Taft’s central location and connection to larger metropolitan areas via major interstate and state highways will benefit any relocating business. Proximity to the growing Central Valley and Southern California markets provides easy and direct access to the entire state. The city has an Enterprise Zone designation, which offers substantial tax benefits to businesses located within the zone area. Recently, the city of Taft acquired a 46-acre site for redevelopment in the heart of downtown. Planned for the area is “Green Landmark” development (locally referred to as the Union Pacific Rail Road Project – UPRR) with a mix of uses that will create a vibrant 24/7 community lifestyle center.
The Oil Workers Monument, donated to the City of Taft in October of 2010, is the center of the UPRR project and has become a significant draw for tourism. Honoring the oil industry upon which Taft was founded and built on the site of the Historic Union Pacific and Sunset Railroad lines, the $1.1 million sculpture was dedicated during the 100 Year Anniversary of the city’s incorporation and is located within walking distance of the Oil Museum. It is also recognized as the tallest bronze in the State of California. Rails to Trails, a lighted bike and walking path, travels the length of the city providing a safe and beautiful view of the downtown area with water fountains, covered picnic areas, and displays of sculpture and art. Its appreciation for its roots and commitment to growth gives Taft a special and unique sense of place.