Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber formed in 2016 to support a diverse business community that spans nearly forty-five miles, serving the needs of nearly half a million year-round residents and over a million visitors each year. As a business membership organization, they are supported through the generous investment and support of our members. They strive to enhance the overall business climate for their membership by being a catalyst for local commerce through their economic development programs, a convener of elected officials, business professionals and thought leaders through their many member and public events, and a champion for the local business community through their advocacy work. For more information, visit gcvcc.org.
Riverside County Economic Development Agency
The Riverside County Economic Development Association increases jobs, wages, and capital investment in the heart of Southern California. Specifically, the EDA’s mission is to (a) enhance the economic position of the county, (b) enhance the economic position of the county residents, (c) maintain the environment, (d) improve quality of life, (e) encourage business growth, (f) build a positive business climate, (g) develop a trained workforce, (h) improve existing communities, (i) offer a variety of housing opportunities, and (j) provide cultural and entertainment activities. For more information, visit rivcoeda.org.
College of the Desert
College of the Desert (COD) was founded in 1958 and opened its doors for the first time in September 1962. COD enrolls approximately 12,500 students, of which roughly one third attend college full time. As a two-year college, the College offers transfer students an affordable option for starting college and transferring to a four-year institution. COD is the number one source of transfer students to California State University at San Bernardino. COD also offers a number of popular vocational and technical programs, including Nursing and Health Sciences, Digital Design and Production, Turf Grass Management & Ornamental Horticulture, Advanced Transportation Technologies, Culinary Arts, and a full range of Administration of Justice courses at the Public Safety Academy training facility. COD’s main campus is located in Palm Desert. In 2001, the East Valley Campus opened in Indio, and plans are underway for the Palm Springs Campus to open in 2021. For more information, visit collegeofthedesert.edu.
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,400 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population. For more information, visit csusb.edu/pdc.
UCR Palm Desert Center
The University of California has been active in the Coachella Valley for nearly 100 years, initially supporting the agriculture industry and more recently impacting modern growth issues through research in areas such as transportation, air quality and energy and water conservation. Established in 2005, the Palm Desert Center serves as (a) a base for several UCR research programs; (b) a host to international academic conferences, continuing education and a variety of public service programs; and (c) a resource to extend the reach of UCR by providing outreach efforts in local schools to promote and improve college-going rates in the Coachella Valley. For more information, visit palmdesert.ucr.edu.
California Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions
The California Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions (CARES) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working in partnership with labor, business, environment, and community groups to support bulk energy storage projects to meet the state’s renewable goals, create a clean energy economy, and create well-paying jobs. As they work to make California the world leader in renewable energy, they rally support to create an energy storage boom. They (1) promote renewable energy development and use; (2) facilitate “bulk storage”of renewable energy for extended periods of time; and (3) put more Californians to work supporting renewable energy. For more information, visit californiarenewablesolutions.org.
FINANCIAL AND CAPITAL SERVICES
Pacific Western Bank
Pacific Western Bank is a national financial institution with more than $27 billion in assets. They provide comprehensive community banking, national lending, and venture banking services nationwide. Pacific Western Bank has 74 branches primarily located in California, with one branch in Denver, Colorado and another in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to their extensive branch network throughout the state of California, Pacific Western Bank has numerous loan production offices located in major metropolitan areas across the country. For more information, visit pacwest.com.
U.S. Bank’s history dates back to 1863 when First National Bank of Cincinnati opened for business. As regional banks proliferated across the country in the years that followed, a number of other predecessors were born. After a series of mergers at the turn of the 21st century, they formally took on the U.S. Bank name and established their headquarters in Minnesota. Today, U.S. Bank is the fifth-largest bank in the country, with more than 70,000 employees and $495 billion in assets. In the Coachella Valley, there are ten U.S. Bank branches – in Cathedral City (1), Palm Desert (3), La Quinta (2), Bermuda Dunes (1), and Indio (3). For further information, visit usbank.com.
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.97 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,300 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories. In the Coachella Valley, there are more than a dozen branches/ATM locations from Desert Hot Springs to Coachella. For more information, visit www.wellsfargo.com.
City of Cathedral City
Cathedral City is a desert city in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley. With a population of more than 55,000, a number of new developments and projects have been recently completed or are underway – ranging from road improvements, new housing developments, retail centers, and more. Home to the Valley’s first completed section of CV Link, Cathedral City boasts a brand new 2,900-seat Community Amphitheater, and has recently celebrated the opening of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian’s third casino. Cathedral City plays a key role in the cannabis industry, with a solid tax revenue allowing for the city’s continued growth – for parks, public safety, and improvements to public infrastructure. For more information on the City of Cathedral City, visit cathedralcity.gov.
City of Desert Hot Springs
One of the nine cities in the Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs has a population of close to 30,000. Often referred to as ‘California’s Spa City,’ it is one of several places in the world with naturally occurring hot and cold mineral springs that are pure, sulfur-free – and award winning. The City will soon boast a new City Hall and library, and several new home developments are underway. Desert Hot Springs is designated as a Qualified Opportunity Zone, and can deliver major tax benefits to investors. For more information on the City, visit cityofdhs.org.
City of Indian Wells
The City of Indian Wells is recognized worldwide as a prestigious community and international resort destination. Then and now, astute planning and city leadership have helped the City in its mission to create an unsurpassed quality of life for residents and guests by providing superior public safety, exceptional service and outstanding amenities that will further enhance their image. Guests and residents alike are continually drawn to the many amenities that the City offers including four world-class resorts, Indian Wells Golf Resort and Indian Wells Tennis Garden, a variety of cultural programs, impressive resident benefits, and much more. For more information, visit cityofindianwells.org.
City of Indio
The City of Indio is the largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley with more than 89,000 residents. Nearly 1.4 million people visit Indio in a typical year to attend its world famous arts, food, and music festivals. With nationally recognized public safety services, exceptional schools, great parks and senior and teen centers, more than 2,700 new housing units are in construction or being planned throughout the city in addition to new hotels, restaurants and retailers. In 1930, Indio was the first city incorporated in the Coachella Valley. The City of Indio embraces its diversity and provides outstanding municipal services to enhance the quality of life for its residents, visitors and business community. For more information, visit indio.org.
City of Palm Desert
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside county’s Coachella Valley. With a population of more than 53,000, Palm Desert offers residents and visitors alike numerous opportunities to enjoy the desert lifestyle – from hotels and spas, golf courses, and hiking, to world-class shopping and dining. In the center of it all, The Gardens on El Paseo features trendy upscale, luxury shops, restaurants and art galleries. The family-friendly Living Desert Zoo & Gardens specializes in desert-dwelling wildlife from around the world, and shows at the McCallum Theatre span music, comedy, dance and drama. For more information on the City of Palm Desert, visit cityofpalmdesert.org.
City of Palm Springs
The City of Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles, making it the largest city in Riverside County by land area. With multiple plots in checkerboard pattern, more than 10% of the city is part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation land. The city is known for its stylish hotels, golf courses, spas, and for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, interior design shops and restaurants. The surrounding areas offers hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Palm Springs is an inclusive world-class city dedicated to providing excellent and responsive public services to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more information on the City of Palm Springs, visit palmspringsca.gov or visitpalmsprings.com.
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Palm Springs, California, with more than 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. The tribe owns Indian Canyons, which is located southwest of Palm Springs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and they own land in Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The tribe also owns three major casinos: in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City. For more information, visit aguacaliente.org.
Desert Care Network
Desert Care Network is one of the largest primary care networks in the desert area, and is comprised of Desert Regional Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, and Hi-Desert Medical Center, as well as a number of specialty centers. Their array of services at their Palm Springs medical center, includes Emergency/Trauma Services, a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences, the El Mirador Imaging Center, the Center for Weight Management, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition, Desert Care Network has expanded three of its clinics – the cancer center, clinical orthopedics and neurosciences and the imaging center – to the La Quinta campus. Desert Care Network is also the recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, its highest level of certification, for its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Advanced Congestive Heart Failure Program. For more information, visit desertcarenetwork.com.
As the valley’s only not-for-profit hospital, Eisenhower Health has provided high quality, compassionate care for more than 45 years through a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and emergency facilities. Eisenhower is an accredited teaching hospital, with a School of Graduate Medical Education training new physicians in the specialties of family medicine and internal medicine. Eisenhower Health is comprised of a 463-bed hospital, the Annenberg Health Sciences Building at Eisenhower, and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower in addition to its outpatient facilities in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and La Quinta. The Betty Ford Center is also located on the Eisenhower campus. For more information, visit eisenhowerhealth.org.
LifeStream Blood Bank
LifeStream has served the Inland Empire and surrounding areas since 1951, providing lifesaving blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals and medical facilities in six counties. As a non-profit organization, LifeStream relies upon the generosity of more than 500 blood donations daily. In the Coachella Valley, there are two donor centers – in La Quinta and in Rancho Mirage. For more information, visit lstream.org.
Oliphant Enterprises Inc. is a privately held and locally owned company based in Palm Desert that operates as a land development/real estate firm. President and Founder Richard Oliphant and his team provide multiple services including plan consulting, entitlement procurement, construction management, real estate broker services, and sales and marketing. Oliphant offers its services for recreational, condominium, commercial and mixed-use development. For more information, visit oliphantenterprises.com.
MARKETING, ADVERTISING, DESIGN AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Hunter | Johnsen
Hunter | Johnsen is a full-service virtual marketing agency that offers strategy, branding, marketing, advertising, and design solutions. For more than 30 years, their team of professionals have been bringing together passion, proactivity, strategic thinking, thorough planning, attention to detail, creativity, and compelling design. The result is successful marketing by design. Hunter | Johnsen is a proud supporter of CVEP. For more information, visit hunterjohnsen.com.
Gannett Foundation/The Desert Sun
The Desert Sun is a local daily newspaper serving the Greater Palm Springs area. Owned by Gannett publications since 1988, The Desert Sun is the sole, local daily newspaper in the Coachella Valley. First issued in August of 1927 as a six-page newspaper, The Desert Sun grew with the desert communities it serves. Headquartered in Palm Springs, the publication covers local, state, national and world news, and has developed a variety of sections over the years. It offers the news both in print and digitally. For more information, visit desertsun.com.
Gulf California Broadcast Company
The Gulf-California Broadcast Company, located in Thousand Palms, is the largest and most diverse media company in the Coachella Valley. A subsidiary of the News Press & Gazette Company, it owns and operates five local television network affiliates: KESQ News Channel 3 (ABC), KPSP CBS Local 2, KDFX Fox 11, KCWQ (CW) and KUNA-TV (Telemundo), along with the highest rated Spanish speaking radio station: KUNA-FM (La Poderosa 96.7 FM). As the “desert’s news leader,” News Channel 3 and the group of stations are committed to providing the community with local news and information along with the connectivity that brings people and organizations together. For more information, visit kesq.com.
Palm Springs Life
Palm Springs Life has covered the culture, people, and progress of Greater Palm Springs since 1958. In addition to serving the local audience, the award-winning magazine and its digital offerings reach the Southern California coast and other markets with direct flights into our region. With these readers in mind, Palm Springs Life promotes Greater Palm Springs as a great place to live and work, underscored with its annual attraction-oriented Vision publication. Be a part of the Greater Palm Springs success story. For more information, visit palmspringslife.com.
Best Best & Krieger
Established in 1891, Best Best & Krieger LLP is a full-service national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 200 attorneys, the law firm has 10 offices nationwide, including Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit bbklaw.com.
A full-service architecture and interior design firm, KHA Architects is widely recognized for its ability to create visually arresting, inviting and supremely comfortable residences. Kristi Hanson Architects Inc. specializes in high-end custom homes and commercial real estate projects throughout Southern California and the United States. Kristi Hanson and her team’s desire to design residences that are about the best of who their clients are keeps the quintessentially creative KHA team lit up and innovating like nobody’s business. Their design work is a blend of intuition and innovation, of artistry and engineering, creating highly individual residences that enhance people’s lives. For more information, visit khaarchitects.com.
One of the oldest and most respected accounting firms in the Coachella Valley. A long-time supporter of CVEP, Osborne Rincon is a full-service accounting firm that provides a wide variety of services for businesses, not-profit organizations, trusts, and individuals, including: income tax preparation, tax planning, accounting and bookkeeping services, estate planning, business valuation, fraud prevention/forensic accounting, business consulting and much more. For more information, visit osbornerincon.com.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
In 1963, William Bone founded Sunrise Company. In the decades since, Sunrise has constructed more than 16,000 homes and condominiums, co-developed two resort hotels and developed 22 resort communities, numerous apartment buildings, a fractional ownership resort, office buildings, shopping centers and commercial hotels. Today, Sunrise Company is one of the nation’s most respected developers, with communities ranging from multi-family apartments to fractional residence clubs to luxury private residential resort/club communities to primary home communities. For more information, visit sunriseco.com.
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and does not independently own or operate any of the Massage Envy franchised locations nationwide. The Massage Envy franchise network, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skin care service. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,150 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. There are three locations in the Coachella Valley – Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and La Quinta. For more information, visit massageenvy.com.
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism marketing agency for the Coachella Valley. Founded in May 1989, the CVB was created as a public-private partnership to help grow the region’s tourism economy. The mission of the CVB is to positively affect the destination’s tourism economy and quality of life for its citizens, serving more than 90 TBID hotel partners and providing sales, marketing and public relations support targeting potential leisure travelers from around the world as well as event, meeting and convention groups. In addition to destination sales and marketing, the CVB supports air service development, workforce development, consumer and group business research, visitor studies and destination stewardship. For more information, go to visitgreaterpalmsprings.com.
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Charter Communications is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including internet, TV, mobile and voice. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers. For more information, visit corporate.charter.com.
Imperial Irrigation District
Formed in 1911, and headquartered in Imperial, California, the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) is an irrigation district that serves the Imperial Valley in Southern California. Established under the State Water Code, the IID supplies roughly 500,000 acres of Imperial Valley farmland with raw Colorado River water to support irrigation. In addition to providing irrigation, IID also supplies electricity to residents of the Imperial Valley and Coachella valleys including the Imperial Valley cities of El Centro, Calexico, Holtville, Brawley and Coachella Valley cities including Mecca, Thermal, La Quinta, Coachella and Indio, Bermuda Dunes, Thousand Palms, Indio Hills and Sky Valley. For more information, visit iid.com.
Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California and is one of the largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million people via 5 million customer accounts in a50,000 square mile service are within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Founded in 1886, SCE’s mission is to deliver reliable, affordable electricity safely. SCE is also proud to serve the communities through scholarships, volunteerism, and through grants focused on education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement. For more information, visit edison.com.
Southern California Gas Company
The Southern California Gas Company is the primary provider of natural gas to Southern California. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, they are the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to 21.8 million consumers in more than 500 communities over approximately 24,000 square miles, from Visalia to the Mexican border. They are committed to delivering a 21st century energy system that works for all Californians, as part of their vision to be the cleanest gas utility in North America. This energy system will be clean, reliable and most importantly, affordable. Through the use of renewable fuels like hydrogen and renewable natural gas, they can help California achieve its carbon neutral goal by 2045. For more information on the Southern California Gas Company, visit socalgas.com.