Taft Chamber of Commerce gets help from Hollywood star as it rolls out future plans

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Business leaders in Taft are rolling out the red carpet and their plans on improving the downtown area with a little help from a Hollywood star.

Business owner, Karen Mitchell has seen a big difference outside her window.

“There’s parking, there’s friendly people, lots of good variety and lots of good prices,” she said.

Mitchell has operated KC Photography and Framing in downtown Taft for the last 27 years and finds success with the city’s rich history.

“We have a lot of the old negatives from this area, from the 1920’s and so, we’re working with the archives to do old photos of the area for offices and collections,” she said.

The Taft Chamber of Commerce is help businesses grow.  It’s celebrating its installation of new leaders in true Hollywood-style with actor/director, Corbin Bernsen, reflecting on the past and sharing in sight for the future.

“If we can rebuild mainstream America, the rest will follow. I don’t think you can start at the top and work your way back down. I think you start back at Main Street,” he said.

The Chamber of Commerce is not only recapping 2013, they are also rolling out their plans for the future.

“Some of the things that we talked about doing, as far as improving our business district downtown, is kind of getting the streets cleaned up and get some of the landlords to be able to help us, so we can paint the buildings and make them where they’re more attractive,” said Shannon Jones, of the Taft Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber leaders hope a new look will attract even more businesses to Main Street, and help boost Taft’s economy.

“We all rally together, and we all like to shop local and we do things downtown that brings all of our downtown businesses and our community together,” said Jones.

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