Federal Lands in the Coachella Valley

By |2021-07-27T14:27:05-07:00July 27th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Alaska. One of the statistics about this superlative state that intrigued me was that 62% (223.8 million acres) of its area is comprised of federally owned land. That got me curious about how much of the lands in our area are federally owned. Well, it turns out [...]

2020 Presidential Election Results in the Coachella Valley – by Precinct

By |2021-07-14T17:20:32-07:00July 14th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

I am sure many of us do not want to relive the 2020 Presidential campaign and election. But here we go. I have mapped precinct-level Presidential election results obtained from the New York Times. The map shows precincts where Biden or Trump won, and by what proportion of total votes. Biden prevailed in 105 precincts, [...]

Working From Home – The New Paradigm?

By |2021-06-29T17:43:51-07:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , |

The COVID pandemic upended the nation’s workforce. Some were fortunate to transition to working from home and kept their positions and wages throughout the pandemic lockdowns. Others were not so privileged. A Pew Research report found unsurprisingly that 90% of those who lost their jobs in February and March of 2020 were in positions that [...]

The Working Age Population of the Coachella Valley

By |2021-06-24T22:09:56-07:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

You can’t seem to open a newspaper or listen to the news lately without hearing a story about employers having a hard time finding new employees. Despite a resurging economy and countless job openings, many openings remain unfilled. In fact, the New York Times reports that there are more job openings this spring than before [...]

Diversity in the Coachella Valley

By |2021-06-11T10:56:09-07:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest|Tags: , , |

As a GIS professional, perceiving the world through geography is my dominant lens. One of the principal tenants of Geography is Tobler’s First Law of Geography: Everything is related to everything else. But near things are more related than distant things. More and more, we live in neighborhoods with others like ourselves, mimicking Tobler’s “law.” [...]

2020 Presidential Election: Geographic Comparisons

By |2021-06-01T16:53:21-07:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Data Digest, News|Tags: |

The 2020 Presidential election was one for the history books, in many, many ways. While we await final precinct-level results I thought it would be informative to see the results mapped by various political districts. I have mapped the results below by county supervisor, state senate, and state assembly districts, as well as by the [...]

Year-Over-Year Unemployment Rates

By |2021-05-25T17:42:35-07:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest, Jobs, News|Tags: , |

What a difference a year makes! In April 2019, official unemployment rates for the nine Coachella Valley cities were at historic lows. Confidence in the economy was high and an ever more prosperous future seemed probable. Ignorance is bliss. How could we ever have imagined that unemployment rates would nearly triple, in just one year? [...]

The Coachella Valley: Our Own Unique Economy

By |2021-05-13T17:59:11-07:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest, Economic Development, Innovation|Tags: , |

In an earlier blog, I discussed how the Coachella Valley is subsumed by the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Recently we teased the idea of succeeding and creating our own MSA, an idea that has been floating around the valley for quite some time. It turns out that MSAs must contain at least one [...]

Broadband Internet Availability in the Coachella Valley

By |2021-05-11T14:46:34-07:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Business Development, Data Digest, Economic Development, Innovation|Tags: , , |

Advocating for fundamental infrastructure to support and enhance entrepreneurship is a primary function of regional economic development. Access to high-speed, broadband internet is increasingly becoming an essential infrastructure. As more and more commerce, communication, education, and business workflows become virtual and remote, reliable and fast internet service has never been more necessary. The disruptions of [...]

The Importance of Regional Economic Development for the Coachella Valley

By |2021-05-13T16:54:57-07:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Data Digest, Economic Development|Tags: , , , |

This week we celebrate Economic Development Week. Since 2016, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has emphasized the importance of economic development during a week in May: this year, from May 9-15. The ideals celebrated this week - of economic development standing at the core of well-being and quality of life - are embodied at [...]

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