Meet the DPO: Mission Accomplished

On Tuesday, February 17th, The Building Industry Association (BIA) Membership, in concert with the Desert Contractors Association (DCA) gathered in the Desert and we met the Desert Public Officials.  Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, Indio Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Miller and Palm Desert City Councilmember Jan Harnik joined a distinguished panel of local elected officials from the 4 cities that are experiencing steady yet significant growth in the greater Coachella Valley Region.  The City of Indio alone boasts the greatest number of Single Family Residential Permits for a City in all of Riverside County.

While the numbers for the region aren’t huge they were proportionally large and statistically significant for the region.  Had it not been for the accelerated regional activity, Riverside County’s Permit numbers would have been behind last year’s numbers, as it is Riverside County about broke even.  What we are clearly seeing here is a trend where we see pockets of activity well up and then wind down over time depending on market demand but this is not happening everywhere all at once meaning the market has remained steady but continues to remain at the same post-recession levels since it began.  Be that as it may, it’s a welcomed sign that in the Desert they’re doing something right.

From Single Family Residential, to Multifamily Mixed Use and Commercial our leaders in the Desert along with their staff have taken steps to smooth their industry related customer experience at the counter and incentivize high quality affordable development in their respective cities.  Several builders and industry members packed the room to meet and greet our panel and listen in on the conversation about their future vision for the Greater Coachella Valley.   The BIA of Riverside County is thoroughly grateful for our partnership with the DCA and we look forward to future desert events.

We would also like to thank our incredibly generous sponsors, US Bank and Vintage Group for making this event possible. We’ll be back!