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  • 16Mar 2016
    Innovation

    SUN HEATING TEC TO CREATE ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY DIVISION AT PALM SPRINGS IHUB

    Sun Heating Tec Inc., a Chinese renewable energy company that pioneered solar hot water collectors, has joined the Palm Springs iHub and will relocate a robotic assembly line to the Coachella Valley, the company founder, Jeff Cheng, announced today at the board meeting of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which manages the Palm Springs iHub.

    Sun Heating Tec Inc. (SHT), a Chinese renewable energy company that pioneered solar hot water collectors, has joined the Palm Springs iHub and will relocate a robotic assembly line to the Coachella Valley, the company founder, Jeff Cheng, announced today at the board meeting of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which manages the Palm Springs iHub. Mr. Cheng learned about the Palm Springs iHub when SHT began supplying tube assemblies for solar thermal systems to SunUp Energy, another company in the iHub incubator program. SHT has taken office space in the iHub and will occupy 5,000 square feet in the Accelerator Campus, where it will create at least 15 medium- to high-skilled jobs within two years. These employees will be involved in robot maintenance and programming, assembly, sales, and fulfillment. “Sun Heating Tec is an excellent fit for the Palm Springs iHub and Accelerator Campus,” says Joe Wallace, CVEP interim CEO and chief innovation officer. “Their products are already being used by an iHub company that knows the markets they want to enter. The iHub program will help Sun Heating Tec with risk mitigation, offering start-up space with standard office equipment, access to a Foreign Trade Zone for exports, and a low-risk pilot production location. We’ll also help them establish credit and assimilate into the U.S.-style business culture.” “Sun Heating Tec will spare no effort in providing the best clean energy products to installers, contractors, project developers, dealers, and distributors worldwide so as to help households and businesses reduce their energy bills and protect the environment,” Cheng said in a prepared statement. “The Palm Springs iHub enables us to enter the U.S. market with a low level of risk and a high level of support.” Visit www.sunheatingtec.com for more information.

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    22Feb 2016
    College and Career Success

    ACADEMIES PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER; BUSINESS PARTNERS NEEDED

    Career academies in the Coachella Valley are boosting graduation rates and providing students with real-world experiences that will give them an edge in college and the workforce.

    Career academies in the Coachella Valley are boosting graduation rates and providing students with real-world experiences that will give them an edge in college and the workforce. CVEP’s Business Engagement Committee connects businesses and educators in all three of the valley’s public school districts in an effort to grow a skilled workforce. In the past 10 years, the local school districts have opened 17 academies, The Desert Sun reported in a front-page Sunday feature, “A New Spin on Career Training.” “The promise of academies is lofty: Higher graduation rates, higher A-G completion rates (the courses required to apply to a University of California or California State University) and higher success rates for students in the long run,” the story said, adding that more than 800 students graduated last year from 24 local high school academies, which focus on industries that need educated employees, including health, hospitality, arts and entertainment, agriculture, and engineering. READ THE STORY and e-mail Kim McNulty at CVEP to learn how your business can get involved.

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    16Feb 2016
    Business Development

    SCORE TO HONOR OLIPHANT, REVEAL PUBLIC INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT BUSINESS

    Coachella Valley SCORE, a nonprofit organization of retired executives who mentor small business owners, presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard R. Oliphant at a breakfast on February 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Coachella Valley SCORE, a nonprofit organization of retired executives who mentor small business owners, presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard R. Oliphant at a breakfast on February 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, state Sen. Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, and Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit will also discuss their 2016 objectives for to help businesses create jobs and support local businesses. Tickets are $90, and tables of 10 are $750 ($60 is tax-deductible). Registration/breakfast begins at 8 a.m., and the program at 9 a.m. CLICK TO REGISTER

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    16Feb 2016
    College & Career Success

    CVEP HONORED FOR PROMOTING LOCAL HEALTH CAREERS

    Health Career Connection, the Oakland-based organization that facilitates internships for college students pursuing healthcare careers, has named Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence, as a Regional Excellence Champion.

    Health Career Connection, the Oakland-based organization that facilitates internships for college students pursuing healthcare careers, has named Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence, as a Regional Excellence Champion. She received the award with U.S. Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz, who helped CVEP partner with the UCR School of Medicine's Future Physician Leaders program. "Healthcare represents 12 percent of the Coachella Valley workforce and offers high-paying jobs," Thornton says. "The partnership with HCC allows us to spot great local talent and place them in full-time, paid summer internships in health settings throughout the region. It is the smartest thing we can do to connect promising future health professionals and leaders to healthcare employers who are most invested in a high-quality workforce." To date, 92 Coachella Valley college students have interned with 39 healthcare businesses that have provided 108 summer jobs and invested $325,000 in wages for the students. CVEP encourages local employers to join the HCC initiative by providing a 2016 summer internship to one of 30 talented college students. For information, call 760-340-1575.

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    15Feb 2016
    College & Career Success

    HELP BOOST THE COACHELLA VALLEY COLLEGE-GOING RATE

    Toscana Country Club hosts the CVEP 2016 FAFSA Campaign Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to increase opportunities for local high school graduating seniors to pursue a higher education.

    Toscana Country Club hosts the CVEP 2016 FAFSA Campaign Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to increase opportunities for local high school graduating seniors to pursue a higher education. Proceeds benefit CVEP's Battle of the High Schools, which raises awareness about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as well as other regional college-access programs. This year, CVEP and its partners will award more than $1.4 million in college scholarships to more than 300 students with financial need. The event at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. General tickets, $100; counselor/teacher tickets, $50. CLICK TO RSVP

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    29Jan 2016
    Business Development

    GELSON'S MARKET JOINS CVEP AS INVESTOR, OPENS RANCHO MIRAGE STORE

    More than 500 foodies, business leaders, and city officials converged Thursday as new CVEP investor Gelson’s market opened its first Coachella Valley store in Rancho Mirage.

    More than 500 foodies, business leaders, and city officials converged Thursday as new CVEP investor Gelson’s market opened its first Coachella Valley store in Rancho Mirage. “Gelson’s will be heavily involved in the community during the coming year,” says Jeff Stein, Gelson’s director of cultural and promotional affairs. “Personal service is a part of our culture, and being a good corporate citizen is part of that.” Long revered by chefs and foodies in Los Angeles and Orange County, Gelson’s had been looking for a great desert location for almost 15 years, according to President and CEO Rob McDougall. A Gelson’s market representative will join the CVEP Board of Directors in 2017. “CVEP is pleased to have Gelson’s as a new investor and is looking forward to them joining our Board of Directors,” says CVEP interim CEO Joe Wallace. “CVEP has just started working with retail enterprises and having a flagship retailer choose to join us is a perfect validation for the good job that our Small Business Development Center is doing. We anticipate that our relationship with Gelson’s will lead to engagement between CVEP and other businesses in the retail and hospitality space.” Last fall, Gelson’s hosted job fairs and hired about 100 employees. Visit www.gelsons.com

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  • 19Jan 2016
    Business Development

    TRAINING AVAILABLE TO WOMEN STARTING, EXPANDING A BUSINESS

    The Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center is accepting applications for It’s Your Time: An Entrepreneurial Training Series for Women.

    The Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center is accepting applications for It’s Your Time: An Entrepreneurial Training Series for Women. Download and submit the application by 5 p.m. February 5. This intense business start-up/expansion program, sponsored through a grant from Citi Bank, includes 12 workshops. Participants will work individually with a business counselor for at least two hours, and learn the fundamentals of writing a formal business plan. For more information, call Kim Scanlan at 760-345-9200 or visit the website.

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    19Jan 2016
    Business Development

    HOW TO GET NOTICED ON GOOGLE

    Business owners (large or small) can to learn how to get found on Google between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at one of four locations (Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs).

    Business owners (large or small) can to learn how to get found on Google between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, at one of four locations (Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs). Drop in anytime, as presentations will run every half hour. Experts will also be available to give technical assistance. The free program is presented by the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, Coachella Valley SCORE, Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center, Desert Lightning, and Riverside County Workforce. CLICK TO REGISTER

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    08Jan 2016
    Business Development

    PALM SPRINGS LIFE SEEKS NOMINEES FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

    Each year, Palm Springs Life magazine honors outstanding women who live and work in the Coachella Valley — women who excel professionally and as leaders and role models – for its annual Women in Business Awards.

    Each year, Palm Springs Life magazine honors outstanding women who live and work in the Coachella Valley — women who excel professionally and as leaders and role models – for its annual Women in Business Awards. The magazine is accepting nominations through February 15 in three categories: Corporate Leader, Entrepreneur/Startup, and Leader in the Community.A panel of judges will select winners by February 19, and the winners will be highlighted in a special feature in Palm Springs Life’s May 2016 issue and honored at an awards luncheon in May. For more information or to nominate someone, visit www.palmspringslife.com/women.

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    07Jan 2016
    College & Career Readiness

    STUDENT LEADERS SOUGHT FOR INTERNSHIPS AND SUMMIT IN D.C.

    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Student Leaders program.

    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Student Leaders program. The program seeks high school juniors and seniors with a passion for improving their communities to participate in an eight-week paid summer internship with a nonprofit organization and a week-long, all-expense-paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 10 to 15, 2016. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change. Students can apply by Jan. 29 at www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.

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    07Jan 2016
    Business Development

    HOW WILL YOU MANAGE STRESS THIS SEASON?

    Start by attending a free workshop, Stress Management for the Busy Professional, from 8 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the UCR Palm Desert Campus.

    Start by attending a free workshop, "Stress Management for the Busy Professional," from 8 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the UCR Palm Desert Campus. In a moderated conversation followed by questions and answers, our guest expert will help you prepare your mind and body for the tough season ahead. Light refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market. The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center produces the workshop as part of its monthly Fireside Chat series. CLICK TO RSVP.

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    06Jan 2016
    College & Career Readiness

    TOSCANA TO HOST FAFSA CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF RECEPTION

    Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells will host the CVEP 2016 FAFSA Campaign Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to increase opportunities for local high school graduating seniors to pursue a higher education.

    Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells will host the CVEP 2016 FAFSA Campaign Kick-off Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to increase opportunities for local high school graduating seniors to pursue a higher education. Proceeds benefit CVEP’s Battle of the High Schools, which raises awareness about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as well as other regional college-access programs. Almost all colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine students’ eligibility for financial aid programs. This year, CVEP and its partners will award more than $1.4 million in college scholarships to more than 300 students with financial need. Additionally, CVEP offers academic and professional development opportunities, and assists families with the navigation of the college-going process. The Feb. 17 cocktail party takes place at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. General tickets are $100. Counselor and teacher tickets are $50. CLICK TO RSVP by Monday, Feb. 15.

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  • 08Dec 2015
    Business Development

    PRAISE FOR ENTREPRENEUR'S NOSE FOR INNOVATION

    Dr. Coby Webb pitched her Find'em Scent Kit to a panel of four judges at the InnovateHER 2016 Fast Pitch on November 30 and earned an opportunity to compete in March in Washington, D.C., for one of three top cash prizes totaling $70,000.

    Dr. Coby Webb pitched her Find'em Scent Kit to a panel of four judges at the InnovateHER 2016 Fast Pitch on November 30 and earned an opportunity to compete in March in Washington, D.C., for one of three top cash prizes totaling $70,000. Desert Lightning, an entrepreneur campus in Desert Hot Springs, hosted the fast pitch event. Webb, a veteran law enforcement officer whose company recently joined the Palm Springs iHub, says the Find'em Scent Kit allows users to collect and store person's scent that a search-and-rescue dog can use to track that individual if he or she ever becomes missing or lost. It's ideal for children or elderly people who may wander. The kits include gloves, sterile gauze pads, evidence-quality bags, and a safe for secure at-home storage.

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    23Nov 2015
    Business Development

    SHOP AMAZONSMILE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BIZ DEV AND ATTRACTION

    Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price can now support CVEP business development and attraction programs in the Coachella Valley.

    Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price can now support CVEP business development and attraction programs in the Coachella Valley. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0642485.

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    18Nov 2015
    Business Development

    WELLS FARGO AWARDS $125K FOR INCUBATION, SMALL BIZ PROGRAMS

    Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded CVEP a $100,000 grant to support local initiatives in clean technology and innovation and $25,000 for small business development programs in towns with a population of fewer than 35,000 residents.

    Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded CVEP a $100,000 grant to support initiatives in local clean technology and innovation and $25,000 for small business development programs in towns with a population of fewer than 35,000 residents. The $100K grant -- part of Innovation Incubator (IN2), a national program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory -- will support incubation of clean and renewable technology at the Palm Springs iHub and Accelerator Campus. "The support provided by Wells Fargo's Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program is symbolic of the effectiveness of our programs and confirms that our regional economic development efforts are headed in the right direction," says CVEP interim president and CEO Joe Wallace. "CVEP is fortunate to have a partner in Wells Fargo to help strengthen our efforts in the Coachella Valley." The $25,000 grant from the Wells Fargo RISE (Rural Investment for Sustainable Economies) program will help the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, also operated by CVEP, deliver free workshops and consulting in small communities such as Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, where the CVSBDC periodically presents Boots-2-Business workshops for service members transitioning to civilian life. The goal of the RISE grant is to promote job creation by providing business technical assistance, access to capital, and program training for business expansion.

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    16Nov 2015
    Business Development

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 2015 COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC REPORT

    The 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Report is available for free download.

    The 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Report is available for free download. The report -- authored by Dr. Mark Schniepp of the California Economic Forecast and Michael McDonald of Market Watch LLC -- provides the latest metrics for the region's demographics, employment, retail sales, tourism, residential housing, education, energy, crime, and more, and also forecasts economic trends and performance for the next several years. Additionally, the report includes ROI data for the CVEP programs including the Palm Springs iHub, Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Excellence. This is the complete report, providing all the detail for the executive summary that was distributed at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit in October.

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    16Nov 2015
    Workforce Excellence

    VIDEOS PROMOTE HEALTH CAREER PATHWAYS AND BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT

    CVEP, with the support of Kaiser Permanente, has produced videos in English and Spanish to promote health career pathways among high school students and to encourage professionals to help prepare students for the Coachella Valley workforce.

    CVEP, with the support of Kaiser Permanente, has produced two videos, in English and Spanish, promoting health career pathways among high school students in the Coachella Valley. The videos encourage healthcare professionals to participate in preparing the students for careers in the industry, while also raising awareness among parents and students about health career academies, job shadows, internships, and scholarships available through their high school. The videos feature healthcare professionals, including Carlolyn Caldwell, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center, who ends with a call to action: "Desert Regional would like to challenge other businesses in the Coachella Valley to take part in training the next generation of generation of workers." Click to watch in English or Spanish. To get involved, call 760-340-1575 or e-mail blueprint@cvep.com.

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    15Oct 2015
    Workforce Excellence

    CVEP INFLUENCES BILL SIMPLIFYING ACCESS TO COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID

    CVEP, working with state Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (District 56), was a major influence on State Assembly Bill 1091, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Oct. 8 to streamline students' access to college financial aid through the Cal Grant Program.

    CVEP Workforce Excellence, working with state Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (District 56), was a major influence on State Assembly Bill 1091, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Oct. 8 to streamline students' access to college financial aid through the Cal Grant Program. "After listening to our students and educators in the district regarding the struggles they were having in accessing financial aid funds, something needed to be done," Garcia says. "AB 1091 will help eliminate administrative barriers for students and enhance access to the financial aid students need to attend college." AB1091 allows school districts to directly upload graduation verification using a template created by the California Student Aid Commission. This means college-bound students no longer need to complete this step after they graduate from high school. Ernie Rios, CVEP’s executive director of scholarships, says, "CVEP was involved with Assemblymember Garcia's staff in crafting the language for AB1091 and answering any questions as the bill made its way through the legislative process." Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence, adds, "Accessing financial aid is critical to a student's ability to enroll in and pay for college. This legislation removes obstacles to students receiving financial aid that is available to them but often not received. The legislation will have a direct effect on our region's commitment to assuring all students can succeed in college, career, and life."

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  • 09Oct 2015
    Coachella Valley Economic Summit

    SUMMIT OFFERS FRESH OUTLOOK ON LOCAL ECONOMY

    An economist, a demographics expert, and a panel of top business and education leaders will reveal and discuss key indicators affecting growth and opportunity at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

    An economist, a demographics expert, and a panel of top business and education leaders will reveal and discuss key indicators affecting growth and opportunity at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by CVEP and presented by Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, the 11th annual summit will explore viable approaches for the region’s economic vitality. The event’s headliner will be Dr. Mark Schniepp, president and director of the Santa Barbara-based California Economic Forecast and the lead author of the 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Report. “There are many changes occurring in the social and economic landscape of California and its regions,” Schniepp says. “We will address some of the principal reasons for these changes, in addition to providing the 2016 outlook for the Coachella Valley.” Michael McDonald, president of Demographics and Affordability Watch and a principal in the real estate consulting firm Market Watch LLC, co-authored the report and will follow Schniepp by diving into the changing local demographics and suggesting what the trends mean for business attraction and expansion in the Coachella Valley. McDonald suggests demographic information pinpoints specific opportunities for growth and employment in the region. These also signal needs in secondary and post-secondary education. The program also includes a panel discussion moderated by Greg Burton, editor of The Desert Sun, and featuring local business, tourism, and education leaders. The panelists are Tom Freeman (Chandi Group USA), Dr. Kristin Schmidt (Desert Regional Medical Center), Dr. Joel Kinnamon (College of the Desert), Jeff Miraglia (Greater Palm Springs CVB), Vincent Battaglia (Renova Solar), and Chris Pardo (Elemental Architecture). Organizers expect more than 800 attendees at the summit, which has become the region’s most important business gathering of year for the content of its program and for the opportunity to network with so many influential members of the community. The Coachella Valley Economic Summit begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Individual tickets are $95. Tables of 10 are available for $850. Register at cvepsummit.com or call 760-340-1575. 

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    04Aug 2015
    Coachella Valley Economic Summit

    REGISTER FOR THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT

    Registration is open for the 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at Palm Springs Convention Center.

    Registration is open for the 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at Palm Springs Convention Center. The breakfast event features Mark Schniepp of the California Economic Forecast and Michael McDonald of Market Watch LLC, as well as a panel discussion on innovation and opportunity and ample networking time. Tickets are $95/individual or $850/table of 10. CLICK TO REGISTER

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    20July 2015
    Economic Summit

    CVEP ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS, SEEKS SPONSORS FOR ECONOMIC SUMMIT

    Economist Mark Schniepp and demographics expert Michael J. McDonald will present the 2015 economic report and forecast at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

    Economist Mark Schniepp and demographics expert Michael J. McDonald will present the 2015 economic report and forecast at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, CVEP announced today. Schniepp is president/director of the California Economic Forecast, which prepares economic analyses and orecasts for Cal Trans, The Irvine Company, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, California Association of Realtors, and Southern California Association of Governments. He also develops real estate and economic forecasts in Ventura County, Santa Clarita Valley, and Santa Barbara County. McDonald is president of Demographics and Affordability Watch and a principal in the real estate consulting firm Market Watch LLC. Demographics and Affordability Watch uses the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey data to analyze the effects of changing demographics on the local economy and housing markets. The Coachella Valley Economic Summit will focus on opportunities for growth and prosperity and feature an engaging panel on innovation. BECOME A SPONSOR: Contact Steven Biller at 760-340-1575 or e-mail steven@cvep.com

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    18May 2015
    Media

    THRIVE! COACHELLA VALLEY WINS INMA AWARD FOR SALES AND MARKETING EXCELLENCE

    Thrive! Coachella Valley, the magazine featuring success stories from CVEP’s business and workforce development programs, won first place in the Best New Print Product category of the 2015 International News Media Association (INMA) Awards.

    Thrive! Coachella Valley, the magazine featuring success stories from CVEP’s business and workforce development programs, won first place in the Best New Print Product category of the 2015 International News Media Association (INMA) Awards. Published and distributed by Desert Sun Media Group, Thrive! raised awareness of CVEP’s Workforce/Jobs Model by telling the stories of students and entrepreneurs who tap into the programs of the Coachella Valley iHub, Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Excellence and succeed. The awards was presented at the 85th Annual INMA World Congress in New York. The competition drew 578 entries from 190 market-leading companies in 38 countries. An international jury of 33 executives from 15 countries selected the winners. INMA is a global community of news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multimedia environment. The Best New Print Product award for Thrive! was given in a category representing regional news brands with a print circulation under 300,000 print or an online audience of under 3 million unique visitors per month.

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    16May 2015
    Innovation

    iHUB FIRM INTEGRAL TO NEW ENERGY SYSTEM AT YELLOWSTONE

    Indy Power Systems (IPS), a start-up energy management company in the Coachella Valley iHub, has introduced its Energy Router™ Microgrid Management System (MMS) to store and manage energy at Yellowstone National Park.

    Indy Power Systems (IPS), a start-up energy management company in the Coachella Valley iHub, has introduced its Energy Router™ Microgrid Management System (MMS) to store and manage energy at Yellowstone National Park. It is part of the Lamar Buffalo Ranch energy system unveiled last week that is the fruit of a partnership between IPS, Toyota, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Solar panels generate the renewable electricity stored within the 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs recovered from Toyota dealers across the United States. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907. “It gives us great satisfaction to able able to help the Yellowstone National Park become energy independent and operate on renewable energy to become sustainable as a source that has no grid,“ IPS President and CEO Steve Tolen says in a Toyota video announcing the development. The IPS Multi-Flex™ bidirectional inverter, with built-in DC-DC converters, collects power from different sources — including solar, aero and hydro turbines, and the main power grid — and stores the energy in battery packs before converting it into the requisite voltage for different power needs. The intelligent Energy Router™ manages any number of sources and/or loads, and the system scales to any size from residential properties to small businesses to national parks. “Ours is the first company to use used batteries in a commercial sense, the first to blend the different power sources and battery chemistries,” Tolen says. “Our system enables individual building owners and homeowners to optimize their energy by blending all of their different power sources and stabilizing their power needs at peak times on the grid.” IPS plans to manufacture energy management containers at the Coachella Valley iHub’s Palm Springs Accelerator Campus.

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    05May 2015
    Business Development

    WHAT IS YOUR SUMMER STRATEGY? (SBDC CAN HELP!)

    Wake up with the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center on May 13 for a free workshop about thriving in a highly seasonal, tourist-driven economy.

    Wake up with the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center on May 13 for a free workshop about thriving in a highly seasonal, tourist-driven economy. Join restaurateur Jack Srebnik (The Slice, Maracas, JT’s Diner, BB’s at The River) and Rebecca Brown, marketing manager at The Living Desert, to hear their best advice and ask them questions about what has worked for them. The program runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Campus. Light refreshments will be served. REGISTER HER FOR FREE: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaxre8egf6259656&oseq=&c=&ch=

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  • 05May 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    COD TO HOST WORKFORCE TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY

    College of the Desert invites you to a town hall meeting on Friday, May 8, on how the community college system can more effectively meet regional workforce needs.

    College of the Desert invites you to a town hall meeting on Friday, May 8, on how the community college system can more effectively meet regional workforce needs. The community college system plays a vital role in preparing individuals for jobs and strengthening our economy. But students need more to be prepared to meet the demand of growing industry sectors. The Board of Governors has commissioned a task force to develop a set of ideas about how the system can play a stronger role in closing the skills gap and meeting the needs of employers. We welcome your participation at Friday’s event from 8 to 11 a.m. RSVP here: http://www.collegeofthedesert.edu/community/pro/Pages/RSVP.aspx

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    05May 2015
    Quality of Life

    PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT AT MAY 13 SALTON SEA WORKSHOP

    IID and the Salton Sea Authority will present a workshop on Thursday, May 14, detailing the Salton Sea Restoration & Renewable Energy Initiative and the Salton Sea Funding and Feasibility Action Plan.

    IID and the Salton Sea Authority will present a workshop on Thursday, May 14, detailing the Salton Sea Restoration & Renewable Energy Initiative and the Salton Sea Funding and Feasibility Action Plan. The workshop, set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Water District (75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert), will explore environmental, governance, and funding challenges surrounding the mitigation and restoration of the Salton Sea. Public input is an important part of this effort. Light refreshments will be served. Information: www.iid.com/saltonsea

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    28April 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    LOCAL STUDENTS TO EXPLORE HEALTHCARE CAREERS AT CVEP SHOWCASE

    Approximately 200 high school sophomores from the Coachella Valley's three school districts will explore healthcare careers on May 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Emerging Health Professionals Career Showcase at UCR Palm Desert Campus.

    Approximately 200 high school sophomores from the Coachella Valley's three school districts will explore healthcare careers on May 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Emerging Health Professionals Career Showcase at UCR Palm Desert Campus. Professionals in the fields of physical therapy, pharmacy, dental, nursing, and nutrition, as well as physicians, will lead workshops for students. The event raises awareness of health occupations, stimulates interest in health career academies, engages businesses to provide work-based learning, and links higher-education partners to health workforce planning. "This is one example of how our community prepares the future workforce," says Sheila Thornton, vice president of CVEP's Workforce Excellence. "It is produced by students and supported by the great healthcare leaders from throughout the region." Emerging Health Professionals students participate in CVEP Healthcare Industry Council discussions regarding advocacy, public policy, and youth summits across the Coachella Valley. Information: 760-340-1575.

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    24April 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    CVEP HOSTS COLLEGE DECISION NIGHT 2015

    Students and their parents learned about their financial aid packages at the CVEP College Decision Night on April 23 at UCR Palm Desert Campus.

    Students and their parents learned about their financial aid packages at the CVEP College Decision Night on April 23 at UCR Palm Desert Campus. Representatives from the California Student Aid Commission, College of the Desert, UC Riverside, CSUSB Palm Desert, Brandman University, and University of Redlands were at the event to consult with local high school seniors and college students.

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    23April 2015
    Innovation

    EV ENTERPRISES ROLLS OUT A NEW RIDE

    Guests on windmill tours will ride in a new, lithium battery-operated golf cart produced by EV Enterprises, a renewable energy company in the Coachella Valley iHub.

    Guests on windmill tours will ride in a new, lithium battery-operated golf cart produced by EV Enterprises, a renewable energy company in the Coachella Valley iHub. Commissioned by Fred Noble of Wintec Energy, the six-passenger off-road golf cart packs much more power than a standard model. Its list of unusual features a 72-volt 200 amp/hour lithium battery, a patented battery management system 72-volt three-phase AC motor, regenerative braking to replace battery energy when going downhill or stopping, and an onboard charger. Bill Schlanger of EV Enterprises says the vehicle’s speed tops out at 35 miles per hour, and it can travel 50 miles on a single charge.

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    23April 2015
    Coachella Valley iHub

    INNOVATORS PITCH THE ANGELS, PREPARE FOR FUNDING PHASE

    In a Shark Tank-like event on April 22 at UCR Palm Desert Campus, four local entrepreneurs -- Marlene Bradley, Gideon Cohn, John Manning, and Brad Tinkham -- had the opportunity to “Pitch the Angels” and glean expert advice on the funding phase of their startups.

    In a Shark Tank-like event on April 22 at UCR Palm Desert Campus, four local entrepreneurs -- Marlene Bradley, Gideon Cohn, John Manning, and Brad Tinkham -- had the opportunity to “Pitch the Angels” and glean expert advice on the funding phase of their startups. Their ideas included a water-saving drip irrigation system, a restroom aid for disabled people, a fashionable sock wrap, and an innovative window technology. Produced by CVEP with the Tech Coast Angels and Coachella Valley iHub and Small Business Development Center, the program was modeled on the popular TV series, but participants solicited no actual funding. Rather, the “sharks” -- investment banker and ShareKitchen co-founder Haddon Libby, Tech Coast Angels chairman emeritus Mike Napoli, and business consultant Ted Daniels -- helped the entrepreneurs sharpen their narratives, numbers, and presentations.

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  • 02April 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    THORNTON: 4-YEAR DEGREES ESSENTIAL TO VALLEY ECONOMY

    The CSUSB Palm Desert campus represents a transformational opportunity for local students to finish a four-year degree without having to move or commute outside the Coachella Valley, says Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence.

    The CSUSB Palm Desert campus represents a transformational opportunity for local students to finish a four-year degree without having to move or commute outside the Coachella Valley, says Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence. Appearing on Community Conversations with CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales and Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, dean of the Palm Desert Campus, Thornton asserted that there’s a direct correlation between earning degree and a good income. “Folks have been waiting for this for a long time,” she says, adding that students previously had to drive more than 70 miles to the main campus -- an obstacle too great for a large number of students, especially in the low-income east valley communities. Low college completion rates reflect the problem. With a local four-year campus, students can graduate with low or no debt. “There’s a real appetite for [the campus] from businesses, students, and parents. Having this local campus is essential to our future.” WATCH THE VIDEO

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    10Mar 2015
    Business Development

    LOCAL INNOVATORS INVITED TO PITCH THE ANGELS

    CVEP invites local innovators to “Pitch the Angels” at a "Shark Tank"-like event on April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the UCR Palm Desert campus.

    CVEP invites local innovators to “Pitch the Angels” at a "Shark Tank"-like event on April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the UCR Palm Desert campus. The event is modeled on the ABC TV series, but participants will not actually solicit funding. The objectives are to mine the best ideas, help entrepreneurs refine their concepts, and prepare them for the funding phase of their startup. To apply to pitch your business or product idea, click on this link to complete and submit the form by April .

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    10Mar 2015
    Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference

    REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CV FORECAST CONFERENCE

    Registration is open for the fourth annual Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference on April 9, from 7 to 10:30 a.m., at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.

    Registration is open for the fourth annual Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference on April 9, from 7 to 10:30 a.m., at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. The event, hosted by Claremont McKenna College and the UCLA Anderson Forecast in conjunction with CVEP, serves up in-depth information and insight into the national, state, Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley economies, in various industries, and includes a lively panel discussion. Admission: $115 per person. Register here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jcdwt9cab&oeidk=a07ealu7qpgb1868011

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    03Mar 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED TO ARTS STUDENTS

    The Palm Springs Art Museum provides scholarships through the Georgia Fogelson Scholarship Fund and the Museum Associates Council.

    The Palm Springs Art Museum provides scholarships through the Georgia Fogelson Scholarship Fund and the Museum Associates Council to a graduating senior from any public or private high school in the Coachella Valley who will pursue the visual and/or performing arts in college. Scholarship winners will be linked to a variety of support systems designed to students succeed in college. Scholarships are available in one- or two-year increments, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Visit http://psam.cvscholars.com/

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    03Mar 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

    CVEP has extended the application deadline for the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program until Wednesday, March 11, at 11:59 p.m. Review eligibility requirements and access the application at http://pathways.cvscholars.com/

    CVEP has extended the application deadline for the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership Program until Wednesday, March 11, at 11:59 p.m. We encourage educators and parents to point Coachella Valley high school seniors to review eligibility requirements and access the application at http://pathways.cvscholars.com/. CVEP seeks to increase the region's college-going rates by helping students access a higher education and prepare for higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in the growing Coachella Valley economy. This year, CVEP and its partners expects to award about $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 300 students with financial need.

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    03Mar 2015
    Awards of Excellence

    COACHELLA VALLEY iHUB ENTREPENEURS TO BE HONORED

    Two businesses based in the Coachella Valley iHub will be honored on Thursday, March 5, at the inaugural SBEMP Awards Ceremony at Colony 29 in Palm Springs.

    Two businesses based in the Coachella Valley iHub will be honored on Thursday, March 5, at the inaugural SBEMP Awards Ceremony at Colony 29 in Palm Springs. The event, which recognizes local business leaders for their impact on the Coachella Valley business community, will honor iHub entrepreneurs Levi Vincent of PSTalent Entertainment with its Entrepreneur Award and Liberty Naud of SMaRT Education with the Impact Award. Other honorees include Skip Paige of Goldenvoice (Legacy Award), Tom Nolan of Palm Springs International Airport (Leadership Award), and Kevin Kelly of Two Bunch Palms (Environmental Award).

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  • 17Feb 2015
    Small Business Development Center

    Palm Springs' La Maison Will Compete in Travel Channel's 'Hotel Showdown'

    La Maison Hotel, a boutique inn located in south Palm Springs and a client of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, will appear on the Travel Channel’s reality series "Hotel Showdown" on March 10 at 9 p.m.

    La Maison Hotel, a boutique inn located in south Palm Springs and a client of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, will appear on the Travel Channel’s reality series "Hotel Showdown" on March 10 at 9 p.m. The winner-take-all program has four hotels competing for a $25,000 prize. The hotel owners spend two days and one night at each another’s property, scoring them for their comfort, art and décor, service, amenities, and more. With 13 guest rooms situated around a recently resurfaced swimming pool, a coffee bar with an $8,000 cappuccino machine, and friendly proprietors -- Richard Slosky and Cornelia Schuster -- at your service day and night, this Mediterranean-style retreat consistently earns outstanding scores on Trip Advisor, and is a 2015 Travelers’ Choice winner in the Small Hotels-Romance category. Slosky, who used to run an advertising agency, says the quality of the property speaks for itself, and hopes the TV series will help him and Schuster continue to refine the experience they offer La Maison Hotel. “You don’t usually get a chance to talk to other independent hotel owners,” he says. “This is a different kind of hotel business.” The duo opened La Maison Hotel in 2012 after operating a four-room bed-and-breakfast on Salt Spring Island, near Vancouver, in Canada.

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    12Feb 2015
    Scholarships

    COMMUNITY UNITES TO RAISE STUDENT AWARENESS OF FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE

    College-bound high school seniors can reduce, or even eliminate, the costs associated with pursuing a higher education by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2.

    College-bound high school seniors can reduce, or even eliminate, the costs associated with pursuing a higher education by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2. Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells hosted the annual CVEP Free Money for College fundraiser to support the Battle of the High Schools, where all high schools in the Coachella Valley’s three unified school districts compete for cash prizes awarded to the schools where the most seniors complete the FAFSA. The winning schools use the money for senior events, such as prom or graduation. And students who prevail in their application gain access to many other grants and scholarships that pay not only for their tuition and books, but also for living expenses, such as rent, food, and transportation. CVEP scholars who shared their scholarship experience at the event were Alex Avila and Cameron Box (both Palm Springs High School, College of the Desert), Cristal Salcido (La Quinta High School, UC Riverside), Scarlett Escareno (Palm Desert High School, UC Riverside), and David Ceballos (Indio High School, Cal Poly Pomona). They were introduced by UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, CSUSB Palm Desert Dean Sharon Brown-Welty, and Adell Bynum, ACES director at College of the Desert. The students’ families, counselors, and others also attended to demonstrate the life-changing impact the community has on young people. Among the 125 guests were Dr. Gary Rutherford (Desert Sands Unified School District), Tom Davis (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians), and Phil Smith (Sunrise Company).

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    05Feb 2015
    Innovation

    PALM SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT OF COACHELLA VALLEY iHUB

    The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously on a capital infusion to support the Coachella Valley iHub through the fiscal year.

    The Palm Springs City Council onWednesday voted unanimously on a capital infusion to support the Coachella Valley iHub through the fiscal year. The iHub, a business incubator and accelerator campus operated by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership in Palm Springs, helps innovators launch job-creating businesses in the fields of renewable energy, medical technology, advanced manufacturing, and digital media. In less than three years, the iHub has been home to almost 30 companies and created more than 100 high-skill, year-round jobs. Companies accepted into the program receive workspace, basic office resources like telephones and photocopiers, and access to management consulting resources. An economic impact study by economist John Husing forecasts that the iHub will create more than 3,500 direct jobs across 81 surviving startups during the next 20 years (and potentially faster if the pace of 2014 continues). The city council approved $131,000, which includes Palm Springs' annual investment, plus the sum of unfulfilled commitments made by other cities. The 5-0 vote is a "shot in the arm," says iHub Managing Director Joe Wallace, who's also CVEP's interim president and CEO. "With the continued support for the vision that started in the Palm Springs City Hall in 2010, the future of the region is certainly looking bright and prosperous."

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    30Jan 2015
    College & Career Readiness

    CVEP, TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE FUNDRAISER

    The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will host the annual Free Money for College fundraiser on February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells.

    The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will host the annual Free Money for College fundraiser on February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells. Tickets are $100 each. The event will demonstrate the power of the collective impact that parents, educators, civic and business leaders, and CVEP have on the ability of local students to access scholarships and grants to attend college. Under the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Readiness, hundreds of business partners, the three local K-12 school districts, Riverside County offices of education and workforce development, higher education institutions, and  CVEP are working together in a five-year effort to prepare local students for success in college and career. This year, CVEP and its partners will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships, giving more than 300 Coachella Valley students the financial support they need to succeed in college, career and life. CVEP also assists families with the college-going process by providing student support and counseling services. The event on February 11 will underscore the importance of the collective strategy to break the cycle of poverty and prepare our best and brightest students for high-skill, high-wage careers in the Coachella Valley. Proceeds benefit the CVEP Battle of the High Schools, which raises awareness about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Almost all colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine students' eligibility for financial aid programs. CVEP awards cash prizes to high schools based on the number of students who complete the FAFSA before March 2. To register, click here or paste this URL into your web browser: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvep-free-money-for-college-fundraiser-tickets-15193092950?utm_source=Copy+of+FAFSA2015Evite_011215&utm_campaign=FAFSA+Fundraiser&utm_medium=email

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    23Jan 2015
    Foreign Investment

    WRCI PRESENTS CVEP WITH $50K TO SUPPORT REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Western Regional Center Inc., which facilitates EB-5 services for foreign investors, presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $50,000 check last, marking its first installment of a five-year, $250,000 commitment to support economic development in the Coachella Valley.

    Western Regional Center Inc., which facilitates EB-5 services for foreign investors, presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $50,000 check, marking its first installment of a five-year, $250,000 commitment to support economic development in the Coachella Valley. WRCI identifies job-creating projects in the region and promotes them to foreign investors who in turn can obtain a green card. WRCI President Jim Seol, flanked by attorney Austin Kim and consultant Wes Ahlgren, presented the check at CVEP's monthly board meeting. “As a former officer of CVEP, I have a clear understanding of the value that the organization brings to the businesses and workforce of the Coachella Valley," Ahlgren said. "It is my pleasure to have been a catalyst in connecting WRCI and CVEP in a way that benefits both entities. With CVEP’s support, I am certain that WRCI will continue to bring funding for significant projects that create both jobs and wealth to the people of the region.” CVEP interim CEO Joe Wallace said the timing of WRCI's investment comes at a perfect time. "CVEP has been supporting their efforts to fund large projects for several years and is pleased to welcome them to the board of directors," he said. "It is critical for the sustainability of nonprofit entities like CVEP to have long-term investors with the confidence to follow through with long-term commitments for funding. This five-year commitment will enable us to leverage investor dollars to the betterment of our region."

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    09Jan 2015
    Economic Development

    IEDC SELECTS KYLE WAGNER TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    Kyle Wagner, acting director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and assistant director of the Coachella Valley iHub, was selected to the 2015 Young Professionals Advisory Committee for International Economic Development Council.

    Kyle Wagner, acting director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and assistant director of the Coachella Valley iHub, was selected to the 2015 Young Professionals Advisory Committee for International Economic Development Council. The 32-member committee advises IEDC on matters important to young economic development professionals and students of economic development-related disciplines. It recommends programming that is relevant to the younger set, assists with communication to this demographic and those interested in supporting young professionals, and provides general guidance to the organization on engaging young people.

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  • 06Jan 2015
    Board of Directors

    CVEP PRESIDENT/CEO TOM FLAVIN TO RETIRE

    Tom Flavin has announced his intention to retire and has tendered his resignation as CVEP President/CEO effective January 9.

    Tom Flavin has announced his intention to retire and has tendered his resignation as CVEP President/CEO effective January 9, 2015. Flavin spent four decades in the economic development profession and came to CVEP from Seattle in 2010. On Monday, Dr. Rick Axelrod, chairman of CVEP, thanked Flavin for his contributions during his tenure, citing in particular building and developing the Coachella Valley iHub/Accelerator program widely considered the best in California. "Tom moved CVEP to the next level as an economic development organization and we wish him the very best for the future." Joe Wallace, CVEP chief innovation officer, will serve as interim CEO while continuing to manage the iHub. Read coverage in The Desert Sun: http://www.desertsun.com/story/money/business/2015/01/06/cvep-ceo-tom-flavin-retires/21367119/

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    31Dec 2014
    College & Career Readiness

    FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT COACHELLA VALLEY STUDENTS

    CVEP AND TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB will host a Free Money for College cocktail party on Feb. 11 to help support local high school seniors planning their higher education.

    CVEP AND TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB will host a Free Money for College cocktail party on Feb. 11 to help support local high school seniors planning their higher education. Proceeds from the event benefit the Battle of the High Schools, which raises awareness about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Almost all colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine student's eligibility for financial aid programs. CVEP seeks to increase the region's college-going rates by helping students access a higher education and prepare for higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in the growing Coachella Valley economy. This year, CVEP and its partners will award more than $1.5 million in college scholarships to more than 300 students with financial need. Additionally, CVEP offers students academic and professional development opportunities, and assists families with the navigation of the college-going process. The event on Feb. 11 takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $100. For more information, call 760-340-1575 or e-mail blueprint@cvep.com.

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    22Dec 2014
    Business Development

    TIME WARNER PROMOTES COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB

    A NEW VIDEO on the Time Warner Cable blog , Untangled, shows that the start-up spirit is alive and well at the Coachella Valley iHub in Palm Springs. "Inside, you'll find up-and-coming entrepreneurs creating the next big thing," says Jay Gormley, TWC director of content production, who narrates the story about the business incubator for high-tech, renewable energy, and healthcare companies. The iHub operates as part of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

    A NEW VIDEO on the Time Warner Cable blog , Untangled, shows that the start-up spirit is alive and well at the Coachella Valley iHub in Palm Springs. "Inside, you'll find up-and-coming entrepreneurs creating the next big thing," says Jay Gormley, TWC director of content production, who narrates the story about the business incubator for high-tech, renewable energy, and healthcare companies. The iHub operates as part of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. In the video, CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin explains that the iHub helps innovators prove their concept, write a business plan, access capital and more. "We offer a support system for entrepreneurs to grow their dreams while contributing to economic vitality by creating jobs," Flavin says. The video features Bill Schlanger of EV Enterprises , a renewable energy company, and Levi Vincent of PSTalent , which produces animated short films for the Sony PlayStation platform. The partnership between CVEP and TWC, Vincent as, "is essential for my business to grow. Without it, I'm nothing." TWC is an investor in CVEP and represented on its board of directors. The company also provides broadband access to the CVEP offices in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio. Click here to watch the video

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    24Nov 2014
    Business Development

    LANZATECH HONORS TOP ENTREPRENEURS AT LATINO BUSINESS MIXER

    THREE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS received entrepreneurship awards Thursday night at the annual Coachella Valley LanzaTech Latino Business Mixer at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Fanny Ramirez (Fanny Wrapper), Felix Barajas (Eco Green Supply), and Alejandra Chavez-Montez (Alexandra Cleaning Service) accepted their awards in front of almost 200 fellow business owners. 

    THREE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS received entrepreneurship awards Thursday night at the annual Coachella Valley LanzaTech Latino Business Mixer at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Fanny Ramirez (Fanny Wrapper), Felix Barajas (Eco Green Supply), and Alejandra Chavez-Montez (Alexandra Cleaning Service) accepted their awards in front of almost 200 fellow business owners. The program included a presentation by Manuel Martinez, an entrepreneur and former president of SCORE Los Angeles, who helped guests sharpen their networking skills. LanzaTech also recognized its media sponsors, Telemundo 15 and La Poderosa 96.7 FM, generous supporters of the Coachella Valley's Latino business community. LanzaTech is the Spanish-language consulting and workshop program produced by the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and Coachella Valley Economic Partnership . LanzaTech assists Latino-owned small business with access to capital, sales and marketing strategy, human resources, and more. Information: 760-340-1575. 

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    18Nov 2014

    CVEP EXECS WIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

    THE INLAND EMPIRE Center for Entrepreneurship awarded CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Wallace a 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award at a black-tie gala on Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center. They won in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category for "outstanding entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments" at the Coachella Valley iHub . CVEP operates the iHub and the Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for businesses in renewable energy, healthcare, advanced technology, and digital media. 

    THE INLAND EMPIRE Center for Entrepreneurship awarded CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Wallace a 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award at a black-tie gala on Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center. They won in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category for "outstanding entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments" at the Coachella Valley iHub . CVEP operates the iHub and the Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for businesses in renewable energy, healthcare, advanced technology, and digital media. CVEP also operates the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center . The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program , founded in 2003, recognizes the accomplishments of the Inland Empire's top entrepreneurial business leaders. "This honor was the culmination of a three-year effort by our team, which has also garnered a Clean Air Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and was one of only 18 incubation centers nationwide invited last month to join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Wells Fargo IN2 program," Wallace says. "These independently judged awards have validated the vision and courage of the City of Palm Springs, which led the effort to fund and establish the Coachella Valley iHub, and reinforces the economic impact that it will have as the program continues to expand and assist entrepreneurs." The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award presented to Flavin and Wallace was the first given in the Support of Entrepreneurship category since Mike Napoli of Tech Coast Angels won it in 2010. Napoli nominated the CVEP executives for this year's award. The Coachella Valley had one other award winner: Angela Janus of ShareKitchen , a culinary business incubator in Cathedral City, won in the Social Entrepreneur category. 

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    10Nov 2014
    Latino Business Mixer

    APRENDA A CREAR RELACIONES DE NEGOCIOS

    Business owners looking for support and camaraderie in Spanish are invited to attend the annual Mixer Latino de Negocios on November 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Enjoy refreshments while meeting and mingling with other Latino business owners. 

    Business owners looking for support and camaraderie in Spanish are invited to attend the annual Mixer Latino de Negocios on November 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Enjoy refreshments while meeting and mingling with other Latino business owners. Manuel Martinez, an entrepreneur and former president of SCORE Los Angeles, will speak on how to effectively network in the community. You can even win a free advertising package from media sponsors Telemundo 15 and La Poderosa 96.7 FM. The event is produced by LanzaTech, the Spanish-language consulting and workshop program produced by The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and CVEP. LanzaTech assists Latino-owned small business with access to capital, sales and marketing strategy, human resources, and more. Mixer tickets are $7 online or $10 at the door. Register now or contact LanzaTech at 760-459-7884. 

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  • 6Nov 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS STUDENT AID AND DEBT

    SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S leading experts in the field of financial aid, student debt, and financial literacy will serve on a panel at a November 14 symposium that will stream live on the web from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the California Student Aid Commission in Sacramento, will feature Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of Edvisors.com who writes extensively on college access and affordability. 

    SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S leading experts in the field of financial aid, student debt, and financial literacy will serve on a panel at a November 14 symposium that will stream live on the web from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the California Student Aid Commission in Sacramento, will feature Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of Edvisors.com who writes extensively on college access and affordability. His presentation will cover the challenges students and families face before and after attending college. Other panels include "Economic and Social Impacts of Student Debt" and "What Colleges Are Doing to Help." Click to watch the live event on November 14. 

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    6Nov 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS STUDENT AID AND DEBT

    PHOTOGRAPHER AND ENTREPRENEUR Jaime Kowal joins Casey and Gerry Washack, owners of Next Level Fitness, on November 12 to discuss creativity in business at the Fireside Chat at UCR Palm Desert. In her book, Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, Kowal photographed and interviewed 118 experts in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture and health. 

    PHOTOGRAPHER AND ENTREPRENEUR Jaime Kowal joins Casey and Gerry Washack, owners of Next Level Fitness, on November 12 to discuss creativity in business at the Fireside Chat at UCR Palm Desert. In her book, Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, Kowal photographed and interviewed 118 experts in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture and health. She has also launched a number of community and design-oriented projects, including the boutique hotel The Amado, Ernest Coffee, and Bootlegger Tiki. The Washack brothers help their clients -- who range in age from teenagers to octogenarians -- change their lives through exercise and diet. They also license and train gym owners throughout North America for their own Fit in 42 program. The workshop, produced by CVEP and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, is free and runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Register here

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    30Oct 2014
    Coachella Valley Economic Summit

    HUSING GIVES LOCAL ECONOMY A B- AND SCHAWBEL TALKS ABOUT GEN Y

    CONOMIST Dr. John Husing gave the Coachella Valley economy a B- in his annual "report card," delivered to almost 800 attendees of the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit last Thursday at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. His presentation started the event, which also featured Generation Y marketing expert Dan Schawbel, who talked about how to attract, integrate, and retain the best millennial-generation talent. 

    ECONOMIST Dr. John Husing gave the Coachella Valley economy a B- in his annual "report card," delivered to almost 800 attendees of the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit last Thursday at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. His presentation started the event, which also featured Generation Y marketing expert Dan Schawbel, who talked about how to attract, integrate, and retain the best millennial-generation talent. The program included videos showcasing the workforce and business development programs of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. All attendees received a copy of the 2014 Coachella Valley Economic Report. The videos and the report will be available this week at www.cvep.com. Click into The Desert Sun for coverage of the presentations by Husing and Schawbel. And, if you attended the summit, please take our brief survey to let us know what you thought of the event. 

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    30Oct 2014
    Summit Exit Poll

    DID YOU ATTEND THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT?

    DID YOU ATTEND the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit today at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert? If so, please take our brief survey to let us know what you thought of the event. 

    DID YOU ATTEND the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit today at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert? If so, please take our brief survey to let us know what you thought of the event. By completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the 2015 economic summit. 

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    30Oct 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    JOHN HUSING: MAKING THE GRADE

    ECONOMIST DR. JOHN HUSING returns to the desert on Oct. 30 to present his observations and predictions about the local economy -- and reveal his "report card" -- at the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit. The Los Angeles Times named Husing one of the "100 people wielding the most influence over Southern California. 

    ECONOMIST DR. JOHN HUSING returns to the desert on Oct. 30 to present his observations and predictions about the local economy -- and reveal his "report card" -- at the 10th annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit. The Los Angeles Times named Husing one of the "100 people wielding the most influence over Southern California." He's widely regarded as the go-to guy for understanding the Coachella Valley's economic issues. In September, he celebrated 50 years of "watching this economy, thinking about it, and working to put the Inland Empire into the thinking of Southern California as a whole," he told Thrive! Coachella Valley magazine. His annual "report card" on the region's economy is one of the most-anticipated presentations of the year. Click here to purchase individual tickets ($95) or a table of 10 ($850). More information: cvepsummit.com 

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    28Oct 2014
    Coachella Valley IHub

    WELLS FARGO NAMES CVEP A PARTNER IN $10 MILLION CLEANTECH INCUBATOR PROGRAM

    WELLS FARGO named CVEP as a partner in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in Denver. The program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the NREL, provides grants to qualified startups to develop early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings.

    WELLS FARGO named CVEP as a partner in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in Denver. The program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the NREL, provides grants to qualified startups to develop early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings. The partnership will eventually result in a multiyear agreement and recurring funding for the Coachella Valley iHub and its Palm Springs Accelerator Campus and the future East Valley iHub. "For the Coachella Valley iHub to be selected as one of only 20 IN2 incubators by Wells Fargo and the National Renewable Energy Lab is an immense honor and an outstanding opportunity," said Joe Wallace, CVEP chief innovation officer and managing director of the Coachella Valley iHub. "To be alongside legacy technology giants like MIT and UC Berkeley raises the bar for us in a transformational way." The IN2 program is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation's 2020 Environmental Commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. "The IN2 platform is designed to fill a gap that exists from early-stage concept to production for emerging clean technologies," said Ashley Grosh, Wells Fargo vice president of Environmental Affairs. "The program leverages Wells Fargo's geographic diversity and expertise in clean energy in commercial buildings to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an alternative pathway toward commercialization." The full list of 2014 participants will be announced in February 2015. 

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  • 27Oct 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    CSUSB PALM DESERT CHIEF EYES GREATER EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

    CVEP APPLAUDS Sharon Brown-Welty, dean of the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino, for her progressive actions to create a more traditional collegiate environment on the campus and collaborate with other institutions and organizations in the region to improve education attainment rates among students in the Coachella Valley. 

    CVEP APPLAUDS Sharon Brown-Welty, dean of the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino, for her progressive actions to create a more traditional collegiate environment on the campus and collaborate with other institutions and organizations in the region to improve education attainment rates among students in the Coachella Valley. In an opinion article she wrote for The Desert Sun, the dean said, "By working with College of the Desert and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, we are doing our part to increase the college-going rate and the college completion rate ... offering relevant majors, continuing to increase the transfer rate [from COD] and enhancing and developing a four-year campus the community can call its own." 

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    21Oct 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    WORKFORCE/JOBS MODEL WINS IEDC AWARD

    THE COACHELLA VALLEY Workforce/Jobs Model won the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category Oct. 21 at the International Economic Development Council annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. 

    THE COACHELLA VALLEY Workforce/Jobs Model won the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category Oct. 21 at the International Economic Development Council annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The Workforce/Jobs Model links education to jobs by providing career-themed programs at the K-12 level, scholarships, and work-based learning through the private sector to prepare all students for college, careers, and life. The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership mobilizes business, civic, and education leaders in a strategic effort 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 Office of Education and Workforce Development, and the Coachella Valley iHub and Small Business Development Center. 

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    9Sep 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    $300K JAMES IRVINE GRANT SUPPORTS LINKED LEARNING

    The James Irvine Foundation has approved a $300,000 grant for CVEP to continue supporting the development of career academies using the Linked Learning approach throughout the Coachella Valley. 

    The James Irvine Foundation has approved a $300,000 grant for CVEP to continue supporting the development of career academies using the Linked Learning approach throughout the Coachella Valley. The six-month grant includes $195,000 in pass-through funds to support Linked Learning director positions in the region's three school districts. "The 71,000+ students in the Coachella Valley are our future workforce, leaders and entrepreneurs," says Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence. "We are aligning regional efforts to ensure all students graduate high school prepared to succeed. Their success will help the local economy thrive." 

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    9Sep 2014
    Small Busıness Development Center

    STATE GRANT WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACCESS CAPITAL

    The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center will get a piece of the $2 million in state matching grants that will expand its capacity to provide counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital in the East Valley. 

    The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center will get a piece of the $2 million in state matching grants that will expand its capacity to provide counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital in the East Valley. "Helping business owners secure the capital they need to start and grow their business is a core objective for the Coachella Valley SBDC," says Ezekiel Bonillas, CVEP vice president of entrepreneurship and managing director of the SBDC. "The funding allows CVEP and the Coachella Valley SBDC to deepen their commitment to bringing resources to the East Valley." Thirty-four SBDCs in California will share in the grant from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to provide one-on-one business consulting services to assist small businesses with SBA loans, non-SBA loans, nontraditional lending, and non-owner equity investment. 

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    3Sep 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    SBA CHIEF TOURS COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB AND MEETS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of President Obama's cabinet, toured the Coachella Valley iHub on Tuesday after addressing about 200 small business owners at a luncheon organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, the Small Business Administration district office, and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of President Obama's cabinet, toured the Coachella Valley iHub on Tuesday after addressing about 200 small business owners at a luncheon organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, the Small Business Administration district office, and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

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    26Aug 2014
    Partner Update

    $15K BANK OF AMERICA GRANT SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

    Bank of America presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $15,000 community development grant to support local business and workforce development initiatives, including a robust menu of services for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as career pathways and scholarship programs for students throughout the region. 

    Bank of America presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $15,000 community development grant to support local business and workforce development initiatives, including a robust menu of services for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as career pathways and scholarship programs for students throughout the region. "Small businesses and local institutions play a huge role in helping to revitalize our local economies and we've seen firsthand the tremendous impact that CVEP has had in the Coachella Valley," said Mark Messenger, small business market manager of Bank of America. "By continuing to support organizations like CVEP, we are not only supporting our entrepreneurs and workforce, but also the financial longevity of our local communities as well." Bank of America awards community development grants annually to local nonprofits offering programming and resources for housing, hunger, workforce education and other basic human services that help communities thrive. 

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  • 12Aug 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    CVEP CUTS RIBBON ON DOWNTOWN INDIO OFFICE

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Coachella Valley have a full-time resource nearby, as CVEP has opened an office in downtown Indio. More than 50 guests attended the ribbon cutting, including the board of the Indio Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials and their representatives. 

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Coachella Valley have a full-time resource nearby, as CVEP has opened an office in downtown Indio. More than 50 guests attended the ribbon cutting, including the board of the Indio Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials and their representatives. CVEP Presiden/CEO Thomas Flavin used the occasion to announce the promotion of Small Business Development Center Director Ezekiel Bonilla to th new position of vice president of entrepreneurship. Bonillas will be based in the Indio office. CVEP workforce and administrative staff will also rotate their schedules to include time in Indio. The office in Indio. Located in the former Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone office (45125 Smurr St., Suite A), the CVEP space welcomes East Valley residents and business owners to meet with staff from the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, LanzaTech, and CVEP workforce and business development teams. For information, please call 760-340-1575. 

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    12Aug 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    CAREFUSION OPENS DOORS TO LOCAL TEACHERS

    CVEP looks to its business partners to introduce local educators to work environments, skills and technologies, and opportunities that they can share with students and set them on career pathways. 

    CVEP looks to its business partners to introduce local educators to work environments, skills and technologies, and opportunities that they can share with students and set them on career pathways. For about six years, CareFusion has been among the businesses that support CVEP's mission and the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Readiness, which outlines how businesses and schools will work together to increase graduation rates and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. "CareFusion has been engaged with CVEP Workforce Excellence programs since 2008, hosting our first faculty externship in healthcare," said Donna Sturgeon, CVEP director of work-based learning. "Since then, CareFusion has hosted both teachers and students for tours and internships, and written letters of support for various grant applications." Based in San Diego, CareFusion has an international reach with products and services to improve medication management, lower costs in procedural areas, reduce risk of infection, advance the care of ventilated patients and turn healthcare data generated into actionable information. Its Palm Springs location recently hosted 30 middle and high-school science teachers participating in Project Prototype, a state-funded initiative to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). "They gave an overview of the biomedical side of engineering," Sturgeon said. "They also provided an overview of their organization and explained what hard and soft skills they look for in all levels of employment. This academic year, we hope to place student interns there, provide hosted tours of their facility for students and teachers, and invite their professionals to speak in classrooms." 

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    5Aug 2014
    Grants & Investors

    CVEP RECEIVES $50K ANNENBERG GRANT

    The Annenberg Foundation has awarded CVEP a $50,000 grant to support Coachella Valley business and workforce development programs. 

    The Annenberg Foundation has awarded CVEP a $50,000 grant to support Coachella Valley business and workforce development programs. "This generous grant will help CVEP fulfill its mission to build a diversified, year-round economy, stimulate job growth, and contribute to the development of a highly skilled workforce," says Tom Flavin, CEO and president of CVEP. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Annenberg Foundation was established in 1989 to support the worldwide community through its grantmaking, technical assistance, and direct charitable activities. 

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    5Aug 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    LOCAL TEACHERS LEARN ABOUT MEDICAL AND ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

    Desert Regional Medical Center, College of the Desert's Desert Energy Enterprise Center (DEEC), and the Coachella Valley iHub hosted 30 middle and high-school science teachers participating in Project Prototype, a state-funded initiative to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

    Desert Regional Medical Center, College of the Desert's Desert Energy Enterprise Center (DEEC), and the Coachella Valley iHub hosted 30 middle and high-school science teachers participating in Project Prototype, a state-funded initiative to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the hospital, the teachers saw how doctors and medical professionals use advanced technology and gained hands-on experience with the da Vinci surgical robot and other technologies. At DEEC and the Coachella Valley iHub, the business incubator managed by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, the teachers experienced renewable energy technologies and their commercial applications. They will parlay what they learned into classroom projects and curricula to inspire their students over the next three years. The program includes the Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, and Desert Sands unified school districts; two local universities (CSU San Bernardino, UC Riverside Bourne School of Engineering), as well as College of the Desert and the WestEd/K-12 Alliance. 

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    8July 2014
    Workforce And Job Development

    WORKFORCE/JOBS MODEL WINS IEDC AWARD

    The International Economic Development Council has announced that the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Workforce/Jobs Collaborative will receive the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category on Oct. 

    The International Economic Development Council has announced that the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's Workforce/Jobs Collaborative will receive the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category on Oct. 20 at the IEDC Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The Workforce/Jobs Collaborative is an economic growth model that links eduction to jobs by providing career-themed programs at the K-12 level, scholarships, and work-based learning through the private sector 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. 

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    24June 2014
    Clean Technology & Innovation

    WELLS FARGO TO AWARD $100,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT CLEAN TECH INITIATIVES

    Wells Fargo Foundation will award the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) a $100,000 grant to support its initiatives in clean technology and innovation, foundation officials have confirmed. According to the grant program overview, "the grant funds clean technology incubator and accelerator programs along with research and development projects involving universities and colleges. 

    Wells Fargo Foundation will award the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) a $100,000 grant to support its initiatives in clean technology and innovation, foundation officials have confirmed. According to the grant program overview, "the grant funds clean technology incubator and accelerator programs along with research and development projects involving universities and colleges. It supports building a framework for entrepreneurs seeking to provide scalable solutions in the low carbon economy." CVEP operates the Coachella Valley iHub and Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, incubator facilities for high-tech and renewable energy start-ups, and promotes education programs in these fields in the region's three public school districts and College of the Desert. "The support provided by Wells Fargo's Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program is symbolic of the effectiveness of our programs and confirms that our regional economic development efforts are headed in the right direction," said CVEP President and CEO Thomas Flavin. "CVEP is thrilled to have a true partner in Wells Fargo, whose global reach and strong corporate responsibility will help strengthen our efforts in the Coachella Valley region. 

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  • 10June 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    144 STUDENTS AWARDED 'PATHWAYS' SCHOLARSHIPS

    CVEP awarded 144 scholarships worth $600,000 to local students at its sixth annual Pathways to Success Scholarship Awards Ceremony at UCR Palm Desert. The scholarships represented only a portion of CVEP's program, which will award a total of 330 -- worth about $1.5 million -- this year. 

    CVEP awarded 144 scholarships worth $600,000 to local students at its sixth annual Pathways to Success Scholarship Awards Ceremony at UCR Palm Desert. The scholarships represented only a portion of CVEP's program, which will award a total of 330 -- worth about $1.5 million -- this year. "Thanks to the College Access Foundation of California and local partners, we continue to increase the number of students pursuing a college education and to employ them upon graduation, as part of our broader economic development strategies," said Tom Flavin, CVEP president and CEO of CVEP. Ernie Rios, CVEP executive director of scholarships, added, "Scholars will also receive one-to-one college counseling and participate in the Pathways to Success Leadership Program." 

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    28May 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    COACHELLA VALLEY SBDC HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Ezekiel Bonillas and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center its 2014 Excellence & Innovation Award. 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Ezekiel Bonillas and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center its 2014 Excellence & Innovation Award. The honor recognizes the CVSBDC for growing from a satellite center to a full-service center, building and maintaining an effective team, and encouraging access to capital for its clients. In 2013, the center helped clients start 10 businesses, create 110 new jobs, retain 43 jobs, and obtain $7.3 million in debt and equity financing. 

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    28May 2014
    Coachella Valley IHub

    PALM SPRINGS ACCELERATOR CAMPUS WINS GRANT TO HELP GROW LOCAL HIGH-TECH COMPANIES

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $784,769 grant to CVEP to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies. 

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $784,769 grant to CVEP to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies. "Innovation hubs are the economic development model of the future," says Tom Flavin, president and CEO of CVEP. "This grant allows us to set the stage to help launch sustainable businesses, diversify the economy, and create desirable jobs that will retain some the region's best and brightest high school and college graduates."

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    26April 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    COLLEGE INTERNS TOUR HEALTHCARE SITES AND CELEBRATE AT MIXER

    Healthcare interns from throughout the Coachella Valley converged Aug. 11 on four local sites to tour and network with their peers and industry professionals. A partnership between CVEP and the not-for-profit Health Career Connections, the 10- week, paid internship program took the 23 local undergraduate college students to Desert AIDS Project, Desert Regional Medical Center, Jewish Family Service of the Desert, and Desert Healthcare District. 

    Healthcare interns from throughout the Coachella Valley converged Aug. 11 on four local sites to tour and network with their peers and industry professionals. A partnership between CVEP and the not-for-profit Health Career Connections, the 10- week, paid internship program took the 23 local undergraduate college students to Desert AIDS Project, Desert Regional Medical Center, Jewish Family Service of the Desert, and Desert Healthcare District. The goal of the program is to develop leaders who understand the public health and healthcare workforce challenges in the diverse desert communities. The tour ended at the CVEP Workforce Excellence office in Palm Desert, where the interns and about 15 of the program's alumni enjoyed a reception with remarks by site host Bob Kambe of Avid Physical Therapy and refreshments, music, and more networking opportunities. 

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  • 30Jan. 2015

    CVEP, TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE FUNDRAISER

    The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will hose the annual Free Money for College fundraiser on February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells.

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    16Feb 2016

    Health Career Connection Honors CVEP Exec as Regional Excellence Champion

    Health Career Connection, the Oakland-based organization that facilitates internships for college students pursuing healthcare careers, has named Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence, as a Regional Excellence Champion.

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    29Oct, 2014

    WELLS FARGO LAUNCHES $10 MILLION CLEANTECH INNOVATION INCUBATOR PROGRAM COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP NAMED A PARTNER

    Palm Springs, California - Wells Fargo named the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) as an external channel partner on Monday when announcing in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program. This national program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides grant money to qualified startups to foster the development of early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings.

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    12Sep, 2014

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER, DAN SCHAWBEL, NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR REVEALS HOW EMPLOYERS CAN BEST ENGAGE

    Palm Springs, California - This year's Coachella Valley Economic Summit keynote speaker, Dan Schawbel, will reveal how Coachella Valley employers of all sizes can connect and engage with the 80-million strong Millennial Generation Workforce. Schawbel, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a Time and Forbes columnist, speaks globally on the Millennial Generation Workforce.

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    28Aug, 2014

    SMART EDUCATION, A COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP CVIHUB CLIENT

    SMaRT Education, a Coachella Valley Economic Partnership CViHub Client, Partners with NASA on Innovative Educational Programs and Receives Grants from Southern California Edison, The Anderson's Children Foundation and Rockwell-Collins

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    20Aug, 2014

    BANK OF AMERICA PRESENTS COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (CVEP) $15,000 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANT

    Check Presentation Wednesday, August 20, at 11:30 a.m., at CVEP Headquarters at the Rabobank Regional Business Center in Palm Springs

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  • 18Aug, 2014

    SAVE THE DATE

    Dr. John Husing Will Deliver The 2014 Coachella Valley Economic Report National New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Time and Forbes Columnist As Keynote Speaker

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    10July, 2014

    CVEP WORKFORCE/JOBS MODEL TO RECEIVE BRONZE AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    Palm Springs, CA (July 10, 2014) - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's blossoming Workforce/Jobs Model - a collaborative that links education to jobs and careers - will receive the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category on Oct. 20 at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, the two organizations announced today.

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    5June, 2014

    COACHELLA VALLEY AMONG 35 COMMUNITIES ADDED TO LUMINA FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY-BASED POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION ATTAINMENT STRATEGY

    INDIANAPOLIS- Today, 35 U.S. communities-including the Coachella Valley-were named to the second cohort of Lumina Foundation's community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy.

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    5June, 2014

    CVEP AND PARTNERS AWARD MORE THAN $600,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO COACHELLA VALLEY STUDENTS AT 6TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY ON JUNE 6 AT 4:30 P.M. AT UCR PALM DESERT CAMPUS

    Palm Springs, CA (June 5, 2014) - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) will hold its 6th Annual Pathways to Success Scholarship Awards Ceremony with local partners to present more than 130 scholarship awards to valley students.

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    21May, 2014

    U.S. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION INVESTS ALMOST $785,000 TO HELP GROW HIGH-TECH COMPANIES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today awarded a $784,769 grant to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies.

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    4Apr 2014

    FOURTH ANNUAL CVEP FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) COMPLETION COMPETITION INCREASES COACHELLA VALLEY'S COMPLETION RATE BY 11%

    CVEP AWARDS $12,000 to Five Local High in Cash Prizes, Helping More Valley Students Receive Financial Aid for Higher Education

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  • 31Mar, 2014

    STUDY SUGGESTS POTENTIAL $12.5 BILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB NETWORK OVER 20 YEARS

    Economist John Husing estimates iHubs may create 3,500 desirable jobs, facilitate 81 new businesses, and diversify the Coachella Valley economy

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    7Jan, 2014

    EZEKIEL

    The Managing Director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center spearheads counseling and training for the region's small businesses.

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    7Jan, 2014

    THREE HIGH-TECH COMPANIES BEGIN OPERATING AT COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB

    Companies will leverage expertise and resources of CVEP

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