On Wednesday, December 13th the Riverside Chapter put on its final Desert Event of 2017! Woodhaven County Club generously hosted our From Palm Springs to Indio Panel. Our panel consisted of the Mayor of Palm Springs, Robert Moon, Mayor of Indio, Michael Wilson and Indio City Manager, Mark Scott—giving our audience a unique perspective on development valley-wide. We saw more than 70 attendees, with members and guests taking the opportunity to engage with our panelists. There were many elected officials representing 5 cities across Riverside County in attendance. Randy Madrid, our BIA Riverside County Chapter Vice President of Governmental Affairs, joined us along with the Executive Officer of BIA Southern California, Mike Balsamo.
Mayor Moon started off the panel by showcasing active development projects in various stages of completion in Palm Springs. His presentation highlighted residential projects, public building improvements, first-class hotel construction and the new Downtown Palm Springs park. Mayor Moon finished his presentation by touting the booming, local Palm Springs economy and reiterated the excitement he and the new City Council have over the major planned hotels, parks, and hospitality-related projects.
Indio Mayor, Michael Wilson, guided the audience through a series of completed developments, residential and commercial improvements and touched on the healthy financial status of the city. Mayor Wilson also gave accolades to the Council and Staff for the effort put into streamlining Indio’s permit process to ensure faster and easier development in the City of Indio. Mayor Wilson was also proud to announce the City of Indio’s Sponsorship of the Tachevah Music Festival scheduled for May 2018. He also updated our members and guests about economic development activities, public works projects, and newly filled-positions within the City, such as the recently appointed City Manager, Mark Scott. Mr. Scott, echoed the Mayor’s commitment to continue to be a development-friendly city. Additionally, he offered his personal cell number for our members and guests and expressed interest in speaking with the building community.
After several minutes of Q & A, our CEO of BIA Riverside County Chapter, Bill Blankenship, returned to the podium to thank our sponsors and wrapped up the event wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and healthy New Year.
Thank you to all of the attendees and event sponsors as we had a successful end-of-the-year event. Happy Holidays to you and your family—See you next year!
Thank you again to our generous sponsors:
CASC Engineering & Consulting
East Valley Coalition
Fusion Sign & Design
Michael Baker International
So Cal Gas—Energy Education Efficiency Partner
and Southern California Edison—Energy Education Efficiency Partner