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Mission Statement: To contribute to Kern County's economy and quality of life by globally marketing its unique treasures, identifying tourism and filmmaking opportunities, enhancing the image of Kern County as a visitor destination, and creating a unified strategy to meet those goals.
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The Kern County Board of Trade is responsible for promoting and marketing Kern County. Founded in 1888 with the mission to "extol the virtues of Kern County to the East," the Board of Trade specifically administers:
Each of these areas has a significant economic influence in Kern County.
The Board of Trade also serves as administrator of the county's Tourism Promotion Grant Program and conducts a number of special events to raise the profile and influence of Kern County, including the annual State of the County Dinner.
The ten-member Board of Directors is appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors (two per district) to advise and assist the department in the promotion of Kern County as a tourism destination for the purpose of economic development. Directors serve an indefinite term at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors.
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Directors traditionally convene on the fourth Wednesday of each odd-numbered month, with meetings located throughout the county as determined by the Board. For meeting time, location or agenda information, please contact the Board of Trade.
Travel and tourism is a billion-dollar industry in Kern County. In 2011, travel spending totaled $1.28 Billion and supported 12,990 jobs. Film and Television production companies spent $18.8 million while shooting at locations throughout the county.
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