The 2023 California Economic Summit came to the city of Indian Wells on Oct. 11-13, bringing together leaders from across the state to experience and learn more about the distinct assets and aspects of the Coachella and Imperial valleys.

A special component of the three-day event was a stop at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus on Oct. 11 for a presentation titled, “CSUSB Pathway Programs and Tie to Regional Workforce,” by university faculty and staff that focused on CSUSB programs including nursing street medicine, physician assistant, social work, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and hospitality management.

Also, on Oct. 12, CSUSB Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava participated in a small roundtable discussion with Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis about how CSUSB Palm Desert serves the Coachella Valley higher education needs.  

OneFuture Coachella Valley and its Regional Plan partners are mobilizing a powerful cross-sector approach to solve healthcare and hospitality workforce shortages and achieve education and economic advancement for youth. They have mobilized the region’s employers from healthcare, hospitality and other sectors, who are refocusing on how they recruit and receive students emerging from the pipeline.

About PDC: The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, teaching credentials and certificates. Serving more than 2,200 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the PDC website at

Group photo at the California Economic Summit on Oct. 12
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, third from right, and CSUSB Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava, second from right, were two of the participants in a roundtable discussion about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus.