THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS 18TH ANNUAL SUMMIT PROMISES  ECONOMIC FORECAST – Local Business and Civic Leaders To Reap Critical Planning Information

October 21, 2022

Headlining this year’s annual Greater Palm Springs Economic Summit will be leading economist Manfred Keil, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, who will deliver the Annual Economic Report and Forecast at the 18th annual Greater Palm Springs Summit on Monday, October 31, 2022. Additionally, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Cathedral City Economic Development Director Dr. Stone James, and Dr. Conrado E. Bárzaga, CEO, Desert Healthcare District & Foundation, will be presenters.


This year’s event theme is Emergence, to highlight the regional economic opportunities and strategic goals for sustainable, diversified growth in the Coachella Valley. “We are each emerging from our safer places of shelter, together as individuals in our own ways,” says Joe Wallace, CVEP President and CEO. “Over these past two years, we have seen telecommuters from coastal California and other technology enclaves choosing the Coachella Valley as their new home. The morning event will showcase our region’s continued business diversification strategies and goals to mobilize a long-term sustainable effort to elevate the economy of the Coachella Valley.”


The CVEP annual Economic Summit has always been a catalyst for bringing regional business and civic leaders together to learn how our regional economy is doing so business and civic leaders can make informed decisions for their business plans. The in-person morning event will be held at the Pavilion at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert. Registration, networking, and breakfast will take place from 8 AM to 9 AM, and the program will run from 9 AM to 11 AM, showcasing the successful regional diversification strategies and goals to mobilize a long-term sustainable economy for the Coachella Valley.


Some of the speakers’ topics include:

Manfred Keil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and former chairman of the faculty at the college’s Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, presenting the 2022 Annual Economic Report and Forecast:

  • How has the pandemic’s trend shift to e-commerce affected the Coachella Valley?
  • Is a recession imminent?
  • Does inflation disproportionately affect the Coachella Valley economy?


Assemblyman Chad Mayes will discuss the power of regional action, and will share what he’s learned about how a unified approach to leadership can be the key to creating opportunities for residents.


Dr. Stone James, Director of Economic Development, City of Cathedral City will address how high housing costs and lack of affordable housing affects the local economy and workforce.


Dr. Conrado E. Bárzaga, CEO, Desert Healthcare District & Foundation will address the correlation between economic opportunity, jobs, and health.


This is the premier business event of the year that traditionally draws more than 500 of the region’s business, civic, and education leaders. It’s an excellent and rare opportunity to hear from some of the area’s leaders, influencers, and decision-makers.


Tickets are $125 each, or $1,125 for a table of ten. To register, visit or contact CVEP at 760-340-1575.


About CVEP


The mission of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership is to incite a vision-driven economic transformation in the Greater Palm Springs region. Established in 1994, the nonprofit organization is a vital innovator of regional business development initiatives, fostering entrepreneurship and diversifying industry. As the only regional entity with the capacity to execute technology-led economic development, the partnership has dedicated significant resources to incubate cutting edge businesses through its pioneering iHubs in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Indio. CVEP is committed to promoting a diversified, year-round economy through business attraction, retention and expansion. Visit or call 760-340-1575.