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City Manager's Message - November 2017

Indio has proven to be a very fascinating community during my three months so far on the job as interim City Manager.  We enjoyed a well-attended State of the City event on October 19, hosted by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino and featuring a keynote speech by Mayor Elaine Holmes.  Her presentation focused on the theme, “Right Here, Right Now.”  Attendees left with a renewed sense of excitement about Indio’s future as evidenced by positive steps occurring in the community and the newly announced arrival of the Tachevah Music Festival to downtown Indio on May 5, 2018.  If you have not already seen it, please go to to see our new community video that will, I am confident, give you a good dose of pride over the great things that are happening in our city.

Also in October, our City Council dedicated a full day to a Strategic Planning workshop, facilitated by Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group.  Mr. Ibarra led us in a discussion of challenges and trends facing the City and helped direct a discussion of priorities and solutions.  At the end of the day, the Council directed the City Manager to prepare an action plan for the next year, addressing achievable actions that will address those priorities.  This plan will be presented to the City Council in the next month.  Hopefully I will be able to describe those steps further in next month’s newsletter.

I was struck by the resolve of our Mayor and City Council during our strategic planning workshop.  There was a sense of optimism about our future, and the belief that we are not only the largest Coachella Valley city, but also the city most likely to grow and attract investment.  There is a resolve that we are really the “capital city” of the Valley (this being where most Riverside County regional facilities are located), and we are ready to assume that rightful role.  At one point in the discussion, the facilitator commented that he had heard Councilmembers say they want to pursue a “bold” vision of our future.  He asked them if they meant bold with a capital “B” or a small “b”? - Almost in unison, they said, “All caps BOLD!”

So we approach our future, recognizing that talking about the future is fine, but we want to go BOLD about creating our future “Right Here, Right Now!”

I would love to get feedback from members of our public.  Please let me know what we are doing right, what we can improve, and what you want for your community.  

Mark Scott