Established in 1994, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP)
has emerged a vital innovator of business and workforce
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.
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:
Stakeholders can achieve more as a group than they can individually.
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).
Prepare the future workforce by engaging business and schools to offer career pathways, work-based learning, scholarships and more.
Leverage the region's natural beauty, culture, recreational resources, retail, restaurants, and easy freeway access to attract businesses and professionals.
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
Chairman, JFK Memorial Hospital
Vice Chairman, City of Palm Desert
Secretary, Massage Envy
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.Click for a complete list of investors