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Kern County

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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

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

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