Paulette Rush has joined Kern Economic Development corp. as a business development associate. Rush’s emphasis is to be on business retention and expansion efforts. She also is to focus on aerospace, defense and energy industries, as well as projects in eastern Kern County. The Tehachapi resident previously worked as an account executive at Passantino Andersen, a Lancaster-based public affairs firm. She has also worked for ICON Aircraft in Tehachapi, and handled community relations for Yankee Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management.