Bringing new business to Old Towne Tehachapi

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - Businesses in Old Towne Tehachapi could soon be getting a big boost from the county.

District 2 Supervisor Zach Scrivner told 23ABC that businesses will be able to apply for a grant from the RENEWBIZ program.

Supervisor Scrivner asked the board of supervisors to approve the program in 2012. It was started to help unincorporated areas of Eastern Kern County which includes Rosamond, Mojave, Boron and Tehachapi.

The program is funded by tax growth from 2012 in Eastern Kern. Since the program was approved the county has awarded $285,000 in grant money to businesses in Boron, Mojave and Rosamond. Now the county is looking to help businesses in Tehachapi.

"It's an opportunity for us to go into areas that have been maybe economically depressed in the past or areas that can use a boost," said Supervisor Scrivner.

"These buildings are pretty old and they need a lot of work and upgrading," said Susan Jespersen, owner of Grandma's House candy store in Old Towne.

Scrivner told 23ABC it is important for county leaders to try and find ways to help businesses be successful.

"So the idea is the government comes in does improvements for curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lighting those kinds of things and businesses can apply for a grant to fix up the store front so that way you attract folks that want to come in and spend money in Kern County," explained Scrivner.

There are dozens of businesses along Brian way that could benefit from the grant money and Jespersen told 23ABC she is looking forward to learning more about the program.

"That's nice to know there is something to help businesses. That would be fabulous to have grant money," said Jespersen.

Supervisor Scrivner will be holding a visioning workshop that starts tomorrow to talk about the program with Old Towne Businesses. The workshop will be held at Valley Oaks Charter School located at 20705 South Street, Tehachapi, CA. 93561. It will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 12th.

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