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Visionary - Timothy Jochen, M.D.

Visionary - Timothy Jochen, M.D.

Healthcare Visionary - "This is my favorite place in the whole world,” says Dr. Timothy Jochen. “I’ve traveled everywhere, and I always am so happy to come home.”
Visionary - Casey Coyle

Visionary - Casey Coyle

Workforce Excellence Visionary - The Coachella Valley’s strong interest in healthy living made it the perfect place for Whole Foods Market to open a new store.
Visionary - Todd Blue

Visionary - Todd Blue

Workforce Excellence Visionary - “We have been able to attract and hire incredible talent,” he says. “They are passionate about our community and it shows in their desire to work.”
Tourism Reboot

Tourism Reboot

World-class events such as the Coachella music festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival are sparking renewed economic growth in the valley.
A Natural Solution

A Natural Solution

The legendary Two Bunch Palms spa resort takes a bold step toward carbon neutrality by adding solar power to its sustainability plan
Oasis of Opportunity

Oasis of Opportunity

Coachella Valley Vision, produced by the editors of Palm Springs Life, offers an inside look at the opportunity-rich sectors in the region’s economy, straight from the movers and shakers who drive it.
Coachella Valley Maps - Vision 2014/15

Coachella Valley Maps - Vision 2014/15

Maps of Coachella Valley - Utilities, Tribal Lands, Attractions, Education Partners.
The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

The Salton Sea — California’s largest inland lake — presents big opportunities for environmentally sound economic progress.
A Powerful Asset

A Powerful Asset

It’s time for a Coachella Valley industrial renaissance, fueled by the sun.
Investing in Innovation

Investing in Innovation

From proof of concept to going to market, the Coachella Valley iHub helps entrepreneurs parlay great ideas into successful enterprises.
The Man Behind Coachella

The Man Behind Coachella

15 years ago, Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett launched a music festival that reinvented the valley’s youth tourism market.
Visionary - Gary Honts

Visionary - Gary Honts

Healthcare Visionary - Honts notes that the hospital is an economic driver to the community, recruiting new physicians, which leads to additional office staff jobs as well.
Visionary - Nachhattar Singh Chandi

Visionary - Nachhattar Singh Chandi

Real Estate Visionary - “This is the best place to do business. We have great schools, good hospitals, and good transportation.
Visionary - John Monahan

Visionary - John Monahan

Real Estate Visionary - John Monahan had been visiting Palm Springs regularly for about 15 years when he noticed that the 1968 Alan Ladd Building was for sale.
Visionary - Shaun Murphy

Visionary - Shaun Murphy

Workforce Excellence Visionary - SBEMP provides litigation and transactional services — “the full spectrum of the local economy, including business, commercial, and personal injury,” Murphy says.
Visionary - Steven Quintanilla

Visionary - Steven Quintanilla

Workforce Excellence Visionary - Steven Quintanilla first came to the Coachella Valley in 1992 when Cathedral City retained him to work on the original Ritz-Carlton project.
Visionary - Richard Oliphant

Visionary - Richard Oliphant

Workforce Excellence Visionary - Oliphant says he’s traveled the world and, unfailingly, “I can’t wait to get back to the Coachella Valley. We have a lifestyle that’s second to none.
Visionary - Tim Ellis

Visionary - Tim Ellis

Tourism & Hospitality Visionary - Tim Ellis, the general manager for Palm Mountain Resort, came to the Coachella Valley 22 years ago “because I was looking to get into resort hotel management.”
Visionary - Michael Landes

Visionary - Michael Landes

Healthcare Visionary - Eisenhower Medical Center, the Coachella Valley’s only not-for-profit hospital, relies on charity, donations, and philanthropy to continue delivering excellence to all its patients.
Visionary - Bighorn Properties

Visionary - Bighorn Properties

Real Estate Visionary - Bighorn Properties has been an unmatched resource for buyers and sellers since the inception of Bighorn Golf Club, having successfully negotiated more than $2.4 billion in property sales.
Visionary - Carolyn Caldwell

Visionary - Carolyn Caldwell

Healthcare Visionary - DRMC also works in close partnership with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, relying on the agency’s internship and mentorship programs to introduce young people to healthcare careers at the hospital.
Visionary - Ritu Chopra, M.D.

Visionary - Ritu Chopra, M.D.

Healthcare Visionary - "The best thing about locating our business here in the Coachella Valley is becoming part of the community,” says Dr. Ritu Chopra
Visionary - Joshua Otten

Visionary - Joshua Otten

Arts, Media & Entertainment Visionary - Otten notes that the area is an ideal place for companies looking to relocate. “There’s a great appreciation for hard work here.
Visionary - Jeff L. Grubbe

Visionary - Jeff L. Grubbe

Philanthropy Visionary - As chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Jeff L. Grubbe is one of five council members who oversee all tribal business.
Visionary - Ellie Kheirkhahi-Love, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Visionary - Ellie Kheirkhahi-Love, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Healthcare Visionary - Living in the Coachella Valley has been a “really amazing experience for us,” Dr. Kheirkhahi-Love says. “My husband and I moved here 16 years ago.
Visionary - Keith McCormick

Visionary - Keith McCormick

Workforce Excellence Visionary - McCormick is president of Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions, a collector car auction and classic car dealership. “We moved here in 1981 from Blackpool, England.
Visionary - Scott M. Aaronson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Visionary - Scott M. Aaronson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Healthcare Visionary - I’ve observed a lot of growth in the Coachella Valley in general, and I think that anyone who decides to move here will find it a rewarding experience.
Visionary - Phillip K. Smith, Jr.

Visionary - Phillip K. Smith, Jr.

Real Estate Visionary - Smith appreciates all the Coachella Valley has to offer. “It’s been a terrific place to raise a family,” he says.
Visionary - Troy Zimmerman

Visionary - Troy Zimmerman

Arts, Media & Entertainment Visionary - “It’s two hours from everything, whether you want to be in the mountains or by the ocean. It’s a huge community of good people, and it’s become a mecca of good design.”
Visionary - Deena Suffin

Visionary - Deena Suffin

Arts, Media & Entertainment Visionary - When Deena Suffin wanted to launch her company, Post Modern Inc., she turned to local resources for help — with resounding success.
Visionary - The Iglehart, Aguirre, Wilson Group

Visionary - The Iglehart, Aguirre, Wilson Group

This community is a place where we can make a difference. We can grow roots and really see ourselves flourish in the Coachella Valley. - Ryan P. Wilson
Setting the Stage for Better Health

Setting the Stage for Better Health

Another 21 college students completed a 10-week internship in healthcare-oriented companies this summer through the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the nonprofit Health Career Connection Internship Program.
Steady as it Grows

Steady as it Grows

Riverside is California’s fourth-largest county, and the Coachella Valley is vital to its steady economic recovery.
Playing Zone Defense

Playing Zone Defense

California’s Enterprise Zone Program was set up in 1984 to give businesses incentives to locate and hire in depressed areas.
Coachella Valley Maps - Vision 2013/14

Coachella Valley Maps - Vision 2013/14

Maps of Coachella Valley - Utilities, Tribal Lands, Attractions, Education Partners.
City Profiles - Rancho Mirage

City Profiles - Rancho Mirage

It requires little more than a glance at a Coachella Valley map to see that the City of Rancho Mirage occupies an enviable spot. If a gigantic bull’s-eye were to be placed over the center of the valley, Rancho Mirage would easily rest inside.
City Profiles - Palm Springs

City Profiles - Palm Springs

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the city of Palm Springs — and it has been another spectacular year to remember for Southern California’s most legendary resort playground!
City Profiles - Palm Desert

City Profiles - Palm Desert

Palm Desert and its economy are on the move, with building activity accelerating at an exhilarating pace not seen in years.
City Profiles - La Quinta

City Profiles - La Quinta

In the past year, the City of La Quinta has experienced a resurgence in economic development activity — demonstrating that the Gem of the Desert remains a prime destination for work, play and quality of life.
City Profiles - Indio

City Profiles - Indio

Talk about magnetic pull. All those vehicles hurtling towards Indio along Interstate 10 have heard the buzz. They know Indio is the place where things are happening right now.
City Profiles - Desert Hot Springs

City Profiles - Desert Hot Springs

Stability. Security. Sustainability. Those are the key principles that continue to drive civic policy and community spirit in Desert Hot Springs. “We are a city on the move,” says a proud Mayor Yvonne Parks.
City Profiles - Coachella

City Profiles - Coachella

While the global economic outlook has shifted over the past several years, Coachella continues to offer the best value proposition for residents and investors in the Coachella Valley.
City Profiles - Indian Wells

City Profiles - Indian Wells

Some 100 miles east of Los Angeles, yet a world apart, lies Indian Wells, Calif., an extraordinary residential and resort community nestled at the foothills of the picturesque Santa Rosa Mountains.
City Profiles - Cathedral City

City Profiles - Cathedral City

Many year-round and seasonal residents make Cathedral City their home while others come to find what they need because this centrally located city has it all.
Visionary - Gary Honts

Visionary - Gary Honts

When Gary Honts, CEO and president of JFK Memorial Hospital, recruits physicians, he sells them on the hospital’s superior quality as well as the resort lifestyle they can enjoy in the Coachella Valley.
Visionary - Marc Empey

Visionary - Marc Empey

The partners at Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney law firm believe in staying connected to the community. In fact, the founding partners grew up in the Coachella Valley and returned here to practice.
Visionary - Denise Wilson

Visionary - Denise Wilson

When Denise Wilson decided to parlay her passion for flying into a small business, even she underestimated the possibilities for her fledgling charter jet service company.
Visionary - Troy Zimmerman

Visionary - Troy Zimmerman

Zimmerman focuses on luxury residential interior design, new construction from concept to completion, remodels, and commercial interiors, with emphasis on function and artistry.
Visionary - Bill Schlanger

Visionary - Bill Schlanger

EV Enterprises President Bill Schlanger chose to move his electric car conversion firm to Palm Springs from Arizona 18 months ago, and hasn’t looked back.
Visionary - Dr. Joseph Scherger

Visionary - Dr. Joseph Scherger

The proliferation of primary medicine and urgent care centers in the Coachella Valley might be the area’s hottest — and most noticeable — story of the past few years.
Visionary - Tony Renaud

Visionary - Tony Renaud

When Tony Renaud set out to implement a vision for a super-deluxe, members-only club for exotic-car owners, he says, “It made good business sense to build in the Coachella Valley.
Visionary - Curtis Pickering

Visionary - Curtis Pickering

“WEU is a degree-granting, free online university,” says Founder, Chairman and CEO Curtis Pickering. “Anytime, anywhere in the world, you can pick your degree program and get a free, high-quality education.
Visionary - Bohdan Olesnicky

Visionary - Bohdan Olesnicky

Bohdan Olesnicky parlayed his experience as a SWAT team physician — into creating a line of vitamins and nutritional products aimed at people in high-stress jobs.
Visionary - John Monahan

Visionary - John Monahan

John Monahan, who retired after 25 years as a healthcare company executive, has purchased and renovated the building, now called The Five Hundred.
Visionary - Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon

Visionary - Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon

“We know that in order to succeed in the 21st century economy you must be able to compete globally, collaborate regionally and execute locally,” says Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon, Superintendent/President of College of the Desert.
Visionary - Christopher Kennedy

Visionary - Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy, formerly a stockbroker in Los Angeles, opened his interior design firm 10 years ago in Palm Springs and has since found a rewarding marketplace.
Visionary - Ethan Kaminsky

Visionary - Ethan Kaminsky

He started his career photographing the valley’s iconic architecture. “Today many of my clients are architects, interior designers, and builders,” Kaminsky says.
Visionary - R.D. Hubbard

Visionary - R.D. Hubbard

“Helping people earn an education is the most important thing we can do for humanity,” says Bighorn Golf Club Chairman R.D. Hubbard. His strong beliefs led him to form the R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation.
Visionary - Rolf Hoehn

Visionary - Rolf Hoehn

When Rolf Hoehn joined Desert Champions in 2006, he and company owner Larry Ellison envisioned the BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden becoming the Coachella Valley’s grandest attraction.
Visionary - Jeff L. Grubbe

Visionary - Jeff L. Grubbe

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a special place in the history and heritage of the Coachella Valley — and a vital role in the future of the area.

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