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June Chamber Network Luncheon

Greg Garrett & Corey Costelloe, City of Tehachapi

Please join the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce for our first in-person Networking Luncheon of 2021 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Big Papa's Steakhouse, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd, Ste C-200, 12:00 p.m.

Our guest speakers will be Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett and Economic Development Coordinator Corey Costelloe. Greg and Corey will provide a mid-year update for the City of Tehachapi.

Greg Garrett is the City Manager for the City of Tehachapi and has served in that capacity since 2009, he holds the distinction as the longest-serving City Manager in Kern County. Since that time he has overseen the completion of the City's General Plan, directed over $40 million in infrastructure investments, and created an efficient organizational model that has maintained balanced budgets throughout this tenure. Those infrastructure improvements have led to countless private investments in the community creating a vibrant place to live and work.

That tenure included several opportunities in which the community has experienced healthy growth while becoming a shining example of civic government in Kern County. Transparency with the public, award-winning projects and staff have all played a role in showcasing the wonderful City that is Tehachapi.

Prior to serving as the City Manager, Greg was the Assistant City Manager from 2004 to 2009. Greg was instrumental in the successful revitalization of downtown overseeing projects such as the BeeKay Theatre, Rail Depot Museum, and other public improvements to roads, sidewalks, street lights, and major upgrades to the City's Water and Wastewater infrastructure.

As City Manager he prides himself on working with staff to produce a balanced budget annually that includes reserves in critical City accounts. That dedication to fiscal responsibility has helped Tehachapi during both great economic times and national recessions and continues to shape the budgeting as the City's economic influence increases with new larger retailers and an expanded trade area. The budgeting process and presentation have won several awards from the Government Financial Officers Association.

Most of the management philosophies he has put in place at the City come from his extensive private sector background. Prior to entering the public sector, Greg led successful teams as the Global Projects Manager at General Electric and the Vice President at Scaled Composites prior to returning to his hometown and serving his community.

Corey Costelloe is the Economic Development Coordinator in Tehachapi, California, his hometown. Costelloe joined the team at City Hall in September of 2017 after 15 years of work in the media and communications field, most recently at CSU Bakersfield where he served as Assistant Athletics Director for Communications. During his time at CSUB, Costelloe earned his Master's in Public Administration. In 2017 the opportunity to come home and work for his local community prompted a switch in careers and a new purpose.

Among his many duties in Tehachapi, Costelloe oversees the City's economic development efforts which balances supporting small businesses while dealing with the raised economic profile of a community that is attracting national retailers and corporations. He also serves as the local liaison for trash and recycling compliance with WM and CalRecycle and assists in a variety of other general government issues.

A 2002 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., he earned his MPA with honors in 2016 from CSU Bakersfield and in 2018 completed the CALED Intro to Economic Development Certification Program at the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, the elder board at Mountain Bible Church and is the Vice President of the Tehachapi Warrior Booster Club where he oversees corporate sponsorships for his alma mater. Costelloe continues his media work by writing a sports column for The Loop Newspaper, serving as public address announcer for Tehachapi Warriors Football, a mentor with We Are G.A.M.E. a Southern California-based non-profit that provides mentoring and college prep for high school and junior college student-athletes, and is a co-host of the award-winning 'TehachaPod' podcast at the City of Tehachapi.

Costelloe resides in Tehachapi with his wife and two sons.

The cost is $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for Non-Chamber members, which includes lunch.

Reservations are required. Please make your reservation by emailing or calling 661-822-4180. Reservation deadline is Friday, June 11, 2021.

Please note that if you are unable to attend and do not cancel your reservation you will be invoiced for the cost. Reservation must be cancelled the Monday prior to the luncheon. We provide the reservation count to the caterer and are required to pay for all luncheon reservations. Thank you for your understanding.