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Community Economic Profile

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The City of Palm Desert incorporated on November 26, 1973. It is centrally located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in southeastern Riverside County in California. Known as the cultural and retail center of the desert communities, the City is only 125 miles east of Los Angeles and just 15 miles east of Palm Springs.

Economic Impact:
Key Industries: hospitality/tourism, service support, and retail trade
2016/17 Taxable Sales: $1.6 billion
2016/17 Hotel Room Sales: $147 million
2016/17 Transient Occupancy Tax: $15 million

Resort Hotel Profile:
Hotels: 13
Hotels with Conference & Meeting Facilities - Best Western Palm Desert Resort, Comfort Suites, Courtyard, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn, Hotel Paseo, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Marriott Shadow Ridge, Residence Inn, Shadow Mountain Resort

Shopping centers and plazas: 20
Exclusive El Paseo Shopping District including The Gardens on El Paseo
Westfield Shoppingtown Palm Desert
Desert Crossing
Desert Gateway featuring Super Wal-Mart and Sam's Club
College of the Desert's Weekend Street Fair
Countless specialty boutiques along the Highway 111 corridor