According to this article in in TehachapiNews.com by a Kern County Supervisor:
At my request, the county is also fervently working to bring a much needed Enterprise Zone to East Kern. Enterprise Zones provide state tax incentives for job creation in economically challenged areas. Kern County is working closely with Antelope Valley officials to submit an Enterprise Zone application that will form a zone covering Lancaster, Palmdale, and much of East Kern. We should know if we will be able to submit our application sometime in September. I believe that the East Kern/Antelope Valley Enterprise Zone is a prime candidate for acceptance by the state.