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Join the Kern Coalition in developing an equitable economic future for our region!

We are working together to bring good, quality jobs to Kern County through California Jobs First (formerly the Community Economic Resilience Fund).

 


Announcement: RFP for a Grant Writing Consultant

The Kern Community College District (KCCD) on behalf of the Kern Coalition solicits proposals from qualified consultants or contractors to provide grant writing services specializing in economic and workforce development research.


Download the Request for Proposal: Grant Writing Consultant (PDF) for full details.

To submit your application, please fill out the California Jobs First Regional Investment Initiative Request for Proposals - Grant Writing Consultant Form with all requested information by July 22, 2024.

Fill out the Form

Announcement: RFP for Coalition Marketing & Communications

The Kern Community College District (KCCD) on behalf of the Kern Coalition solicits proposals from qualified consultants or vendors experienced in communicating complex topics with diverse audiences through engaging design and delivering brand materials and website creation under tight timelines.


Download the Request for Proposal: Coalition Marketing & Communications (PDF) for full details.

To submit your application, please fill out the California Jobs First Regional Investment Initiative Request for Proposals - Grant Writing Consultant Form with all requested information by July 22, 2024.

Fill out the Form

 


California Jobs First Regional Investment Initiative Update

The Kern Coalition is working with Dalberg, a consulting firm tasked with developing the Regional Plan Part 2 due to the state on August 30.

This plan will include information and data collected in the Regional Plan Part 1 process as well as information obtained at upcoming subregional meetings, via stakeholder meetings and outreach to interested parties as well as other research and analysis.  

Upcoming Meetings: View the Calendar

All updates and information will be provided on this website.  For more information please email the Kern Coalition at KernCERF@kccd.edu.


Addendum to the Regional Plan Part 1

The addendum to the Regional Plan Part 1 addresses feedback from the State to build on the initial Regional Plan Part 1.

Both the addendum and State feedback are found below.

State Feedback on the Regional Plan Part 1 (English)

Addendum to the Regional Plan Part 1 (English)

 

State Feedback on the Regional Plan Part 1 (Spanish)

Addendum to the Regional Plan Part 1 (Spanish)

 

State Feedback on the Regional Plan Part 1 (Punjabi)

Addendum to the Regional Plan Part 1 (Punjabi)


Regional Plan Part 1

This plan was produced by UC Merced and reflects their recommendations to the Kern Coalition. The Regional Plan Part 1 is a living document that will continue to be further developed.

Regional Plan Part 1 - English (PDF)
Regional Plan Part 1 - Spanish (PDF)
Regional Plan Part 1 - Punjabi (PDF)

 

You can provide your input through the feedback form below or at your subregion's upcoming Subregional Collaborative meeting.

Regional Plan Part 1: Feedback Form (English)
Regional Plan Part 1: Feedback Form (Spanish)
Regional Plan Part 1: Feedback Form (Punjabi)

 

Read more additional resources that have informed the Kern Coalition in developing and carrying out our local
California Jobs First initiative and the Regional Plan Part 1:

Regional Plan Part 1 - Additional Resources


Upcoming Subregional Collaborative Meetings

Meeting Times and Locations


Governance Council 

 

On November 29th, 2023, a county-wide election was held for each subregion to elect their representatives.

Visit the Governance Council page to see who will represent you as we collaborate in building an inclusive economic and workforce development infrastructure for Kern County.

 

The induction of the Kern Coalition California Jobs First Governance Council was held January 11th, 2024. 

Watch the ceremony recording on Zoom: Kern Coalition California Jobs First Governance Council Induction Ceremony

 


How California Jobs First is Evolving

The Kern Coalition is dedicated to making sure the effort to bring good jobs to Kern County involves all kinds of people, from every region of our county. We are committed to a fair process where we engage deeply with the community to refine our proposals and bring job development funds to our region.

 

Infrastructure of Kern Coalition

 

*Information may change as the CERF infrastructure continues to evolve.

Visit this page for a text-only version of the graphic: Graphic - Regional Conveners


How the Kern Coalition is bringing good-quality jobs to Kern County:

 

     
     

 


About the Kern Coalition

The Kern Coalition was formed with a vision to bring good, quality jobs to Kern County, particularly to the areas that need it the most.

In 2021, the State of California announced the CERF (Community Economic Resiliency Fund) Program, now known as California Jobs First. This program will distribute $600 million across the state, to go toward economic recovery and growth. The funds are being distributed by a competitive grant process, which means each region has to put together a plan and then apply for funding from the state.

Here in Kern County, our goal is to create a grant proposal for funding that includes everyone’s voice. Our mission is to have people of all ages, backgrounds, job types and opinions come together and imagine a better future for our community.

Read more about the background, goals and timeline of the Kern Coalition: About the Kern Coalition

 

CERF Partners, July 20, 2023
CERF Partners, July 20, 2023

 


Newsletter Signup

The Kern Coalition sends updates about events, meeting info, resources and news to our newsletter mailing list.

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Get Involved

Individuals

Anyone of any age with any background is welcome to join the Kern Coalition. Getting involved means signing up for our newsletter, connecting on social media, and joining our regular subregional collaborative meetings to share your insights about what our county needs for a bright economic future.

These meetings will take place over the next year and a half as the Kern Coalition works with the community to assemble a proposal to submit to the State of California, with the goal of bringing good, quality jobs to Kern County, particularly in areas that need it most.

To make it easy for everyone to attend, the county has been split into five subregions - North, South, Central, East and West. See the “Find Your Subregion” section below to locate your subregion and join the next meeting in your area.

Organizations

The Kern Coalition welcomes local organizations to join us in our mission to bring good jobs to our community. Our current list of partners can be found on the About Us page.

These partners submitted Collective Partnership Agreement Letters (CPALs) when the Kern Coalition applied for grant funds in order to jumpstart the planning process.

If you would like to submit a letter or have questions about how to get involved with the Kern Coalition, email KernCERF@kccd.edu.

You can find a copy of the template letter on the Resources page.

 


 

Find Your Subregion

CERF Subregion Map

Which of the five subregions do you live and work in?

Find your subregion below:

 

 North Subregion

CERF North Subregion Map

  • Delano: 93215, 93216
  • Lost Hills: 93249
  • McFarland: 93250
  • Shafter: 93263
  • Wasco: 93280
  • Woody: 93287

The North Subregion includes Shafter, Wasco, McFarland, Delano and Lost Hills. For a full list of zip codes and cities, meeting information and resources, visit the subregion’s page:

North Subregion Page

South Subregion

CERF South Subregion Map

  • Arvin: 93203
  • Lamont: 93241
  • Greenfield: 93307
  • Fuller Acres: 93307
  • Edmundson Acres: 93203
  • Weedpatch: 93241

The South Subregion is the area of Kern County south of the 58 and east of the 99, including Greenfield, Fuller Acres, Lamont, Weedpatch, Edmunson Acres and Arvin. For a full list of zip codes and cities, meeting information and resources, visit the subregion’s page:

South Subregion Page

 East Subregion

CERF East Subregion Map

  • Bodfish: 93205
  • California City: 93504, 93505
  • Kernville: 93238
  • Lake Isabella: 93240
  • Mojave: 93501, 93502
  • Edwards: 93523, 93524
  • Ridgecrest: 93555, 93556
  • Rosamond: 93560
  • Tehachapi: 93561, 93581

The East Subregion is the area of Kern County to the east of Bakersfield, including Ridgecrest, Lake Isabella, Tehachapi, Rosamond and Edwards AFB. For a full list of zip codes and cities, meeting information and resources, visit the subregion’s page:

East Subregion Page

 West Subregion

CERF West Subregion Map

  • Taft: 93268
  • Buttonwillow: 93206
  • McKittrick: 93251
  • Derby Acres: 93224
  • Maricopa: 93252

The West Subregion is the area of Kern County west of the 99, including Buttonwillow, McKittrick, Derby Acres, and Maricopa. For a full list of zip codes and cities, meeting information and resources, visit the subregion’s page:

West Subregion Page

Central Subregion

CERF Central Subregion Map

  • Bakersfield: 93301, 93302, 93303, 93304, 93305, 93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93310, 93311, 93312, 93313, 93314, 93380, 93383, 93384, 93385, 93386, 93387, 93388, 93389, 93390
  • Edison: 93220

The Central Subregion is the area of Kern County that includes Edison and Bakersfield, including the Rosedale, Oildale, Downtown, Southeast and Southwest neighborhoods. For a full list of zip codes, meeting information and resources, visit the subregion’s page:

Central Subregion Page

 

 


Upcoming Meetings

 

South Subregion


Date: July 22, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM
Location:

Arvin Veteran's Hall
414 4th Ave.
Arvin, CA 93203

Registration Link:

South Subregion Zoom Link

 

North Subregion


Date: July 23, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM
Location:

Bakersfield College -
Delano Campus Room DST 109
1450 Timmons Ave.
Delano, CA 93215

 

Registration Link:

North Subregion Zoom Link

East Subregion


Date: July 24, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM 
Location:

California City Arts & Community Center
10400 Heather Ave. 
California City, CA 93505

 

Registration Link:

East Subregion Zoom Link

 

West Subregion


Date: July 25, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM
Location:

Taft College - Student Center
29 Cougar Ct.
Taft, CA 93268

Registration Link:

West Subregion Zoom Link

 

Central Subregion


Date: July 26, 2024
Time:
6:00 PM
Location:

Bakersfield Marriott - Ballroom
801 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Registration Link:

Central Subregion Zoom Link

 

 


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