Economic Development Department

Carl Morgan, Director of Economic Development
100 Civic Center Mall
Indio, CA. 92201

Economic development in the City of Indio is a top priority of the City Council and city staff. Our City Team is committed to driving a vital and competitive economy that increases prosperity and quality of life for all of our residents, businesses and community partners. 

Our mission is to bolster Indio’s tourism and hospitality sector, promote and expand our festivals & events, strengthen Indio’s existing retail base and recruit new retail development create great neighborhoods, be development ready, diversify the City’s revenue base, and create new jobs.

At its heart, economic development is anything a community does to foster and create a healthy economy.

Indio Named #1 City in the U.S. for Live Music
(Desert Sun, May 17, 2016)

Trivago identifies Indio as top travel destination in the U.S.
(, May 23, 2017)

Indio Named #2 Top Emerging Travel Destination by Trivago
(KESQ Newschannel 3, May 23, 2017)

Tachevah Music Festival Comes to Indio in 2018!
(Desert Sun, October 19, 2017)

Four Seasons at Terra Lago - Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.
(Where to Retire Magazine, June 13, 2017)

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1.4 Million People Visit Indio Every Year

Economic Development helps our community by providing:

  • Increased Tax Base…the additional revenue provided by economic development supports, maintains, and improves local infrastructure, such as roads, parks, libraries, and public safety services.
  • Job Development…economic development provides better wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
  • Business Retention…businesses feel appreciated by the community and, in turn, are more likely to stay in town, contributing to the economy.
  • Economic Diversification…a diversified economic base helps expand the local economy and reduces a community’s vulnerability to a single business sector.
  • Self-sufficiency…a stronger economic base means public services are less dependent on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each election.
  • Productive Use of Property…property used for its “highest and best use” maximizes the value of that property.
  • Quality of Life…more local tax dollars and jobs raise the economic tide for the entire community, including the overall standard of living of our residents.
  • Recognition of Local Products…successful economic development often occurs when locally produced goods are consumed in the local market to a greater degree.

If you are interested in investing in our great community, please call Carl S. Morgan, Director of Economic Development at (760) 541- 4203 or 


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