Supervisor describes economic future attracting ‘green money’ from Wall Street | News

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Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner – the new Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors – made his first appearance of the year at the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council on March 2 and shared his perspective on the state of the county’s economy.

“The State of California has big ideas that all revolve around shutting down our core industries through over-regulation — agriculture, oil and small business,” Scrivner said. “Kern County will do what we always do – be smart and proactive in designing a future that supports our existing businesses in their innovation – such as oil, wind, solar and agriculture – without letting none of our communities behind and while leading California in energy and innovation.

Despite frustration with regulations that particularly threaten the oil industry and drought and new groundwater management rules that will curb agriculture, the county is committed to “helping landowners find lucrative uses for land that can generate property tax revenue,” he said. .

He said he sees an economic future for the greater Tehachapi region, in part because of its relationship with Bakersfield and the Antelope Valley aerospace cluster.

The expansion of tourism linked to the expansion of the region’s wine industry, high-tech remote work and the provision of housing for executives in the county’s new industries will be important parts of Tehachapi’s future, said he declared.

“Kern County is uniquely positioned to step into the future of carbon management – ​​carbon capture and storage,” Scrivener said. “Our oil companies own and have leases on the geological formations needed for long-term CO2 storage.”

With assistance from the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab, he said, “Kern is well on our way to establishing us as a California center of innovation and excellence in carbon management.

Scrivner said it will bring in new investment, jobs, property taxes and sales taxes.

“Just as we have attracted more than $60 billion in private wind and solar investment over the past 15 years, we will attract green money from Wall Street to Kern,” he said.

A technical assistance grant from the Department of Energy will provide the county with a report showing the state of the industry, Scrivener noted.

“Then we can build an economic development pathway with B3K partners, including our important education community partners – CSUB and KCCD,” he said, noting that the pathway “includes a business park of carbon management of 30 million square feet adjacent to carbon capture areas” in the oilfields of the San Joaquin Valley region of the county.

“The possibilities are wide open,” he said. “New technology to clean water, different types of long-term storage, and a research and development facility to provide a streamlined license for Silicon Valley to come and try new ideas.

“Once we kick off the carbon management part, the private sector and landowners in this region will design it and we’ll create streamlined protective permits through an inclusive public process,” he said.

Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist and former editor of Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be contacted by email: [email protected]

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