Your Kern EDC Team

Get to know Kern EDC. With years of experience, a proven track record of success, and a wide breadth of expertise, Kern EDC’s staff is truly top notch. The following profiles highlight just a few of the many talents and passions that motivate each staffer to make Kern County stronger every day.


Richard Chapman

President /CEO

With East Coast roots, Richard brings passion and foundational knowledge to position Kern EDC at the forefront of the competition for job creation and economic development. Richard graduated from Georgetown University and received his MBA from American University before moving across country to work in Seattle as an economic developer. With more than 20 years of economic development experience, Richard is truly the best when it comes to “thinking big” and shaping Kern County’s economic future.

“It is a distinct pleasure to serve my ninth year with a strong and formidable team, as we develop and implement innovative strategies for the region’s emerging and established industry clusters.” -Richard

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Cheryl Scott

Vice President

The Kern EDC team calls Cheryl the “dot connector” because she has a knack for connecting people and businesses that benefit from working together. As a Kern County native, Cheryl understands the region and its people, and she has spent her career working on projects that improve the quality of life for local residents. She brought nearly two decades of transportation, customer service, and marketing experience to Kern EDC when she came here in 2005. Cheryl manages Kern EDC’s finances and the day-to-day operation of the office, including all communications and marketing efforts.

“The best part of working at Kern EDC is having the opportunity to make a difference in the community I have called home my entire life.  By working with local businesses, city and county leaders, and educators, we enrich the region by strengthening industry, preparing competent employees, and building relationships that keep our community connected.”  -Cheryl

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Melinda Brown

Director of Business Development/Corporate Relocations

Staff knows Melinda as “the recruiter” thanks to her ability to help businesses and site selectors outside the area understand why Kern County should be on their radar screen.

“Working at the Kern EDC provides great satisfaction assisting businesses looking for a location and creating jobs for those in need. Not only does a job affect individuals lives but also enhances the benefits to our community. As more jobs are created, the positive growth and the stability of our community will speak for itself. Our new and existing businesses  are so important to our local economy and to be a part of that success is very rewarding.” -Melinda

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Tamara Baker

Manager of Research & Marketing/Certified Notary Public

Tamara is a Bakersfield native who graduated from California State University Bakersfield in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  After moving to San Francisco to pursue non-profit work, she moved back to Bakersfield in 2009 to be closer to family and pursue a career more involved with the development of her hometown.

“Since graduating from CSUB, I have been eager to utilize my degree and make a difference in my community.  As a member of the Kern EDC team, I have been able to market and promote the region that  I love to call home.” -Tamara

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Courtney Ansolabehere

Foundation Coordinator

Courtney has been a member of the Kern EDC team for more than three years.  Over this time her responsibilities have grown to include creative design and coordination of Kern Economic Development Foundation activities.

“I feel so lucky that my job is to show people the Kern County that I know and love.  I’ve been able to grow here at Kern EDC, and have been able to use my creativity to hone my professional skills.” – Courtney

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Michelle Taylor

Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator

Michelle joins the Kern EDC team as Administrative & Special Projects Coordinator.  As a Bakersfield native, Michelle is passionate about her community and excited to explore the impact of economic development.

“Being that I was born and raised in Bakersfield I’m very excited to be joining the Kern EDC team. It feels great to be a part of something that can make a difference in the community and show others what Kern County really has to offer.” – Michelle

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“Honeycomb,” a storage technology that Sun Microsystems expects will increase performance and reliability, is late to arrive, but it’s a strong candidate for an announcement next week. The Honeycomb systems had been scheduled to arrive in 2005, according to Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Sun’s storage group.

Storage has for some time been a sore point for Sun. The company has long believed in selling every product needed to run discount michael kors the computing equipment in a large corporate data center, yet it hasn’t made much headway beyond servers. fake cheap Michael kors handbags One of the major reasons Sun acquired Storage Technology in 2005 was to gain access to a larger sales force with a long list of existing customers.

Storage is even more important now as Sun seeks to recover financially and justify its acquisition of StorageTek last August, which cost about $3 billion once StorageTek’s cash was factored out. A successful integration of StorageTek is among three top priorities of Sun’s returned Chief Financial Officer Mike Lehman.

“I think the cheap michael kors purses StorageTek acquisition cheap Michael Kors gives them the opportunity to go outside their base, but they’ve got to figure a way to get the combined sales force to make that happen,” said John Webster, an analyst with the Data Mobility Group. “Certainly they’re now into IBM’s mainframe cheap michael kors storage customer base. We’ll see if they can capitalize on that.”

Sun had planned to sell Honeycomb technology both as cheap michael kors handbags new standalone systems and in an upgrade to existing midrange storage products being redesigned to shift from Intel’s Xeon processors to Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron.

Sun declined to comment on unannounced products.

A chief promise of Honeycomb is the inclusion of metadata, information that describes properties of data that’s stored on the system. Textual data such as a database of customers can be searched relatively easily, but using metadata lets customers organize so called unstructured data such as X ray images or audio recordings.

When it comes to this market, sometimes called content addressable storage (CAS), Sun faces plenty of competitors, including EMC, IBM and Hewlett Packard. But the acquisition of StorageTek meant eliminating one rival, and StorageTek had an alliance with CAS specialist Permabit.

Content addressable storage is an attempt to make lemons out of lemonade as companies work to comply with regulations requiring them to archive financial, medical and other information, Webster said. “There’s pressure from the CIO level that says, cheap replica michael kors ‘If I have to spend all this money on compliance and protecting myself from legal discovery, and I have to put all this stuff away forever, is there at least some business value I can extract?'”

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