Riverside County and Local Community Organizations Band Together to Establish the Coachella Valley Economic Recovery Team
Riverside County has banded together with the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC), the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), and the U.S. Small Business Association in the Coachella Valley (SBA) to form the Coachella Valley Economic Recovery Team (CVERT).
The purpose of this committee is to assist economic development leaders across the valley with latest information, access to shared resources, and best practices with the goal of streamlining communication to valley professionals and impacted business verticals to expedite our work on economic recovery.
“This strong team of local organizations has been formed to help address the long-term effects of the COVID-19 virus on the Coachella Valley economy,” said Joe Wallace, CEO/President of CVEP. Joshua Bonner, CEO/President of the GCVCC, added “All of the cities in the valley are also participating in an attempt to focus, and not duplicate, efforts.”
These lead organizations will take an active role to assist in minimizing economic impacts to the Coachella Valley:
The role of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is to be a resource for the local hospitality industry, leading the recovery of our tourism economy by developing and executing a marketing strategy that will resonate with the changing travel landscape.
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber focused on economic development and advocacy for our region’s small business community. Our focus for this committee will be serving as a conduit for the free flow of information between small business owners and the committee. Further, we will look to translate the efforts of the committee into policy by working with local city, county, state and federal elected leaders through our advocacy efforts.
For the duration of this crisis, CVEP will be focused on helping businesses navigate the complex array of available resources as stimulus bills are passed. Meanwhile, we continue our work developing a resilient and diverse economy in Greater Palm Springs. This is, and always has been, CVEP’s mission. We never lose sight of the fact that a diverse economy, with a wide range of well-paying jobs available in a variety of industries, is better equipped to weather a storm like the one we now face.
SBA is currently assisting small businesses through its EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) program. At the time of writing, the website is not available to process loan applications due to very high volume. Applicants can access the necessary documentation through this link where they will find program information, the necessary forms and guidance if they need one on one assistance with the documentation at no cost. Currently, it is recommended that documentation be submitted via e-mail, fax or mail. You can contact Natalie Orta at email@example.com or at 760.408.0049.
Riverside County is currently involved in every aspect of providing economic assistance to small business and the recovery efforts. At this time, we ask that you share the newly created Riverside County website; Rivcobizhelp.org and the latest SBDC COVID 19 Business Resource Guide with your business associates and partners. We look forward to working closely with you as we move forward to craft proactive solutions during the crisis.
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Indio, CA 92201
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COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Assessment
To assess the effects of COVID-19 on business operations in the Greater Palm Springs area, and identify the workforce challenges and concerns that local business leaders are currently facing, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) is conducting a series of Business Impact Surveys with the assistance of its board of directors as well as the CVERT Network. The initial survey was conducted between March 24-31, 2020. The results of the first survey can be viewed here.
The second survey was conducted between April 29-May 6, 2020. The results of the second survey can be viewed here.