Wednesday February 10th the Riverside Chapter successfully completed its first Desert Event of 2016! Palm Valley Country Club generously hosted the 2016 Mayor’s Luncheon. With over 160 in attendance members and guests had the opportunity to engage with our panelists about the future of building in the Coachella Valley. There were over 25 elected officials representing over 12 cities across the Riverside County. Eight Board members of the Riverside Chapter were present and actively engaged throughout the entire event. Supervisor John Benoit, Chairman of Riverside County Board of Supervisors, led us in our Pledge of Allegiance. As Bill Blankenship, CEO of the Riverside Chapter kicked off announcements and extended our gratitude to all our sponsors and partners.
The panelists represented four cities in the Coachella Valley—the four cities having the highest amount of Single Family Permits since 2012. Mayor of Palm Springs, Robert Moon, highlighted the current projects in his city, mentioning several housing developments as well as a large commercial development in downtown Palm Springs. He eloquently stated how Palm Springs is working hard to reinvent its permit process by simplifying it, in order to encourage builders to build in their city. Mayor of La Quinta, Linda Evans, focused on the statistics of the city of La Quinta, elaborating on their success over the past few years in land use for residential properties, and making predictions for the building industry going forward in the La Quinta. Mayor of Indio, Glenn Miller concentrated on the city’s land use and mentioned how the city is working on their Single Family Permit Fees for the upcoming year. Mayor Pro Tem of Palm Desert, Jan Harnik, thoroughly explained the overall plan for the city while emphasizing the need to attract more residents as well as tourists to invest in the housing market.
Thank you to all of the attendees and event sponsors as we had a successful Desert Mayor’s Luncheon!