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By Corey Costelloe
Economic Development Coordinator 

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Economic Development Update


July 3, 2021

Corey Costelloe.

Customers, visitors, tourists returning to Tehachapi

The first six months of 2021 have shown an increase in traffic once again to the City of Tehachapi. According to City partner Placer AI, there have been an estimated 168,000 additional customers to the city limits compared to this same period from a year ago. Of those customers, many have returned on multiple occasions as well, showing a recovery of sorts from the pandemic-restricted movement in 2020.

This is a promising trend for local businesses, event organizers and potential investors as the consumer habits are normalizing in the City of Tehachapi. Some of the top spending categories for the consumer base ranks above the national average for food and right at the national average for entertainment spending.

Numbers have also shown a drastic increase in highway traffic as travelers return to the roadways for summer vacations. This is an economic opportunity for highway-centric businesses and those others that draw the traveling public off the highway for hospitality services and meals. Data shows Tehachapi is a major stopping, resting and refueling point for traffic traveling from the greater Fresno area to the Las Vegas region and vice versa. Local traffic for commuters has also returned to near pre-COVID levels with the busy intersection of Tucker Road and Tehachapi Boulevard experiencing over 26,000 vehicles per day.

With business restrictions lifted in the wake of COVID-19, it is clear to see that Tehachapi businesses have a great opportunity in the summer of 2021 to recover from a challenging 2020 and return their operations back to pre-pandemic levels while shoppers, consumers and tourists return to Tehachapi.

RE/Max officially opens new location

RE/Max Tehachapi officially opened their new office a 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite A400, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. City Councilmember Christina Scrivner presented a certificate of recognition from the City of Tehachapi to owners Adonae Faris and Diana Williams.

Re-Opening a Tehachapi Classic

Kelcy's Cafe finally had the chance to celebrate their new ownership at a Grand Re-Opening ceremony on Thursday, July 1. Owners Bill Lee and Virginia Sheridan reopened the restaurant full time just before COVID-19 and were able to showcase their investment into this iconic downtown cafe.

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