In the last updates, we learned economic development is “programs, policies and activities that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community, by creating and retaining jobs, and providing a...
Economic Development Department Monthly Update
What is Economic Development?
I ran into an esteemed colleague the other day while enjoying a cup of coffee in our Downtown Arts and Entertainment District. As we talked, the colleague stated he had seen a lot of economic development progress within Cathedral City lately and felt the city was building substantial positive momentum. After sharing his sincere appreciation for Cathedral City’s recent successes, he followed up with the question, “What exactly is economic development”? As an accredited economic developer, I get this question a lot.
The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission is up to great things… again! Just last night, the Cathedral City City Council approved the Public Arts Commission recommendation to memorialize the life and contributions of three nationally-recognized...
Don’t Let COD Take Away Roadrunner Motors from Cathedral City and Give It to Indio
This will be the single most important Community Update and call to action the Economic Development Department has written this year. College of the Desert previously promised Cathedral City that it would build the $28.5...
Community Update – Focus
Focus is a curious thing. What we focus on largely determines what we see(1). Some focus on the negative, while many more focus on the positive. Thankfully, focus is a choice. As we look back on 2021, we see a vibrant community that, while impacted by COVID-19, has not only survived but is thriving. From an economic development standpoint, Cathedral City’s Planning, Engineering, and Economic Development Departments have facilitated an incredible amount of development over the last years.
In our last Economic Development Community Update, we discussed decreasing COVID-19 numbers and the opportunity1 we, as a community, have in rebuilding our community and economy stronger than ever before. We reviewed a World Economic Forum article titled "Rebuilding after COVID-19 shouldn't mean going back to how things were,"2 which outlined how a new normal could look.
Community Update – 4/15/21
With Riverside County's recent change to the Orange Tier, our economy is already showing signs of recovery! Our economic success will only occur if we each do our part by keeping the coronavirus infection rates down; shopping local within Cathedral City; and and getting vaccinated so that we can reach herd immunity responsibly.
Economic Development Update
Beyond the community’s gallant efforts to come out of the pandemic stronger than when we entered, great things have occurred on the development front. During a drive through our Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, one...
A lot has happened since our last economic development update in October. Infection rates dropped, businesses began to reopen, and we attempted to return to “normal." Unfortunately, too many of us dropped our guard, too quickly. Maybe we weren't wearing masks as we should have, perhaps we weren’t social distancing as prescribed, or maybe we started gathering in small groups. In any case, the COVID-19 infection rates have come roaring back. Since the steps to control the spread of COVID-19 are simple (always wear a mask, always socially distance, and avoid large gatherings), what we do over Christmas will determine how long our economy remains closed down.
Economic Development – Community Update
Before we begin today’s community update, I hope you and your families have been staying healthy. A lot has gone on since our last economic development update. Thankfully, we, as a community, have done an...