Lessons from Durwood’s Neighborhood Garden

By |2019-07-08T14:31:17-07:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

As a child in rural Kentucky it was common for all of the people who lived in our neighborhood to know and like one another. On the rare occasion that there were personal differences, they were set aside for activities that aided the common good.  One of those common-good activities was pitching in to plant, [...]

Desert Hot Springs Cannabis Park Transformation Video

By |2019-06-04T11:46:01-07:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Economic Development, Innovation, Jobs, News|Tags: , , , |

CVEP has produced two videos that show renderings of what can happen in the Coachella Valley by the year 2050.  In these videos, our concentration has been on traditional economic development needs. These needs include a comprehensive public university, an intermodal trade hub, state-of-the-art bandwidth, a fully developed Salton Sea, and entrepreneurship.  These are all [...]

Future of Everything Part 2: Sustainable Fashion

By |2019-05-21T10:48:50-07:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, News, Sustainability|Tags: , , , |

If there is one thing that the Coachella Valley is well known for, it is fashion. From Trina Turk, to Fashion Week in Palm Desert, to the Palm Springs iHub's Eco Sustainari headed by Nima Pauline, we are an oasis of fashion. Even the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is known for its attendees' [...]

Future of Everything Part 1: The Future of Power and the Credentials to be a CEO

By |2019-05-21T11:00:29-07:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Economic Development, Innovation, Jobs, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , |

Within minutes of checking into the first sessions at the Future of Everything Festival in New York City, critical information for CVEP and the future of the Coachella Valley began to flow. Gretchen Watkins, CEO of Shell, and Invenergy's Michael Polsky shared the stage during a session titled Powering the Planet. Eventually, the topic of [...]

Impacts of Online University Programs

By |2019-05-03T11:09:29-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Innovation, Jobs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Last week,  from the comfort of my Palm Desert sofa, I watched my step-daughter walk across a stage to be awarded her masters degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. As she walked, I began to reflect on the impacts of online education. My step-daughter is a mother of two college students. She [...]

Justine Musk (Elon’s first wife) on “What it Takes to Be a Billionaire”

By |2019-04-22T10:49:09-07:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Innovation, Jobs|Tags: , , , , , |

Elon Musk's first wife Justine should know something about what it takes to become a billionaire.  She was there when Elon met the criteria.  Now that he is worth $12 billion, everyone wants to be Elon, but few will do so.  The question is often asked about just what it takes to become a billionaire.  [...]

CVEP’s CEO Joe Wallace Publishes Book “Living Outside the Box”

By |2019-04-12T14:04:18-07:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Innovation, Jobs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Exciting news at CVEP: CEO Joe Wallace was notified on April 12 that his first book Living Outside the Box had been approved for publication. Living Outside the Box is a call to action beyond the old cliché of thinking outside the box. The difference between the two is that merely thinking outside the box [...]

Food and Beverage Drones are in Iceland. What about us?

By |2019-03-31T15:31:15-07:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Innovation, Jobs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Residents of select neighborhoods of Reykjavik, Iceland are now able to order small meals and drinks for drone delivery. The Aha drone is capable of making triple the deliveries of a driver within a 2.5 mile radius of its home base. The delivery radius is about to expand to 5 miles. The initial target market [...]

How Greater Palm Springs Celebrates Innovation Month

By |2019-03-26T09:42:45-07:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , |

Greater Palm Springs is a pretty exciting place to live, and certain times of the year are even more exciting than others. Spring is one of those times. Wildflowers are blooming (please, don’t trample them); some of the region’s biggest events are happening (BNP Paribas Open just wrapped up, Desert X is in full swing, [...]

Las Vegas Planning for Automation-Based Job Losses

By |2019-03-25T20:42:21-07:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Innovation|Tags: , , |

CVEP attended the City Launch conference in San Diego last week to learn about the Smart Cities opportunities. CVEP Board Chair Jan Harnik and CEO Joe Wallace attended the event and were captivated by some of the things that are being done at other locations. Of particular interest to the Coachella Valley were the comments [...]