About Laura James

Laura is CVEP's Interim CEO, and is also a sports fanatic, music lover, and consumer technology junkie. With an undergraduate degree in education, certificates in economic development, nonprofit management, and information systems management, and an M.B.A., she helps tech founders prove that business has the power to make the world an amazing place. Laura is the only Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) in the Coachella Valley.

2024 Coachella Valley Fast Pitch Winners Announced

By |2024-04-16T16:06:24-07:00April 16th, 2024|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , |

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), Desert Business Association (DBA), and Riverside County Office of Economic Development joined forces again this April to celebrate Riverside County Innovation Month. As part of the monthlong celebration of innovation, local entrepreneurs and the public were invited to participate in the region’s signature Innovation Month event, 2024 Coachella Valley [...]

Birds Eye Aerial Drones Joins Palm Springs iHub

By |2024-02-20T09:57:17-08:00February 16th, 2024|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News|Tags: , , , |

Earlier this week, we officially announced that Birds Eye Aerial Drones, LLC (BEAD) has been accepted into the Palm Springs iHub business incubator program. BEAD, a veteran-owned organization out of San Diego, is a leader in aerial drone services, providing high-caliber imaging for construction, utilities, government, agriculture, golf courses, and other industries. In their expansion [...]

Laura James to Speak at 2024 IEDC Leadership Summit

By |2024-01-28T17:33:52-08:00January 28th, 2024|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News|Tags: , , , |

Economic development leaders from across the globe will convene next week in Phoenix, Arizona for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2024 Leadership Summit. The profession’s foremost conference for industry leaders will feature distinct learning tracks including: Infrastructure, Innovation, and Industry By championing innovative, sustainable technologies and ensuring equal and universal access to information and [...]

Techstars Founder Catalyst Showcase Features Palm Springs iHub Company

By |2024-01-17T19:52:49-08:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Innovation, News, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Tech startup founders need not reside in Silicon Valley to grow their enterprises. The portfolio of companies incubated at the CVEP-managed Palm Springs iHub receive mentorship and other specialized services to support sustainable growth. Services offered at the Palm Springs iHub are non-exclusive, meaning that portfolio companies are welcome to take advantage of other incubators, [...]

New Partnership Benefits Palm Desert Businesses

By |2023-08-08T14:58:51-07:00August 7th, 2023|Categories: Business Development, Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , |

For business owners, or those who dream of starting a business, the Coachella Valley is an ideal place to be. With numerous business-centric organizations and a strong movement among local chambers of commerce and consumers to shop locally, support networks in the Coachella Valley are in many ways stronger than those in other, similarly sized [...]

CVEP’s CEO Named One of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America

By |2023-06-01T16:28:42-07:00June 1st, 2023|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , |

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) announced that Chief Executive Officer, Joe Wallace, has been named one of the of top 50 Economic Developers in North America in 2023 – the only one in California and one of three in the western states. Recipients will be presented with their award at Consultant Connect’s ECONOMIX event [...]

Moducan Corporation One of RivCo’s Top Three Innovative Companies

By |2023-05-08T10:53:48-07:00May 8th, 2023|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Every year during the month of April, CVEP and numerous partners celebrate Riverside County Innovation Month. Innovation Month's signature events are a series of Shark-Tank-style Fast Pitch competitions held in distinct regions throughout the county. The winners of each of these regional pitch competitions met on April 27 to compete to claim the title of [...]

Entrepreneurs and City Leaders Meet to Celebrate Innovation Month

By |2023-04-24T20:29:00-07:00April 24th, 2023|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News|Tags: , , , , |

Cities invest in economic development programs for many reasons, including enabling job creation and strengthening the economic base of their communities. One increasingly important part of many cities' economic development strategies is entrepreneurial development. Entrepreneurial development programs support high-potential local businesses through startup and growth phases, leading to job creation and increased business success rates. [...]

Moducan Corporation Wins Coachella Valley Fast Pitch

By |2023-04-07T16:44:58-07:00April 7th, 2023|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CVEP and Riverside County Office of Economic Development have joined forces again this April to celebrate Riverside County Innovation Month. As part of the monthlong celebration of innovation, local entrepreneurs and the public were invited to participate in the region’s signature Innovation Month event, Coachella Valley Fast Pitch, hosted by CVEP. Coachella Valley Fast Pitch [...]

Laura James to Speak at 2023 IEDC Leadership Summit

By |2023-01-24T21:04:13-08:00January 24th, 2023|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , |

Economic development leaders from across the globe will convene next week in Tucson, Arizona for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2023 Leadership Summit. The sold-out conference will feature three distinct learning tracks for leaders to choose from: The Intersection of Innovation and Economic Development: Strategies for entrepreneurial and workforce development that will help leaders [...]

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