On Wednesday March 20th, the Riverside County Chapter of the BIA completed our first Desert Event of 2019. Palm Valley County Club generously hosted over 220 BIA members and guests including over 33 elected officials, representing over 14 cities across Riverside County. We had several Board members of our Riverside Chapter BIA Board of Directors present and actively engaged throughout the entire event.
Riverside County Supervisor of the 4th District, V. Manuel Perez led us in our Pledge of Allegiance. Followed by the introduction of our Riverside County BIA Board President Mike Taylor, the Division President of Pardee Homes. He BIA thanked the audience while reflecting on his experience working as a builder. Bill Blankenship, CEO of the BIA Riverside County Chapter, kicked off the announcements and extended our gratitude to all our sponsors and partners and supports of the BIA. Again, thank you to our event sponsors:
THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS
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 included Mayor of Cathedral City, Mark Carnevale, May of Indio, Lupe Ramos Amith, Mayor of La Quinta, Linda Evans, Mayor of Palm Desert, Susan Marie Weber, Mayor of Palm Springs, Robert Moon, and Mayor of Rancho Mirage, Richard Kite.
Cathedral City Mayor Mark Carnevale explained the rise of the city through topics like new housing developments, the creation of the new downtown Art and Entertainment District, profits from the emerging cannabis industry, along with public safety, tourism and street improvements.
Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos Amith concentrated on the successes of the City's housing opportunities available to all types of families. Mayor Ramos Amith cited the healthy amount of single-family residential permits and expects this trend to continue.
La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans reviewed the building City's permits, while briefly discussing various capital improvement projects and completed streets. Mayor Evans showcased an interactive project map, easing the permit process when working with builders. Mayor Evans concluded her presentation with the SilverRock Resort progress, the Ironman Triathlon followed by regional efforts to help improve the Highway111 Corridor.
Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber described the health of the City of by sharing the Strategic Plan, the General Plan Update, new businesses and developments and municipal efficiencies such as the implementation of E-TRAKIT for online permitting, inspections, plan reviews and builder records. Mayor Weber also discussed the Palm Desert Digital iHub, a joint effort between CVEP, CSUSB Palm Desert Campus and the City, to attract new businesses with an emphasis on technology and entrepreneurial efforts. The San Pablo Corridor and new ideas for El Paseo including mid-block crossings, nodes on several corners, and mixed use multi-story buildings are projects Mayor Weber explained with enthusiasm.
Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon discussed the number of currently approved, active and permitted projects access the City along with the increase in revenue in the General Fund. With Public Safety as a priority, Mayor Moon was pleased to announce the Police and Fire Station renovation. In Downtown Palm Springs, the City approved a new downtown parking garage using Measure J funds. Mayor Moon presented an overview of hotel and residential projects along with the creation of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the College of the Desert Palm Springs Campus.
Rancho Mirage Mayor Robert Kite's concise presentation illustrated the enormous amount of growth in single family dwelling units across the City. Pulte Homes, an avid BIA member, has the biggest project in the City of Rancho Mirage with its new Del Webb 55+ Community. Mayor Kite reviewed the Eisenhower Health renovation and showed the new Ferrari store front. Mayor Kite concluded with a map of Section 31, a mixed-use community surrounding a man-made lagoon, enclosed by hotels, residential estates, parks a and a town center.
Tom Kirk moderated the Q & A section while taking several audience questions to conclude the informational afternoon.
Thank you again to all who participated in our 2019 Mayors’ Luncheon Panel!