From the GCVCC Staff:
Mayor Steven Hernandez delivered an optimistic outlook for the City of Coachella at the 2016 State of the City Address hosted by the City of Coachella, the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Coachella Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at Spotlight 29 Casino and drew a sold out crowd of almost 200 attendees.
The Mayor touted the city’s aggressive pursuit of both government funding for infrastructure improvement, as well as pursuing new business opportunities for the positive outlook. The city has several development projects in the works, including the major La Entrada development. The City has also been smart in their pursuit of emerging industries, including opportunities in the emerging cannabis industry. “Our approach has been conservative” in some ways said the Mayor, but at the same the City has been progressive in how they creatively approach new sources of revenue.
Citing a recent independent survey the Mayor appears to not be alone in his assessment of city’s future. A recent query of Coachella residents found that over 75% of city residents believe the City is on the right track. Coachella Chamber of Commerce Regional President Diana Soto also sees a good energy coming out of the city. “We are very bullish on the business growth in Coachella over the next 5-10 years” said Soto. “The demographic trends continue to point to Coachella being one of the valley’s largest population centers in time. The Chamber is proud to be a partner in that.”
The State of the City is hosted annually by The Chamber. This years event was supported by Title Sponsors Spotlight 29 and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, and La Entrada. The event was also supported by Presenting Sponsor Ponder Financial & Retirement firm.
Below is a video highlight from the event.