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By Corey Costelloe
Economic Development Coordinator 

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Economic Development Update


May 22, 2021

Corey Costelloe.

Tehachapi businesses hiring but face challenges

Hiring continues in the City of Tehachapi as businesses start recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the job opportunities are out there, attracting employees back, many of which benefitted from state and federal aid while not working, continues to be a challenge nationwide and Tehachapi is not immune to that challenge.

Searches on job boards such as, and show a wide-variety of opportunities in the community ranging from food service to physicians and wind/solar technicians. A quick drive around the community shows help wanted signs are abundant at several restaurants including places like Panda Express and Tacos El Superior who have hosted several ongoing recruitment events. Other local restaurants continue to advertise for help while other retailers try to meet Tehachapi's demands with the labor available.

The lack of employees has caused some businesses to cut operating hours and offerings, something that hampers the ability to recover post COVID-19. The variety of jobs available in Tehachapi range from entry level to management positions in differing fields and areas of expertise. Many of these positions are accepting applications for employees as young as 16 years old creating one of the most open summer job markets for high school students in recent history.

Below is a list of City of Tehachapi businesses that have multiple jobs available. Search the referenced sites above for application information or visit their physical location for more information.

Adventist Health, Albertsons, Autozone, Bank of the West, Del Taco, Dollar General, Dominos, DPT Automotive, Flying J, Gracian's Grill, Good Sheppard Preschool, The Home Depot, Jack-in-the-Box, Love's Travel Center, McDonald's, NYC Subs & Grill, O'Reilly Auto, Panda Express, Pathways of California, Race Communications, Save Mart, Taco Bell, Tacos El Superior, Tractor Supply, Walgreens, Walmart, Waste Management, Wendy's, World Wind & Solar-Laborers, Solar Techs.

Farmers Market to feature specials from Downtown restaurants

Instead of contracting with outside food vendors, the Tehachapi Farmer's Market will partner with Downtown Restaurants to promote "Farmer's Market Specials" aimed at attracting farmers market shoppers. Restaurant owners are asked to create a meal special for Thursday evenings beginning June 3 and email to The specials will be advertised on the City social media channels and at the Farmers Market.

Painting at last – Art 2021 brings painters to Tehachapi

The economic impact of the fine art industry will get a test run in Tehachapi as Art 2021 brings over 40 en plein air artists to the community to paint their surroundings. Read here online:

TehachaPod wins pair of Podcasting Awards

TehachaPod the City of Tehachapi's podcast received a pair of "Communicator" awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for best government podcast and best special episode. The show regularly features economic development news and information for small businesses along with a host of other Tehachapi topics.

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