Last Update 06/15/2020 10:56 AM

Community & Economic Development

3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: 760-323-8259
TDD:     760-864-9527 
Fax:      760-322-8325
Office Hours: 

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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 Department Overview

The  Community and Economic Development Department manages a wide portfolio of projects and activities that benefit all the residents and businesses in Palm Springs. 

The Community and Economic Development Department overview may be read here.

  Important Financial Assistance Resources

  •  NEW! Riverside County Non-Profit Assistance Fund -To support the Riverside County non-profit sector, on June 9, the County Supervisors approved a Non-Profit Assistance Fund to provide grants ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 to local non-profits to assist with general operating expenses.
    • The program will be administered by the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF).
    • The application will open on Wednesday, July 1 and allowing for a 30 day application period
    • Grant applications will be funded based on location, size of the agency, financial need and the direct impact of COVID on the agency’s operations.  The funding parameters will also strive to advance equity and meet the needs of underserved communities.
    • faith-based, all volunteer, and smaller organizations with 50 employees or less are encouraged to apply.Organizations that received $100,000 or more in PPP are ineligible.
    • Nonprofits interested in learning more are encouraged to provide their contact information for future communication on the application process and timelines at the IECF website Link Here or visit the Supervisor’s website,

  • NEW!Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)   PPP has been modified providing the following relief:
    • PPP now allows business to spend their funds in 24 weeks, up from eight weeks.
    • Only 60% of the loan is required to be spent on payroll to qualify for forgiveness, down from 75%.
    • The covered period of the loan now ends Dec. 31 instead of June 30.
    • Businesses will not lose any loan forgiveness eligibility if they can show that some employees declined to return to their jobs or the pre-pandemic headcount is no longer required.
    • The payback period for new loan applicants has been extended from two years to a minimum of five for those not seeking or who are ineligible for forgiveness.
    • Revised forgiveness applications are pending guidelines from the Small Business Administration and US Treasury Department.

  • NEW! County Approves $45 Million in CARES Act Grant Funding For Small Businesses;
    • Application period begins June 3:  Apply HERE 
    • Deadline: Applications must be received before June 19.
    •  Grants up to $10,000 will be provided to eligible businesses on a lottery basis.  Eligible businesses include those that:
      • Have 50 or fewer employees;
      • Have been operating for at least one year;
      • Have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds; and,
      • A safe reopening plan will need to be submitted.
    • View Business Assistance Grant Program Flyer HERE

  • NEW! Lowes Minority Owned Business Grants- Home improvement retailer Lowe’s has announced it will be making $25 million in grant funding available to assist minority-owned businesses, especially home improvement professionals, reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns. Interested applicants can email for more information or contact our local store directly at:
    • 5201 East Ramon Rd.
      Palm Springs, CA 92264
      (760) 866-1901
  • NEW! Walmart Grants From $250 to $5,000 - Grant applications can be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The 2020 grant cycle began February 1, 2020 and runs through December 31, 2020. For more information please visit:

  • NEW! COSTCO Charitable Community Donations– Costco’s grant program is intended to provide support for non-profit organizations focused on children, education and health and human services. For more information visit:

Incentive Programs


Hotel Incentive Program 
Facade Improvement Program

Downtown Development

Downtown Parking

Downtown Revitalization Project
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Tourism Economics Vacation Rental Report
Tourism Economics Vacation Rental Report 2018 Cover Photo

Former Redevelopment Agency
Property Legal Review Documents

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 Staff Directory

   Jay Virata, Director
   Community & Economic Development

  Community & Economic Development Staff:

  Community & Economic Development Department
  General Information: (760) 323-8259

  Jay Virata - (760) 323-8228
 (760) 323-8198
  Community Development & Affordable Housing 

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

  Diana Shay - (760) 323-8260 
  Properties, Economic Development & Business Assistance

  Jennifer Henning -  (760) 778-8408
  Economic Development & Business Assistance

  Patrick Tallarico -  (760) 323-8214
  Sustainability - Manager

  Daniel DeGarmo - (760) 323-8248
  Sustainability - Program Coordinator

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