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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.

Kern Economic Development Foundation (KEDF) links business, education, and the community through projects relating to STEM education, local workforce and professional development. KEDF supports businesses and the community’s overall economic well-being by focusing on the people who fill the jobs that Kern EDC helps create.

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.

Elected Officials

 
First District SupervisorMick Gleason 
Second District SupervisorZach Scrivner 
Third District SupervisorMike Maggard 
Fourth District SupervisorDavid Couch 
Fifth District SupervisorLeticia Perez 

Mojave

Current Population                                                                                                        6,104
Median Age33.6 
Population by origin not Hispanic or Latino58.17% 
Population by origin Hispanic 41.83% 
Household Income$51,968 
Median Housing $128,000 
Education3,867 
Workforce1,673 

SOURCE: Claritas via Environics Analytics 

*Mojave Zip Code 93501

Rosamond

Current Population                                                                                                      20,475
Median Age33.8 
Population by origin not Hispanic or Latino60.24% 
Population by origin Hispanic39.76% 
Household Income$77,627 
Median Housing$252,000 
Education12,962 
Workforce7,976 

SOURCE: Claritas via Environics Analytics 

*Rosamond Zip Code is 93560

Photo: Rio Tinto, Borax Mine, Boron, CA
Photo credit: Marcin Wichary -license (cropped)

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Kern County

"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