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Mission & Blueprint

Established in 1994, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) has emerged as a vital innovator of regional business and workforce development initiatives.

Established in 1994, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP)
has emerged a vital innovator of business and workforce
development initiatives.

OUR MISSION

The partnership promotes a diversified, year-round economy by facilitating programs that stimulate job creation in key industries through business attraction, retention and expansion, and unites business and education leaders to create well-trained and educated future workforce.

ECONOMIC BLUEPRINT

In 2009, as a response to the national economic crisis, a steering committee of community leaders guided by the consulting firm Market Street Services introduced the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint, an ambitious, forward-thinking, market-based strategy to advance the region through the downturn and position it for long-term growth and prosperity. The blueprint outlined four primary goals:

1 REGIONALISM

Stakeholders can achieve more as a group than they can individually.

2 ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION

The region will thrive by developing key industry clusters - healthcare, technology and renewable energy, creative arts and design, and supply chain management and logistics - in addition to its core sectors (tourism and agriculture).

3 WORKFORCE EXCELLENCE

Prepare the future workforce by engaging business and schools to offer career pathways, work-based learning, scholarships and more.

4 QUALITY OF PLACE

Leverage the region's natural beauty, culture, recreational resources, retail, restaurants, and easy freeway access to attract businesses and professionals.

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WORKFORCE/JOBS MODEL

The Coachella Valley Workforce/Jobs Model is an economic growth collaborative that links education to jobs by providing career-themed programs at the K-12 level, work-based learning through the private sector, and scholarships to prepare all students for college, careers, and life. CVEP mobilizes business, civic, and education leaders to align evolving employer needs with workforce development programs.

The collaborative includes all three K-12 unified school districts in the region (Palm Springs, Desert Sands, and Coachella Valley), Desert Community College District (College of the Desert), CSUSB Palm Desert, County of Riverside Workforce Development, and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center. The Workforce/Jobs Collaborative received the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in 2014.

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

GARY HONTS

Chairman, JFK Memorial Hospital

 

PHIL SMITH

Treasurer, Sunrise Company

 

JAN HARNIK
Vice Chairman, City of Palm Desert

 

HOLLY LASSAK

Secretary, Massage Envy 

 

RICK AXELROD

Immediate Past Chair, LifeStream

          See Board of Directors list

INVESTORS

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has assembled an elite and influential base of investors, many of whom sit on the Board of Directors, oversight committees, and issue-specific task forces. Investors contribute not only financially to the greater effort to achieve economic vitality for the region, but also to the brain trust that steers the development and execution of the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint as well as programs for small business development and college and career readiness. Join us to create a bright future for the Coachella Valley.

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STAFF

 


 
 

JOE WALLACE

Interim President/CEO

Joe Wallace

Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director
Coachella Valley iHub

Kyle Wagner

Director
Economic Development

David Robinson

GIS Coordinator

Laura Pellior

Director
Business Development

Sheila Thornton

Vice President, Workforce Excellence

Kim McNulty

Director, Next Generation Learning

Jacqui Tricco

Industry Council Coordinator

Beth Bentley

Director of Research

Roula Roe

Executive Administrator

Ernie Rios

Executive Director, Scholarships

Cristina Gregorio

Student Services Coordinator

Oscar Fonseca

Mentors Advising Services (MAS) Coordinator

David Slack

Data Management Specialist

Lesa Bodnar

Director of Administration and Facilities

Steven Biller

Director of Marketing

Rebecca Martinez

Accounting

Mike Layne

Grants Manager

Patty Clouser

Administrative Assistant