Economic Development

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Palm Springs is the business and employment center of the Western Coachella Valley. The City of Palm Springs has over 6,500 business licenses, of which 1,700 firms employ more than 24,000 people. Health services, distribution, business services and retail trade account for the top employment sectors in Palm Springs.  To learn more about the Palm Springs business climate click here for economic and demographic reports.

Opening A Business - click here for specific information and numerous resource links to guide you in getting started.  Click here to find the available properties for lease or for sale. 

Are you starting a new business or need help forming a business entity or finding resources to grow your business?  Check Tools for Business Success – the one-stop online business resource site with access to hundreds of resource tools to help you succeed.    For individual and confidential free consulting services check in with the Coachella Valley’s Small Business Services Center and learn about the programs and services available to help existing and start-up businesses grow and contribute to the region’s economic vitality. 

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Facade Improvement Program

Business Resources

Innovation & PS Accelerator Campus

Foreign Trade Zone

Workforce Development


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City of Palm Springs! 




Community & Economic Development  Department

General Information:
(760) 323-8259

Jay Virata, Director
(760) 323-8228

Economic Development Program Assistant
(760) 322-8321

Cathy Van Horn, Economic Development & Business Assistance
(760) 323-8175

Dale E. Cook, Jr., Community Development & Affordable Housing 
(760) 323-8198

Annie Rodriguez, Housing Program Assistant
(760) 323-8264

Diana Shay, Properties, Eco. Dev. Programs & Special Projects
(760) 323-8260 

Jennifer Henning, Public Art and Special Projects Coordinator (760) 778-8408
Daniel DeGarmo, Sustainability - Program Coordinator(760) 323-8248






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