Economic Summit

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.

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Contact Kim Schaefer at (661) 203-8500 or email EconomicSummit@kedc.com for more information

2018 Summit Speakers


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Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Classics & Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Dr. Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services.  He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007, the Bradley Prize in 2008, as well as the William F. Buckley Prize (2015), the Claremont Institute’s Statesmanship Award (2006), and the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002).  Hanson was a full-time orchard and vineyard grower from 1980-1984, before joining the nearby CSU Fresno campus in 1984 to initiate a classical languages programs.

Dr. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture.  Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Post, National Review, Washington Times, Commentary, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, American Heritage, New Criterion, Policy Review, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span’s Book TV and In-Depth. He serves on the editorial board of the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.


Local Economic Conditions and Trends

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

Richard Gearhart joined CSUB in August of 2014, coming from Clemson University in South Carolina, where he earned both his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. in Economics. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics and is the Managing Editor of the Kern Economic Journal, a publication that tracks and analyzes local economic trends and data.
Richard is an expert on Health Economics, Labor Economics, Regional Economics, and Public Sector Economics, analyzing the efficiency and productivity of healthcare delivery systems at the individual, local, and regional levels. He has published peer-reviewed articles examining both county and state level healthcare efficiency, as well as focusing on limitations of looking across countries to model healthcare systems. He has focused on analyzing health outcome trends in Kern County. Richard also has written articles on the impact of oil prices on employment in various sectors in Kern County, such as manufacturing, farming, and service-oriented, as well as the health impacts of rapidly fluctuating oil prices, with Dr. Nyakundi Michieka. His research appears in Journal of Applied Economics, Health Economics Review, Energy Policy, and Health Systems.


Local Economic Conditions and Trends

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

Nyakundi Michieka joined California State University, Bakersfield in September, 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. Dr. Michieka hails from Kenya and received his Ph.D. in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from West Virginia University. His primary research involves energy, environmental economics, regional economics and food security. Michieka’s doctoral dissertation at West Virginia analyzed and forecasted the regional distribution of coal use in China.
In addition to a book chapter and various conference presentations, Nyakundi has five peer-reviewed publications appearing in The Applied Energy Journal, Energy Policy Journal, The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy and The Journal of Food Distribution and Research. He currently is writing several working papers.


Jeremy Adams, Civics Educator & Author

Jeremy S. Adams is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and teaches Political Science at Bakersfield High School and California State University, Bakersfield. He has two national books on teaching, Full Classrooms, Empty Selves (2012) and just recently had his second book, The Secrets of Timeless Teachers (2016), published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and writing honors including the 2014 California Teacher of the Year Award (Daughters of the American Revolution), was named the 2012 Kern County Teacher of the Year, was a semi-finalist in 2013 for the California Department of Education’s Teachers of the Year Program, and was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Carlston Family Foundation National Teacher Award. The California State Senate recently sponsored a resolution in recognition of his achievements in education.


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