This year, the 16th Annual Greater Palm Springs Summit took place on Thursday, November 19, streaming live on

This year’s theme was “Becoming Essential.” The morning event revealed the annual economic report and forecast, and also showcased our region’s business attraction strategies and goals to mobilize a long-term sustainable effort to diversify and elevate the economy of Greater Palm Springs.

Whether you are a business leader in the region whose business has been impacted by the pandemic, or you’re looking into moving or expanding your business here, this year’s Summit program demonstrated why Greater Palm Springs continues to be one of the best places to work and live.

At the links below, you can view each of the four speakers’ recorded presentations, as well as their presentation slides. The Annual Economic Report and Forecast can be viewed/downloaded below or here. A printed version will be available in late February.

Event Day Program

Economic Report, 2020

The Summit 2020: Speakers, Recorded Presentations, and Presentation Slides

Kome Ajise

Southern California Association of Governments
Kome Ajise_CVEP Summit 2020 Video
Kome Ajise_CVEP Summit 2020 Presentation

Kome Ajise is the new executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments. He has three decades of experience in regional planning and transportation, most recently as the Director of Planning at SCAG. Prior to working at SCAG, Kome was the Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), where he was responsible for internal operations, overseeing more than 18,000 employees and a budget in excess of $1.1 billion. Previously, he was Caltrans’ Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs and oversaw the Aeronautics, Mass Transportation, Rail, Transportation Planning, Local Assistance, and Research Innovation and System Information Divisions. Kome has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin, Nigeria and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from California State University, Fresno.

Keil is an Associate Professor and the former Chairman of the Faculty at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Keil is a Fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and a Research Associate at the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at CMC. He has a history of working on various aspects of business cycles and comparative economic performance (Journal of Macroeconomics, Oxford Economic Papers, Southern Economic Journal, and Canadian Public Policy). More recently, Keil has written papers on the employment effects of minimum wages and the recession of 2009. Both papers were listed among SSRN’s top 10 downloads in their respective categories.