Economic Development

Department Overview

The Economic Development Department supports the economic growth and vitality of the City of Shafter. The city has a reputation as a progressive leader in the area of economic development. Through the collaboration of multiple City Departments, Shafter is known for its "one stop shop" process by those doing business in and with the City. We strive to build long standing relationships with all those with whom we conduct business.


Development Projects in Progress

  • Countryside Car Wash #2 (estimated Q4 2023) 
  • Gossamer Grove Shopping Center (estimated Q4 2024)

City Owned Properties 

  • Call Bob Meadows at (661) 746-5007 to discuss your project

Benefits of Having Your Business in Shafter

  • Geographical center of California – in the middle of everything
  • Available land for agritech, retail, industrial, and manufacturing purposes
  • Large work force in agriculture available for potential retraining
  • One stop shop approach with interdepartmental collaboration
  • Safest city in Kern County, 2nd police substation in Q4 2023
  • Sufficient housing planned for projected steady growth in population

City of Shafter Rail Operation Summary

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