Businesses looking to relocate or expand in Kern County can find a wide variety of incentives available. The Kern Economic Development Corporation can direct businesses to select federal, state and local economic incentives available to attract new jobs, investment and development.


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  • Employment Training Panel (ETP)– funds offsetting the cost of developing and implementing customized training programs
  • America’s Job Center¬†Workforce Investment Act (WIA)– Free assistance, customized recruitment plans, positions advertising, qualifying applicants and hiring

New California Incentives

  • Manufacturing equipment + sales and use tax exemption
  • New Employment credit between Jan 2014 – Jan 2021.
  • California Competes Tax Credit– Criteria includes number of jobs to be created or retained, extent of property in business development area, minimum compensation limitation, and set job retention period.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit– Reduces income or franchise tax.
  • Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing– tax exemption of 4.1875% for basic manufacturing equipment.
  • Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Agriculture– tax exemption for the sale, storage, use, or other consumption of farm equipment, and machinery

Foreign Trade Zone 276

  • California City
  • County of Kern Department of Airports
  • Mojave Airport
  • Tejon Ranch Commerce Center
  • Wonderful Industrial Park at Shafter

Recycling Market Development Zone

  • Low interest loans and assistance for manufacturers using recycled materials

County of Kern Economic Development Incentive Program

Requires the business to meet eligibility criteria and enter into a contract with the County.

  • Rebates based on Property Tax payments*
  • Rebates based on Sales and Use Tax payments made to the County*
  • Assistance in pursuing grant/loan funding from other public agencies
  • Other forms of requested assistance as may be approved by the County

* Rebates are actually payments of amounts equivalent to property, sales and/or eligible use tax paid by the business, not rebates in fact.

For supplemental information on the above listed programs or for a list of additional programs, contact Melinda or click here to download all California business incentives, including energy incentives and taxes.