Park, Golf Center Dog Park, and Hjorth Park.
“They are investments for the families of our
community,” he says.
Another investment is hiring Carl Morgan
as director of economic development to work
with the development community, city staff,
and local businesses to retain and bring new
businesses to Indio. “His job is to identify what
different businesses we need to attract and
bring them to us,” Martinez says.
There are other changes in city personnel.
Police Chief Richard Twiss has retired and
Michael Washburn has been hired to replace
him. Washburn is a 30-year Seattle Police
Department veteran. “He has experience in
community policing, and he’s excited to be
in a smaller city department where he can be
more hands-on,” says Martinez.
To keep students, business owners, and
employees here, and to entice others to
come to Indio after work means more places
to live and be entertained, says Holmes.
Although Indio has grown housing in many
neighborhoods, the city’s center is still looking
toward modernizing housing stock, she says.
“We need more apartment housing near down-
town, more entertainment venues, and moderately
priced cafes and eateries,” Holmes says.
Holmes, who has lived in the city for more
than a dozen years and owns a business
downtown, sees the need to revitalize the
area while retaining its historic and cultural
roots. “We have preserved our local heritage
at the Coachella Valley History Museum,
which is home to the original 1909 school-
house, Date Museum, and refurbished Whit-
tier Ranch water tower. The Coachella Valley
Art Center has a world-class glass-blowing
studio and features local artist installations,
but we need to bring people back to down-
town to live,” she says. “We need to find ways
to keep people in the area after work by giving
them things to do, and a place to socialize,
watch sports or be part of the music and arts
scene. We have so many great festivals but I
would love to see one [in downtown] that cel-
ebrates our multicultural neighborhoods.”
Balancing the city’s history as the original
agricultural and transportation center with the
modern needs and vision for the residents and
visitors is paramount, says Mayor Glenn Miller.
“Indio has a population of 89,000, and
that’s almost double the next biggest city,”
he says. “We need to find ways to expand the
city, but we have to do it in a way that’s going
to give value for the citizens and businesses in
our city. Indio started out as a working-class
city, and it still is. When I look at Indio, I see a
beautiful city that welcomes everyone.”
Marriott has planned
construction of the Fairfield
Inn & Suites in the city
of Indio. The 1. 4 million
visitors who attend Indio’s
festivals every year have
created a huge demand for
hotels, spas, and resorts in