Thursday, March 16th the Riverside Chapter successfully completed its first Desert Event of 2017! Palm Valley Country Club generously hosted the 2017 Mayor’s Luncheon. With over 105 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 15 elected officials representing over 9 cities across the Riverside County. Five Board members of the Riverside Chapter were present and actively engaged throughout the entire event. Mayor Pro Tem of Palm Desert, Sabby Jonathan, led us in our Pledge of Allegiance. As Jeff Clemens, President of the Riverside Chapter Board of Directors kicked off announcements and extended our gratitude to all our sponsors and partners.
Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Tom Kirk, moderated the entirety of the program and kept the audiences enthused and energized throughout the afternoon. Our panelists represented five cities in the Coachella Valley: Mayor of Indian Wells, Richard Balocco, Mayor of Cathedral City, Stan Henry, Mayor of Coachella, Steven Hernandez, Mayor of Desert Hot Springs, Scott Matas, and Mayor of Rancho Mirage, Ted Weill. Mayor Balocco explained the current local economy in Indian Wells including a description of the major golf courses and hospitality-related projects while Mayor Henry spoke about economic development activities, public works projects, and additional filled-positions within the City. Mayor Hernandez explained the updated City permit process as well as the multiple Residential projects lined up. Mayor Matas was proud to announce not only the new community and housing developments happening in Desert Hot Springs, but the crime rate has dropped nearly 19%. Mayor Weill took the audience through a series of completed developments, commercial updates and touched on the financial health of the city. Thank you again to all who participated in our 2017 Mayor’s Luncheon Panel!
Thank you to all of the attendees and event sponsors as we had a successful Desert Mayor’s Luncheon!
East Valley Coalition
Fusion Sign & Design
Hathaway Building Materials
Southern California Edison
So Cal Gas