Women Leaders in Business Supports the Kern County Mission’s Jamieson Women & Children Residential Recovery Home
This important program allows mothers and children to remain together throughout the course of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. The event will take place on Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Stockdale Country Club. Social Hour is from 11a.m.-12 p.m. with raffles and silent auction. An informational lunch will follow with dynamic speakers sharing about the program and how addiction affects the family and community. Single tickets are $55; a table of 9 is $600. Call or text Sue at 661.808.3275 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Amazon Plans 2-Million-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center Near Bakersfield’s Meadows Field
A huge business win for Bakersfield, the plan, which had been shrouded in secrecy until it was confirmed by County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop, raised hopes among local industrial property brokers and a senior government official that more large deals will follow as other retailers tap into the county’s relatively inexpensive real estate, available workforce and central location.
“This is going to be a huge game-changer for Kern County. You’re going to see a lot more of these in Bakersfield,” Colliers International commercial broker Wesley McDonald said. “They’re running out of land in L.A. County.”
Using a business entity out of Atlanta and a locally based LLC, Amazon recently closed escrow on a 64-acre property inside the Landings Logistics Center LLC, a 138-acre business park that a Bakersfield-based real estate partnership is developing in unincorporated Kern County just north of Merle Haggard Drive. Construction on the Amazon portion is expected to begin by the end of 2018, and the distribution center is slated to open Q3 2019. The new distribution center would be Kern’s largest and could be a harbinger of more significant deals ahead.
Kern County Lures L’Oréal USA to Tejon Ranch Commerce Center
L’Oréal USA, the world’s leading beauty company, recently announced its plans to relocate its Valencia, Calif., distribution center to the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center in Kern County, making it the first business to take advantage of the county’s new Advance Kern incentive program. The enhanced policy—enacted in November 2017 for companies meeting specific job creation, wage, and capital investment levels—considers projects on a case-by-case basis. L’Oréal’s incentive package was approved this week by the Kern County Board of Supervisors and will result in an estimated $2.3 million rebate on property, sales and use taxes. The move is further evidence that Kern County is attracting the attention and investment of international companies, including those with operations in Southern California. Kern County, known by many in the site selection industry for its fast-track permitting and business-friendly climate, put the Advance Kern plan together in less than a month.
“It took only four weeks to go from initial introduction and application to an agreed-upon incentive package,” said Joseph N. Rentfro, executive vice president of real estate for Tejon Ranch.
The incentive agreement is based on the creation of 155 new jobs with an average annual salary of $45,000.
Kern County Emerges as Key Logistics and Distribution Mecca
Kern County’s transportation, logistics and advanced manufacturing industry has grown significantly in the past decade, thanks to companies like Amazon, Frito-Lay, Bolthouse Farms, Target, Sears, IKEA and Famous Footwear. The industry employs more than 14,000 people in key segments of distribution across 50 different distribution centers. Kern County’s location provides for an easy one-day turnaround trip to California’s largest population concentrations, which include San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and the Bay Area, as well as Las Vegas. The geographic center of California’s weighted population is located in here—meaning Kern County is the best location, closest to all people in the state— within a four-hour drive from 90 percent of the state’s population. It’s also the lowest shipping cost and carbon footprint for facilities designed to ship to consumers statewide.
Kern County also has strengths in facilities support, specialized freight, trucking and logistics services for road and rail, rental, leasing and equipment repair. The industry is also strong in wholesale trade, which depends on the availability of transportation providers and services across various modes. This industry is also tied to energy and agriculture, two export-oriented industries that are heavily dependent on large-scale transport of materials and final products.
Elijah Stevenson, 9, Wins First Place at Kern County Fair
Elijah Stevenson submitted a Dinorama as his own artistic expression for the Junior Category. Elijah, who is a fourth-grade student at Almondale Elementary, has been collecting dinosaurs since he was 2 years old. What makes this win so special is that Elijah is autistic and artistic—and tenacious. His mother says he’s a highly motivated and engaging and has a heart of gold.