About David Robinson

David is the Director of Analytic Services for CVEP. David lives for travel, loves everything about maps, listens to too many podcasts, and spoils his cat. He has graduate degrees in Architecture and Geographic Information Systems and is passionate about gathering, organizing, and disseminating data about the Coachella Valley.

Commuting Patterns of the Coachella Valley

By |2023-03-21T19:02:41-07:00March 21st, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , |

Today's Data Digest expands on the last theme of employment inflow and outflows. That discussion centered on how many workers commuted into each city and conversely how many residents commuted out or worked in their city of residence. Here we will explore where residents work and how far they commute for their employment. This map [...]

Employment Inflows and Outflows in Coachella Valley Cities

By |2023-03-07T14:21:56-08:00March 7th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

CVEP’s central mission is to empower economic regionalism. We’re not complaining, but with a region comprised of nine incorporated cities and additional unincorporated areas, embracing regionalism is a challenge. Today’s digest looks at regionalism by investigating where residents live and work. In which city do most residents both live and work? Which city exports the [...]

Employment Metrics 2018 vs 2022

By |2023-02-21T16:29:06-08:00February 21st, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

Can you think back to 2018? That was FIVE years ago. Not two or three years as it feels to me due to the lost COVID years. So much has changed irrevocably like how we think about work. Here at CVEP, we have highlighted the business effects of the pandemic. For instance, the disproportionate number [...]

Colorado River Crisis and the Coachella Valley

By |2023-02-07T16:43:20-08:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Despite this season’s welcome winter rains the Western United States remains in a nearly quarter-decade “megadrought.” This long drought period manifests in the Colorado River's diminished flow. Southern California relies on this vital resource. In fact, California uses the single largest share of the river. And Imperial Valley farms are allocated nearly 80% of that [...]

Healthy Places Index – Coachella Valley

By |2023-01-24T22:39:39-08:00January 24th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Sometimes, when our newsletter deadline is looming, I must force myself to stop searching for data. GIS gives one access to an overwhelming amount of geographic and demographic information. Often, I just can’t make a choice! One great source of regional data is the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). CVEP’s illustrious former Board chair [...]

Household Income Indicators in the Coachella Valley

By |2023-01-11T23:38:58-08:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , , , |

Happy New Year everyone! Of course, I recently wrote 2022 on a check. The fact that I still write checks is a hint that I’m baffled by the quick turn of years. For the first few Data Digests of 2023, we will be using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for a local dive into some basic [...]

Santa’s Trip from the North Pole

By |2022-12-13T23:50:47-08:00December 13th, 2022|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: |

Inflation. High interest rates. Crypto collapses. Bah humbug. How about we forget about the economy for this digest? Let's take a more festive perspective. Here are a couple of maps about Santa! So how long is Santa's trip from the North Pole to the Coachella Valley? This introduces the cartographer's dilemma. How do we, with [...]

Top 5 Employers – 9 Coachella Valley Cities and Unincorporated Areas

By |2022-11-29T18:30:35-08:00November 29th, 2022|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , , |

Procuring a thorough listing of area businesses is daunting.  Many business databases exist, but they can be frustratingly incomplete or out of date. The best way is of course the most difficult and time-consuming: conducting door-to-door physical searches of business locations. Since this is mostly impractical, databases will have to do. Esri’s subscription Business Analyst [...]

Per Capita Retail Sales in the 9 Coachella Valley Cities

By |2022-11-15T17:08:49-08:00November 15th, 2022|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

Today we continue our exploration of some of the invaluable data found in our just released 2022 Greater Palm Springs Economic Report. The retail sector is a primary driver of the US economy. So too in the Coachella Valley. To best display this, I have taken the data from Figure 46 of the report - [...]

Employment Levels Before and After COVID

By |2022-11-02T17:11:45-07:00November 2nd, 2022|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

Halloween was a special treat for all of us at CVEP. We presented our annual Economic Summit live after 2 years of virtual summits due to COVID precautions. You could feel the excitement in the room from getting to meet in person once again. For the next several Data Digests I will be presenting highlights [...]

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