Past meeting and event results

Metro Bakersfield Community Workshops

Directions to 2050’s Metro Bakersfield community workshops provided an opportunity for participants to learn about four preliminary transportation investment scenarios Kern COG developed for use in the Metro Bakersfield workshops.

Session 1

Tuesday, August 21
Rabobank Convention Center

Session 2

Tuesday, August 27
Fresno Pacific University


pdfMetro Bakersfield Workshops Report194.85 KB

pdfMetro Bakersfield Workshops Report Appendix931.65 KB



Cycle 2: August 2012 - March 2013

View Cycle 2 Executive Summary

Community Events

Tehachapi Mountain Festival
Kern County Fair
Ridgecrest Desert Empire Festival

Festivals and Fairs Cycle 2 Report

November 8, 2012

Taft Cycle 2 Report

November 13, 2012

Tehachapi Cycle 2 Report

November 14, 2012
January 22, 2013

Shafter Cycle 2 Report

November 2, 2012

Arvin Cycle 2 Report

November 29, 2012

Delano Cycle 2 Report

Frazier Park
November 29, 2012

Frazier Park Cycle 2 Report

December 4, 2012

Bakersfield Cycle 2 Report

Lake Isabella
December 5, 2012

Lake Isabella Cycle 2 Report

December 6, 2012

Greenfield Cycle 2 Report

December 10, 2012

Wasco Cycle 2 Report

December 13, 2012

Ridgecrest Cycle 2 Report

December 20, 2012

Rosamond Cycle 2 Report

January 9, 2013

McFarland Cycle 2 Report


California City
March 21, 2013

California City Cycle 2 Report


Stakeholder roundtable meetings

The priorities outlined below are based on a preliminary analysis of all recorded comments at each event:

Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting #1 – Business and Industry Priorities

    1. An understanding that highway projects require significantly more dollars than other improvements
    2. A request for attention to fair housing allocation
    3. Prioritization of spending on busses, bike lanes, carpooling and jobs close to transit
    4. Attention to the micro-local when it comes to logistics and transportation decisions – even within Kern County, priorities vary by community


Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting #2 – Social Equity Priorities

    1. Support for taking trucks off highways and better freight management
    2. An understanding that personal behavior is a major component of any greater change
    3. A desire to stay within budget



Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting #3 – Environmental Justice and Housing Priorities


Cycle 1: February-June, 2012

The Directions to 2050 Cycle 1 Outreach Strategy was designed to solicit input from stakeholders and community members on priorities for the region’sStrategies of particular interest to community workshop participants included*:

  • Link education/training/youth mentorships with economic development initiatives
  • Maintain and develop comprehensive community services for health, education, safety, and recreation
  • Add, maintain, and improve sidewalks and bike lanes for safer, active lifestyles
  • Maintain local streets and roads
  • Improve air quality
  • Invest in renewable energy production and distribution, including wind and solar power

Workshop participants identified the following principles as the top three priorities for the region and their community’s future*:

  • Enhance economic vitality
  • Provide adequate and equitable services
  • Conserve energy and natural resources, and develop alternatives

*We are still in the middle of the community engagement process and receive new input everyday.  These results are preliminary.

View Cycle 1 Executive Summary Report

Community Workshops

The program’s Cycle 1 community workshops provided an opportunity for community members to review the Blueprint Principles for Growth and understand the community’s priorities for the future.

Tuesday, March 27

 Taft Cycle 1 Report

Wednesday, March 28

 Wasco Cycle 1 Report

Monday, April 2

 Ridgecrest Cycle 1 Report

Tuesday, April 10

 Arvin Cycle 1 Report

Wednesday, April 11

 Shafter Cycle 1 Report

California City 
Monday, April 16

 California City Cycle 1 Report

Tuesday, April 24

 McFarland Cycle 1 Report

Frazier Park
Tuesday, May 1

 Frazier Park Cycle 1 Report

Thursday, May 3

 Delano Cycle 1 Report

Metro Bakersfield
Tuesday, May 8

 Bakersfield1 Cycle 1 Report

Metro Bakersfield
Wednesday, May 9

 Bakersfield2 Cycle 1 Report

 Monday, May 14

 Rosamond Cycle 1 Report

Lake Isabella
Monday, May 21

 Lake Isabella Cycle 1 Report

Thursday, May 24

 Lamont Cycle 1 Report

Wednesday, June 13

 Tehachapi Cycle 1 Report

Monday, June 18

 Greenfield Cycle 1 Report

View the Cycle 1 workshop presentation:

pdfPDF Presentation File

Community workshop participants prioritized strategies to implement the principles in their community.  To participate in the online version, click here.

Arvin and Shafter workshop table group of people Arvin and Shafter workshop table close up

Stakeholder Roundtable Meetings

Kern COG hosted three stakeholder roundtable meetings during Cycle 1. The purpose of the stakeholder meetings was to gain valuable insight regarding issues, challenges, and opportunities related to energy efficiency, energy use reduction, and implementation plans.

    • Environmental Justice
      July 10
    • Environmental and Social Equity
      March 6
    • Business and Industry
      March 5