2016 Economic Summit

Thank you to all who attended!

Presented by:
Kern Economic Development Corporation
California State University
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Platinum Sponsor: Dignity Health

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2016 Summit Speakers

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Millennials and Generation Z in the Workplace

Ryan Jenkins,
Millennial Speaker & Author

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Regional, State and National Economic Outlook

Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., Founding Partner
Beacon Economics

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Panel: 5 Generations in the Workforce: Potential Problems and Practical Solutions

Moderator, Robin Paggi, Training Coordinator, WorkLogic HR

  • Jennifer Wood, Mayor, City of California City
  • Shonna Shearson, Vice Preisdent of Contact Center & Training, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Sandra Bloxom, Grimmyway Farms
  • Aurora Cooper, Chief Human Resources Officer, Omni Health
  • Harry Starkey, General Manager, West Kern Water District

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Panel: Local Economic Conditions and Trends

Moderator, Mark Evans, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Business and Public Administration; Professor and Chair, Economics Department, CSUB

  • Richard Gearhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB
  • Nyakundi Michieka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB 

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One California City’s Efforts to Attract and Keep Millennials

Emilio Ramirez, Development Director and Deputy Director for Community Development,
City of Riverside

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 Event Sponsors:


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County of Kern


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Wells Fargo Bank



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Aera Energy LLC
Kern Medical
Grimmway Farms
Roll Real Estate
Bakersfield College


Target Distribution Center
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
Macpherson Energy Company
Teter AE
H.M. Holloway
Bolthouse Properties, LLC
Rio Tinto Minerals
Western States Petroleum Association
City of Shafter
Hospital Council of Northern and Central California
City of Tehachapi
Taft College Foundation
Mid-State Development
Bakersfield Family Medical Center/Heritage Physicians Network