The Coachella Valley

The Rise of the Knowledge Economy

High-skill jobs of the future put a premium on higher ed and innovation.

Ken Alan Vision

In a valley where TV meteorologists routinely forecast widely scattered sunshine, it should come as no surprise that Greater Palm Springs provides a setting that has inspired some truly bright ideas within its knowledge economy. Dr. Forrest M. Bird exemplified this culture of innovation in the 1960s, pioneering some of the earliest portable mechanical ventilators for people with acute lung