportunity to win tickets to local sporting or cultural events.
  • Plus all benefits listed in the Active Category

SILVER

$5,000

  • Quarter-page display ad in Annual Market Overview/Membership Directory — Be featured in this publication which is distributed to hundreds of other members and businesses considering expansion in Kern County ($350 value). Priority placement or upgrades available at a discounted rate.
  • Opportunity to contribute news items — Submit your news releases or story ideas for inclusion in Kern EDC’s newsletter and website.
  • Opportunity to win tickets to local sporting or cultural events.
  • Plus all benefits listed in the Active Category

BRONZE

$2,500

  • Opportunity to contribute news items — Submit your news releases or story ideas for inclusion in Kern EDC’s newsletter and website.
  • Opportunity to win tickets to local sporting or cultural events.
  • Plus all benefits listed in the Active Category

ACTIVE

$1,000

For Members with Fewer than 25 Employees

  • Opportunity to be nominated and elected to the Kern EDC Board of Directors.
  • Newsletters and email updates — Stay up-to-date on trends and local activity that will impact your business.
  • Advance notice of businesses relocating to Kern County — Receive contact information and even introductions to contacts with businesses new to Kern County.
  • Present your industry issues or company information — You will have the opportunity to present issues to the Kern EDC Board of Directors and Executive Staff.
  • Assistance with Research — Let us know what information you need (economic data, demographics, incentives and more) and we will help you find it.
  • Business to Business marketing opportunities.
  • Your business listed in Kern EDC’s annual Market Overview and Member Directory — Distributed to hundreds of other members, site selectors, and expanding businesses. Also available in a fully digital format on the Kern EDC website.
  • Opportunity to purchase advertising — Spotlight your business with a display ad in Kern EDC’s Market Overview and Member Directory. This is a member only advertising piece.
  • Advance notice and invitation events and meetings — You will be invited to member-only events and will receive advance notice of Kern EDC meetings.

Why You Should Join

KEDC Members are “In The Know”

Advanced Notice on Business Relocations and Expansions

Networking & Referrals

Business-to-Business Marketing Opportunities

Questions?

For all membership related questions, please contact Sophia Gligorevic.

Get in Touch
Call Me at:
(661) 862-5156

Or Email me at:
sophia@kedc.com

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.

Contact Us

 

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

661-862-5150

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