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? [...]

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 [...]

Teens and Grads Can Help Solve the Worker Shortage

By |2021-05-13T13:15:38-07:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Business Development, Jobs, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the summer of 1973, I was hired as a teenager into my first real job with a paycheck. That job at Jimmy’s Drive Inn in Sturgis, Kentucky paid a whopping 75 cents per hour plus all I wanted to eat.  I learned many valuable life lessons there: showing up on time; being groomed appropriately [...]

CV Entrepreneur Wins 1st Place at RivCo Fast Pitch Finale

By |2021-04-30T16:21:51-07:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Technology entrepreneur Bear Simerson is the first entrepreneur from the Greater Palm Springs area to come in first at the Fourth Annual Riverside County Fast Pitch Finale held on April 28, 2021. Simerson was one of five Riverside County entrepreneurs who qualified for the Finale by taking top honors at an official Riverside County Innovation [...]

Congratulations to the Winners of Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs!

By |2021-04-20T09:45:31-07:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , |

Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs - held on April 14 at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City - was an action-packed, shark-tank-style pitch contest. All in all, six innovators pitched their ideas to our panel of judges. Two winners were named: one in the product/service category and one in the technology category. Both Fast [...]

Fast Pitch Greater Palm Springs 2021

By |2021-04-13T13:18:30-07:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Innovation, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Riverside County Innovation Month is a chance to celebrate all types of innovators. On the official events calendar, you might find webinars, workshops, podcast premieres, socially-distant networking events, virtual tours, and more. But the real showcase of Innovation Month is the series of Regional Fast Pitch events and the Fast Pitch Finale. One of only [...]

Coachella Valley Home Prices on the Rise

By |2021-04-19T15:15:27-07:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, Data Digest, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

A couple of years ago I was honored to represent CVEP as a speaker at the quarterly Market Watch Seminar series sponsored by Palm Springs Life.  This seminar series presents a thorough examination of the residential real estate market. I would encourage readers to attend.  Even if you are not a realtor, you will learn [...]

Small Business Comeback: Get Your Business Online

By |2021-03-02T14:31:37-08:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Business Development, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A year ago. A presentation on digital marketing from Rich Henrich and Paul Gonzales of Rook SEO (now Rook Digital) was scheduled for the first week of March 2020. Stay-at-home orders hadn't yet been put in place. That event was the first of many that we had to cancel or postpone in 2020. At the [...]

CVEP Wins Prestigious IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award

By |2020-10-27T13:21:54-07:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , |

Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) won a Silver category award for its CVEP Investor Package, a project in the General Purpose Print Promotion category of the International Economic Development Council’s 2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Program. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the 2020 IEDC Annual Conference. “Creating an Investor Package [...]

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