Economic Summit

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*Please note that the location for the Economic Summit has changed. It will be held at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

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.

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2019 Summit Speakers



Dan Walters, Journalist, CALmatters

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor. He joined The Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, Mr. Walters began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee and in 2017, Mr. Walters and his column shifted to, a non-profit organization devoted to California public policy issues. He has written more than 9,000 articles and his column appears in dozens of California newspapers.Mr. Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, and in 1986, his book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century,” was published in its first edition. The book later underwent revisions and became a widely used college textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state. He is also the founding editor of the “California Political Almanac” and the co-author of “The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento,” published by the University of California. Mr. Walters frequently appears on CNN, Fox, and other networks, commenting about political developments in California.


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Bakersfield College

Bakersfield Family Medical Center



Seneca Resources LLC

Valley Children’s Healthcare


California Resource Corporation

California State University, Bakersfield

Cerro Coso Community College

City of Bakersfield

City of Shafter

Grimmway Farms

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union

Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.

Rabobank, N.A.

Taft College Foundation

Tejon Indian Tribe

Wells Fargo Bank 

Wonderful Real Estate Development