Transformational Tourism

When they come to play and decide to stay, visitors have a positive impact on the workforce.

Lisa Marie Hart Vision

The thought strikes often and in so many places — bouncing to electronica inside Coachella’s Sahara Tent, eating street tacos at Saguaro’s El Jefe, chilling at a DJ pool party at the Ace Hotel, imbibing at a Modernism Week cocktail soiree, zooming around a race track in Thermal, floating in a tepid mineral pool, or wading by the 40-foot waterfall


A Wellness Community

Healthcare leaders break new ground and share the rewards of innovation in patient care.

GREG ARCHER Health & Wellness, Vision

From the time Nellie Coffman, the daughter of a Santa Monica hotelier, came to Palm Springs in 1908 to quell her nagging cough and open the legendary Desert Inn, other people seeking a more healthful climate — first for tuberculosis and respiratory treatment, and later for orthopedic and cosmetic procedures — have made the dry desert a magnet for wellness-seekers.


Local Access, Global Impact

One doctor’s big idea can change the way we learn and communicate.

Steven Biller Health & Wellness, Vision

In Palm Springs, the world’s top pathologists are examining slides under microscopes and sharing their knowledge in real time with doctors and students around the globe. Throughout the year, experts converge on downtown’s iconic Alan Ladd building, now called The Five Hundred (500 S. Palm Canyon Drive). They assemble in two microscopy labs, each outfitted with 17 personal-use microscopes and


Casting a Wider Net

Economic Summit will show that the desert means business.

Steven Biller Attractions, Vision

Popular among business, civic, and education leaders for its trenchant reporting on the performance of the local economy, the 12th annual Greater Palm Springs Economic Summit Nov. 1 will attract entrepreneurs up and down the West Coast. “We have a good story to tell about the desert, and we use our biggest event of the year to help attract businesses


Up with Thermal

Development at the airport satisfies demand and creates opportunity.

Steven Biller Attractions, Vision

A flurry of activity has Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport buzzing, and most of the action is taking off away from the runways. Over the last 18 months, the airport, located in Thermal and owned and managed by Riverside County, has broken ground on projects to expand capacity, increase service, and create economic opportunity. In April, Desert Jet — a group


The Road to CSU Palm Desert

Expansion of the CSUSB campus will transform local education.

Steven Biller Attractions, Vision

If everything goes as planned, enrollment at California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, will balloon from the current 1,100 students to 3,000 in 2018 and to as many as 8,000 in the next 10 to 15 years. The growth hinges on the university board of trustees’ approval of a draft master plan involving as many as 10 academic


Visionary — Troy Zimmerman

Owner, Troy Zimmerman Interior Design

Steven Biller Vision, Watch & Listen - Vision

When you work with an interior designer who’s been a fine artist his entire life, you’re likely to see your home outfitted with custom furniture and elements in every room. Troy Zimmerman, who works with clients in the desert, Los Angeles, Orange County, and out of state, considers himself lucky to have been able to pursue his passion of being

Palm Springs Golf Course

A Higher Standard

Quality of life and cost of living give the edge to Greater Palm Springs.

Steven Biller Real Estate, Vision

If you are living in Palm Desert, earning an annual salary of $80,000, and contemplating a move to San Diego, you’ll have to earn $98,838 there to maintain the lifestyle you enjoy in the desert. You’d have to make even more in San Jose ($119,064), 
Irvine ($129,811), San Francisco ($146,475), Santa Monica ($177,872), and Palo Alto ($250,808). The fact is,

Solar panel installation

Meet the Market

A wave of tech-based enterprises discovers open minds and generous resources.

Emily Chavous Vision

Off-the-grid mobile solar power. Energy-saving smart water meters. Solar hot water collectors. They sound like the enterprises of cities known for sprouting renewable energy companies, but these and a growing number of others are creating high-skill jobs in Greater Palm Springs. Some of these entrepreneurs came to realize their ideas at the Palm Springs iHub, an incubator and Accelerator Campus


Visionary — John T. Bianchin, DDS

Owner, Valley View Dental

Steven Biller Vision, Watch & Listen - Vision

Knowing a visit to the dentist can stir anxiety in almost anyone, Dr. John T. Bianchin created an environment at Valley View Dental where patients feel at ease without the hustle and bustle of so many busy dental offices. “We see one guest at a time,” he says. “That’s what dentistry is supposed to be about. It’s not supposed to