Look to the Future! Economic Development Week is Here!

By |2022-05-12T09:52:52-07:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , |

Economic development is back on track! With the Coachella Valley now truly open for business after the return of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach it’s time to reevaluate, reassess and plan for the future of the Coachella Valley. Cue Economic Development Week, a time to celebrate the often-unseen work that builds a [...]

Laura James Earns Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Designation

By |2022-04-18T15:00:33-07:00April 18th, 2022|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , |

Laura James, CVEP's vice president of innovation, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Ms. James is the only Certified Economic Developer in the Coachella Valley, a distinction which sets her - [...]

Innovation Month is here!

By |2022-04-06T17:35:20-07:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News|Tags: , , |

Innovation and economic development are two complementary facets of the Coachella Valley that go hand-in-hand. From small businesses to tech entrepreneurs, the Coachella Valley is an emerging center for innovation within California. To celebrate our innovators and entrepreneurs Riverside County hosts Innovation Month each year. This year Innovation Month spans the month of April and [...]

The Top 5 Reasons to Co-work from the Newly Opened Palm Desert iHub

By |2022-02-24T12:53:13-08:00February 24th, 2022|Categories: Business Development, Economic Development, News|Tags: , |

Maximum Flexibility Our co-working spaces and membership plans are designed to emphasize flexibility. Come in anytime Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. We have many different kinds of spaces to fill all your business needs. Need a conference room, private office, lounge access or just a desk to work at? We have you covered here at the iHub! Our [...]

CVEP Leaders Speak at IEDC Leadership Summit

By |2022-02-11T18:15:06-08:00February 11th, 2022|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News|Tags: , , |

Economic development leaders from all across the country recently traveled to the Coachella Valley for the 2022 IEDC Leadership Summit: the first in-person IEDC conference since the beginning of the pandemic. CVEP CEO Joe Wallace and CVEP VP Laura James had the honor of speaking at the Summit's first and most widely attended breakout session: [...]

CVEP Honored with IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award

By |2021-10-06T14:46:31-07:00October 6th, 2021|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , |

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) won a Silver Rank for its Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs, a project in the category of Special Event of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was announced this week at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. “Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs is [...]

Announcing the Inaugural CVEP Economic Development Week Award Winners

By |2021-05-17T16:18:17-07:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , , |

The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) celebrated Economic Development Week from May 9-15, 2021. Adding to the celebration this year, CVEP's inaugural Economic Development Week Awards recognize local individuals, companies, and organizations for their significant contributions to economic development in the Greater Palm Springs region. The awards are destined to become a highlight of Economic [...]

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 [...]

Observations From the Road: What My 5-year Doctoral Journey has Taught Me About the Coachella Valley Economy

By |2021-05-11T22:32:48-07:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Economic Development|Tags: , , , |

In the summer of 2016, I began my doctoral-level academic journey. My destination was to more deeply understand the Coachella Valley economy. I wanted to determine what ailed our region and identify the steps we could individually and collectively take to improve our economy. I thought I had an excellent grasp of our market. As [...]

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 [...]

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