Joe Wallace, CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Only Californian Named As One of 2023’s Top 50 Economic Developers in North America

PALM DESERT – Joe Wallace, chief executive officer of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, has been named one of the of top 50 Economic Developers in North America in 2023 – the only one in California and one of three in the western states.

Recipients will be presented with their award at Consultant Connect’s ECONOMIX event in Atlanta on Thursday, Nov. 30.

“I’m honored to have been nominated and named one of the top 50 economic developers in North America. Receiving this award in 2023 validates the hard work and creativity that the CVEP team invests every day to establish innovative regional programs to foster entrepreneurship and diversify industry,” Wallace said in a prepared statement.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, recently announced its 2023 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development and site location consulting industries for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

Each Top 50 Economic Developer will have the opportunity to share industry knowledge, leadership insights and career wisdoms with fellow industry professionals. Consultant Connect strives to lift up the economic development industry by recognizing remarkable economic developers.

“The Consultant Connect team looks forward to releasing the Top 50 list every year because we believe that the work of economic developers is not only transformative to communities, but it is deeper than that. Each year jobs are created that impact individuals and their families. We are truly honored to provide a platform for North America’s top economic developers to be recognized for the passionate commitment they have made to the communities they serve,” said Carla Sones, Managing Director, Consultant Connect.


About CVEP

The mission of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership is to incite a vision-driven economic transformation in the Greater Palm Springs region. Established in 1994, the nonprofit organization is a vital innovator of regional business development initiatives, fostering entrepreneurship and diversifying industry. As the only regional entity with the capacity to execute technology-led economic development, the partnership has dedicated significant resources to incubate cutting edge businesses through its pioneering iHubs in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. CVEP is committed to promoting a diversified, year-round economy through business attraction, retention, and expansion. Visit or call 760-340-1575.



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