One of the region’s greatest economic leaders, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, touches life at almost every level in Greater Palm Springs. It’s a cornerstone of the tourism industry, offering two casinos — Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage and the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs — and attractions like the Indian Canyons Golf Resort and the Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails.
And it’s vital to the livelihood of residents of Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage, where tribal lands checkerboard the map.
A large amount of the Tribe’s land is available for commercial and residential development.
“The Tribe has invested more than $14 million in transportation and infrastructure improvements in the last 10 years,” says Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, who is responsible for ensuring a secure future for more than 400 members of the Agua Caliente. “We also support the purchase of municipal police and fire-rescue resources and a wide variety of philanthropic causes that ultimately benefit the people of the Coachella Valley.”
Grubbe especially advocates for healthcare and education, two growing sectors of the economy. But all eyes are on the Tribe’s redevelopment of property in downtown Palm Springs, also the home of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spa.
“Ultimately, our goal is to set a new standard for the development of downtown Palm Springs. We hope to create not only a world-class destination resort, but also hundreds of new jobs for the local community.”
VIDEO: Watch the interview with Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe.