Corey Costelloe is the Economic Development Coordinator and Assistant to the City Manager 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, a field that had always piqued his interest. 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. Tehachapi’s support-based structure allows both small and large businesses to interact and support one another with the end goal of prosperity for all. In 2019 he was officially promoted to Economic Development Coordinator.
A 2002 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., he earned his Master's of Public Administration 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 as a board member for the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, Tehachapi Tourism Commission, and the Tehachapi High School Warrior Booster Club.
As a Tehachapi-native, he is respectful of the region’s past, but understands his obligation to help build a brighter future for the next generation.