2017-2018 Meetings


All 2017-2018 Executive meetings held at Kern EDC | 8:00 am

  • July 2017 – Dark 
  • August 16, 2017
  • September 20, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • *November 15, 2017
  • December 2017 – Dark
  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
  • June 20, 2018

*Date subject to change


All Board meetings are held quarterly on the fourth Thursday of the month

September 28, 2017
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner Attorneys at Law | 9:00 a.m.
4550 California Avenue, Second Floor, Bakersfield

January 25, 2018
Taft College | 9:00 a.m.
29 Cougar Court, Taft 93268
Cougar Room, Located through Library entrance

April 26, 2018
Location TBD | 9:00 a.m.

June 28, 2018 (Annual Meeting)
Location TBD | 9:00 a.m.


All EKEA meetings are held every other month on the second Thursday of the month.

March 15, 2018

Kerr McGee Community Center| 2:00 p.m.
100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest

Topic: East Kern’s Innovation Economy



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