|Assistant County Administrative Officer||Teresa Hitchcock||661-822-2200 x105|
The upper half of our high tech triangle is composed of the cities and communities of Eastern Kern County. Stretching from Rosamond and Edwards on the south, to InyoKern at its tip, this wide open area of opportunity is known for its remarkable aviators, renewable energy and natural resources as well as being a top spot for motorsports enthusiasts.
The key north-south corridor for the region is SR 14 which connects with US 395 at the region’s peak, leading off to the Eastern Sierra playgrounds of Mammoth Mountain and June Lake as well as the upper reaches of Yosemite National Park. Along the way you’ll find the spectacular crimson cliffs of Red Rock Canyon State Park outside Cantil. Here off-road enthusiasts will find seemingly endless miles of trails to explore.
“We are proud to collaborate with an organization that does an exceptional job in promoting our East Kern communities like California City, Tehachapi, Ridgecrest, the entire Indian Wells Valley, Mojave, and Rosamond. The partnership between Kern County and the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance is critical in advancing our economic development strategy in a region that is so innovative and business-friendly.”
– Mick Gleason, 1st District Supervisor
Transportation traveling east and west utilize State Route 58 which connects Bakersfield with Barstow and beyond. Along this key highway, you’ll find the mineral rich outpost of Boron of Twenty-Mule Team fame. Today global mining giant Rio Tinto operates the world’s largest borax mine, supplying nearly half the world’s total output. The facility employs more than 800 workers.
At the junction of 14 and 58 you’ll find the storied town of Mojave. Created by the railroads in the 1800’s, today Mojave sets its sights a little higher, as the home of the Mojave Air and Space Port. Here famed aviator Burt Rutan and his Scaled Composites, backed by billionaire entrepreneur, Richard Branson have created one of the first commercial space ventures – The Spaceship Company as the key supplier to Virgin Galactic.
But perhaps the region’s most famous aviation landmark is Edward’s Air Force Base where aviation history has been made since the 1930’s. It was here that Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier, countless experimental “X” planes had their first flights and a whole generation of astronauts showed they had the Right Stuff. The base acted as the primary landing site for the Space Shuttle up until 1991. Today advanced flight research continues at the Armstrong (Dryden) Flight Research Center.
Just down the road in Rosamond, the need for speed is exercised a little closer to the ground. The historic Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is home to a variety of road and test tracks. Popular with motorcycle, kart and sports car enthusiasts the track also serves as stage and backdrop for many films and automotive commercials.
Diverse, dramatic and dynamic, Eastern Kern County offers unique business opportunities found nowhere else on earth.
|First District Supervisor||Mick Gleason|
|Second District Supervisor||Zach Scrivner|
|Third District Supervisor||Mike Maggard|
|Fourth District Supervisor||David Couch|
|Fifth District Supervisor||Leticia Perez|
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Kern County’s population continues to grow. It is projected that the total population will reach nearly 1.8 million by 2060. The State of California Employment Development Department projected Kern County’s industry employment to reach 391,800 by 2024, with educational services, health care, and social assistance contributing to the largest projected non-farm job growth. Two other growing industries in Kern County include professional and business services, as well as leisure and hospitality.