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Coachella Valley

The ultimate work/play destination, the Coachella Valley - also known as Greater Palm Springs - is the sweet spot of Southern California. Famous for its year-round sunshine and idyllic quality of life, and powered by tourism and agriculture, this bright region is proving itself as a fertile ground for innovation in clean energy, technology, healthcare, arts, media, and entertainment.

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    “The Coachella Valley is a great place to do business,” says Joe Wallace, interim CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. “This is the portal to 25 million consumers in Southern California and ports serving the Pacific Rim, offering a combination of quality of life and a friendly, supportive business environment that you cannot find in a metro area.”

    CVEP offers professional-development programs such as the Renewable Energy Roundtable and Fireside Chat series, where business leaders and special guests share expertise in all areas of management, finance, and marketing. The organization’s marquee event is the annual Coachella Valley Economic Summit, where business, civic, and education leaders network and learn about trends and initiatives affecting the region’s key industries and overall economic vitality.

    The region offers unparalleled quality of life, robust incentives, a ready workforce, and affordability. Whether starting a new business or relocating an existing one, this is the land of opportunity. It’s situated two hours from Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and within only a few hours of Las Vegas and Phoenix by car. And Palm Springs International Airport offers direct flights to cities throughout the United States and Canada.

    CVEP encourages you to visit the Coachella Valley to marvel at the beautiful environment, experience the fine quality of life, and explore the tremendous opportunities to launch and grow a business.

    QUALITY OF LIFE

    There’s no finer place to live, work, and play than the Coachella Valley. One of the America’s most popular golf, spa, and resort destinations, the region is also propelled by its breathtaking natural environment and world-class cultural and sports events, such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Kraft Nabisco Championship (LPGA) and Humana Challenge (PGA) golf tournaments, BNP Paribas Open (ATP and WTA) tennis tournament, and the two-weekend music juggernaut known as Coachella (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival). One-of-a-kind attractions, such as Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden, the world-class Palm Springs Art Museum, and a spectrum of shopping, dining, and recreation options also distinguishes the area for residents and visitors.

    CREDITS & INCENTIVES

    New and relocating businesses turn to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership for help selecting sites, accessing incentives and capital, and tapping into the region’s talented workforce. The not-for-profit organization—which uses a data-driven model to attract, retain, and expand business—supports each venture with services and programs through its Small Business Development Center, and Coachella Valley iHub and Palm Springs Accelerator Campus.

    “We have a ‘can-do’ attitude and 57,000 square feet of space to grow 21st century companies,” CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin says of the Coachella Valley iHub network, which draws entrepreneurs in the fields of high-tech, clean energy, health and medicine, and advanced manufacturing. “We have a lot to offer businesses that want to be here: great incentives, a skilled workforce, and an unparalleled quality of life.”

    Relocation

    Newcomers of all ages and income levels can find high-quality housing, a wealth of hospitals and healthcare centers, school districts and colleges and universities committed to the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Readiness.

    Click here for information about relocation services, real estate, utilities, and more.

    Transportation

    Interstate 10, the fourth largest interstate highway in the United States, is the major corridor through the Coachella Valley. I-10 stretches coast-to-coast and is the lifeline connecting all of Southern California, offering easy access to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

    Palm Springs International Airport offers direct flights to cities throughout the United States and Canada. The airport serves over 1.5 million airline passengers a year, connecting to the 10 largest airline hubs in the country. At the east end of the valley, Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport provides service to private aircraft. The smaller Bermuda Dunes Airport, located a quarter-mile from Interstate 10, has been providing support and fueling services to aircraft for over 50 years.

    In addition, Amtrak provides passenger rail service through its Palm Springs depot, and Greyhound provides bus service to and from the Coachella Valley.

    SunLine Transit Agency offers intra-valley bus service with its clean, reliable, natural gas-powered public fleet at a low cost for residents and visitors.

    Demographics

    The Coachella Valley’s population is on a steady upward trend. Families here average three people per household, with a median household income of more than $50,000. Affordable housing (comparison to coastal and other areas of California) attracts young families and fuels an expanding workforce of skilled workers and educated managers.

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    GOVERNMENT

    The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership works closely with its business-friendly government partners to facilitate economic development for the growth and vitality of the Coachella Valley. Here are links to the region’s cities and their respective economic development departments, as well as the County of Riverside and the area’s tribal governments.