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Palm Springs iHub Business Provides Extra Support Palm Springs iHub Business Provides Extra Support
Sunday, April 6, 2014, The Desert Sun - A business at the Palm Springs iHub creates an undergarment to help nurses with dementia patients.

CViHub’s Potential Impact: $12.5B CViHub’s Potential Impact: $12.5B
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, The Desert Sun - Study: Incubator to boost valley in next two decades.

Earthen Electricity: Desert GeoExchange and CViHub Earthen Electricity: Desert GeoExchange and CViHub
Sunday, February 16, 2014, The Desert Sun - Business is pitching ground-heat pumps.

Valley is Fertile for Technology Companies Valley is Fertile for Technology Companies
Sunday, February 9, 2014, The Desert Sun - Sparking more tech business and investment in the valley is what the meet-ups and Silicon Springs are all about.

Valley Voice: Joe Wallace on How Innovation Hubs Can Resurrect the Economy Valley Voice: Joe Wallace on How Innovation Hubs Can Resurrect the Economy
Sunday, February 9, 2014, The Desert Sun - Valley Voice: Joe Wallace on How Innovation Hubs Can Resurrect the Economy

A New Way of Looking at Data and Business A New Way of Looking at Data and Business
Sunday, February 2, 2014, The Desert Sun - Analyses could help companies plan for growth.

Monday Newsmaker: SBDC’s Ezekiel Bonillas Monday Newsmaker: SBDC’s Ezekiel Bonillas
Monday, January 27, 2014, The Desert Sun - Bonillas is a big friend to small-business owners.

Ezekiel Bonillas Receives SBA-SBDC Partnership Award Ezekiel Bonillas Receives SBA-SBDC Partnership Award
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, The Desert Sun - Bonillas spearheads counseling and training for the region’s small businesses.

Teams Put Health First at Codeathon for CViHub Teams Put Health First at Codeathon for CViHub
Monday, January 13, 2014, The Desert Sun - Nine teams of programmers and developers competed in a codeathon to create healthy apps while maintaining healthy work habits.

CViHub’s Ilyk: Building Business Buzz CViHub’s Ilyk: Building Business Buzz
Sunday, January 12, 2014, The Desert Sun - Social media kiosk helps companies shape their brand.

Three High-Tech Companies Begin Operating at CViHub Three High-Tech Companies Begin Operating at CViHub
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, MyDesert.com - Three companies have joined the Coachella Valley iHub, a Palm Springs incubator for expanding clean energy and sustainable technology businesses.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company Opens its Doors Coachella Valley Brewing Company Opens its Doors
August, 2013, CVEP’s Small Business Development Center Helps Launch “Green” CV Brewing Company as Coachella Valley’s First Fully Dedicated Craft Brewer Part 1 (copy and paste URL in browser) http://www.kmir6.com/news/local/CV-Brewing-Co-Part-1-KMIR6-Today-221824891.html Part 2 (copy and paste URL in browser) http://www.kmir6.com/news/local/CV-Brewing-Co-on-KMIR6-221824591.html

Palm Springs Unified School District and Workforce Excellence Palm Springs Unified School District and Workforce Excellence
August, 2013, Radio KPTR 1450 AM’s You Learn Something – Workforce Excellence Vice President Sheila Thornton and Dr. Diana LaMar, Director of State and Federal Programs, discuss career academies, linked learning and workforce excellence programs in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Desert Healthcare District Approves Grant for CVEP Desert Healthcare District Approves Grant for CVEP
April 17, 2012, The Public Record - The Directors of the Desert Healthcare District approved a grant award of $485,663 to the CVEP to support the components of the Healthcare Workforce Excellence program.

It started with the venture "Wired Coffee" It started with the venture "Wired Coffee"
April 17, 2012, The Public Record - Seventy upper class students from Palm Springs High School Business Academy wrote a business plan as part of a Virtual Enterprise set up.....rolled into Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Young Entrepreneurs.

Giving Back: Union Bank funds college scholarships Giving Back: Union Bank funds college scholarships
April 15, 2012, The Desert Sun - Union Bank's proactive investments in the communities where the bank operates target resources that benefit low- to moderate-income populations. Last month, Union Bank donated a $10,000 grant to the “Adopt a Student” program through the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Pathways to Success Scholarship at College of the Desert.

Valley Voice: CVEP Leads the charge Valley Voice: CVEP Leads the charge
April 4, 2012, The Desert Sun - Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Employment is on everyone’s mind. People are either worried about losing their jobs or are looking for what is considered a “good” job. Parents fear for their children’s career prospects.....CVEP is a good example of a Regional Talent Innovation Network. Read More

CVEP Presents Inaugural Civic Entrepreneur Award CVEP Presents Inaugural Civic Entrepreneur Award
March 27, 2012, The Public Record - Kathleen DeRosa, the mayor of Cathedral City and newly retired public affairs Region Manager for Southern California Edison, was honored recently by CVEP with its inaugural Civic Entrepreneurship Award.

Rabobank Regional Business Center, CVEP and Score strengthen partnership Rabobank Regional Business Center, CVEP and Score strengthen partnership
March 27, 2012, The Public Record - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership welcomed SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, as a virtual tenant of the Rabobank Regional Business Center six months ago. Last week, teh strategic alliance became even stronger.

Renova Energy Installantion Powers Rabobank Regional Business Center Water Fountain Renova Energy Installantion Powers Rabobank Regional Business Center Water Fountain
March 27, 2012, The Public Record - Renova Energy Corp., a Palm Desert-based green energy systems contractor, has installed a demonstration solar panel to power a three-tiered water fountain at Rabobank Regional Business Center.

SCORE opens satelite office SCORE opens satelite office
March 23, 2012, The Desert Sun - SCOREhasopenedasatellite office inPalmSprings at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Rabobank Regional Business Center.

Our Voice: Give students the tools to succeed in college Our Voice: Give students the tools to succeed in college
March 7, 2012, The Desert Sun - Coachella Valley schools must give students the tools they need to succeed in college. The rate of students who enroll in college right after graduation is 60 percent, far below the statewide average of 74 percent. And too many are ill-prepared for the academic rigors of college.....A well-educated workforce is critical to the success of the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint. Read more

Making college the goal Making college the goal
March 2, 2012, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley lags the rest of California when it comes to getting students to college. Without nearby access to a major university, a job market that does not rely heavily on advanced degrees and a culture that has not pushed higher education or had the means to pay for it, the valley has not historically aimed students toward college. Educators and community groups are teaming up to take a regional approach to change that.

Valley iHub adds four new companies to roster Valley iHub adds four new companies to roster
March 1, 2012, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley iHub announced Wednesday it has added four more clean-tech companies to the green business incubator’s roster, further raising the region’s profile as a center for renewable energy and green business.

Rising gas prices make Amtrak more alluring Rising gas prices make Amtrak more alluring
February 29, 2012, The Desert Sun - Just when the economy may be starting to turn the corner, here comes a big truck that could wreak havoc: Higher gas prices....About 20 valley residents including members of CVA and CVEP.....

Local start-up targets nation's 13.5 million swimming pools Local start-up targets nation's 13.5 million swimming pools
February 28, 2012, The Public Record - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has been credited with preventing local green tech startup Attune RTD from running away to Texas.

Workshops guide high school seniors through financial aid applications Workshops guide high school seniors through financial aid applications
February 23, 2012, The Desert Sun - Workshops were held throughout the Coachella Valley on Wednesday to help high school seniors apply for financial aid for college. The seven workshops, organized by CVE, offered assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Last year, about 47 percent of Coachella Valley high school seniors completed the applications. CVEP wants to increase that number by 10 percentage points this year.

CViHUB: Planting the Seeds of Success CViHUB: Planting the Seeds of Success
February 19, 2011, The Desert Sun - When Andy Gibbs began pitching Duty 1, the Vietnam-era veteran was branded a dreamer. But the founder of Veterans Business Institute was given a cubicle in the Rabobank Regional Business Center— one of many old city jail cells the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Coachella Valley iHub retrofitted for budding entrepreneurs—and went to work.

Local effort keeps firm from moving Local effort keeps firm from moving
February 17, 2012, The Desert Sun - Attune, RTD, a research and development company that markets smart-meter energy technology, on Thursday announced it is not packing its bags for Texas.....Bianco credited efforts by CVEP and the SBDC.

Financial aid focus of CVEP contest Financial aid focus of CVEP contest
February 9, 2012, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership onWednesday kicked off its second annual “Battle of the High Schools” competition to encourage high school seniors to complete applications for financial aid. TheFreeApplicationforFederal Student Aid (FAFSA)—arequired step to qualify for a federal grant, loan or scholarship — has been viewed by first-time applicants as being so daunting that parents and students either shrug it off or refuse to take it on.

SBDC is Open for Business SBDC is Open for Business
February 7, 2012, The Public Record - With less than a month on the job, Ezekiel Bonillas, the new managing director of the Coachella Valley's SBDC has already hit the ground running. "Oneof our primary objectives is to deliver on economic impact here in the Coachella Valley..."

Valley pitches clean-energy opportunities Valley pitches clean-energy opportunities
February 1, 2012, The Desert Sun - Hundredsoftop-levelventurecapitalistsand company executives focused solely on clean-tech investment are in the CoachellaValley this week, but they may not consider the region’s abundant sun, wind and geothermal resources for their next big opportunity. At least not yet.

The Art of Economic Development The Art of Economic Development
January 24, 2012, The Public Record - Even before CVEP delivered its 2009 Economic Blueprint, it had begun a modest effort to nurture the valley's creative services industries. Meanwhile, two other groups - the California Desert Arts Incubator and a local advisor group to Classical KUSC radio.

CVEP Board planning for challenges CVEP Board planning for challenges
January 19, 2012, The Desert Sun - Despite loss of RDA funds, cutbacks, agency pushes ahead with Blueprint. The CVEP board of directors on Wednesday welcomed two new executives to round out the “one-stop-shop” offerings for green-business incubators, businesses and budding entrepreneurs at Rabobank Regional Business Center.

Students learn about career possibilities Students learn about career possibilities
January 11, 2012, The Desert Sun - Students from Cathedral City High School swarmed medical and environmental businesses across the Coachella ValleyonTuesdayaspartofajobshadow day. The students are participating in the school’s Health and Environmental Academy of Learning (HEAL), which is designed to connect high school curricula to career possibilities.

Knitwear plant's opening seen as a seed of industry Knitwear plant's opening seen as a seed of industry
January 4, 2012, The Desert Sun - Tala Enterprise, a clothing maker that idled its denim line in China to bring its production back to the United States, officially opened a new knitwear manufacturing plant in the Coachella Valley on Tuesday.

Manufacturer drawn to desert Manufacturer drawn to desert
January 3, 2012, The Desert Sun - When West Hollywood entrepreneur Liat Tala began producing her Kentucky Denim line ofmen’sclothing in China three years ago, it allmadeperfect sense. Labor costs in Guangzhou were low. Shipping one container loaded with 20,000 to 30,000 garments out ofChinaeverythree to fourweeks to distribute to more than 300 boutique stores in the United States, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom penciled out. That’s no longer the case today.

12 People to Watch in 2012 12 People to Watch in 2012
January 1, 2012, The Desert Sun - Even the Coachella Valley’s most hardened cynics are bound to feel optimistic today. The simple act of turning the calendar provides a chance to reflect on the hurdles that were overcome in 2011 and an opportunity to ponder the possibilities that 2012 brings. The desert is certainly poised to experience a monumental year. The long-awaited economic rebound is starting to trickle down to the average person.......

Finally...glimmers of hope. A look back at the biggest local business stories of 2011. Finally...glimmers of hope. A look back at the biggest local business stories of 2011.
December 31, 2011, The Desert Sun - While the Coachella Valley’s economy is nothing close to what it was in the mid-2000s — when dozens of people moved here daily and miles of empty desert turned into rows of new homes — it did make great strides in 2011.

PS Mayor: 'We went into overdrive' to keep CareFusion PS Mayor: 'We went into overdrive' to keep CareFusion
December 23, 2011, The Desert Sun - For months, CareFusion’s departure appeared to be a done deal. The manufacturing company’s executives had announced in July they were moving production to a sister plant in Plymouth, Minn. Theplanswerefirm,apointthey stressed in meetings with representatives from Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

CareFusion staying in the Valley CareFusion staying in the Valley
December 22, 2011, The Desert Sun - The city's largest manufacturing business is staying, saving nearly 300 jobs. Executives of CareFusion met with employees Wednesday to tell them the company is keeping its factory in Palm Springs and has dropped plans to move the operation to Minnesota. The decision by the San Diego-based company is a big win for city officials and local economic development experts who had worked for months to devise an array of incentives to keep the plant in Palm Springs.

iHub Selects Managing Director iHub Selects Managing Director
December 20, 2011, The Public Record - Beginning in January, startup businesses at Coachella Valley iHub will have a new ally in their quest to succeed and grow in our region. Following successes as an engineer, entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Joe Wallace has been selected to serve as Innovation Managing Director of the CViHub. He will begin serving CViHub clients in his new role on January 9, 2012.

Experts: Golf is in crisis despite signs of rebound Experts: Golf is in crisis despite signs of rebound
December 19, 2011, The Desert Sun - Tom Addis III has heard the talk from golf courses around Southern California, especially in the Coachella Valley. Rounds of golf are up this fall and winter. Hotel occupancy rates are up. There are signs—some small andsomelarger—that thegame of golf might be rallying after four or five years of fewer golfers, less revenue and more golf courses filing for bankruptcy and even closing.

Stakes are high as clubs struggle to stay relevant Stakes are high as clubs struggle to stay relevant
December 18, 2011, The Desert Sun - Communities finding they have to change to survive recession, attract young golfers. Bill Ashley traveled the Northwest for 30 years as a wholesale furniture rep, giving him plenty of time to contemplate a retirement filled with golf and warm winter days. Now, six decades after discovering he loved the game, he can pull his golf cart out of thegarage and drive a minute to Mountain Vista Golf Club.

Entrepreneur Named Chief of Coachella Valley iHub Entrepreneur Named Chief of Coachella Valley iHub
December 15, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has hired an Indiana entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Joe Wallace, to head up the Coachella Valley iHub. “We were looking for a candidatewhohad a history of success in the private sector and a passion for entrepreneurship,” TomFlavin, president andCEO of CVEP, said Wednesday.

Wining and Dining Wining and Dining
December 15, 2011, Palm Desert Sun - The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro hosted its first chef celebration dinner with five local chefs preparing a five-course wind pairing tasting menu. The event raised $6,500 for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Pathways to Success Program.

CVEP thanks its fundraising partners CVEP thanks its fundraising partners
December 11, 2011 - The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Pathways to Success program was treated to a wonderful example of holiday kindness and generosity on Monday by the owner of the 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro, Ed Moore.

UCR Decision not good for economy UCR Decision not good for economy
November 20, 2011, The Desert Sun, Opinion - The University of California, Riverside’s decision to forgo undergraduate studies at its Palm Desert campus is a devastating blow to the valley’s push to diversify its economy. We need to give Coachella Valley students more pportunities to complete their undergraduate studies closer to home. And, we need to expand our educational partnerships with existing business – resorts, hotels and restaurants – and emerging industry – solar and geothermal e

CVEP Economic Summit gives California an F- on Competitiveness CVEP Economic Summit gives California an F- on Competitiveness
October 25, 2011, The Public Record - Former college professor and Inland Empire economics consultant Dr. John Husing gave California's governor and legislature a failing grade for job creation, as teh nation emerges from what many have labeled "the great recession."

CA Needs to be More Business Friendly CA Needs to be More Business Friendly
October 23, 2011, The Desert Sun - California has long been home to some of the world’s most notable companies—Apple, Facebook and eBay, to name a few. And the state would boast even more if it weren’t for California’s business climate, which most experts deem unfriendly because of myriad taxes and environmental hurdles.

Valley economy earns a ‘C’ Valley economy earns a ‘C’
October 22, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley economy earns a “C” from longtime Inland Empire economist John Husing, but that doesn’t mean a full recovery will happen any time soon. It will be 2015 before the Coachella Valley economy starts to return to normal, Husing told about 750 people attending Friday’s annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells.

Apparel firm eyes local site for new plant Apparel firm eyes local site for new plant
October 20, 2011, The Desert Sun - Liat Tala is the picture of success. Her company, Kentucky Denim, has sold a premium men’s denim clothing line it makes in China to more than 300 stores in the United States, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom for six years.

It’s happening at the CViHub It’s happening at the CViHub
October 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - Julie Lappin, the new transitional manager of the Coachella Valley iHub, takes success seriously in all areas of her life. The 36-year-old native of Riverside County said she’s never had a cavity and what she’s looking forward to most in her new job at the valley’s green incubator is working with the clients.

Valley iHub aids electric car conversion firm Valley iHub aids electric car conversion firm
October 13, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley’s green business incubator has its first fledgling firm, Electric Vehicle Enterprises, a company that converts regular cars into electric vehicles.

Business on the Run: What CA is Doing Right Business on the Run: What CA is Doing Right
September 26, 2011, The Desert Sun - SPECIAL REPORT State, communities use enterprise zones, other incentives to keep business here

Area employers offering seasonal jobs Area employers offering seasonal jobs
September 25, 2011, The Desert Sun - August’s jobs report for the CoachellaValleyandinlandregion was no cliffhanger. Hiring was again stagnant, prompting even more job-seekers to abandon their quest to find work, said Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi.

Why CA Struggles to Compete Why CA Struggles to Compete
September 25, 2011, The Desert Sun - Business on the Run: Why California Struggles to Compete. California's Business Climate: Experts throughout the nation rank California at the bottom of states when it comes to a healthy business climate. Monday: California is making some progress on different fronts to make it easier and more desirable to do business here.

It's incorrect to call schools in Coachella Valley failures It's incorrect to call schools in Coachella Valley failures
August 21, 2011, The Desert Sun Opinion - Kenneth M. Young is Riverside County superintendent of schools and and a member of the CVEP Board of Directors. - I would like to correct any misperceptions that may exist about our public schools in the Coachella Valley related to their progress in meeting federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requirements.

CVEP Partners with Health Career Connection on paid summer internships in health fields CVEP Partners with Health Career Connection on paid summer internships in health fields
August 16, 2011, The Public Record - CVEP has implemented the region's first-ever program connecting local undergrads with paid internships in healthcare fields. The internship program, part of CVEP’s continuing effort to build capacity for healthcare leadership in the Coachella Valley, was developed in collaboration with Health Career Connection (HCC).

Valley officials learn to be better teachers Valley officials learn to be better teachers
August 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - A committee from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership that is focused on improving workforce excellence and education opportunities in the desert invited Hill and several other national educational experts to share their stories at a workforce education summit in Palm Desert.

More Green Jobs More Green Jobs
July 24, 2011, The Desert Sun - CVEP's Renewable Energy Roundtable was buzzing Thursday with good news on the lates developments in the valley's green scene.

Economic Parthership moves into new headquarters Economic Parthership moves into new headquarters
July 23, 2011, The Desert Sun - Rabobank Center facility also to house iHUB, Workforce Excellence team. The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership moved into its new headquarters in Palm Springs on Friday—a transition considered a big step in the organization’s strategy for regional economic growth.

CA should do more to save businesses CA should do more to save businesses
July 20, 2011, The Desert Sun Opinion - The loss of CareFusion Corp. should be a wake-up call for local and state leaders. California must become more business friendly. The company has manufactured ventilators in Palm Springs for more than 50 years. It has decided to consolidate operations in Minnesota, which means that during the next 18 months, the city will lose 270 workers, many of them highly paid professionals.

KPSP Local 2 - CVEP speaks about Care Fusion KPSP Local 2 - CVEP speaks about Care Fusion
July 18, 2011 on KPSP Local 2 - CVEP's Tom Flavin speaks about the recently announced closing of CareFusion.

CVEP hopes to convince CareFusion to stay here CVEP hopes to convince CareFusion to stay here
July 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - Thomas Flavin, chief executive of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, hopes to meet with CareFusion Corp. executives on Monday to see what can be done to keep its ventilator assembly plant in Palm Springs. “I’d like to talk them out of it, but I don’t think it’s realistic,” he said.

Pathways to Success Scholarships Helps Locals Access Higher Education Pathways to Success Scholarships Helps Locals Access Higher Education
June 28, 2011, The Public Record - Over the past two years, the dream of a college education has become a reality for 428 Coachella Valley students thanks in large part to Pathways to Success, a Coachella Valley Economic Partnership program that provides financial assistance and guidance to help our community's college bound reach for, afford and succeed at higher education. (Picture of winners included).

CVEP Annual Summit highlights achievements and goals CVEP Annual Summit highlights achievements and goals
June 21, 2011, The Public Record - After six months at the helm of CVEP, CEO Tom Flavin says he is even more bullish on the Coachella Valley than when he started. At the organization's Annual Investor Summit and board installation event, Flavin and others reviewed the progress the group has made over the past year.

Agency poised for growth opportunities Agency poised for growth opportunities
June 18, 2011, The Desert Sun - It's a question that always comes up. Just how many jobs has the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership created for the investment it's received? CEO Tom Flavin told investors in his state-of-CVEP address Wednesday that the return on investment has largely been focused on putting bricks and mortar into place.

KMIR 6 - College Scholarships for Deserving Students KMIR 6 - College Scholarships for Deserving Students
June 18, 2011, Coverage on KMIR 6 of the ceremony held for CVEP Scholarship recipients

KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Awards Hundreds of Student Scholarships KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Awards Hundreds of Student Scholarships
June 18, 2011 - Coverage on KPSP Local 2 of CVEP & Pathways to Success scholarship ceremony.

Student, Entrepreneur helps planning Student, Entrepreneur helps planning
June 18, 2011, The Desert Sun - From where Shawn Isaac sits, progress for an economic development agency such as CVEP isn’t immediately quantifiable. “It’s so macro,’’ the UC Irvine student from Rancho Mirage said......He has rolled up the sleeves of his pin-striped shirt to intern at places such as the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

County may levy fee on solar firms County may levy fee on solar firms
June 17, 2011, The Desert Sun - The fee has been suggested just as a massive 1,000-megawatt solar plant is set to break ground near Blythe today. The propsed 2 percent fee was the focus of Thursday's meeting of teh Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Renewable Energy Roundtable.

Economic Partnership Focuses on Making Valley Competitive Economic Partnership Focuses on Making Valley Competitive
June 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - A summary of the Annual Investor Meeting: Austin. Denver. Seattle. What do they have that California doesn't? New jobs. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made that clear after a jaunt to Austin with a 10-member legislative delegation where they learned that Texas had created 165,000 jobs over the past three years while California bled more than 1.1 million.

KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Announces New Chairperson KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Announces New Chairperson
June 15, 2011 - KPSP Local 2 Coverage of CVEP Annual Investor Meeting. CVEP Announces new chairperson.

County Approves Race Track Project County Approves Race Track Project
June 13, 2011, The Desert Sun - ThermalMotorsports Park&Club, a private 4.5-mile race track facility proposed near the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, gained a lap this week....."We view it as an anchor around a potential automotive job cluster,’’ Tom Flavin, CEO of CVEP said.

CVEP Career Pathways Partnership with Desert Regional Medical Center CVEP Career Pathways Partnership with Desert Regional Medical Center
June 7, 2011, The Public Record - When Kim McNulty and Sheila Thorton of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's (CVEP) Career Pathways Initiative approached Desert Regional Medical Center in 2007, a partnership between the two organizations seemed like a natural fit.

Rabobank Invests $250,000 in CVEP Rabobank Invests $250,000 in CVEP
May 24, 2011, The Public Record - Rabobank has announced an investment of $250,000 in the CVEP. The major contribution, the large one-time, private sector investment in CVEP's history, will be used to fund the completion of the Rabobank Regional Business Center in Palm Springs, which CVEP will operate.

Articles on renewable energy - Looking for Trailblazers Articles on renewable energy - Looking for Trailblazers
May 22, 2011, The Desert Sun - Before there was Silicon Valley, back in the 1970s, there was a bunch of guys tinkering with computers and writing programs in their garages around Palo Alto and San Jose. Forty years later, the Coachella Valley is out to become California’s new high-tech center, but this time with a focus on renewable energy and clean tech, drawing on the region’s abundant sun and wind.

Hopes run high for innovation Hopes run high for innovation
May 22, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday heard details about the new innovation hub — iHub for short — that is scheduled to open across the street from City Hall in July, and questions quickly arose about how the center will be run and for whose benefit.

Florida and Texas in jobs pissing match Florida and Texas in jobs pissing match
May 21, 2011, CNN Money - Florida Governor Rick Scott is determined to swipe the title of most business‐friendly state from Rick Perry, his counterpart in Texas, which has held it for seven years. "Watch your back," warned Scott on Thursday, announcing his plans to capture the top spot in Chief Executive Magazine's ranking for job growth and business development. Florida placed third this year

Energy Summit - from Indio's City Manager's "Weekly Update" Energy Summit - from Indio's City Manager's "Weekly Update"
May 20, 2011, The Indio Sun - Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson joined other local and regional leaders at the Coachella Valley Energy Summit, which took place May 12-13. THe Summit was about increasing energy efficiency and sustainability in the valley.

KMIR 6 - Rabobank invests $250,000 in CVEP KMIR 6 - Rabobank invests $250,000 in CVEP
May 18, 2011 - Coverage on KMIR 6, Rabobank invests $250,000 in CVEP

KPSP Local 2 - Rabobank Invests $250,000 in CVEP KPSP Local 2 - Rabobank Invests $250,000 in CVEP
May 18, 2011, Coverage on KPSP Local 2 - Rabobank invests $250,000 to CVEP, the largest one-time donation by a private business.

Rabobank Invests $250,000 to Help CVEP Bring Jobs to the Valley Rabobank Invests $250,000 to Help CVEP Bring Jobs to the Valley
May 18, 2011 - Recognizing the importance of the private sector’s role in regional economic development, Rabobank has announced an investment of $250,000 in the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP). This contribution, the largest one time, private sector investment in CVEP’s history, will be used to fund the completion of the Rabobank Regional Business Center, which CVEP will operate.

Collaborate to Prosper Collaborate to Prosper
May 13, 2011, The Desert Sun - Renewable energy success requires regional effort, say summit leaders. Regional collaboration, strong policy initiatives and public-private partnerships will be key to creating a renewable energy economy in the Coachella Valley. Those were the themes sounded over and over again during the third annual Coachella Valley Energy Summit that drew more than 200 city, business and energy officials to the Palm Springs Convention Center.

KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Hosts Annual Energy Summit KPSP Local 2 - CVEP Hosts Annual Energy Summit
May 12, 2011 - Coverage on KPSP Local 2, CVEP hosts Annual Energy Summit

Shedding light on economic impact of plant Shedding light on economic impact of plant
May 12, 2011, The Desert Sun - First Solar’s Desert Sunlight project, to be located just east of the valley near Desert Center, could pump an estimated 440 construction jobs and $336 million into Riverside County’s economy, figures from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership show. But how many of those jobs and dollars will flow directly into the valley’s economy remains uncertain, CVEP and First Solar officials acknowledged during a news conference Wednesday in Palm Springs.

KMIR 6 - First Solar press conference KMIR 6 - First Solar press conference
May 11, 2011 - KMIR 6 coverage of the First Solar press conference at the Desert Energy Center

KPSP Local 2 - New Solar Farm Opens in Palm Springs KPSP Local 2 - New Solar Farm Opens in Palm Springs
May 11, 2011 - Coverage on KPSP Local 2 of the groundbreaking ceremony of the First Solar project

Redevelopment Leader Returns Redevelopment Leader Returns
May 9, 2011, The Desert Sun - After a stint in Fresno, Raymond tackles unfinished business in Palm Springs ......Things are beginning to move really quickly. As you know, the iHub will be located in the new Coachella Valley Economic Partnership headquarters across from Palm Springs City Hall.

Energy Summit Gains Stature Energy Summit Gains Stature
May 8, 2011, The Desert Sun - Now in its third year, the Coachella Valley Energy Summit is gaining in stature and star power, with a raft of high-profile speakers, including actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. “The Coachella Valley is a key contributor to the state’s renewable energy plans. The area is a rich resource area, strategically located near load centers,” said Carla Peterman, a member of the California Energy Commission who is among the speakers at the two-day event.

Key approval for track Key approval for track
April 21, 2011, The Desert Sun - Thermal Motorsports Park & Club on Wednesday headed toward the final stretch in a lengthy approval process to build a private, country-club modeled race track near the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. Meeting in La Quinta, the Riverside County Planning Commission approved land-use modifications for the project, sending it to the board of supervisors for the final approval.

Feds bet big on desert solar facility Feds bet big on desert solar facility
April 19, 2011 The Desert Sun - One of four solar energy projects planned for the desert east of Indio has received a loan guarantee of of $2.1 billion from the federal government, the largest financial commitment the Department of Energy has offered to a solar project.

Tap the Power of the Sun Tap the Power of the Sun
April 17, 2011, The Desert Sun - In the Coachella Valley, surrounded by majestic mountains under a canopy of blue sky, it seems like every day is Earth Day......Wesley Ahlgren, chief operating officer of CVEP, said the new law “positions the Coachella Valley to become the epicenter of renewable energy in the nation."

California Begs Texas for Job-Creating Recipe with Growth Trading Places California Begs Texas for Job-Creating Recipe with Growth Trading Places
April 14, 2011, Bloomberg - When California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom begins meetings in Austin with Hardee’s hamburgers chief Andrew Puzder, local Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bobby Jenkins and Texas Governor Rick Perry, it’s because the most‐ populous state lingers in a funk, even as the U.S. pulls out of the deepest recession in half a century.

Sacramento Politics Affecting the Coachella Valley Economy - CVEP Legislative Breakfast Update Sacramento Politics Affecting the Coachella Valley Economy - CVEP Legislative Breakfast Update
April 3, 2011 KPSP Local 2 Internet Story - CVEP was established in 1994 to assist companies in the Coachella Valley marketplace. Its members, made-up of high-profile community leaders in business and politics, explore regional issues and strategies related to the economy of Riverside County and the Desert Cities. At last week’s Legislative Breakfast, CVEP hosted some of California’s top legislators involved in the State’s budget negotiations.

Legislative Breakfast part 2 featured on KPSP Local 2 Legislative Breakfast part 2 featured on KPSP Local 2
April 1, 2011, Coverage on KPSP Local 2 at 6:00 a.m. what to expect at upcoming CVEP Legislative Breakfast.

Valley representatives debate budget solutions Valley representatives debate budget solutions
April 2, 2011, The Desert Sun - The The debate that caused a budget stalemate in Sacramento came to Palm Desert on Friday, when three local lawmakers discussed the state’s effort to close a $26.6 billion deficit. Assemblyman Brian Nestande and Sens. Juan Vargas and BillEmmerson expressed optimism that the Legislature will move beyond its current impasse and pass a budget.

Legislative Breakfast featured on KPSP Local 2 Legislative Breakfast featured on KPSP Local 2
April 1, 2011 - KPSP Local 2 at 5:00 a.m. coverage of the legislative breakfast. Interview with business owner Lee Morcus, Kaiser Restaurant Group.

Our Voice - Press pedal to metal for motorsports park Our Voice - Press pedal to metal for motorsports park
March 31, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley has so much going for it and there is yet another proposal that can do even more to enhance the region. .....That area, as the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has pointed out, could provide a cluster of automobile companies related and unrelated to the track that could feed off one another and provide more jobs.

Public Sector News - CVEP Legislative Breakfast Public Sector News - CVEP Legislative Breakfast
March 29, 2011, The Public Record - CVEP Legislative Breakfast hosts Senators Emmerson and Vargas, Assemblymen Nestande and Perez. On Friday April 1 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., Senator Bill Emmerson, Senator Juan Vargas, Assemblyman Brian Nestande and a representative for Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez will converge on Bellatrix Restaurant at the Classic Club for CVEP's Legislative Breakfast.

Board Ratifies CVEP Business Plan Board Ratifies CVEP Business Plan
March 27, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's business plan has been unanimously ratified by its governing board. The plan is a living document, CEO Thomas Flavin says. It creates priority lists for blueprint strategies to build a diversified, year-round economy and develop a well-trained, educated workforce. It also identifies goals and objectives through fiscal year 2014.

Health care grants approved Health care grants approved
March 20, 2011 The Desert Sun - The Desert Healthcare District has approved grants of $212,500 for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Pathways to Success program. The CVEP grant will help support the Pathways program for students who are pursuing college degrees in health care-related majors.

Desert Healthcare District awards grant to CVEP Desert Healthcare District awards grant to CVEP
March 25, 2011 Press Release - Desert Healthcare District has approved a $212,500 grant to CVEP's Pathways to Success program. The grant allows for 25 scholarships for new students as well as additional funds for 21 previous scholarship recipients who are completing their degrees. This grant will be awarded to local Valley healthcare students attending community college and four-year colleges/universities. Preferences will be given to students majoring in healthcare at College of the Desert a

Education Update from the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Education Update from the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools
March 21, 2011 - The monthly "Education Update" newsletter from Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, read by community leaders around the county, featured an article about CVEP's Fafsa Competition. "(CVEP) tackled a great project this winter. The results are now in, and they show that CVEP's Education Oversight Committee has done a real public service for the desert's public schools......."

CVEP & ArtsOasis to Grow Valley's Creative Economy CVEP & ArtsOasis to Grow Valley's Creative Economy
March 18, 2011, Press Release - Recognizing the unique challenges that characterize development of the creative sector of the local economy, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) has entered into an agreement with ArtsOasis – a not-for-profit group organized in 2008 to grow the creative economy of the California desert – under which the two organizations will collaborate to more effectively fulfill the creative cluster growth goals set forth in CVEP’s 2009 Economic Blueprint.

Indio High wins financial aid battle Indio High wins financial aid battle
March 18, 2011, The Desert Sun - About 44 percent of the eligible high school seniors in the Coachella Valley filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during a competition between Coachella Valley high schools. The "Battle of the High Schools" competition was launched in January as a way to encourage more Coachella Valley high school students to take this first step in securing federal financial aid.

Contest motivates students to fill out financial aid form Contest motivates students to fill out financial aid form
March 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - About 44 percent of the eligible high school seniors in the Coachella Valley filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during a competition between Coachella Valley high schools. "We exceeded our expectations," said Angel Meraz, student services coordinator with Pathways to Success who helped coordinate the "Battle of the High Schools."

Scott Flint to speak at renewable energy roundtable Scott Flint to speak at renewable energy roundtable
March 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - Scott Flint, a program manager with the California Energy Commission, will be the featured speaker at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Renewable Energy Roundtable. Flint will discuss the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan now being developed to set state guidelines for solar and wind projects in the Southern California deserts.

CVEP reports Sales Sucess CVEP reports Sales Sucess
March 13, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Parthership last week reported that Cathedral City Auto Center, with 17 car brands and 11 dealers, sold 862 new and used vehicles that month. Andy Jessup Jr. said it was the best February the center's had since February 2007. "This is great news," a recent CVEP Facebook post noted. "We look forward to seeing more positive gains for our local economy."

College Universe Program Promo College Universe Program Promo
March 11, 2011 Coverage on KPSP Local 2 highlighting the College Universe Program.

Eye on the Desert College Universe Program Eye on the Desert College Universe Program
March 8, 2011, Coverage on KPSP Local 2 - Eye on the Desert Show. Highlighting the upcoming College Universe Program featuring CVEP Scholarship students.

Retraining programs get some back on job Retraining programs get some back on job
March 6, 2011, The Desert Sun - .....The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Career Pathways program is helping to steer local students into the health care work force.

Small businesses key for valley jobs Small businesses key for valley jobs
February 25, 2011, The Desert Sun Job creation comes one company, one person at a time. And Randy Nelson, CEO and owner of SwissTrax in Indio, was showcased Thursday as a classic example of a small-business owner in the Coachella Valley who is revitalizing the economy one job at a time.

Experts eye power line capacity Experts eye power line capacity
February 18, 2011, The Desert Sun - There were two things almost everyone agreed on at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Thursday workshop on transmission lines and renewable energy development in the region.

Modernism, a sleeping beauty for Palm Springs Modernism, a sleeping beauty for Palm Springs
February 17, 2011, The Desert Sun - .........The arts also play a prominent role in the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s four-pronged blueprint to diversify the desert economy.

Zumba grant matched by Pathways to Success Zumba grant matched by Pathways to Success
February 13, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Desert Sun spotlights valley firms performing good deeds. Here the focus is on a dance and fitness company helping to provide scholarships to local graduating high school students. ....Zumba Coachella Valley, recently presented a $750 scholarship grant to the Ophelia Project from proceeds raised at a Zumba master class. The grant was matched by Pathways to Success, resulting in a $1,500 scholarship.

Fafsa Fundraiser Fafsa Fundraiser
February 11, 2011 Coverage on KPSP Local 2 at 11 pm on CVEP's Fafsa Fundraiser held at UCR

Live coverage from the Fafsa Fundraiser Live coverage from the Fafsa Fundraiser
February 11, 2011 Coverage on KPSP Local 2 at 5:00 p.m. - Highlighting the FAFSA Fundraiser

CVEP expo seeks to link business with resources CVEP expo seeks to link business with resources
February 10, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will sponsor its third annual Small Business Investor Forum and Expo on Feb. 24 at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio.

Newsmaker Tom Flavin speaks on the Fafsa Fundraiser Newsmaker Tom Flavin speaks on the Fafsa Fundraiser
Coverage on KPSP Local 2 - CVEP President and CEO Tom Flavin speaks on the Fafsa Fundraiser

FAFSA Fundraiser Announcement FAFSA Fundraiser Announcement
Coverage on KPSP Local 2 - Announcement for FAFSA

A game plan for valley job creation A game plan for valley job creation
February 6, 2011The Desert Sun - When Summer Ellenz lost her job at a steakhouse as the economy sputtered along, the mother of three opted to get certified in solarpanel installation at College of the Desert’s Energy Enterprise Center last year.......Renewable energy is among the four key clusters the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership focuses on in order to bring the valley 16,255 new jobs and more than $2.3 billion in new wages by 2016.

Clean Tech Summit provides divergent dialogue Clean Tech Summit provides divergent dialogue
February 6, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Clean-Tech Investor Summit in Indian Wells last month might provide the Coachella Valley’s green business community with both a glimpseof the region’spotential future as a renewable energy hubandasobering realitycheck on the long road ahead.

Seattle comes to the valley Seattle comes to the valley
February 6, 2011, The Desert Sun - Thomas Flavin’s memory of the fallout from the departure of one of California’s largest employers, Lockheed Corp., still stings. Joblessness. Emptied storefronts. Decimated morale. A downtrodden city that put most of its eggs in one basket had to regroup. What happened?

Teaching teachers of wind Teaching teachers of wind
February 6, 2011, The Desert Sun - About 30 Coachella Valley teachers spent their Saturday learning how to incorporate lessons on wind energy into their classrooms. Representatives from the KidWind Project presented the workshop, which taught educators the principles of wind energy, provided ways to include these lessons in the curriculum and gave them materials to build miniature, working windmills…..The event was put on by College of the Desert and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

Feed in Tariff Strategy Presented at CVEP Roundtable Feed in Tariff Strategy Presented at CVEP Roundtable
February 1, 2011, The Public Record - At the January CVEP Roundtable, in front of a capacity crowd, Jim Ferguson, attorney, former mayor and councilman of Palm Desert, explained his passion for roof top solar and a feed-in-tariff (FIT). A key proponent of the popular state AB 811 city program to help fund rooftop solar & energy efficient upgrades, Ferguson is poised to take on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and anyone else who wants to stand in the way of putting solar on rooftops.

Business Briefs - Business forum to be held at Shadow Hills Business Briefs - Business forum to be held at Shadow Hills
January 30, 2011, The Desert Sun - The third annual CVEP Small Business Resource Forum & Expo will be held February 24 and offer insight into financing businesses.

College-bound students get a push to apply for aid College-bound students get a push to apply for aid
January 29, 2011 The Desert Sun - It’s been said repeatedly that much of the Coachella Valley’s economic success depends on valley students graduating from high school and seeking higher education. So we’re enthusiastic about the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s “Battle of the High Schools.”

Contest asks students to apply for financial aid Contest asks students to apply for financial aid
January 29, 2011, The Desert Sun - A new competition among Coachella Valley high schools encourages students to apply for financial aid by offering them a chance to win cash for their class. The schools with the highest percentage of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will receive $3,000 for the senior class, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership announced this week.

Fafsa Battle of the Highschools Fafsa Battle of the Highschools
January 24, 2011 Coverage on KMIR, Channel 6 at 6pm and 11pm. Battle of the Highschools press conference

Fafsa Press Conference Fafsa Press Conference
February 24, 2011, Coverage on KVER, Univision - Notivalle at 6pm highlighting the FAFSA press conference

Monday Newsmaker - Working for an educated workforce Monday Newsmaker - Working for an educated workforce
January 24, 2011, The Desert Sun - Terry Green pushes for progress through Pathways to Success and Career Pathways Terry L. Green became director of workforce excellence at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership in 2008. He is responsible for Career Pathways Initiative and Pathways to Success, initiatives designed to link business and education.

Program Helps Students Afford College Program Helps Students Afford College
January 24, 2011, Coverage on KPSP Local 2 at 6pm from the FAFSA Battle of the Highschools press conference

Brown:  Cut Enterprise Zones Brown: Cut Enterprise Zones
January 23, 2011, The Desert Sun - Enterprise zones in California are on Gov. Jerry Brown’s endangered list as he looks to trim the state’s $28 billion deficit. Brown, in his first budget address, said the programcosts the state nearly a billion dollars a year in revenue and is a moving target that does not add to the general economy. That’s got Coachella Valley enterprise zone preservationists pushing back.

Partnership passes it forward for the kids Partnership passes it forward for the kids
January 23, 2011, The Desert Sun - In this weekly feature, The Desert Sun spotlights valley firms performing good deeds. Here the focus is on an organization recycling its computers to benefit youth in the Coachella Valley.The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) recently donated seven gently-used computers with flat-screen monitors to Coachella Valley students.

Granite cracks the nut that is solar power Granite cracks the nut that is solar power
January 21, 2011, The Desert Sun - Granite Construction Co. in Indio is raising the bar on solar power in the Coachella Valley with a cutting-edge installation that will power the company’s asphalt plantandprovide extra electricity to the Imperial Irrigation District.

Summit Examines Green Tech Summit Examines Green Tech
January 20, 2011, The Desert Sun - Coachella Valley economic and energy representatives hit the seventh annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit in Indian Wells on Wednesday intent on making connections and looking at ways to translate national trends in the market into new green business and jobs for the region.

Green Jobs Growing Green Jobs Growing
January 19, 2011, Coverage of the Green Tech Summit on KPSP Local 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Pressure on to expand, educate local workforce Pressure on to expand, educate local workforce
January 16, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Economists are seeing signals that the labor market across the country is strengthening.

Dean David Stewart, UCR announced as CVEP Board Member Dean David Stewart, UCR announced as CVEP Board Member
January 11, 2011 on KPSP Local 2 at 5pm - David Stewart, Dean UCR Business School announced as new CVEP Board Member

KPSP Local 2 - Students Job Shadow in Expanding Industries KPSP Local 2 - Students Job Shadow in Expanding Industries
January 11, 2011 on KPSP Local 2 - Students job shadowing in CVEP Blueprint goal areas.

Clean Tech Summit in Indian Wells Clean Tech Summit in Indian Wells
January 9, 2011, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will promote the region’s solar, wind and other renewable energy resources at a key gathering of cutting-edge green tech firms, venture capitalists and other energy industry leaders to be held Jan. 19-20 in Indian Wells.

Experts see streamlined economy emerging Experts see streamlined economy emerging
January 9, 2011, The Desert Sun - Reducing the Coachella Valley’s high jobless rates in 2011 requires looking beyond the long-delayed resurgence in the housing market to new sectors and strategies. For the region’s more than 21,000 unemployed workers, it also could mean accepting that even as the economy picks up, the jobs they lost may not return.

CVEP trade mission takes green Coachella Valley to Europe CVEP trade mission takes green Coachella Valley to Europe
January 4, 2011, The Public Record - Wesley Ahlgren, Chief Operating Officer recently returned from a whirlwind trade mission to Europe helping to promote and brand the Coachella Valley as the renewable energy and clean technology capital for the entire United States.

11 People to Watch in 2011 - Big Challenges ahead for these newsmakers 11 People to Watch in 2011 - Big Challenges ahead for these newsmakers
January 2, 2011, The Desert Sun - As we look ahead, a group of Desert Sun editors and reporters identified 11 people who are poised to write a new chapter for the Coachella Valley. Some of the names are familiar. Some are not. But each has the potential to headline the stories that will shape 2011.

Our Wish for 2011 Our Wish for 2011
January 2, 2011, The Desert Sun - After a month of columns from local leaders sharing what they are optimistic about in 2011, The Desert Sun turned to even more of them with an invitation to finish this sentence: “2011 will be successful if ...”

Retail Sales Increase - Business Survey Retail Sales Increase - Business Survey
Coverage on KMIR, Channel 6 - Tom Flavin speaking on increase of retail sales and the findings from the business survey

Surviving 2010 No Easy Task in the Valley Surviving 2010 No Easy Task in the Valley
December 20, 2010, The Desert Sun - CVEP’s survey shows cash flow, taxes among biggest hurdles for businesses, release of the 2010 Business Visitation Survey

CVEP announces the appointment of Thomas Flavin to the position of president & CEO CVEP announces the appointment of Thomas Flavin to the position of president & CEO
December 18, 2010, The Desert Sun, YOURBUSINESSYOUR NEWS - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership announced the appointment of Thomas Flavin to the position of president & CEO. Most recently, Flavin served as the president and CEO of Enterprise Seattle in Washington. Additionally, CVEP also appointed six new members to its board of directors, all from educational backgrounds.

Looking forward to a new year - Taking big steps to improve local business climate Looking forward to a new year - Taking big steps to improve local business climate
The Desert Sun - As we prepare for the holidays and pause to reflect on the past year, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) is eagerly looking ahead. During 2010, CVEP laid the groundwork for the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint—aforward-thinking and actionable roadmap for achieving future economic success in the valley—and will continue to implement and build upon the plan in 2011.

CVEP's Business Visitation Survey Results CVEP's Business Visitation Survey Results
December 17, 2010 on KPSP Local 2 - Tom Flavin interviewed on Business Survey Results

New CVEP CEO begins job this week New CVEP CEO begins job this week
December 15, 2011 Coverage on KPSP Local 2 - New CEO Tom Flavin begins this week at CVEP

Hit the Reset Button at UCR Palm Desert Hit the Reset Button at UCR Palm Desert
UC Riverside’s Palm Desert Graduate Center should be a vital part of the Coachella Valley’s educational community. It must be a catalyst for the development and diversification of our economy.

New CVEP chief ready to roll up his sleeves New CVEP chief ready to roll up his sleeves
The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has hired Thomas Flavin, a California native with strong ties to regional economic developmentorganizations, as its new president and chief executive.

Riverside County is key to California’s economic recovery Riverside County is key to California’s economic recovery

CVEP Facilitates Opening of Palm Desert Restaurant CVEP Facilitates Opening of Palm Desert Restaurant
December 2, 2010 The Desert Local News Weekly - With an assist from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), a 21-year-old local restaurant has completed an extensive remodeling under new proprietorship and has reintroduced itself to both the business community and the valley’s culinary scene.

Hard Times for UCR Campus Hard Times for UCR Campus
November 22, 2010 - The Desert Sun Hard times for UCR campus. Hit by budget cuts, layoffs, grad center fighting for future, university support

CVEP Youth Conference CVEP Youth Conference
November 20, 2011 Coverage on KPSP Local 2 at 6pm and 11pm - CVEP College and Career Conference

Valley's renewable energy industry to get European view CVEP director is state's only delegate to tr Valley's renewable energy industry to get European view CVEP director is state's only delegate to tr
November 19, 2010, The Desert Sun. CVEP Director is state's only delegate to show

CVEP Sees Layoffs at UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center as economic setback CVEP Sees Layoffs at UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center as economic setback
The Desert Sun, November 18, 2010 - Palm Desert campus cuts criticized by CVEP board members.

Economic Recovery a 'long, slow slog' Economic Recovery a 'long, slow slog'
November, 13, 2010, The Desert Sun, Economic Recovery a 'long, slow slog'. Investment strategist says this period in history will be filled with lots of risk-taking.

Solar Plant Recommended for Patton Training Plot Solar Plant Recommended for Patton Training Plot
November 13, 2010, The Desert Sun - Solar plant recommended for Patton training plot. If approved, project would use innovative technology.

Two named to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership board Two named to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership board
November 8, 2010, The Desert Sun - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership has appointed Kathi Jacobs and David Peat to its 33 member board of directors.

Major UCR Palm Desert budget cut will have valleywide repercussions. Major UCR Palm Desert budget cut will have valleywide repercussions.
November 5, 2010, The Desert Sun - With the election dominating media and public focus, the recent announcement by the University of California, Riverside, that it was lashing its Palm Desert campus budget by about 40 percent entailing the layoffs of six employees, including Executive Director Carolyn Stark, has gone relatively unnoticed.

Can solar volts jolt the area economy? Can solar volts jolt the area economy?
October 31, 2010 , The Desert Sun, - Blythe plant promises up to 1,000 construction jobs; unions, skills could hinder valley applicants.

Time Warner makes $45,000 in-kind donation to CVEP Time Warner makes $45,000 in-kind donation to CVEP
October 28, 2010, The Desert Sun - . Time Warner Cable has announced a $45,000 inkind donation to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, to be used for advertising to promote the valley to businesses in other parts of California and other states.

CVEP Summit Highlights CVEP Summit Highlights
October 26, 2020, The Public Record - “Climate for Success” featured a 2010 Economic Report by John Husing Ph.D., Keynote Speaker Todd Buchholz and an update on the status of the CVEP Blueprint.

Massive Area Solar Plant Gets OK Massive Area Solar Plant Gets OK
October 26, 2010, The Desert Sun - Massive Area Solar Plant Gets OK. Officials: Facility Planned new Blythe will help diversity economy, create jobs

Economic Report Card for the Coachella Valley & timing for economic recovery Economic Report Card for the Coachella Valley & timing for economic recovery
October 23, 2010, The Desert Sun - Economic Report Card for the Coachella Valley & timing for economic recovery

Coachella Valley on Road to Economic Recovery Coachella Valley on Road to Economic Recovery
October 22, 2010, Sacramento Bee - Summit Report Points to Housing, Tourism as Key Sectors.

KPSP Review of Economic Summit and Blueprint Progress KPSP Review of Economic Summit and Blueprint Progress
October 22, 2010, Coverage on KPSP Local 2 on the morning segment previewing CVEP's Economic Summit and Blueprint update.

Valley Economic Report Card Valley Economic Report Card
October 22, 2010, Coverage on KMIR Channel 6 at 5pm, several segments on CVEP Economic Summit

One on One with Keynote Speaker Todd Buchholz One on One with Keynote Speaker Todd Buchholz
October 19, 2010, The Public Record, - CVEP's Climate for Success Conference Focuses on Local Economy

Economic Partnership Powers Innovation, Re-energizes Region Economic Partnership Powers Innovation, Re-energizes Region
October 17, 2010, The Desert Sun - As tough as recent times have been for the country in general and the Coachella Valley in particular, our region is poised for resurgence. Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), through its Economic Blueprint, is actively implementing a strategic plan that includes high-value job creation and greater long-term sustainability.

Keynoter Takes Summit to New Level Keynoter Takes Summit to New Level
October 17, 2010, The Desert Sun - Todd Buchholz, to headline annual CVEP meeting. Todd Buchholz correctly predicted the 2001 economic slowdown. For an encore, he sounded an earlywarning bell on pitfalls facing the stock market before the Great Recession hit Wall Street

Summit a Chance for Valley to Assess, Realign Economic Health Summit a Chance for Valley to Assess, Realign Economic Health
October 17, 2010, The Desert Sun - On Friday, at this year’s Coachella Valley Economic Summit, our region again will have the unique opportunity to assess its economic health and realign with the objectives outlined by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Economic Blueprint.

Economic Development – Helping Entrepreneurs Grow Economic Development – Helping Entrepreneurs Grow
October 2010 , IE Business Magazine - In the quest to build strong business sectors, Inland Empire economic policymakers cast a wide net while focusing on their strengths.

The Desert Sun, September 5, 2010 The Desert Sun, September 5, 2010
Building Relationships Key to Building Valley Economy

San Francisco Chronicle, August 26 2010 San Francisco Chronicle, August 26 2010
California Offers Help for Startups and Business Relocations

The Desert Sun, August 6, 2010 The Desert Sun, August 6, 2010
Business Visitation Survey Ad

The Desert Sun, August 1, 2010 The Desert Sun, August 1, 2010
Blueprint Posted to Economic Website

The Desert Sun, July 30, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 30, 2010
COD Study Shows School's Overall Economic Impact

The Desert Sun, July 27, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 27, 2010
City Pledges $25,000 to the Economic Blueprint

The Desert Sun, July 24, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 24, 2010
Enterprise Zone Manager Settles In

The Desert Sun, July 22, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 22, 2010
Lawmakers Tout Valley's Business Opportunities

Legislative Luncheon Legislative Luncheon
July 21, 2010 - KESQ at 5:00 pm coverage of the Legislative luncheon featuring Assemblyman Brian Nestande and Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez.

The Desert Sun, June 27, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 27, 2010
EcoWater Systems Opens in the Valley

The Desert Sun, July 21, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 21, 2010
CVEP Hosts Legislative Luncheon

The Desert Sun, July 15, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 15, 2010
Renewable Energy

The Desert Sun, July 14, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 14, 2010
County Inks Tourism Deal with Croatia

The Desert Sun, July 15, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 15, 2010
Economic Recovery a Slow Process in the Valley

The Desert Sun, July 12, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 12, 2010
Palm Springs Tourism on Tap for Croatian Delegates

The Desert Sun, July 12, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 12, 2010
Politics Divides Family in Mayoral Election

The Desert Sun, July 11, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 11, 2010
Philanthropy

The Desert Sun, July 8, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 8, 2010
Council Dips into Reserves for Economic Blueprint

The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010
Budget Committee: Do It Now!

The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010
Coachella Valley Needs a Marshall Plan for Schools

The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010 The Desert Sun, July 1, 2010
Chinese, Japanese Officials Eye Going into Business with County

The Desert Sun, June 26, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 26, 2010
$1 Million Stimulus Plan Progress Report to Come

The Desert Sun, June 26, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 26, 2010
A Little Help on the Pathway to Success

The Desert Sun, June 25, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 25, 2010
Budget for Lean Times Adopted

The Desert Sun, June 24, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 24, 2010
City Council Votes Today on Leaner Budget

The Desert Sun, June 24, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 24, 2010
Services May Be Reduced, Says City

The Desert Sun, June 23, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 23, 2010
Foreign Business Presence in County Topic of New Study

The Desert Sun, June 20, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 20, 2010
Group Gives $1.5 Million to Aid College-Bound

The Desert Sun, June 20, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 20, 2010
Medical School is Critical

The Desert Sun, June 19, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 19, 2010
Pathways to Success Gives $1.5 Million in Scholarships

The Desert Sun, June 17, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 17, 2010
Economic Agency Unveils Upgrades to Website, Board

The Desert Sun, June 17, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 17, 2010
City to Cut Development Impact Fees

The Desert Sun, June 14, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 14, 2010
Fred Bell Speaks on CV Blueprint

The Desert Sun, June 2, 2010 The Desert Sun, June 2, 2010
Long Beach Firm to Lead CVEP Hunt

The Desert Sun, April 11, 2010 The Desert Sun, April 11, 2010
Four Letter Word Unites Valley Cities

The Desert Sun, March 16, 2010 The Desert Sun, March 16, 2010
Foundation Awards CVEP $10,000 Grant

The Desert Sun, March 13, 2010 The Desert Sun, March 13, 2010
Changing Dynamic

The Desert Sun, March 12, 2010 The Desert Sun, March 12, 2010
Palm Springs Invests in Our Economic Diversity

PRESS RELEASES

CVEP Appoints Thomas Flavin New President and CEO CVEP Appoints Thomas Flavin New President and CEO
Following an exhaustive and careful six-month search, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) has announced the appointment of Thomas Flavin to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently the President and CEO of enterpriseSeattle in Washington State, where he directed a business development program to strengthen industry cluster opportunities in clean technology, interactive media and life sciences for the Puget Sound region, Flavin began his new CVEP role on D

November 29, 2010 CVEP Facilitates Opening of Palm Desert Restaurant November 29, 2010 CVEP Facilitates Opening of Palm Desert Restaurant
All-New Cucina Pasta Highlights Organization’s Business-Nurturing Efforts

November 23, 2010 CVEP Board Expands to Include More Educators November 23, 2010 CVEP Board Expands to Include More Educators
The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) Board Expands to Include More Educators. CVEP recently appointed six new members to its Board of Directors, all from educational backgrounds.

October 28, 2010 October 28, 2010
Time Warner Cable Presents $45,000 In-Kind Donation to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

November 11, 2010 November 11, 2010
CVEP Appoints Executives Kathi Jacobs and David Peat to Board of Directors

November 5, 2010 November 5, 2010
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Donates Computers to Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Pathways to Success Students

October 22, 2010 October 22, 2010
Coachella Valley on Road to Economic Recovery

Former White House Director Confirmed as Keynote Speaker at CVEP's Annual Economic Summit Former White House Director Confirmed as Keynote Speaker at CVEP's Annual Economic Summit
September 24, 2010 - Former White House Director of Economic Policy & Best Selling Author Todd Buchholz Confirmed Keynote Speaker for Coachella Valley Fall 2010 Economic Summit Recently named one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century,” Todd Buchholz will be the keynote speaker at the Coachella Valley Fall 2010 Economic Summit, “Climate for Success.”

CVEP Appoints new Chairman CVEP Appoints new Chairman
September 23 2010 - Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Board of Directors Appoints Clifford Daniels Chairman of Executive Committee

CVEP Renewable Energy Roundtable Announces Annual Sponsorship from Noble Renewables, LLS CVEP Renewable Energy Roundtable Announces Annual Sponsorship from Noble Renewables, LLS
September 23, 2010 - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) is pleased to announce Noble Renewables, LLC, has signed on as a sponsor for CVEP’s monthly Renewable Energy Roundtable forums for the coming year.

August 20, 2010 August 20, 2010
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Recieves $28,000 Grant from Anderson Children's Foundation

August 19, 2010 August 19, 2010
Southern California Edison Contributes $50,000 to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

July 30, 2010 July 30, 2010
CVEP Blueprint Added to the Governor's Office of Economic Development Website

May 13, 2010 May 13, 2010
Business and Education Leaders Gather to Share Insight on How to Prepare Students for Top Jobs in the Future Economy

May 4, 2010 May 4, 2010
CVEP’s Career Pathways Initiative to be Honored at CSUSB and UC Riverside Event May 7th

April 14, 2010 April 14, 2010
CVEP Received a $50,000 Contribution from KPSP to Assist in Area Economic Expansion

March 15, 2010 March 15, 2010
Kiner Communications Wins Several Awards for CVEP

March 8, 2010 March 8, 2010
CVEP Advances Economic Blueprint Process with Key Hire

March 1, 2010 March 1, 2010
Kiner Communications and CV Strategies Awarded CVEP Marketing Contract

March 1, 2010 March 1, 2010
Coachella Valley Student Seeking Financial Aid Can Apply for Scholarships from Pathways to Success

January 26, 2010 January 26, 2010
Small Business Resource Forum and Expo set for Wednesday, February 3rd