2016-2017 GREATER PALM SPRINGS VISION 3
to the Coachella Valley
Where quality of life, affordability, and ease of doing
business attract the brightest minds.
Quietly and excitedly, but with little fanfare, entrepreneurs have been streaming into Greater Palm Springs.
Compelled by its progressive spirit, they’re staying to
turn their best ideas into businesses that in time will help
diversify the local economy, create jobs, and change the
way people think about this internationally known tourism destination.
It’s happening in almost every part of the economy,
including the region’s most robust and competitive sector: tourism and hospitality. Winsome personalities like
Chris Pardo, a Pacific Northwest transplant, and Jaime
Kowal, a Canadian emigré, have introduced distinctive
hotel properties, restaurants, coffeehouses, and bars. Several Californians have heeded the call to go east. Michael
McNeely recently relocated from Murrieta to launch a
revolutionary, patent-pending medical diagnostic technology, and Hank McCarrick moved from Valley Center
to introduce game-changing (and patent-pending) smart
water meters. Bob Kunesh of Torrance resettled his solar
company here to produce “sun tracking” mobile trailers
and ISO-containerized energy systems to deliver energy
to remote and otherwise powerless destinations.
It’s also inspiring for local entrepreneurs to imagine
new pathways. Adnan Pamukcu, a Turkish-born and
U.S.-educated web designer, and local real estate inves-
tor Clayton Baldwin are collaborating on a shared work-
space designed for techies and creative types. Our story
(page 26) about the microscopy lab at the United States
and Canadian Academy of Pathology punctuates how
Dr. David Kaminsky and his state-of-the-art interactive
center in downtown Palm Springs aim to revolutionize
the way doctors around the world learn and communicate.
Ask these visionaries why they, and so many others,
choose Greater Palm Springs and their answers come
with simplicity and consistency: quality of life, affordability, and ease of doing business.
VISION Greater Palm Springs — also available online
and in a mobile edition — introduces the region and
showcases many of the people who came here to reset,
restart, and create.
This edition celebrates the region’s innovative heritage, from the birth of the tourism industry and the
engineering of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the proliferation of energy-generating windmills and today’s
cutting-edge technologies to manage water, store and
transport energy, and solve the challenges of the day.
This issue also considers the future impact of tourism
on the local workforce; pinpoints the growing opportunities for careers in health, wellness, and medicine; and
provides city-by-city profiles, highlighting the distinguishing qualities and opportunities they each offer.
We hope VISION Greater Palm Springs informs and
inspires you as it has so many people now living, working, and thriving in the Southern California desert.
LEARN MORE: Palm Springs Life publishes VISION Greater Palm Springs in collaboration with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership,
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Riverside County Economic Development Agency. Contact these agencies to learn
about incentives and programs that help businesspeople select sites, relocate, and begin operating in Greater Palm Springs.
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership; 760-345-1575; www.cvep.com; Greater Palm Springs CVB; 760-770-9000; visitgreaterpalmsprings.com
Riverside County EDA; 951-955-8916; www.rivcoeda.org
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