Photos and Story by Bruce Montgomery
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The 2012 Economic Investment Tour and Forum Program in Desert Hot Springs took place on Friday, Nov. 2. It was hosted by Heather Coladonato, Chief Executive Officer of the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Patrick Evans, KPSP local Channel 2 meteorologist.
After opening remarks by DHS Mayor Yvonne Parks special guest Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley spoke. The boxing champion owns and operates a tire business in Desert Hot Springs.
The bulk of the morning was a tour of the city via bus, led by Councilmember Scott Matas and Mayor Pro Tem Jan Pye. Two stops were made along the way: first to tour the new Health and Wellness Center, the second for a close up look at a local spa.
Upon return from the tour, guests were treated to lunch, followed by economic updates given by four special speakers. Michael Bracken spoke regarding economic opportunities. Geoff Payne of Tahiti Partners unveiled plans for the Pierson Plaza mixed use commercial center. Chad Froman of ARES management unveiled plans for a West Coachella Valley Logistics Center project to be located just north of I-10 on Indian Canyon. The final speaker was Nick Wirick of Lee and Associates, who spoke on the topic “What Retailers Want.”
This first ever Economic Forum and Tour was deemed a great success by those in attendance. People interested in learning more about the economic investment opportunities in Desert Hot Springs should contact Michael Bracken (760) 272-9136 or email@example.com.