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 achievable, but take serious planning and many billions of dollars of investment. They are each transformational in their own right: check out the video that was premiered at last year’s Economic Summit to see our vision for the future.
Another video featuring a transformational view of the desert features the Coachillin’ cannabis business park planned for Desert Hot Springs. Desert Hot Springs is a city on the leading edge of development in the cannabis industry. In 2014, Desert Hot Springs became the first city in California to allow large-scale marijuana cultivation. Since then, Desert Hot Springs has also become home to the development of the world’s first solar cannabis facility. The Coachillin’ park is surrounded by an advanced perimeter security fence, and offers cannabis banking services, grow facilities, a hotel, a brewpub, and a full-service restaurant. The video renderings show what looks like a walled city dedicated to the cannabis business. We have not seen any cost estimates for this project but it does mention plans to open the brewpub and restaurant in 2019.