Kern EDC Takes Home Two CALED Awards

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This year, Kern EDC is the proud recipient of two CALED Merit Awards! CALED (California Association for Local Economic Development) honors the highest achievements in economic development as part of their annual Economic Development Awards of Excellence program. Awards are something to take back to our community with pride and share best practices with other organizations.

Program Award Winner: Kern County Energy Summit

In the “Program” category, the Kern County Energy Summit was awarded high honors for serving as a platform to increase awareness about Kern’s energy resources as well as provide a space for networking between industry, developers, local businesses, and community leaders. Kern County’s natural resources create a marketable energy industry in our current economy. The county is abundant with both traditional energy (number one County for oil production in the nation) and renewables, such as large and small solar projects and an expanding wind power market (Kern has the world’s largest solar and wind farms). Additionally Kern County is home to geothermal and biomass facilities. The industry employs approximately 20,000 people, and beyond tax revenue the County enjoys, the industry is a large community donor and supporter of local charities and events. When attendees leave the summit, they leave united, proud of Kern County, and chanting, “We’re number one!”


Promotion Award Winner: “Take A Closer Look” Flyer

For the “Promotions” category, Kern EDC’s “Take A Closer Look” flyer was recognized for creative marketing that promotes our community while encouraging site selectors and relocation prospects to “Take A Closer Look” at Kern County. The flyer depicts Kern’s proximity to large markets, such as Los Angeles, through the lens of a magnifying glass. Positive headliners and economic rankings boost the credibility of Kern County’s business friendly environment and growing economy. Colors used for the flyer compliment Kern EDC’s color wheel and contact information is listed discretely at the bottom.  When viewers see any of the stats listed, they’ll realize that Kern County has much to offer!

Kern EDC developed this promotion over the course of one month with the help of Saba Agency , a professional graphic design team with years of experience specifically in the field of business. Material was generated from research through the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Moody’s Analytics.

KEDC Ad 2014_Take A Closer Look


 2015  CALED Award Recipients

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROMOTIONS
Award of Excellence Winner: City of Petaluma – Fertile Ground for Starting Your Business
Award of Merit Winners:
• Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau – 2014 Official Bakersfield Sports Venue Guide
• Cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista – The Promotion of Innovate78
• City of Carlsbad, Life in Action – Talent Attraction Brand and Campaign
• City of Hemet and City of San Jacinto – Visit San Jacinto Valley Tourism Program
• City of Temecula – Good Day Temecula
• Glendale Economic Development Corporation – Your Business. Animated. Glendale’s Class A Office Attraction Program
• Kern Economic Development Corporation – “Take A Closer Look” Flyer
• Madera County Economic Development Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. – Website and Mobile App Promotional Projects

CATEGORY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY INITIATIVES
Award of Excellence Winner: City of Dublin – Small Business Assistance Initiative
Award of Merit Winner:
• City of San Carlos – Strategic Property Acquisition Reserve (SPAR) Investment Program

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS
Award of Excellence Winner: Kosmont Companies and City of South Gate – The “azalea” Shopping Center
Award of Merit Winners:
• City of Hemet and Forest River RV, Inc.
• City of Huntington Beach and VF Outdoor, Inc. – Vans Off the Wall Skatepark
• City of Selma and Selma District Chamber of Commerce – Central Business District
• Imperial Valley EDC, Brawley Community Foundation, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc., HMC California Contracting, LTD, Management & Training Corporation, and Industrial Development Authority of La Paz County, Arizona – Imperial Valley Gateway, LLC
• Riverside Public Utilities and Southern California Gas Company – Riverside Public Utilities Partners with the Southern California Gas Company

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Award of Excellence Winner: Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. – Grow Manufacturing – A Sector Strategy
Award of Merit Winners:
• City of Artesia and Artesia Chamber of Commerce – Downtown Parking Program
• City of Dublin – Startup Dublin: A Boot Camp for Technology Entrepreneurs
• City of Goleta – Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM)
• City of Hemet and County of Riverside – Hemet Business Recruitment and Expansion Program
• Kern Economic Development Corporation – Kern County Energy Summit
• Riverside Public Utilities – The Drought: An Economic Development Opportunity for Riverside
• Cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista – The Regional Development Strategy of Innovate78

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