Economic Summit

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The Kern County Economic Summit is an annual program featuring economists and business leaders who provide valuable information designed to educate and broaden perspectives on international, national, and regional economies.

Don’t miss this premier opportunity to join local businesses and government leaders in discovering ways to sustain and advance economic prosperity in our growing region, and what it means for our future.

Thank you to all who attended and sponsored!  See you in 2018!

2017 Summit Speakers


Can Kern remain an opportunity place in today’s California?

Joel Kotkin, Author & Executive Editor of New Geography

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Local Economic Conditions and Trends

Richard Gearhart
Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University, Bakersfield

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Local Economic Conditions and Trends

Nyakundi Michieka
Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University, Bakersfield

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2017 California Economic & Market Outlook

Oscar Wei, Senior Economist
California Association of REALTORS(C.A.R.)

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Shifting Winds: Navigating Economic Uncertainty and Change in the Year Ahead Via Real Assets

Dennis Moon, Managing Director and National Sales Executive
Specialty Asset Management group at U. S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management 

Panel: East Kern – Innovation Rising

Moderator, Richard Chapman, President & CEO, Kern Economic Development Corporation

  • Dr. David G. Smith, Installation Support Director, Edwards Air Force Base
  • Jaime White, Specialist Service Delivery, Rio Tinto
  • Cameron K. Bruce, P.E., Director, Business Development / WD International Enterprise Team, Supervisory Electronics Engineer, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake 

Bakersfield Blast Off: Local Models for the Future

Jeremy Adams, Civics Educator & Author 


Event Sponsors:


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HPS Mechanical, Inc.

Managed Care Systems, LLC

CSUB School of Business and Public Administration

Bakersfield College


Bakersfield Family Medical Center
City of Shafter
Pacific Gas & Electric
Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.
Rio Tinto 20 Mule Team
Wonderful Real Estate Development
Grimmway Farms
Target Distribution Center
California Resources Corporation

VIP Reception/Dinner Sponsor

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