Annual 2011

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Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage

City of health and wellness
Rancho Mirage is moving forward, with fiscal, physical, and social balance, into the next decade of the 21st century.
Palm Springs

Palm Springs

The Desert's ultimate "innovation" hub sets the pace for sustainable economic growth
Palm Springs leads the way in Riverside County when it comes to creating successful community economic development programs.
Palm Desert

Palm Desert

Economic vitality gives Palm Desert exceptional quality
Palm Desert has relied on thoughtful planning and thriving commerce to build a solid civic foundation that generates a superior quality of life for residents and an unforgettable experience for visitors.
La Quinta

La Quinta

Gem of the Desert
People are embracing life’s most basic values — healthy living, time with family and friends, and simple pleasures. This has inspired the city of La Quinta to focus on what makes life in this community so gratifying — an exceptional quality of life.
Indio

Indio

Where progress is present and meeting the future
“Indio remains a city on the move with positive present and future growth,” notes Mayor Gene Gilbert. “There are examples of all types showcasing this around the city.”
Indian Wells

Indian Wells

On a scale of one to 10, luxurious Indian Wells rates a "10+"
Whether you want to visit, raise a family, relocate your business, or retire, this desert paradise situated in the heart of the Coachella Valley offers a top-caliber quality of life.
Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs

A city on the move
Desert Hot Springs, experiencing a resurgence of energy from within, is truly a “City on the Move” that is growing into its potential.
Coachella

Coachella

Seeing the big picture
“We continue to set the bar higher,” says Mayor Eduardo Garcia about his city’s outlook for the future.
Cathedral City

Cathedral City

Catch the community spirit
Cathedral City continues to make economic strides through innovative planning and expediting key business and residential development to grow the City.
Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Have six lanes, will travel
In the planning stages since 1994, the Ramon Road project was “shovel ready” — and thus received $39.4 million in federal stimulus funds.
Healthcare

Healthcare

A healthy outlook
The desert area’s strengths are the number and quality of medical facilities, the availability of clinics, a commitment to improving health, and good dissemination of information.
Sports

Sports

More sports come into play
With more than 130 courses sprawling from one end of the Coachella Valley to the other, golf generates a lot of money for the desert. But other sports also are making their mark on the local scene.
Preservation

Preservation

Protecting the past
Preservationists suggest close links between past and present and often must dispel the myth that conserving the region’s distinctive heritage creates a bad environment for local business.
Tourism

Tourism

World-class events boost tourism
Increasingly, people come to the Coachella Valley come for the world-class events.
Education

Education

Building on education
Educational Programs are designed to help create a Coachella Valley workforce able to not only fill local needs, but also attract technology-based, green industries that diversify the local economy.
Arts

Arts

In the Arts, a crescendo in programming
Institutions throughout the valley persevere to communicate an abundance of enriching experiences to desert audiences.
Retail

Retail

In retail, registers sing
This fall’s opening of El Paseo Village delighted expectant shoppers hungry for hip, high-end stores. Techies in town rejoiced with the announcement of a much-desired Apple store entering the mix — just in time for the holidays.
Agriculture

Agriculture

Sunny days for agriculture
After a dip in 2008, the value of Coachella Valley’s agricultural yields rose in 2009.
A Valley Rising

A Valley Rising

As cities sign on to a common economic blueprint, a partnership asserts its vision for smart growth.
In a demonstration of solidarity behind a set of ideals, a cross section of stakeholders — including nine municipalities — has literally bought into a plan to grow and strengthen the desert economy.
Riverside County In Focus

Riverside County In Focus

Local, Regional, Global - Riverside County casts a wide net to grow the desert economy
“EDA’s mantra is simple: Increase jobs, wages, and investment in the county,” says Sarah Mundy, assistant director of economic development and cultural services.
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